May 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

Maureen Tisdale

Let's Talk Food (& maybe win a cookbook): 'The Blender Girl'

I was pregnant when we moved into our house, so I wasn’t up for homemaking. Almost two years later, as my son becomes more and more independent, my excuse is holding less and less water.

So my friend Sue popped over last week to help me decatastrophize my kitchen some. One of her best suggestions was going through the room appliance by appliance and whatever I don’t use regularly, putting into a cupboard where possible. I had some things I could tuck into easy-to-access spots — the mini food processor into the baking cupboard — but others were so big they’d need to stay or go far away.

The blender was a tough call. Right now, I’m in between soup and smoothie season, and even in those times I don’t use it weekly. But the only space big enough for it where it also wouldn’t be in the way of more frequently used items was in the cupboard above the fridge behind a stack of cookbooks — or, as I think of it, where kitchen stuff goes to die.

Nonetheless, eventually I made it happen. I may regret it next time a smoothie sounds good, but I just don’t use the blender enough to justify it hogging up counter space.

My loss (of interest in blending) will be some lucky reader’s gain, as this experience both made “The Blender Girl” by Tess Masters catch my eye — and freed me to give it away. The book’s press materials say the book doesn’t stop with traditional blender creations, but uses the appliance for recipes for snacks, salads, soups, appetizers and desserts such as flourless triple-pecan mousse pie, raspberry lemon cheesecake smoothie, mushroom stroganoff and artichoke and white bean dip.

If you’re interested in the book, send an email to Eats&Drinks@detroitnews.com with “Cookbook/Blender” in the subject line. Include your name and mailing address in the body. Enter only once by midnight May 11. A winner will be chosen from among the entries. (If it’s May 12, 2014, or later when you read this, the cookbook will have been given away — but thanks for stopping by.)

Good luck!