Uh, hello? You’re on my baking website (even though, in your defense, I do talk a lot, too).
Baking is one of the many vehicles I use to express myself. It’s what I look forward to every weekend (when I do the bulk of my baking) after a particularly stressful/long/strenuous work week. It’s what calms me down when I have the jitters. It’s what makes me feel good for making others feel good — I especially delight when I hear stories of coworkers, friends, and readers trying my recipes and falling in love. It’s that passionate, happy spot deep inside of me that I want to do forever and ever. And I am honestly so blessed that this little pipe-dream of a blog has grown so enormously successful.
People ask me all the time, “what made you want to start baking?” I suppose it’s because I knew the culinary field was another avenue for me to express my creativity and the constant bubbling-over of ideas in my noggin. And, of course, because I grew up eating tons of ice cream, cookies, snack cakes and store-bought buttercream. Duh.
I remember for my nineteenth birthday I asked for a KitchenAid mixer. The hardest part was choosing the color. I literally spent weeks analyzing every color available on their website, envisioning the perfect mixer sitting on my counter. Finally, I chose Ice Blue. However… I needed to actually receive the mixer 🙂
My parents squawked a little that is was basically like purchasing a new appliance and I disagreed with them. “It’s just a mixer!” I would say. I was pretty positive I wasn’t receiving a mixer on my birthday… so you can imagine my shock when I awoke and saw it sitting all shiny and new on my counter!
However, I need to confess: I was wrong all this time. The KitchenAid mixer is not just a mixer after all. It’s not ‘just another appliance’, not ‘just another tool’ that bakers and chefs use. It’s the tool. It’s the appliance. Okay, so it doesn’t refrigerate things or bake things or toast things, but it helps create and inspire the things that do need refrigeration, baking and toasting. And that creation and inspiration, in my opinion, can literally be derived from my mixer.
I can’t stress enough how much I love my mixer. I use it daily and the low purr of its motor is a standard sound in my home. My family spent quite awhile thinking the mixer was only for me, but they’ve come to realize it is one of the essential tools to use when cooking and baking a long list of meals.
From shredding hot chicken (GENIUS), to grinding meat for homemade bulk sausage, to making pasta, to whipping egg whites into stiff-yet-fluffy meringue perfection, the mixer literally does it all and then some. I’m constantly amazed by the ease of preparation, the level of efficiency it delivers at such a high speed.
Okay, maybe not because that’d be strange and creepy, but I was saying that to emphasize I really, really love my mixer.
99% of the recipes you will find on this here website were prepared using my KitchenAid stand mixer. I use it to seamlessly blend cake mix ingredients, to create the perfect cookie dough, to spare my arms in making homemade whipped cream or beating egg whites, and to make the fluffiest, creamiest frostings for all my cakes and cupcakes. And that’s just for baking.
Am I tooting KitchenAid’s horn? Toooootally. Because while my recipes are mostly created from within my head, from my own ideas, they are prepared and come to live through the use of my KitchenAid. I attribute the success of my recipes to the efficiency, power and probable-magical-fairy-dust packed inside of every machine. It is an appliance. It is an investment. But it is worth every.single.penny. Because when it comes to your kitchen confidence, the success of your recipes, the time and strenuous labor shaved off because your machine whips things up in seconds, you’ll realize it’s totally the best investment you can make for your kitchen, your cooking, and your culinary confidence!
I totally think KitchenAid needs to be a sponsor of The Domestic Rebel — we can share the same motto “Baking fearlessly in the kitchen” 🙂
And the best best BEST part of having a KitchenAid stand mixer?
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Have a happy Saturday!
This post was sponsored by KitchenAid. In the interest of full disclosure I was provided with a KitchenAid stand mixer to review. All opinions are 100% my own and I was not otherwise compensated for my time, opinions or for this post.