1st Birthday Celebration: Ninja Blender Giveaway

Happy 1st birthday to the blog!!!

Exactly one year ago the first of Mom’s recipes, Cheeseburger Pie, was unveiled to the blogosphere!

What a wild ride it’s been: from VIP food events, to featured articles, to featured recipes, to hob-nobbing with world-renown chefs, to working alongside some amazing brands.

One year ago today:

I didn’t know how to boil pasta…I had no idea how to cut an avocado…my meals were usually dialed up from a menu.

Today, my kitchen fridge and pantry are always well-stocked, I actually meal plan for the week, and my kids have said in public (without being bribed) “Mom’s a good cook”.

163 posts, over 200 recipes, and a Top 25 Foodie Mom Blog 2012 award later, my kitchen is in full swing as I’m desperately trying to honor Mom and emulate what she effortlessly did for others—spreading love through food.

Thank you to the loyal fans who have been part of this mission by reading, cooking, and sharing Mom’s recipes and stories!

To appropriately celebrate our first birthday, let’s enjoy one of Mom’s celebrated Chilled Cucumber Soup recipes.  It’s light and refreshing– the perfect accompaniment to sultry summer days.  But, you’ll need a top-of-the-line blender to help mix your cucumbers and yogurt and buttermilk.  So, we’re hosting an awesome Ninja Professional Blender giveaway too!

The Ninja Professional N600 Blender has an insane 6-blade technology that makes it as simple to blend gazpacho, soups, marinades, sauces and spreads as it is to chopping whole veggies at once!  I received my first Ninja and Mother’s Day and it’s been my go to appliance for our Sunday afternoon smoothies. I’ve already lined up a long list of summer soups I want to try in the blender (among other items).  With a Ninja in your kitchen, your life will forever change.  So, what are you waiting for? Enter to win!

Ninja Pro NJ600 Blender Giveaway Details

One (1) winner will receive a Ninja Pro NJ600 Blender!

How to Enter

To enter to win, simply leave a comment in the post letting telling me what you’d like to make with the blender. That’s it! You’re entered to win!

Additional (Optional) Entries

To up your chances of winning, you can receive up to FOUR additional entries to win by doing the following (these are optional, not required):

1. Subscribe to My Judy the Foodie by RSS. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

2. Become a fan of My Judy the Foodie on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

3. Follow My Judy the Foodie on Pinterest. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

4. Follow @myjudythefoodie on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

The Fine Print

Deadline: Tuesday, June 5th 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner: A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced at the top of this post. The winner will also be notified via email and the My Judy the Foodie fan page on Facebook; if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

My giveaways are listed on Contestgirl


Chilled Cucumber Soup

serves 4-6


  • 5 cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 6 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1 pint yogurt (Greek yogurt will create a thicker consistency)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Peel and chop the cucumbers.
  2. Place the cut pieces in your Ninja Blender along with lemon juice, buttermilk, yogurt, dill and scallion.
  3. Blend at high speed until consistency is thick and soupy.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Chill in refrigerator at least an 1-2 hours before serving.
  6. Add a dollop of fresh sour cream to the top of each bowlful of soup!  Enjoy.


  1. I have been looking at this blender for some time. I would love to have it to make my smoothies and soups. I am sure I will be putting it to other uses as well, though.

  2. Ellen W. says:

    Happy birthday! You’ve done an amazing job. Congratulations.
    I’d like to make fruit soup with the Ninja.

  3. Congratulations! I am so happy that we found each other. You have inspired me to learn to cook, not just bake, thank you.

  4. carol doty says:

    would make healthy drinks for my kids and myself–love smoothies– would also make some great soup and dips all being fresh not canned

  5. RSS all set up … looking forward to the emails.

  6. You know I am a smoothie nut but I do it all in a cheap-o Oster blender! I sure would love a morning green drink that isn’t chunky.;)

  7. I followed your RSS feed. I thought I’d already done that but guess you’re just “bookmarked”. Shows you how often I check my reader!

  8. Oh and I was already a fan.

  9. amy marantino says:

    i would make smoothies with the blender.

  10. amy marantino says:

    i Subscribe to My Judy the Foodie by RSS.

  11. amy marantino says:

    i Follow @myjudythefoodie on Twitter.

  12. michelle says:

    Congrats! You have done an amazing job, I think of you as a great cook and can’t believe you were clueless one year ago. I would like to try summer soups with a blender (today’s recipe right on point), I never try to do that.

  13. Michelle Soble says:

    Shari – Congratulations! And Happy Birthday to the blog! I’m so impressed with all that you have accomplished this year… Oh, and I would make awesome smoothies with that kick-#$% blender!

  14. Alix Jennings says:

    Happy Birthday, My Judy the Foodie! Yay, Shari! And I would use the blender to try to make a smoothie that Cass would actually like.

  15. Bindu Lokre says:

    Happy Birthday My Judy The Foodie! What a big year for you! I’d love to use the blender to perfectly puree just about anything to give to my baby girl. Mangoes, Bananas and Sweet Potatoes are her favorite! xx

  16. Love your recipes! I would like the blender to make fresh vegetable dip with veggies from my garden!

  17. Hi Shari….Congratulations! I speak to Judy everyday….She is laughing and smiling and oh so proud!!! I will make her cucumber soup in my new Ninja!….and protein shakes…..and gazpacho soup. A.T.

  18. Mark Satlof says:

    i would be psyched to make bean dip with a ninja, congrats on the anniversary

  19. Mark Satlof says:

    I”m following you on pinterest shari

  20. Mark Satlof says:

    Now i’m following you in twitter!

  21. Mark Satlof says:

    and finally i subscribed to your rss. i’m already a facebook fan

  22. Melissa C. says:

    I’d liek to make a spinach smoothie

  23. Tracy Pickett says:

    Congratultions on one year! Enjoy readin your blog. Trying to get into smoothies, would love a new blender~!

  24. You know I am loving that soup! Have to try it; looks delicious.
    Congratulations on the amazing anniversary – your mom would be so proud.

  25. I follow you on Pinterest

  26. I follow you on Twitter.

  27. I subscribed to your RSS

  28. Wow, there is so much I could actually make with this blender! The possibilities are endless. Probably smoothies would be first in line since it is getting so hot in Houston, but I would definitely love to try your cucumber soup! What a refreshing lunch for a hot day!

  29. I follow you on FB! Happy Birthday 🙂

  30. I also follow you on Pinterest!

  31. I make smoothies every morning with frozen fruit, this Ninja is really needed here!

  32. Following RSS

  33. “liked” on FB

  34. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

    I’d like to use the blender to start making smoothies and shakes in the morning so I can start having a tasty and healthy breakfast as I rush out the door.

  35. Just liked you on Facebook

  36. Following on Pinterest

  37. Stacy Verstraete says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!
    I’m so in awe of all you’re doing with your fab blog and work to honor your mom. You inspire me. I’d love to make smoothies for my family in this kick ass new blender! Pick my name Shar!

    • Stacy Verstraete » If I could pick you I would : ) miss you Stac but thanks so much for following from afar

  38. Rebecca Martin says:

    Happy Birthday My Judy the Foodie!! I would make the most kick ass delicious soups if I won the Ninja. I’m obsessed with soup, my son is obsessed with Ninja’s, it is the perfect pairing. HIIIIIIII YAH!

  39. Bea Rosabal says:

    Piña Coladas!!!!!!!!

  40. Bea Rosabal says:

    I already like you on Facebook…

  41. Happy birthday to my favorite blog – and congrats to you, Shari. Thanks for being an inspiration to me! Keep it up…and I would use that blender to add more greens (kale, spinach, chard) to my smoothies 🙂

  42. A recent follower, I would love to have a Ninja to make green drinks, along with other healthy foods. I broke mine making humus, so something like the Ninja would be great.

  43. I have a relatively new blender, so I don’t need to be entered in your giveaway. I did, however, want to congratulate you on your blog’s anniversary!!! Hope you have many more successful years ahead 🙂

  44. Happy Anniversary! If I won this awesome blender, I would make green smoothies… my little magic bullet works fine for protein shakes but not for green smoothies that I so want to make!

  45. … and I follow you on Twitter too!

  46. Man oh man oh man! I’d LOVE to win that blender. All I have now is a personal sized one and I so desire a bigger one. I would make lots and lots of smoothies with it.

  47. I liked you at Facebook – love your timeline photo there – WOW!

  48. I am a fan on facebook!

  49. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    I would like to make strawberry smoothies. Congrats on the first birthday!

  50. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    I’m a fan of My Judy the Foodie on facebook

  51. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    I followed My Judy the Foodie on twitter

  52. I follow you on FB. How did I not see you before now? So glad to meet you!

  53. Following you on twitter!

  54. Following you on Pinterest! Oh the pinterest addiction!

  55. I think I would like to make your cucumber soup! It sounds amazing!!!

  56. Happy blog birthday! It went by so fast! I am all over this Ninja. I would make kale smoothies for breakie and there ain’t no ice it won’t demolish!

  57. Already following on Pinterest! BAM!

  58. Already following on Facebook! Holla!

  59. Already following on Twitter! What up!

  60. I’ll be making my daily cocoa banana smoothie.

  61. I Like you on Facebook.

  62. I follow you on Twitter

  63. mom2dagny says:

    I’d make cottage cheese pancakes….every day!!!

  64. mom2dagny says:

    following you by rss

  65. mom2dagny says:

    like you on facebook!

  66. mom2dagny says:

    and i see you on pinterest. Thanks for all the chances!

  67. Its amazing how much you learned in just one year. I would like to make honey mango lassie and zucchini soup.

  68. Congratulations to you for not only your blog success, but your success in the kitchen!

    Your mom is smiling at you and when it rains, those are her tears of joy as she pridefully watches you grow and blossom. Being a mother, you know the feeling she has….where your heart is so full of love and your soul is at peace knowing your children are in step with their life and their world.

    Good luck as you continue on your path!

    PS…I already follow you everywhere!

  69. elissapr says:

    Happy birthday to one fabulous foodie! And if I win…I’ll even pay the border taxes….

  70. Brandon Brooks says:

    Awesome blender looks perfect for margaritas.

  71. Kristen N. says:

    I would love to make a chocolate milkshake!

  72. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! What an amazing year! If I were to win this fantastic blender, I’d blend up a batch of my husband’s famous margaritas. We need a celebratory drink, right???

  73. I follow you on Twitter – @chewnibblenosh

  74. Heather Howard says:

    Happy Birthday! I’d love to make smoothies with that Ninja!

  75. Heather Howard says:

    I also follow you on Facebook. 🙂

  76. Heather Howard says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  77. Heather Howard says:

    I also follow you on RSS.

  78. Jenna swanson says:

    Happy birthday on your blog,I follow you on Facebook . I would make smoothies,soups with the blender.or recipes I find that pertain to mixing in a blender,If you could answer one question for me that would be great how would you rate how this crushes ice? Fine unnoticeable or leaves strays as in small chunks here and there?
    I would love the opportunity to win this ninga blender this is my entry thanks.

  79. Jenna swanson says:

    Following you on pinterest

  80. Jenna swanson says:

    Is now following your rss feeds

  81. Jenna swanson says:

    Is following you by email subscription ,looking forward to your summer soups congrats again on your 1 year anniversary!

  82. Just wanted to pop by and say congratulations to you as well on your first year of blogging!

  83. Shari,
    Congratulations on such a fantastic year, blog and blogiversary!!! What an incredible milestone and! How wonderful that you’re carrying on your mother’s legacy. She is with you every step of the way and you’ve brought life to her recipes. Well done, Shari!
    I would love to make smoothies with this blender. I am now addicted to them.

  84. I already follow you on FB.

  85. I’m now following you on Interest.

  86. Following you on Twitter!

  87. Victoria R. says:

    I’d love to make watermelon granita! So good!

    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

  88. Victoria R. says:

    RSS subscriber!

    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

  89. Victoria R. says:

    Like you on Facebook!

    username: Victoria R.
    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

  90. Victoria R. says:

    Follow you on Pinterest!

    username: gildedaged
    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

  91. Victoria R. says:

    Follow you on Twitter!

    username: @gildedaged
    e-mail: gildedaged (at) gmail (dot) com

  92. Hannaeh B. says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I would make smoothies with my ninja blender!

  93. Hannaeh B. says:

    I subscribe to the rss feed!

  94. Hannaeh B. says:

    followed you on twitter! I’m @hannahililly

  95. Hannaeh B. says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  96. I would love to make smoothies in the blender!!!

  97. A banana smoothie!!

  98. Georgette Sorini says:

    I would make my grandkids milk shakes and I would make the blender coconut custard pie that makes its own pie shell! Yum and Happy 1st Birthday!

  99. Janette Desousa says:

    I would make healthy smoothies with spinach, fruit and Greek yogurt!

  100. Janette Desousa says:

    I just liked you on Facebook!

  101. Janette Desousa says:

    I am also following you on Twitter (I am jaydee0414)

  102. Jamie K says:

    Happy Birthday! I would love to use this blender to make smoothies and dips!

  103. Jamie K says:

    I also liked you on facebook =0)

  104. I make morning smiothies and mine is SO old and done.

  105. Happy blog birthday!!!! I would make smoothies and soups with the blender. Mine is almost 40 years old and is on it’s last leg- my mom got it when she was 18!

  106. Jamie K says:

    i would love to try making healthy smoothies for my kids!

  107. Renee Stone says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! I want to make smoothies!!!!! <3

  108. Angela Shaw says:

    Happy Birthday!! I would definitely make a kale smoothie with the ninja!

  109. David Harris Sandler says:

    I can’t wait to make smoothies and hummus…

  110. Meg in NYC says:

    I’d LOVE a Vitamix! I’d use it for soup, pesto, smoothies, milkshakes and “that frozen concoction that helps me hang on…” Congrats on your anniversary!!

  111. Meg in NYC says:

    RSS done. Thanks for the reminder!

  112. Meg in NYC says:

    Pinterest done!

  113. Meg in NYC says:

    Facebook done! Thanks for the multiple chances to win!

  114. billy tompkins says:

    Id love to make a watermelon/cucumber/ fused coctail.

  115. Michele says:

    I liked you on Facebook too. (do I have to actually cook now?) 😉

  116. Mary W. says:


  117. Melissa Witte says:

    Juice, soup, sauce…….

  118. jenny stiles says:

    I found you on facebook,but haven’t had the chance to get to get to know your story. If I were chosen to win it would be like having a light to read by. I could use it to make all the delicious recipes that I’ll be sure make.

  119. Harold D says:

    I would like to make fruit smoothies.

  120. Christin Pivero says:

    I would make yummy smoothies, and freeze some into popsicles! A yummy frozen, guilt-free summer treat!

  121. Christin Pivero says:

    I follow My Judy the Foodie on Pinterest

  122. Christin Pivero says:

    I like My Judy the Foodie on Facebook

  123. John Ferderer says:

    I would love to use it to mix dough for pasta or to mix up some of my salsa.

  124. John Ferderer says:

    I have also subscribed to the RSS feed. Love your site and the abundance of recipes.

  125. John Ferderer says:

    I have already Liked you on Facebook.

  126. John Ferderer says:

    Following you on Pinterest now as well. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. I am fortunate enough to have my mom close to me so I can get the recipes directly from her, but she has thousands of recipes and I have a feeling that I won’t always have her available to share the way she does things with me. I hope to be motivated by you to work my way through all of the recipes that I love.

  127. Kristin Morse says:

    Organic baby food!

    Ok, green juice. Seriously.

  128. I’d like to make some soups! : )

  129. I follow you via RSS in google reader

  130. I am a fan on facebook now! So glad my sister Audra at Once a Mom Always a Cook pointed me over here!

  131. I follow on pinterest

  132. I follow on twitter! Fingers crossed I win! : )

  133. I’d love to make all kinds of smoothies 🙂

  134. Congratulations Shari! You’re an inspiration…I follow you on facebook. I would continue to make delicious smoothies for my family using this 007 model blender. The Perello boy’s favorite breakfast smoothie; almond milk, a fresh banana, tbsp of flax, a tsp of peanut butter and a tsp of matcha powder. You remind me to treasure the recipes from my Grandmother, Mother and also my Mother in-law who is also a fantastic cook. All the best. xo

  135. Can I make margaritas with that?

  136. I would make ALL KINDS of smoothies and healthy drinks for myself and my daughter. I am a fan of your site, and am even a fan on Facebook. I would LOVE to win one of these!!! Please, please, PLEASE consider me to win one!!

  137. Jacqueline Parham says:

    I subscribed to My Judy the Foodie’s RSS feed.

  138. Jacqueline Parham says:

    I like My Judy the Foodie on facebook.

  139. Jacqueline Parham says:

    I follow My Judy the Foodie on twitter.

  140. Jacqueline Parham says:

    I follow My Judy the Foodie on Pinterest.

  141. Jacqueline Parham says:

    I would use my Ninja to make ice cream and smoothies.

  142. Michele says:

    I would use the blender to make delicious food for myself & my loved ones who suffer from so many food intolerances & allergies that we are working through the process of figuring it all out. Your sight has been so helpful! I hope we win as we love smoothies, dips and maybe even coconut ice cream? Thanks for your consideration!

  143. I would make amazing smoothies!

  144. I am a subscriber

  145. I am a FB fan

  146. I follow you on pinterest

  147. I also follow you on twitter!

  148. michele says:

    Id love to make breakfast smoothies in this beautiful machine. The slow grind of my blender just isn’t cutting it!

  149. i’d make puerto rican sofrito with my new ninja blender. where are u my ninja

  150. My Judy, I love this lovely soup recipe!! I have a lot of cucumbers in my garden that will be perfect for this dish! Thank you for sharing at Fit and Fabulous Fridays!! Also, congratulations on your first birthday! I hope for many more of your great recipes! 🙂

  151. I would make smoothies for me and my daughter! This blender is incredible! Your cucumber soup looks awesome too! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, also!

  152. I subscribed to your site! 🙂

  153. I liked your FB fan page!

  154. Following on Pinterest.

  155. Following on twitter. I am @blessedwgrace

  156. Meaghan McDermott says:

    I’d like to make some smoothies for me and my son!

  157. Lauren NuDelman says:

    If I won, I would give this blender to my dad — but I know what he would make with it! Green shakes chock-filled with veggies and other healthy stuff!


  1. […] the past two years, I’ve invested in and upgraded my knives, blender, slow cooker, toaster oven, Tupperware, utensils.  And, I’ve never been happier.  Gone are […]

Speak Your Mind