Thinking of Taking A Trip This Summer?
A few years ago, my husband and I took an extended vacation to the West coast. Since we live in a tropical climate, our suitcases were jammed with cold weather wear we’d retrieved from the attic—and a previous life. After spending two unplanned nights in a Portland hotel waiting for our luggage to catch up to us, our bags finally arrived and we were able to continue our trip via rental car. (Fair warning: Traveling by air from the east coast to the west can involve several layovers, any one of which may result in one or more pieces of your luggage taking a few side trips along the way.)
Heading south to the VRBO rental we’d booked months before, we looked forward to making an easy transition into our vacation getaway. After a six-hour drive, we opened the door to our beach retreat and took our first look around. For the most part, the description was accurate—except when it came to the kitchen. Sparsely provisioned in the area of cookware and appliances, I realized food prep was going to be a challenge, to say the least. The next morning our first stop was the nearest all-in-one store to remedy the situation. And that’s where I found the Ninja, my now favorite go-to food processor.
There wasn’t a day went by that I didn’t use the Ninja to prepare salsas, hummus, dips, dressings, smoothies, and anything that little miracle-worker could handle. And when it came time to pack for the journey home, I knew I couldn’t live without it—this little gem was going with us. That’s when I realized I should have left extra room in one of the suitcases.
My first suggestion of buying another bag wasn’t well-received by my husband. He didn’t say anything, but there was that look—yeah, you know the one. And I realized if I was going to take my Ninja home, I had to find a way to make it work with the bags we had.
Does this story have a happy ending?
Thankfully, yes. And it’s all about establishing a few priorities. I simply had to decide what was more important . . . my new number one, go-to food processor or a few long-sleeve pullovers and a-seven-year-old coat I’d worn less than a dozen times.
No contest, right?
My rarely-used clothing was welcomed by the folks at the local Goodwill and I returned from Oregon with the little processor securely packed in my checked luggage. And although my enthusiasm for high quality, precision-made kitchen machinery was not shared by airport security (they opened the bag twice to take a look), my Ninja now occupies a prominent place on my kitchen counter.
Avocado and White Bean Dip is one of my favorite recipes to make using the Ninja Express Food Processor. All the ingredients and spices combine into the perfectly-sized bowl. In less than a minute, you have a creamy, delicious dip that’s perfect for chips, raw veggies, or as a side with your favorite meal. Check out the recipe here