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An Ode

December 11th, 2012 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal

I was very excited when my mother and grandfather took advantage of sales and got me my Christmas present early. My Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.

(I tried to win one, but Becky picked someone else’s name).

I have wanted one of these for a while but it seemed like a lot to spend for something I wasn’t sure I would use that often. Since I’ve been home, it’s clear that it’s something I will use often. I’ve been in the kitchen a lot since I started working from home (now, once again, including work!) and I love baking a cooking and inviting the kid to help.

Since I got the mixer, which my mother also allowed me to open early, I have been baking up a storm. Every year during the holidays I get a burning desire to bake. Cookies, fudge, cakes, pies. Christmas is baking. I’ve always loved to bake, but I had no idea that a mixer would make it so much better and easier. My cookies bake better, my shortbread takes less time.

Two weeks ago I made pizza dough and we put together our own pizzas for dinner. They were pretty good. This week I made pizza dough with my mixer and dough hook attachment and tonight we made our own pizzas for dinner. They were awesome.

I never, ever would have expected to be a kitchen gadget kind of person, but I have been experimenting more and I keep asking myself what I can try to make myself next. I’ve tried things, like pizza, I never would have tried before, and after I made pizza I decided to make pizza with my own tomato sauce. I never considered making my own pasta sauce and then I made some and I’ll never go back.

I’m not a foodie, I don’t have a complex palate – I can’t handle any kind of spice and I like my chocolate milk and cheap – and there are a whole lot of things I don’t like or am unwilling to try, but I’m pushing myself and I’m enjoying the results. And now it’s easier to clean up.

(No one paid me to write this post, but if Kitchenaid wants to send me something, I will totally accept the pasta attachments).

Next stop – pizza stone?

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