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Juicing

by Meghann on January 1, 2011

Great news!

Derek found a new gaming computer! Apparently, it has the ultimate processor, graphics card, memory, ram, blah, blah, blah... you know – all the important stuff. ;)

Even better news!

I finally broke out the new juicer Santa brought me this afternoon.

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The juicer itself was really easy to put together. It came out of the box in one piece and after a quick rinse, everything was good to go.

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I didn’t have a specific recipe in mind for my first try. Instead I went with what I thought would work:

  • 2 Apples
  • 3 Beets
  • 1 Lemon
  • Piece of GInger

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So close, yet so far!

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One lemon ended up being too much in this ratio and the drink was very, very tart. Next time I would halve the lemon and add more ginger. Practice makes perfect. :)

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Derek and I had dinner plans tonight with my little brother and his fiance.

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We took them to one of my favorite restaurants: Seasons 52.

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Actually, the original plan was to go to a cute, authentic Italian place for dinner, but it was closed for New Years. Boo.

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Our table started with the eggplant parmesan flatbread.

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The flatbread was topped with eggplant, basil and feta cheese. I thought the feta was an interested choice when paired with eggplant parmesan, but it worked.

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For my entree I went with the Farmer’s Market Vegetable Plate.

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This one is an oldie, but a goodie. A plate piled high with fresh, seasonal vegetables, tofu and tabouli, what’s not to love?

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Last – but not least! – Dessert!

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Mini indulgence Pecan Pie. Mmmm…. :)

Now, we’re watching a marathon of Dexter! We’re halfway through season 4 and I’m on the edge of my seat – love this show!

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sana January 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Atleast the color of the juice looked pretty!!!

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2 Vanessa January 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Juicers are so fun!! Last summer I messed around with one and came up with the oddest combos!! That veggie plate looks good. I’ve been craving vegetables!

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3 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Looks so amazing!!! And I love the little dessert! ;)

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4 Amanda (Eating Up) January 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Haha I love that–a gaming computer! Boys are silly…but so are girls.

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5 Ashley January 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I’ve definitely been thinking about getting a juicer, but not sure I can spend even more on my food right now…hehe :) Happppy New Year!

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6 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’ve only been to Seasons 52 once and loved it. Such great variety and everything was so flavorful. Looks like a fun night!

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7 Kristina @ spabettie January 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Jason has a computer dedicated to games also. Another one for music production.

YUM juice!! I have a similar juicer, and LOVE it. I juiced TWICE today!

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

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8 Maddi January 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I AM SOOOO JEALOUS!!! A friend of mine has a juicer, not nearly as nice as yours, and its AWESOME! haha, enjoy lots of good juices for meeeee! ;)
Maddi

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9 jessica January 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Ahh dexter is my favorite! I watched all 5 seasons in a week and a half because I had to know what happened next! Have a great night :)

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10 Cynthia January 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Mmm . . . I love Seasons 52! The Pecan Pie mini indulgence is one of my favorites. So good.

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11 Becky January 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Oh man, Season 4 is intense!!!!! And very well done. Happy new year!!

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12 Heather January 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I have a juicer but don’t use it enough – perhaps in the new year! I need to buy more veggies/fruits next time I am at the grocery store.

I have never watched Dexter but my co-worker loves it – perhaps this summer I can watch a marathon on DVD…

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13 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

The color of that juice is amazing. That flatbread and vegetable plate sound right up my alley. :)

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14 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

practice does make perfect with juicing…

all kinds of recipes call for celery. i happen to think the tiniest bit overpowers everything and some people think the same about ginger; it’s so individual, isn’t it!

HAVE FUN with it! And enjoy all that pulp…great for making raw vegan cookies & pancakes :)

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15 Maryann January 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Ive heard good things about Dexter! Need to start watching it soon…maybe after I finish True Blood :)

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16 Jes (Self Motivation) January 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I love Dexter!!!

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17 Conni January 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm

1. I LOVE DEXTER!!!!! I’m so happy you do too…makes me love you even more.
2. I’m trying my first green juice tomorrow…..I’ll have to use a blender not a fancy VitaMix or juicer, but I’m excited.
3. Your brother and his fiancée are ADORABLE together.

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18 kathleen January 2, 2011 at 12:08 am

was the juice pulp easy to clean after making juice? what does derek play? my husband loves call of duty.

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19 Nikki T January 2, 2011 at 12:10 am

OMG! I just finished episode 11, but I’m too tired to watch the last one tonight…SO good!!
Need.Season.5.ASAP!

Enjoy! :)

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20 ezzie January 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

Once I tried juicing beets& apples, but my cheapo magic bullet juicer decided to not work right then and there. Even after finally getting a cup of juice out of it, it tasted terrible :P
Oh, and that flatbread looks delicious!!

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21 Christin@purplebirdblog January 2, 2011 at 1:01 am

I have always wanted a juicer! I look forward to watching you perfect juice recipes! :)

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22 Heather January 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

I love Dexter! I had a season 4 marathon today as well, and just finished! It is by far my favorite season… so intense! :)

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23 Susan @ Saucy Living January 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

Just wanted to chime in and say that Dexter season 4 was some of the most intense, heart-stopping television I’ve ever watched! Season 5 was pretty good too, especially towards the end.

Happy New Year! :-)

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24 movesnmunchies January 2, 2011 at 3:58 am

GAH that mini pecan pie looks DERRISH! and i love juicers! my friend has one and i ALWAYS make some when I come over- its so fun to try new combos!

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25 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 2, 2011 at 7:28 am

Love Seasons 52!! This reminds me that I need to make my parents take me there while I’m still on break :)

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26 Allie January 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

Mmm, I’ve always wanted to try a juicer. I have only thought of doing simple 1 or two fruit/veggie juices. Beets make it look so yummy though :) I bet you could find juice cook books or websites for recipes too! Dinner looked great, especially cause you were with family and friends :D happy new years!

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27 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

Well even if the juice didn’t taste so good, it sure looks pretty! :)
I’d love a juicer…I’m so jealous!

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28 Alicia at Poise in Parma January 2, 2011 at 8:36 am

I just made reservations for Seasons 52 on Friday night – we’re going so I can fuel up for the big WDW half the next morning! I’m giddy about getting down to your neck of the woods!!!!

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29 michelle January 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

I LOVE DEXTER!!! That show is sooooooo good and has such good story lines.

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30 Lindsey January 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

I’m excited to see what you create with that juicer– I find them a bit intimidating for some reason. Enjoy Dexter, my husband and I are totally hoooked on that show!

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31 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life January 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

I love Dexter! Season 4 was SOOOO good! What would you rate your juicer? I’m looking for one and don’t know which to buy!

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32 Biz January 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

Pretty sure that dessert is insulin worthy! My SIL was in charge of desserts at Christmas – pecan pie is one of my family’s favorite and we were all excited when she said she was bringing one. Until I opened the box and realized she bought peach pie instead – such a bummer! (but still actually pretty good!)

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33 Matt January 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

I still have yet to watch Dexter! I have heard good things, so I will give it a shot ;)

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34 Megan January 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

Love Seasons 52! I’ve only been twice but the Veg Plate has been my no brainer choice both times. Last time I went was Nov and I couldn’t get over the butternut squash and tabbouleh. I had to recreate the tabbouleh when I got home! http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000630098
They should really consider opening one here in Wisconsin!

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35 Lee January 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

I find that a lemon is way too tart in my juice too. I usually leave it out altogether.

I am not so patiently waiting for Season 5 of Dexter to be out on DVD. We finished Season 4 a few months ago but don’t have Showtime.

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36 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life January 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’ve seen this Seasons 52 quite a few times in blog land and it always looks and sounds so good! I wish there was one up here in NY. :)

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37 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

How do they get the pie into the shot glass?

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38 Food & Other Things January 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

Love Seasons 52 and their tiny desserts! I’m so jealous of your juicer, I’ve always wanted one!

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39 Trish January 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

I would love to know if the juicer was easy to clean. I had one before but only used it a couple of times becuase it was such a project to clean.

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40 Jessi @ Quirky Cookery January 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Ooo, grats on Derek’s new gaming computer. That’s a must. :D

Santa brought me a juicer attachment for my KitchenAid, so I’m looking forward to seeing you post some of your juicing experiments.

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41 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I want a juicer so badly! There’s a Seasons 52 near me and I still haven’t been. Your meal looks great!

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42 Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com January 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

That flatbread pizza looks amazing!!!

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43 BroccoliHut January 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Haha, Dexter is a favorite of Seth’s and mine too–so addictive!

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