On Hot Summer Days, Cooling Smoothies, and Blenders

The dog days of summer are definitely here.  Yes, even here on the Colorado Front Range, the daily temps are near 100, and the mile high elevation makes the daytime sun intense.   Grilling and barbequing are out of the question, and it’s time to give the oven and stovetop a break.   With the weather so hot, all I wanted this past weekend were cool, crisp salads, and delicious frozen smoothies. But my vintage 1975 Osterizer Pulse-Matic 16 just wasn’t cutting it anymore.  While my $5 garage-sale-find 20 years ago just will not die, this past weekend I decided I could spend $100 on a blender that will actually grind a frozen strawberry. […]