Vitamix CIA Professional Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor, Platinum
The blender is the true workhorse in my kitchen, I use a blender at least once a day. Besides smoothies, drinks, soups and salsas, I find a good blender is indispensable for baking too - making fruit purees, grinding grains, seeds and nuts, combining wet ingredients, and for some recipes, all ingredients... When you do this kind of frequent and heavy duty blending/grinding/pureeing a good blender is important. I've blown through many blenders in my lifetime, and rather than waste my money and create extra landfill, the next blender I want to get is this one.
Yes it's expensive, but check out these features: 2+ HP motor capable of reaching speeds of 240mph, laser-cut stainless steel blades, variable speed control, durable all-metal construction, light-weight oversize polycarbonate jar... you can blend ANYTHING with this blender and it comes with a 7-year warranty so you know it's built to last. As an added bonus, this CIA (Culinary Institute of America) approved version comes with a special-edition recipe book containing 300 recipes and an instructional DVD.
This is what happens when a painter-turned-baker experiments in the kitchen. Heather of Sprinkle Bakes blows our minds and taste buds once again with these outrageously delicious and awesome-looking sweet and savory caramel cupcakes.
Use this natural cane bread rising basket to bake perfect round bread loaves the traditional European way. Simply place your dough in the (pre-floured) basket for the final rising. The basket allows the dough to rise into a perfect round "boule", which is much easier than shaping by hand and produces beautiful round loaves.
I'm a big fan of quick breads because they are quick and easy to make, and require no yeast or kneading. I particularly love healthy quick breads, like this lovely loaf Amanda bakes that's full of whole grain goodness and toasted sunflower seeds.
It may come as a surprise to some, but you can make amazing decadent and delicious desserts with tofu. Zenchef created this stunning and exotic cheesecake combining tofu with cream cheese and fresh passion-fruit. Hello gorgeous!