Sadly, Christmas in South Carolina is over, but fortunately, Christmas/Hanukkah in Georgia is about to begin. My mom is coming down to visit on Friday evening, but I got an early gift from my Grandma.
This actually wasn’t a holiday gift. My grandma has probably had this Vitamix for almost ten years. She actually used to make green smoothies before they were trendy. I remember saying, “Eww, you put spinach in your smoothies?” After a while, she stopped using the blender, though, and said I could have it.
It arrived as we were leaving for South Carolina on Friday so I didn’t have a chance to use it until tonight, when I made Mama Pea’s Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce and Mediterranean Lentil Meatballs from her cookbook, both in the Vitmamix.
I did the ol’ spaghetti squash trick – a little bit of regular spaghetti and a lot of spaghetti squash. I can take or leave pasta, so I don’t mind subbing the squash so I can eat more. I don’t think you could ever confuse the squash for pasta, but when you mix them together, it’s not bad. I cook my squash in the microwave, by the way, which is much easier than baking it. Just put the squash in a large bowl with a little bit of water and microwave for 10 minutes. Then, cut it in half and see if it’s done. Depending on the size of the squash, you’ll probably have to cook it a little longer. You’ll be able to tell if it’s spaghetti-like or not. 10-15 minutes is much quicker than the hour it takes for it to bake.
I got another little present this evening when I picked up a copy of the January issue of Women’s Day. I’m in it! I answered a question on their Facebook page and they printed it in the magazine with a picture of me!