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Friday, January 19, 2007

A Little Love For The Jake?

As I mentioned yesterday we're having a good friend for dinner tonight (having just watched 'Silence Of The Lambs' perhaps that wasn't the best choice of phrase?). I know I also mentioned a certain Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake that I'd prepared for the feast (I used the recipe from the King Arthur baking cookbook, one of our favorites).

Well, feast your eyes...

It looks scrumptious if I say so my damn self!

Now I'd like to introduce you to the coolest machine in our kitchen, our Kitchen Aid mixer. Which not only is a great machine in the old school American tradition but, comes with a story...

As we were bouncing around the great Southwest (pix here at MJ's site), working at guest ranches we kept talking about buying a Kitchen Aid, but we had to be able to fit everything we owned in the back of our Jeep. So, keeping possessions to a bare minimum was a necessity.

Fast forward a year or two and we were living in Longmont Colorado, about twenty miles outside Denver. An area known for its thrift shops. One day we moseyed over to one of favorite ones, a place just filled with interesting stuff, mostly to just hang out, and sitting at a front table was this Kitchen Aid with every attachment known to man for $50!!

Needless to say we scooped it up and ran, not walked, ran to make it ours!

All we know at this point is that it was made somewhere between the years of 1958-1968. Is solid as a freaking rock and has metal gears. Why are metal gears important? Well Grasshopper, if you've ever tried to make sausage or grind something using your pretty new Kitchen Aid with plastic gears, or attempted to knead a tough dough you'll learn the difference pretty quick.

This 30+ year old bad-ass can still do all that without straining a whit. A true American classic.

So, I have a nice Chablis chilling in the freezer, MJ is starting to get dinner together and the smells are D-lightful, and I hope y'all have a fantastic weekend as well!

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