KitchenAid Intervention

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Look at that cute kid. She definitely should not be allowed in the kitchen. As you can see, she is fairly certain that her pivotal role is to model the holiday apron and bat her eyes. Sigh.

Look behind her, in the corner. See that gleaming(ish) red KitchenAid mixer? I heart it. And yet, I rarely use it. I think it’s like owning priceless crystal – I’m afraid I’ll break it, and I’m unfamiliar with all its facets.

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See? There it is again: neglected. Wistful. Wanting to contribute, but lacking opposable thumbs.

And so, this year I am certainly entertaining far more important resolutions to better my life in other areas, but I have one sole resolution in the kitchen: to get to know my KitchenAid. She’s a beauty, but surely she can do more than mix dough.

I’ll start with recipes from the KitchenAid site, but I want some input as well – do you have a KitchenAid stand mixer? If so, how do you use it? If not, how would you use one? And, if you’re coveting one, check out these works of art to get your kitchen + design heart singing!

Next week, I’m excited to post about my recent visit to my good friend Srividya Venkatasubramanya’s (!) kitchen to learn about real Indian food. It. Was. Awesome. I’ll share plenty of photos and the recipes she shared with me.

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In the meantime, help me put my KitchenAid stand mixer to work! I want a recipe a month this year. Let’s mix it up! Any kitchen resolutions of your own for 2013?

Happy new year!

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7 comments

  1. I actually have two! My big one is at home with rhe smaller 5 qt at the lake. am I spoiled or what! Do you have the meat grinder attachment? I use mine lots rather than buying preground meats. I want to get better with the pasta attachment-my 2013 goal in the kitchen:). What kinds of things are you interested in making? Happy New Year!

    1. Hey Debbie! I’m not sure yet – I thought it would be fun to see the range of things people do with their mixers for a little inspiration. I do love to bake, but more often than not I grab my hand mixer and forget that this lovely contraption will just stand in the corner and do the mixing for me!

      Recently a friend mentioned that she just “throws something in the KitchenAid” and it flipped a switch for me, so I’m going to make my mixer earn its keep since it takes up valuable real estate in my limited-counter-space kitchen!

      Happy new year to you, too! Enjoyed keeping up with you on Arkansas Women Bloggers throughout December!

  2. I can’t wait to see what you dig up and share with all of us. One day I will buy a KitchenAid… when I learn how to bake! Cooking = no problem. Baking = yikes!

    1. That can’t be true! Perhaps we should make baguettes together. 🙂

      Yes, I hope to see lots of good ideas. Get to posting, people – what’s the perfect use for a KitchenAid stand mixer?

  3. My KitchenAid is my first born! {my only-born, actually ;)}. My absolute fave recipe I tried with the KA is Italian Meringue Buttercream. A DReAm! absolutely loved it. For Christmas dinner, Thom used it to mash/whip the potatoes and says he’ll only use the KA from now on. I use mine for making bread doughs and whipping egg whites, too. I would LOVE to get some attachments and make our own pasta.

    BTW. Looking forward to the Indian food post. Thom and I keep talking about making Indian food but we haven’t done it yet.

  4. Oh my mercy. I use it for ev.er.y.thing. Cookies, cakes, bread dough, pizza dough. You just need to stop cheating yourself 🙂

  5. I use mine often, as well. Lots of cookies. I bought a different beater blade:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015TMI28/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    which to me makes such a difference. No more scraping the sides of the bowl.

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