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Have I Told You About My KitchenAid Mixer?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

For many years I have been doing all of my mixing with Mom’s retro Sunbeam stand mixer.  She’s got great style with her stainless steel bullet shaped design.  But…I’ve come to learn that style is not everything when it comes to baking.

I was recently gifted a KitchenAid stand mixer!  After using it only a few times, I have no idea how I ever baked before.  The sheer power and sturdiness of this beast makes me weak in the knees.  I can do twice as much in half of the timeI am woman, hear me roar!

Paddle, Whisk or Dough Hook  –  who knew the magic of these three things?

KitchenAid Mixer

KitchenAid Mixer

Often I would get frustrated reading a Martha Stewart recipe when she would describe textures of how butter and sugar should look after a good creaming.  Beaten egg yolks were described as looking like a light lemon curd – not mine.  That was nearly impossible with my Sunbeam. 

My kids would laugh at me when I would stick my hand mixer in the Sunbeam in order to get that extra boost when making Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  Laugh no more – now that I am fitted with the proper mixer.  Surely, there are other great mixers on the market, but for me – my new love is my Kitchen Aid!

KitchenAid, are you getting all this?  :)

Giant Sandwich Cookie Cake Pans

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Giant Sandwich Cookie Pan From Williams Sonoma

Giant Sandwich Cookie Pan From Williams Sonoma

I love new kitchen gadgets, so of course I absolutely love these giant sandwich cookie cake pans from Williams Sonoma.   I first discovered these on Baking Bites, a great site BTW.  Yum…a cake that tastes like a creme filled chocolate cookies and looks like one too,  on the recipe hunt now.  I think I know what Jody is getting for her birthday :-) .

Time to Break Out the Charcoal Grill!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Two Chimney Starters are Better Than One!

Two Chimney Starters are Better Than One!

I am looking out my window today and what a dreary day it is.  Why can’t every day be cook out weather

We had great weather this past weekend – perfect  for a few Corona’s and the Weber.   Ahh…the beauty of the charcoal grill.  My husband loves his Weber, he prefers it to a gas grill any day.   Most people say that it takes too long to get the coals hot enough – those people have probably never used a chimney starter.  Chimney starters eliminate the need for of lighter fluid which can taint the flavor of foods, they also get your coals extremely hot, quickly! 

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