I won the KitchenAid Mixer and three attachments while I was at BlogHer Food 13. It is the Artisan series in watermelon.
Yes, I dropped my card in the basket as I grumbled about how the KitchenAid isn’t left-handed friendly. I did ogle the hand blender with all the cool attachments though. In any case, I was on the bus to the food truck lunch when I saw a tweet saying I won! Wow.
Note, they didn’t ask for posts or mention and after they find them they might be saying “Why didn’t we re-draw for someone who knew what she was doing?” Or maybe not.
My first adventure was the No Cook Mints (Sadly, not a link to the actual KitchenAid site) from the book that came with the mixer. I had the ingredients. I wanted to see if my previous misadventures with KitchenAid were due to not having read the manual. Easy. Fast. Had the ingredients except for the food coloring.
I confidently placed the ingredients in the bowl before attaching to the stand. It said to do that right. It is a four ingredient recipe (cream cheese, powdered sugar, mint extract, green food coloring). How could I mess this up? So, I started mixing. But the powdered sugar wasn’t meant to be added before starting the mixer at speed 2. It wasn’t looking right so I added more powdered sugar but then it was not right, so more mint and back and forth. I ended up with a LOT of really good creamy no cook mint stuff. I didn’t have “Individual flexible candy molds” handy. So I just rolled into balls and squashed with a fork. (like with a peanut butter cookie.) I got ohhhh halfway through the process when I was tired and the cream cheese/powdered sugar stuff was starting to stick and melt and be a problem. So, I ate a few mints, handed one to Denise. Threw the rest of the mixture into a storage container and refrigerated it. (and the formed mints in a separate one) I would get back to rolling them and making them pretty the next day. I didn’t. Soon the finished mints were gone. They really were good.
Then I moved on to eating the unshaped mixture. Also, very good. Take a pinch as I wander through the kitchen on the way back from letting the dogs out. Thinking “I really should finish these, so I can offer them to the kids” Then thinking “How could I make this better?” CHOCOLATE.
I had this grand idea! I could INVENT a new recipe. Something never done before. I could make the little disks of mint and DIP them into chocolate. Fantastic. Wouldn’t that be good? A patty of peppermint covered with chocolate? Oh, yeah, right. Peppermint Patties. Sigh. Already invented. Nothing new in food.