I just received this...
I wanted one several years ago but decided to purchase my Excalibur dehydrator instead - which, yes I do use and was never unhappy I made the decision. However, over the last few years I did purchase a decent blender but nothing compared to this. I didn't feel like I "settled" because the blender did what I needed at the time - not as well as it could have been but good enough.
THEN - it burned up on me while I was trying to crush some ice. I heard the Vitamix calling my name. The other machine was only a few years old. The Vitamix comes with a 7 year Warranty - I will be thrilled if I don't kill it within 7 years. But this thing is awesome. I have only made a few smoothies so far - nothing from the book, just stuff I have on hand.
So if you all have any good recipes for the Vitamix (smoothies, dips, soups, desserts) - feel free to share them. I have set this post up like a link party so feel free to link whatever can be made with a Vitamix (or any blender/smoothie machine).
Thanks and let's have fun with this. I will keep this open all summer so we can all have plenty of summer ideas to cool us off.