Want to hear the story behind our little connection with Blendtec?I know you’ve seen the videos :)On the planet. This is the very best blender.Oh my.It’s been five years since I started blogging. Five years and four hundred and sixty seven recipes after I posted Watermelon Salad, I still love sharing recipes and the stories behind them. To celebrate the five year mark, I’m having a BLENDTEC BLENDER giveaway!It’s been five years since I started blogging. Five years and four hundred and sixty seven recipes after I posted I’ll try to make it short.Oh my.
This is the very best blender.
On the planet.
I know you’ve seen the “Will it Blend” videos 🙂
Want to hear the story behind our little connection with Blendtec?
I’ll try to make it short.
Remember when the smoothie shops started popping up everywhere? There was a Zuka Juice shop (now Jamba) around the corner from Grant’s office. One day, while we were waiting in line to get a smoothie, I told Grant (my in-house patent attorney) he should get the name of the company that makes the smoothie blender and see if they had a patent attorney. He wrote down the name of the blender, contacted Tom Dickson, owner and inventor at Blendtec. The rest is history. Eventually, Grant helped Blendtec get a patent for the 5-sided “Wild Side” jar. You’ve seen it, right? The Wild Side jar was so successful at blending “twice the work in half the time” that the biggest name in the blending industry, Vita-Mix, copied Dickson’s 5-sided jar.
Grant, his brother Brett, and the Holland & Hart team sued Vita-Mix for patent infringement. After six years, they won the largest patent infringement award in the history of the state of Utah. Hooray for Tom and Blendtec. Love it when the system works.
So there you have it, the short version of why it’s not a good idea to copy your neighbors work.
The giveaway will be a little different this time because it’s all on Pinterest!
If you don’t have a Pinterest account, read this post for step-by-step instructions on set up. Thank you again to Corrine at Mint Arrow for guest blogging with Pinterest tips!
Winner will be chosen at random and MUST follow A Bountiful Kitchen on Pinterest, and have pinned the original contest post (this post) to be eligible. The giveaway will run from Tuesday, September 3, 2013 to Thursday, September 5, 2013 at midnight, Pacific Time. The winner will be announced Friday morning September 6, 2013 and will be chosen by Random Number Generator. U.S. residents only.
I was not paid or received products for this post. The opinions shared are my own. The giveaway item was purchased by me, for you.
Here’s a recipe for my favorite smoothie. I came up with this back in January, and have been making one almost every morning since. It’s not a beautiful green smoothie, because I always add blueberries. Mine is kind of a purple-brown smoothie. Appetizing, right? But it tastes good and it’s simple, and gets a few fruits and veggies into my system each day. After I make this, I pour two glasses and in a bit of a falsetto do “cheers” with Grant and say “to our health”. I know. Not normal behavior.
Have a great week!
ABK's Favorite Green Breakfast Smoothie
- 16 oz cold water
- 2-3 cups fresh spinach
- 6 frozen strawberries
- 1 medium carrot or a handful of baby carrots
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 apple cored
- 1 ripe banana
Pour water into pitcher. Add spinach, strawberries, carrot, blueberries, apple and banana.
Place lid on blender and blend until smooth. I use the #5 setting on my blender which is a 40 second blend.
-I like to use frozen strawberries, even when fresh are available, because it makes the smoothie a bit thicker and serves also to make it cold.
-to easily core the apple I set it on a cutting board and make four slices around the core. No peeling needed.
-Melinda taught me this trick, if you purchase spinach and you think it may spoil before you use it up, place the leaves in a Ziplock in the freezer and use the spinach frozen. Same goes for any fruits or veggies you want to use in the smoothie.