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Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachKristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish, where she shares her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever-growing audience. Kristen is a wife and busy mom of four young kids with a passion for photography and belief in keeping things simple. You can find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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One of my favorite flavor combinations in the world is balsamic vinegar and strawberries. I use this combination in salads, on top of desserts, with fish, and just about any other place I can dream up. But I hadn’t tried the balsamic berry combo in smoothies yet. It simply never occurred to me to add balsamic vinegar to a breakfast item…until now.

Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

First, can we talk balsamic vinegar for a second? It used to be there were one or two varieties of balsamic vinegar. Now, thanks to some smart people doing some tasty experiments, we have balsamic vinegar flavor combinations out the wazoo! I recently purchased some white peach balsamic vinegar that’s amazing. While I was at that specialty shop, I also came across chocolate balsamic vinegar, espresso balsamic vinegar, berry balsamic vinegar and so much more! There was a flavor to suit every palate. We’re lucky to live in a world with so many options!

Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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For the Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie recipe I’m sharing today, I used my new peach balsamic vinegar, but you can use original balsamic vinegar and be just fine. The key is to let your berries soak in the balsamic long enough that they are infused with this unique flavor. It will really make your smoothie stand out in flavor way beyond just a regular fruit smoothie. I hope you enjoy it!

Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
½ cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar (I prefer a white variety, simply so it doesn’t change the color of the smoothie)
6 ounces vanilla yogurt
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup ice
Instructions
Place chopped strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Stir, cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning place all ingredients in your blender and blend until completely smooth (about 2 minutes).
Pour into a glass, serve and enjoy!
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Center Stage: Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie with @foodnfocus and @hamiltonbeach | everydaygoodthinking.comApril Aceto works in advertising sales by day and behind her camera at night. Her passions for food and photography come from her extensive travel around the country and the world, exploring new cuisine and landscapes. She is the author of Food n’ Focus, a blog devoted to bringing a variety of cuisines together in one photogenic place. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Now that September is finally here and the cooler temperatures are right around the corner, I think many of us notice that our immune systems begin to take a turn for the worse. People are cooped up indoors and germs are spreading like crazy. Many of us start to increase our intake of vitamin C during this time through supplements or fruits but I really like to boost my immunity with one of my favorite smoothies.

Center Stage: Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie with @foodnfocus and @hamiltonbeach | everydaygoodthinking.com

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One of my favorite sources of vitamin C is kale. This vegetable is seriously the new “superfood” and it’s packed with nutrients that do wonderful things for your body. While it might turn your smoothie a leafy green color, it’s practically flavorless so you won’t even know it’s there! Not only is this vegetable high in vitamin C, but it also gives you large doses of Vitamin A, K and fiber. Fiber can also help you maintain a healthy weight by making you feel full longer.

Center Stage: Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie with @foodnfocus and @hamiltonbeach | everydaygoodthinking.com

In addition to the vitamin-packed kale, the combination of citrus fruits, chia seeds and Greek yogurt add an extra punch of vitamin C and protein. I also like to include vanilla almond milk as an additional source of protein. All of these components are a great way to wake your body up and keep you feeling full until lunchtime. And it never hurts to boost your immune system as we move into the cooler months.

Center Stage: Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie with @foodnfocus and @hamiltonbeach | everydaygoodthinking.com

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Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
1 cup vanilla almond milk
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 grapefruit, peeled and quartered
1 orange, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 handful fresh kale
2-3 ice cubes
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in the jar of the Single-Serve Blender and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
Place the travel lid back onto the cup and serve or pour into a large glass and enjoy.
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Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeachIn our Heritage Dish series, we feature Hamilton Beach employees and their favorite family recipes. This month, we highlight Annie Arnold, Assistant Product Manager for hand and stand mixers, and one of her favorite family desserts, Nana’s Whipped Cream Pound Cake.

All family traditions are different, but one forever ingrained into my memory is Sunday Lunch at my Nana’s house. Every Sunday, Nana would prepare a huge meal that called our family in from a thirty mile radius. The heart of each meal was the abundance of vegetables grown in her garden (prepared southern style, of course). Meat was considered a side because vegetables were so plentiful, and the grand finale of dessert was always the best part.

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

There was not much variety in the menu, but there didn’t need to be. Everything tasted amazing and, in fact, the predictability of the menu created excitement for me. Have you ever heard a kid say they are excited about eating green beans? Doubtful, but I was that kid. The menu still has a strong effect on my diet with my love of vegetables being first in my now-vegetarian lifestyle, but desserts are a close second. Some days, all I need is piece of cake. Come on … you know those days!

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

The dessert for Sunday Lunch varied, but special occasions like birthdays and holidays were always celebrated with a delicious whipped cream pound cake. Who needs a cake from the grocery store when you can make this? I consider this to be queen of all southern desserts. You know a good homemade pound cake when you don’t feel the need to smother it with whip topping or chocolate syrup.

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach

A printable recipe is below so you can recreate the whipped cream pound cake recipe from my Nana. This pound cake, when done “Sunday Lunch-style,” is dense and moist with a slightly crunchy, golden-brown crust. YUM!

Try this southern queen for your next family gathering or as a gift. You’ll be part of the family at first bite. Enjoy!

Heritage Dish: Whipped Cream Pound Cake featuring Annie Arnold - everydaygoodthinking / @hamiltonbeach


Whipped Cream Pound Cake
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond or lemon extract
1 cup whipping cream
3 cups flour
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar on MEDIUM speed.
Add eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.
Add vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing.
Reduce speed to LOW and alternately add cream and flour.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes at 325°F, or until tests done.
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Chocolate Fondue in the Slow Cooker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

If you want to do something memorable for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, but want to avoid the crowds and overpriced menus, consider making a romantic dinner for two at home with a special chocolate dessert. Fondue is a fun, whimsical dessert that is perfect for an intimate dinner because it can be prepared in advance and kept warm while you eat.

Chocolate Fondue in the Slow Cooker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

If you don’t have a fancy fondue set, you can still enjoy this decadent dessert using a small slow cooker. Dip your fruit or pound cake right into the slow cooker or scoop the chocolate mixture into a bowl and surround it with assorted dippers like strawberries, pineapple, banana, angel food or pound cake, pretzels, marshmallows or cookies. Don’t forget to share! Fondue is the perfect dessert for trading sweet bites with your Valentine.

Chocolate Fondue in the Slow Cooker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

 


Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue
SERVES: 16

Ingredients
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces
6 ounces white chocolate, broken into pieces
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk,
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup coffee or almond flavored liqueur
Instructions
Stir chocolates, sweetened condensed milk, milk and liqueur in slow cooker crock until well blended.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Use whisk to stir very well.
Reduce slow cooker temperature to LOW. Serve immediately or keep warm as desired.
Notes
Suggested foods for dipping: Strawberries, pineapple chunks, banana chunks, angel food or pound cake cubes, pretzels, marshmallows and coconut macaroon or other cookies.
We recommend using a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker.
If fondue begins to thicken while serving, whisk in an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk.
Refrigerate leftovers and use as chocolate sauce.
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