My kitchen is tiny. It’s almost embarrassing that I have a food blog with such minimal appliances and tools. I stocked up at thrift stores when we first moved in, but a small handful of items (a pot, a casserole dish, salad spinner, salad bowls, muffin tin) started to add up and soon enough I just had to cut myself off from kitchen shopping entirely! I only have a blender because the place came “furnished” and the owners gave us one. No food processor, no rimmed baking sheet, no KitchenAid. This post is a lament to the KitchenAid mixer!
I once won a KitchenAid mixer when I was about 12.
My mom and I entered a contest at a kitchen goods store an hour from our house, and MY entry WON. It won! Whenever we would use the mixer at home for cookies (my personal favorite use), cheesecake, whipped cream, and more, my mom would remind me that it is MY mixer, and growing up, she’s always said it is mine for the taking. (Sometimes I think she reminded me it was mine so I would take care of it when making 500 cookies during sleepovers.)
Well fast-forward a decade and a half later and I haven’t taken it. Because who can steal a KitchenAid mixer out of the kitchen in which it grew up? Where it fed four hungry kids and helped teach those same kids how to cook. The same kitchen in which it made endless batches of chocolate chip cookies for my sister’s rehearsal dinner last summer. And numerous holiday cookies with friends over the years. Plus, my parents recently got the pasta attachment (super jealous) and have been experimenting with HOMEMADE ravioli. MY parents! No, I just couldn’t take it away. But I couldn’t buy one either. Stand mixers are an investment. A heavy investment. Especially when you want the full accessories pack of pasta maker attachments, grinders, and more. (Which has been on my Amazon wish list for over a year.)
So, still no KitchenAid.
And I’ve survived. I’ve left butter out overnight so I could whip it with a fork for cookies. And I’ve used my blender for a lot of abnormal things. But let’s be real here: you want a KitchenAid if you want to make copious amounts of pretzel bites and homemade ice cream, and REAL FOOD raviolis. If I had a KitchenAid (and the necessary attachments), these are the recipes I would immediately make:
- Whole Wheat version of Homemade Pretzel Bites (Two Peas and Their Pod)
- Homemade Marshmallows (Mommypotamus)
- Laminated Basil Pasta (Just a Taste)
- Link form of Homemade Paleo Maple Sausage (Nom Nom Paleo)
- Peach Sorbet (100 Days of Real Food)
- Whole Wheat English Muffins! (Baking Whole Grains)
But, I think the very first thing I would do with a KitchenAid is invite my friends over and have a pasta-making party! Cooking is best when shared, and pasta is best when fresh.
For those of you out there in the same boat, here are just a couple of recipes that I’ve made by hand (or fork, or blender), that you can make without a KitchenAid (but would unarguably be better with one). Hopefully one day soon we’ll all get the chance to have another go at these recipes with a stand mixer, but until then, stay blend-happy blender friends!
Do you dream of endless chocolate chip cookies and fresh pasta too? This post is part of a blogger contest; head over to PartSelect and see how you can make your KitchenAid dreams a reality.