Chestnut Mushroom Soup

My mom made this delicious soup last Thanksgiving. It was so good that I had to make it myself, but, by the time I did, chestnuts were already out of most stores, so I’ve been waiting to post it. I just saw fresh chestnuts at the market, so it’s finally time! The combination of chestnuts and mushrooms, enhanced with a little sherry, gives a deep and satisfying flavor. Continue Reading →

Vitamix Salsa

Vitamix Salsa with chipsI enjoy fresh (uncooked) salsa, though sometimes it can be a bit watery. There are various tricks to make it less watery, which mainly consist of using less-watery tomato varieties and/or straining out some of the liquid. I had an idea to thicken the salsa with chia seeds, and I’m happy with the result. There is still some liquid that separates out, but the bulk of the salsa is satisfyingly thick. Continue Reading →

Vitamix Aer Disc Review

Vitamix Aer Disc Container - Top ViewHere’s my review of the Vitamix Aer Disc Container. Instead of blades, it uses a disc with holes in it, which makes it less aggressive. They named it Aer for aeration, referring to its ability to whip up foams. It can also extract flavor from ingredients for drinks, and emulsify sauces and dressings. It works on all full size (non S-Series) models, so that includes everything from the classic 5000 up to the latest Ascent models. As usual, if you order via my link, you get free shipping, and Joy of Blending gets a commission. Continue Reading →