Everyone’s a winner!

June 23, 2009

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Photo credit: Tracy Cox

Thanks to everyone who entered the Oster Blender contest here on my blog. I know I said I was going to pick the winner using the Dine-O-Matic but I couldn’t figure out how to put in customized info. (I’m just not as smart as Charmian at Christie’s Corner!) So I used the old entries in a hat method to make a selection. And, the lucky winner is: LORRAINE . Congratulations!  I’ll email you later on today to get your mailing coordinates.

Since I’d like to be able to pull an Oprah and give everyone a prize, I’ve also pulled two more names out of my pudding bowl. They are JOHN and RACHEL and they each win a copy of my last book Dana’s Top Ten Table. For the rest of us, I’m posting two more Bula Smoothie & Nutrition Bar inspired smoothie recipes. If you can’t have a free blender, at least you can have something yummy to make in the one you bought and paid for, right?

Cranberry Thyme (pictured above)

3/4 cup (175 mL) 100 % cranberry juice

1/2 cup (125 mL) each ice cubes and frozen cranberries

2 tbsp (10 mL) honey

1/4 cup (50 mL) strawberry or raspberry sorbet

1/2 tsp (2 mL) chopped fresh thyme leaves

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Mix on high speed until well combined.

Chocolate Mango Chipotle

1/2 cup (125 mL) each frozen mango, ice cubes and milk

1 single serve container vanilla yogurt

2 tbsp (30 mL) chocolate syrup

1/4 tsp (1 mL) chipotle pepper sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Mix on high speed until well combined.

PS: Topline Trends Tuesday will return next week.


Summer contest: win a blender!

June 18, 2009

BlenderSmoothies, margaritas, gazpacho, pesto… there are so many reasons you need a blender in the summer!

According to the folks at Oster (who kindly donated the lovely blender pictured here for my contest), Canadians increasingly love to whirl their food up. From research conducted in 2006, they say Canadian blender ownership increased from 69% in 2003 to 76% in 2006.

My guess is that if you’re one of the 24% of Canadians still blenderless, you’re likely feeling pretty left out. Or, maybe you’ve whizzed up so many daiquiris that your blender is worn out now and you need a new one? To be honest, your motivation for entering my contest makes little difference to me. I just want to give stuff away!

Here’s some specific info about this Oster Blender:
• 600 watts of power is ideal for crushing ice for smooth frozen drinks (like daiquiris – yum!)
• Large 6-cup capacity pitcher style glass jar for better pouring (or you can just put a straw in the pitcher if you’re really thirsty.)
• Easy to clean and easy to use soft touch controls (less cleaning is always a good thing, right?)
• Lid with integrated rubber gasket seal for secure fit (haven’t you always wanted a gasket to blow?)
• Low, Medium and High manual settings for control and flexibility (drop that yoga class!)
• All-Metal Drive system for extra durability (no pesky plastic parts to spend your precious sleep time worrying about.)
• Triple Tech™ Technology (whatever the heck that is…?)
Recommended retail price: $89.99 (But having me use it first = priceless, don’t ya think?).

What I do care about is what you’ll make with this blender. Tell me in the comments section below. Feel free to add a link to recipes if you like or just describe in a few words or lines what you’ll make if you win this blender. Please also add what country you’re from. And, although I can only open this contest to Canadians, I still want to hear your blending ideas so feel free to comment even if you live in Timbuktu! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Photo credit: www.tracycoxphoto.com