As a self-proclaimed retro housewife, mother/step-mother to three little ones, and wife to a very busy (and hungry!) man, I find that the majority of my day is spent in the kitchen. I truly love cooking, I enjoy every aspect of it, and since becoming a homemaker the one thing I enjoy most is making as much as possible from scratch.
Growing up, my family was definitely not traditional. My dad was retired and stayed at home to take care of me and my mother worked what sometimes seemed like 7 days a week. My dad did all of the cooking and cleaning, taking care of me, etc., and my mother was there for me to help me with sports and academics. A little backwards, no? Because we were so busy, most meals were things that could be easily thrown in the oven and done in 20 min. Chicken nuggets, fries, fish sticks, and the occasional spaghetti were dinnertime regulars. As the youngest of 4 girls, I think my parents were just flat out exhausted and took advantage of modern conveniences.
I remember staying up in the evening watching shows like Leave it to Beaver and Bewitched on Nick at Nite. The idea of a housewife tending to the home and children and the father walking through the door everyday at 5pm with his suit, hat, and briefcase sitting down to a delicious meal was so foreign to me. I was beyond intrigued.
If you were to look at my Amazon WishList, you would see it mostly consists of kitchen items, primarily KitchenAid Mixer attachments. I own the basics, the whisk, dough hook, and paddle mixer, and I also have the book “The Mixer Bible”, but can you imagine what I could do with all the amazing attachments they offer?! From the ice cream maker to the pasta attachments, and the fruit and vegetable grinder to the sausage stuffer, I’ve pretty much got them all on my list. For a person like myself who so much enjoys making food from scratch, can you even imagine the possibilities?! My mind gets lost in a dreamworld thinking about it.
So, what exactly what I make you ask? Well, let me tell you. This would be the meal of all meals.
I’d start off by using the food grinder and sausage stuffer and make delicious cheddar jalapeno sausage served with spinach and chopped tomato salad. The spiciness and sausage made from scratch! Oh my goodness my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Next I would use my pasta roller and ravioli maker attachments to again, make from scratch, a mouthwatering butternut squash ravioli. The delicateness of the ravioli and mixture of herbs, spices, squash, and cheeses would literally melt in your mouth. Yes, I promise you it would be that good! Alongside that I would serve an amazing French Baguette with a recipe that actually takes 2 days to make! The fluffiness of the bread served warm so the butter slightly melts when you spread it on… ah! Heavenly. Now we get to my favorite part of any meal, dessert! I would make a plethora of sweets, something to appeal to everyone’s tastes buds. I’d use my ice cream maker attachment to make Dulce de Leche ice cream. Who doesn’t love that?! I’d also make a strawberries and cream dessert that is so light and fluffy and sweet, and is topped with fresh strawberries. And you of course can’t leave out a classic, meringues! They are so quick and easy to make with your KitchenAid mixer. And for all my chocolate lovers, including myself, a triple chocolate cake, three layers of three different types of chocolate. On the side serve some of that freshly made Dulce de Leche ice cream and you are sure to go into a sugar coma!
That meal would truly satisfy every food craving I could possibly have. It’s amazing how many possibilities you have with a KitchenAid mixer, especially with all the attachments they offer!
So tell me, what are your favorite things to make using your mixer? What are the dream items you would love to make using their attachments?