Graduation party and new Vitamix all in the same weekend
So I have been living with and loving the new kitchen for about six months or so. We had a college graduation party for my eldest daughter this past weekend and I cooked of course. I know that there are some of you out there who believe that Manhattanites don't cook. Well, we do!
My parents hadn't seen the kitchen yet (they live in Florida and came up for the party). My mother loves it--yay! She said that the pictures I had sent her didn't do it justice. Everyone else was effusive with the compliments too, so I felt sooo good.
So, first of all, I can report that in my very skinny kitchen, two of us were able to work without getting in each other's way. My helper was my former housekeeper who was not familiar with my new kitchen. The layout of the kitchen and the placement of appliances and location of things in drawers was intuitive so it all went seamlessly.
Second, I decided that the time was right to get a Vitamix, given that frozen drinks, cold soup and various dips were on the menu. I had been fighting the urge to spend so much money on a blender but was finally coming around, after reading the various posts by A2. So on the way to pick up my parents at the airport, I made a Costco run and lo and behold, they have a new VM deal. They are now selling the 5200S for $375. This is basically the same machine that they were selling for $499 just a couple of weeks ago--the only difference is that it does not come with the dry container. I was really pleased since I decided that I don't need the dry container and actually would prefer not to have it since my storage space is limited.
For those of you who might be interested, here was the menu. Everything was amazing. Oops, I forgot to take pictures!!!!
Crudites with Vitamix-made green goddess dressing and edamame hummus (both great but the green goddess was really awesome)
Chips and Vitamix-made salsa
Cheeses and crackers (yawn but dad always wants it)
Carrot ginger soup made in the Vitamix (really yummy and even better the next day)
Ginger-lime salmon (yum)
Flank steak with a lemon shallot marinade cooked to perfection on my Blue Star grill by my master griller nephew
Wheatberry salad with citrus vinaigrette, walnuts, craisins, cucumbers, carrots, parsley, etc.
Orzo with sun dried tomatoes, parmesan, basil and pinenuts
Red velvet cake (bought that)
Ginger snaps (made those in the KA before I bought the VM)
Fruit tart and apple crisp
Lots of margaritas in the VM
Great weekend and now I need a vacation!