Out Of Focus

March 30, 2011

I am having trouble focusing this afternoon. I blame the cold, gray weather.

Meanwhile, Matt’s been on the phone for hours!! This morning we met with our contractor. Whew things are going well. We may have a few days delay because of a new roof our landlord is putting on and this blah weather we’re having, but things are moving along. The next big thing for us is getting tons (literally – tons) of equipment here and installed! Hence the hours of phone calls.

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Once we were home from our meeting, I waited a bit for hunger to build for lunch. It’s weird for me to eat lunch without going to the gym first since that’s what I do most days!

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We were out of eggins, so while we were out I stopped into Feast to pick up some – Polyface in honor of Joel!

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New twist on a cheese + jam or jam + egg sandwich = cheese, egg + jam. Parmesan was fabulous in this combo on Great Harvest spelt bread!

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On the side – a fru fru salad. Greens with olive oil, salt and granola for crunch!

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And a few pieces of carrot and mango from the fridge

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Peppermint tea instead of sparkles because it’s freezing here. Feels like February.

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But still a bright lunch.

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I did a bit more grinding. I sure hope I’m not dulling my Vita-mix blade too much! It blended up the steel cuts into Scottish-style oats in just 5 seconds! You’re right, Ashley, better than the Cuisinart. If I had to choose between a Vita-mix and a Cuisinart, I’d choose the Vita-mix!

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Is it breakfast time yet??

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1 Chris March 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Do you have the smaller Vita-Mix container for grinding grains? You are not supposed to use the regular, large one for grinding grains. It may even void your warranty; I am not sure. I love my VM!

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2 KathEats March 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

no I don’t have that one. But it worked like a charm?

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3 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

The Vitamix people really pushed the smaller “dry” container for grinding grains – no mention of the warranty but the customer service person said that the wet container is just not designed to grind grains and the blade will dull if I use it for that a lot. I thought it was a marketing ploy, but I got both anyways (since i am gluten-intolerant, I thought I would be grinding a lot of grains) and the blade on the smaller Vita container for grains is pretty different and actually grinds faster than the regular Vita container (and yes, I did a comparison – mine was with buckwheat and quinoa). I would say it is fine to use the regular Vita container if you grind grains just once in a great while, but I really found my dry container a worthwhile investment.

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4 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I need to try the egg + jam combo! Sounds delicious.

Good luck with all of the equipment installs/deliveries!

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5 Jen March 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Love the photos. Being on the phone sucks. I was on hold the other day with the bank – and then transferred to 3 different people!

Do you make your smoothies in the Vita?

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6 Allison @ Happy Tales March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Ugh, that is the worst… being transferred to other people. Sometimes, I’ve been transferred back to people I’ve already talked to — talk about frustrating! But what’s even worse is when all you “talk” to are the robots. Sometimes I just hit zero until I get an actual person!

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7 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey March 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I want a Vita-Mix! I looooove my Cuisinart food processor…. is it possible I would love the Vita-Mix more? I don’t know. :)

Your lunch looks great. I made curried tuna salad today for lunch – inspired by a post of yours from a looooong time ago (the old blog). Yum.
I have the TJ’s smoked sardines (on your rec), but was too chicken. Went with the ‘safe’ choice today… ha, ha.

~

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8 Toni March 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

can you grind flax in the Vita?? We had an unfortunate flax explosion when I tried to use my food processor. Flax EVERYWHERE!

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9 KathEats March 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I don’t see why not?

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10 Toni March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

My cuisinart wasn’t strong enough to grind it! I wonder if VM is stronger than a regular FP?

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11 Jodi March 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I use my coffee grinder to grind flax seed, works great!

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12 Susan March 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I have flax seeds and I’m unsure of how to grind them.

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13 faith March 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

A coffee grinder works best if you’ve got one.

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14 faith March 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Opps! I think Jodi and I responded at the same time.

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15 Susan March 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Thanks, Jodi & Faith! I currently use a burr grinder so I’ll have to dig out my old grinder and put it to the test.

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16 Ashley (The Vegetable Life) March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I always use plain old oats in my breakfasts…. you make me wanna try other options too. I might have to hit up the whole foods bulk aisle and experiment this weekend!

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17 Ellie@fitforthesoul March 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I think I have the same as Caitlin HTP’s processor–the hamilton beach one? It’s great, but it doesn’t melt things like nut butters. Unless i’m wrong haha. Have a beautiful day! <33

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18 Allison @ Happy Tales March 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I would love love love to have a vita-mix one day. It’s on the list of things I’d put on a wedding registry… now if only I were engaged… ha! Maybe one day :)

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19 Kristi @ KristiAteIt March 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I’m always so intrigued by your food combinations. Hmm…not sure what to think about the cheese, jam and egg. I have done just the cheese and jam and it was delish!
My mom bought me the Vita-mix last year because she insisted that everyone needs one, and I don’t know what I did without it! I’m in love with that thing.

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20 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Such pretty lunch pics :)

I think we’re having the same weather :( Hopefully it will clear in the a couple days :)

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21 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous March 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

That egg + cheese + jam sandwich looks delicious! It’s almost time for lunch here in CA and I’m starving!

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22 Laughter-Loving Stacy March 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I’m glad things are moving along with building the bakery!

Yay for vitamix! I can’t wait until I can afford one, haha :)

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23 Mary Catherine March 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Hey Kath! How long can you leave overnight oats in the fridge? I usually make a big pot of oats on Sunday and divide them into 5 Pyrex bowls for easy reheating at work all week. With the warmer temps approaching, I’m wondering if I’ll have to start prepping my breakfast daily…

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24 KathEats March 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Just overnight. A few hours would do the trick

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25 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) March 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Next time I make an egg sandwich for breakfast, I’m def adding a little jam !

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26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I have a Cuisinart that works great for food processing and blending but I’ve never tried grinding any grains in it. Lunch looks great- as usual! :)

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27 Marina March 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I was just thinking today if jam, cheese and egg make a good combo!
Looks delicious :)

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28 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Your lunch looks delicious, per usual!!

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29 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I love the idea of parmesan on a sandwich! I’m not a huge fan of jam, but you make me want to reconsider!

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30 Susan (Oliepants) March 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I have the Cuisinart. I need to start thinking about a Vitamix. The sandwich combo looks so interesting and tasty!

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31 Krissy Murphy @ Shiawase Life March 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Mmmm I love Morroccan Mint tea!

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32 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I want a vitamix so badly…one day!

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33 JenATX March 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

“fru fru salad” haha that is a perfectly way to describe that type of salad.. I’m jealous you can eat them; I have to cover mine up in topping because otherwise I feel like I’m just eating leaves :-/

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34 Flourchild March 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I hope that yummy lunch gave you some energy! It’s dull and cloudy here too….feels like springmay never get here:0)

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35 Heather (heathers dish) March 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I so wish I had a Vita-mix, but my cuisineart will just have to do! I’m thinking if grinding farro tonight…wish me luck!

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36 Kathy W. March 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

A guy I knew in my 20s used to make jam/jelly omelettes. Turns out it was a tradition in some parts of Brooklyn. You might try that and report back!

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37 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I long for the day I can lay my hands on a Vitamix :)

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38 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I have both the wet (both the large and small canisters) and dry blades for my Vita. So I have 3 canisters. I never!! use the dry blade one. And 90% of the time I use the large/wet canister. Only use the small one if I am truly grinding like 1/4 c of something which sometimes in raw baking, 1/4 c dry oats makes the difference in a recipe so I whip out the small container for that.

But in 3 yrs of making raw baked goods and grinding TONS of nuts and oats and almonds into nut flours, I have had no issues w/ blades being dulled. It’s just so much easier to have 1 go-to canister. And worst case scenario, if you do dull the blades, for 79 bucks you can get new container. That’s my logic :)

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39 KathEats March 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Good to hear your blades are good!!

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40 Namaste Gurl March 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Egg, jam, and cheese? A combo I’ve most definitely not tried! I guess I just prefer my eggs on the more savory end :)
Love using my vita to grind grains and seeds!

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41 Simply Life March 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

ooh fresh mango?! it’s been too long since I’ve had that!

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42 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

What a perfect example of the simple concept of getting a wide range of nutrients from a wide range of colors – beautiful photos!

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43 Alexa @ Simple Eats March 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I just made Mama Pea’s porridge this morning by using this very technique! I loved how my oats turned out, super creamy and thick!

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44 Abby March 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

It is cold and dreary here too! Rain, rain go away! lol. The cheese, egg, and jam sammy looks yummy! :)

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45 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Glad to hear the bakery is still comin along!

I think no matter how good things go, opening day usually gets moved back a couple of times, but that just gets everyone even MORE excited than they already were to begin with – yay!

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46 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Glad to hear things are going well at the bakery-to-be!

Egg sandwiches rock.

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47 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Ugh, I KNOW!!! It is SNOWING right now in Pennsylvania…I just want it to be spring!!!

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48 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Although I love my food processor (it’s probably my most frequently used kitchen appliance along with my stand mixer), I really want a Vita-mix! :)

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49 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I just got some raw buckwheat groats last week and I’m so excited to experiment with them! Already have them sprinkled in a SIAB this moring…amazing. I can’t wait to try her Buckwheat bake too. Yum!
I have an older blender that I dont care if the blade gets dull so I use that to grind flax and things.

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50 lynn @ the actor's diet March 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

i had a vitamix fail this morning but i just made a batch of those scottish oats – hoping it works out!!!

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51 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Sounds like a busy morning! That lunch definitely brightens things up. :) LOVE all the differnet food groups!

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52 Shannon @ My Place In The Race March 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Lunch looks fantastic!

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53 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I love love loveee your photography! The sunshine today was beautiful, and I cannot wait to try grinding up my steel cut oats! Why did I not think of that?!

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54 Natalia - a side of simple March 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Jam and cheese (practically ANY cheese) sandwiches are some of my favorites! Then of course, a good egg sandwich is also a good runner-up :)

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55 Jamie March 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

kath,

Your lunch looks delicious today! Every part of it looks so good mmmmm

Jamie

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56 Kayla March 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I have been wanting to try steel-cut oats and Scottish oats for the longest time, but I never knew that you can make Scottish oats out of steel-cut oats. As much as I love to try making Scottish oats out of steel-cut oats, I doubt my food processor will allow me to. I have a really lousy food processor. How I wish I had a vita-mix.

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57 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!
Ugh- I know, I hate this weather too! It didn’t go above 49 today :( Boo. Let’s hope it warms up for the weekend! Glad to hear your business is coming along, it’s so exciting to hear the updates :) :)

I should really try jam on other things than pb & j sandwiches! Your sandwich looks delicious, and the “fru fru” salad made me laugh :)

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58 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

interesting sandwich combo! I love it!

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59 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I totally just grinded up some scottish oats for a post I’m doing tomorrow! Great minds think alike!

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60 Runeatrepeat March 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I’ve heard from a couple of people that the Vitamix is better than a Cuisinart. Noted and now I want one even more!

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61 Sable@SquatLikeALady March 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I need a better food processor. Right now I use a blender…which does zilch for grinding oats, etc. Good to know that VitaMix is the one to get when the time comes!

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62 Laura (Starloz) March 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

i seriously believe fried eggs on bread are the best thing EVER!

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63 Hilary March 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Certainly is a colourful lunch…and some interesting flavour combos too…would love to give that sandwich a try.

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64 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Your lunch is so colorful! Love it!

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65 Cindy March 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Gloomy weather makes me sleepy. I have trouble focusing too!

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66 Cara Craves... March 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Your lunch photos are extra gorgeous and vibrant today!

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67 rebecca lustig March 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

there is something so wonderful about the combination of cheese jam and a hearty bread/cracker! I used to snack on triscuits with cheese and a sliced apple on top when i was a kid haha

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68 Hannah March 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Granola on salad? What will you think of next? Hmm… I’ve heard of the dry container for the Vita-mix but I’m not actually sure if I can get it in Australia. i didn’t see it on the one site that I could get the VM from here…

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69 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

It’s been dull, gloomy, dark, rainy, thunderstorm, hail and terrible wind here in Central Florida. Scary experience! But that salad made me smile coz I had mangoes in my salad too!

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70 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I know what you mean about gloomy weather = sleepy!

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71 Paige @Running Around Normal March 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

That lunch looks fabulous!
I haven’t used my Vitamix for dry grains or anything yet. I feel like I under utilize it. The only thing I use it for is smoothies! I’ve found most other things work better in the food processor.

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72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m jealous of your ripe mango! I tried to have mango in my salad tonight for dinner, but when I cut it open, it definitely wasn’t ripe yet! :P

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73 Pei Sze March 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Do you think we can grind wheat berries in the wet container?

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74 KathEats March 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Yes, I think so

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75 Kristin March 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I am moving to Virginia (Fairfax!) in a few weeks :) I’ve heard of Polyface – can’t wait to make the drive out there for a visit! But I thought they only sold their products on the farm? Or is that where you went to get the eggs? If there is a store that sells Polyface products I’d love to know!

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76 KathEats March 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm

They sell in some stores- there’s a list on their website. My eggs are from Feast

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77 Pei Sze March 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I will try it out this weekend because I cannot get whole wheat flour from where I stay. Previously I was thinking of getting a dry container but I think what Averie commented is logical. Just use the wet blade and if it gets dull, get a new container rather than getting a dry blade now but only use it occasionally.

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78 katy March 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

i LOVE the look of your ground grains…so pretty (and delicious) looking!

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79 khushboo March 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

Such a good brunch sandwich! Can’t wait to try.

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80 Quisha March 31, 2011 at 8:08 am

Now that’s my kinda sandwich! I love pairing cheese with jam!

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81 Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake March 31, 2011 at 8:26 am

What a gorgeous lunch!! I love eating some extra carrots on the side. It really fills me up!

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82 lee March 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

I tried unsuccessfully to find this information on the Vitamix website, so I was wondering how you would describe the difference/advantage between a Vitamix and other blenders. Reading through the above comments, it seems like it has a strong following of fans – but I hardly use the blender I do have, so I’m curious about its perks. Thanks! =)

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83 KathEats March 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I don’t know the science, but it’s REALLY REALLY powerful, really lightweight, easy to clean and very very versatile (hence the grains to hummus to smoothies).

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