Hubby’s Waring Immersion Blender

Hubby has long wanted me to write a post about the wonders of his immersion blender. Hmmmm let me back up a bit… in the Ann’s Entitled Life household, Hubby has done the vast majority of cooking since we got married. Hubby is an excellent cook. Part of his undergraduate curricula included cooking, and he has always had an interest in good food and cooking. Since he was in his mid-30s when we got married, he had to cook for himself a lot of years, either that, or go out to dinner.

I am a very plain cook. No sauces, few herbs and spices – I like to think of it as allowing the natural flavors of the food to come out.

Hubby very much like sauces, herbs and spices, and he is happy to experiment with his cooking.

I tolerate all of this, and even clean up after his (atrocious) kitchen messes because – hey, I don’t have to cook!

Hubby is also a gadget guy. If there is a gadget for a job, he buys it, and uses it. I think kitchen knives are multi-tools; he has a heart attack if I scoop ice cream with a teaspoon instead of an ice cream scoop. Sometimes, to get a rise out of him, I purposely misuse a tool or kitchen utensil to watch him gasp in horror. You never saw my Hubby move so fast as when he is aghast at how I am mis-using a tool, and wants to “teach” me the proper way to use it. Usually I am laughing so hard by the time he gets to me that even if I really didn’t know how to use said tool (99.99% of the time I do), he wouldn’t be able to capture my attention to teach me a thing.

It’s the little things that make for a great marriage! 😀

Hubby has over the years accumulated some really interesting and unique kitchen and power tools. And sometimes a kitchen power tool. Like today’s Waring Immersion Blender I want to tell you about that he uses to mix and puree soups ans sauces in a giant pot. Hubby frequently makes double batches of soup so he can share with my grandfather.

This is the immersion blender Hubby has (the 12″ size): Waring Commercial Big Stix Immersion Blender An immersion blender (or stick blender) will blend ingredients or puree food in the pot or pan in which they are being prepared.

YAY! I swear there is a youtube video for everything. Hubby’s Waring Immersion Blender is a 3 speed, 12″ stick that easily comes apart and clicks together. Clean up is simple. Truly simple. He ended up with the Waring Commercial Big Stix Immersion Blender after a lot of research. He had burned out a few home-use-immersion sticks (in the $75 range), and decided to just bite the bullet and get a commercial grade immersion blender that would last forever.

I will say that he uses this very frequently. Several times a month at least!

Waring Immersion Blender


In action!

Waring Immersion Blender


The Waring Immersion Blender easily comes apart to clean the wand. This also makes for easy storage.

Hubby can control how smooth or chunky he wants his soups. He can also control the speed – the 3-speed function really is nice.

If you like gadgets or make a lot of soups, the Waring Commercial Big Stix Immersion Blender may be for you too!

(Believe it or not, this was not an infomercial, and sadly, Waring didn’t send us a thing.)

Do you have an immersion blender? If so, what do you have? How do you like it?

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Pork Sausage Casserole


Pork Sausage Casserole

An easy to make, simply outstanding, pork sausage casserole recipe. Great for breakfast, or as a dinner entree or side dish, this one your whole family will love!

Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook time:45 minutes

Ingredients:
4.5oz Wild Rice, prepared 1 4.5oz Carolina Long Grain and Wild Rice packet, prepared according to package directions was used to make the dish shown
1 lb Pork Sausage
1 cup fresh Mushrooms
1 Onion, chopped
4 TBSP Wondra
½ cup Heavy Cream
1/8 tsp Thyme
¼ tsp Oregano
½ cup Slivered Almonds
1 (15oz) can Chicken Broth

Directions:


• Preheat oven to 350°.
• Prepare wild rice according to manufacturer instructions.
• In a pan, crumble, then fry, pork sausage, drain fat.
• In same pan, saute onions and mushrooms.
• Mix in Wondra, then stir in heavy cream until smooth.
• Add thyme, oregano, slivered almonds, simmer 5 minutes.
• Transfer all to a 4 qt casserole dish.
• Add cooked rice and chicken broth.
• Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Makes 6 servings of Pork Sausage Casserole

Pork Sausage Casserole. An easy to make, simply outstanding, pork sausage casserole recipe. Great for breakfast, or as a dinner entree or side dish, this one your whole family will love!



This is one easy to make casserole. You can serve it for breakfast, brunch or as a dinner entree or side dish! It is truly easy to make.

The Carolina wild rice package is the exact size for this dish making it convenient, but you can use 4.5 ounces of any wild rice (dry weight). Just prepare it before adding to the dish before baking.

Honest to Pete, if you like pork sausage, you are going to love what this easy recipe does to enhance it. You will want to lick the plate (not kidding!)

Note – I originally published this on my old blog back in 2010. The photos have been updated.

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Faux Sourdough Bread Recipe


Faux Sourdough Bread Recipe

My Mother in Law is on a low sodium diet (under 1000mg per day). Faced with the challenge of her diabetes plus her sodium restrictions, she could not buy commercially made breads. Hubby gave her caregivers this recipe years ago, and she has been making, and enjoying, this Faux Sourdough Bread Recipe ever since.

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook time:4 hours, bread machine directions dependent

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp Yeast
2 cups (no sodium) Bread Flour
1 TBSP Sugar
1/8 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Sour Cream (works with non-fat)
1 TBSP Vinegar
1/2 cup Milk

Directions:

• All ingredients should be at room temperature before beginning.
• Combine ingredients in order in your bread pan.
• Bake according to your bread machine’s instructions (white bread is the bread choice).

Makes 12 servings Faux Sourdough Bread

Faux Sourdough Bread Recipe. This low sodium, low glycemic faux sourdough bread has been a staple of my diabetic, sodium restricted, mother-in-law's diet for many years now. It is easy to make, tastes great, and freezes well.




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This low sodium, low glycemic faux sourdough bread has been a staple of my diabetic mother-in-law’s diet for many years now. As an added bonus, she is also low sodium.

Faux Sourdough Bread Recipe. This low sodium, low glycemic faux sourdough bread has been a staple of my diabetic, sodium restricted, mother-in-law's diet for many years now. It is easy to make, tastes great, and freezes well.


When she was first diagnosed, low sodium/low sugar breads were nearly impossible to find. There is one frozen variety she said didn’t taste good. There is also a variety now (2015) that Trader Joe’s sells fresh in east coast stores. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law live out west (Las Vegas), and can’t get that bread. Sooooo, her caregivers continue to make this recipe for her weekly.

Note: her aids do say it freezes well when they have extras!

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• We use a Breadman Bread Machine
• We use the WEST BEND Bread Slicing Guide which stores very compact, and really does work!


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