“The people who give you their food give you their heart.”  Cesar Chave

A kitchen gadget!  Yes, this is one of the can’t live without items from my kitchen.  Mine is a Cuisinart but Hamilton Beach also makes a dandy little model that won’t set you back at over $100 as some brands do.  And what does this gadget do?

This handy little hand blender, which I call my magic wand, fits nicely into wide-mouth pint jars so you can make one minute mayo or salad dressing.  You can also mix up the additions to ground beef to make fabulous meat balls or meat loaf as pictured below.  And all in about 15 seconds.

Now you see them
Now you don’t!

It’s also great to turn veggie soup into cream of veggie soup.  That way you can hide a lot of veggies in the soup and get your family to eat them without too much trauma.   Just put the wand right into the cooked soup and whisk away.

Perhaps one of my favorite uses is chopping raw veggies for chopped salad or for using the aforementioned chopped veggies in a quiche or stir fry.  I love eating such dishes but I don’t enjoy standing at the counter and chopping/mincing all the veggies that I want to put into the recipes.

Here are just some of the parts that come with this handy little gadget.  I’ve had mine for about 10 years and it’s still in tip top shape.  No, I didn’t pay over $100 for mine.


There’s also a container with a chopper blade I seldom use because I have a Ninja.  More about my Ninja in a later post.


Will owning a magic wand insure that my cooking immediately improves?

Only if you get the Magic Wand from Disney.  Right now Cinderella is still using it trying to get Prince Charming to throw his dirty uniforms into the hamper.  Ordinary magic wands, such as the one pictured above, will insure that food preparation will go faster, leaving you time to groom your own Prince or Princess Charming.  Dare to dream!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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