As I announced in my post a few weeks ago when I shared the beet berry smoothie, I've signed on to be the global spokesperson for KitchenAid® blenders. You can read all of the details and my reasons for changing to KitchenAid in that post.
In short, one of the biggest reasons for my change is that the new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender is now the most powerful machine available, and certainly the best blender I've ever used. I'm incredibly proud to help bring the next generation of blending to consumers as we elevate the experience in the high-speed blender space. Watch my Tess-timonal video to see all of the incredible features of this new machine.
The new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender is available in the U.S exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. There is a base model for $499 and an upgraded model with pre-programmed settings and a dual-wall container (that heats soup faster than any other blender) for $599. Both machines have the same powerful motor. The blender will be available in other retailers in the United States and in stores in Europe and Australia in September and October.
To celebrate the initial launch, KitchenAid and Williams-Sonoma are extending an awesome rebate offer. Purchase the Pro Line® Series blender before June 30th and get $100 back! Learn more here.
I've presented a series of recipe and informational videos to help you learn about the blender and to get the most out of your machine. I've also created a delicious collection of super easy recipes. I'll be posting many of them here throughout the rest of the year. You can see many of them already at KitchenAid.com.
I use my blender about four times a day to make a variety of different recipes. Of course I love making smoothies (check out the Beet Berry Smoothie I shared earlier this month), but I also utilize my blender to make salads, soups, main meals, snacks, appetizers, desserts, natural skincare, cleaning products, and more.
I love making dips and spreads in a blender. Unlike a food processor, you can use the variable speed dial with the tamper to precisely control the consistency of rustic chunky dips like tapenades and pestos, or blast on high to achieve silky smooth consistencies like with this zesty white bean dip.
Furthermore, one of the best features of the new Pro Line® Series blender is the tamper with the flex-edge spatula. The tamper is not a new concept, but KitchenAid have taken things one step further to create a tamper with a spatula that helps you scrape down the sides of the container and burst air pockets while the machine is running enabling complete control over your blend. The spatula feature also saves time! You don't have to stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the container like you do with other machines.
One of my top tips when making dips is to saute some diced yellow onion and minced garlic with a bit of olive oil in a pan for about 5 minutes, and then add that mixture to the dip. The cooked onion and garlic gives dips a delightful depth of flavor. A mixture of nutritional yeast and lemon juice gives this dip a subtle cheesy flavor. You could add more nutritional yeast for a really pronounced effect, but I think the dip is more balanced and dimensional with just a hint of this ingredient, which gets overpowering in large quantities. The paprika and cayenne adds another layer of flavor. Alternatively, you could throw in some fresh minced chiles or red pepper flakes. But, I like this blend. I'm making it for my 4th Of July party on Monday.
Chill this dip in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavors to fully mesh and for the dip to thicken slightly. I love serving this dip with cucumber slices, but it's also really popular with corn chips or crackers, and delicious slathered on sandwiches and wraps.
Watch me make this dip from start to finish in this video.
I'm using the hashtag #TheBlendedLife in social media to share all of my favorite recipes and blender tricks all year. Use this tag to share some of your creations. I'd love to see what you're making, and try some of your creations.
Learn more about the KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender.
*I am the spokesperson for KitchenAid® blenders. But, my opinions are my own.