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new addition to the family

September 25, 2009
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Food ProcessorMost of the cooking that I do needs to be adjusted for lack of a dough hook, functional mixer, etc.  Back in our Boston days, my kitchen may not have had nice granite counter tops or floors without rotting boards, but it had all my toys, including a full-sized refridgerator, my much missed KitchenAid 600 series mixer and a KitchenAid food processor from the 70s passed down to me from my mother.    The thing weighs about 100 lbs, but I’m pretty certain would cut diamonds like butter.

Imagine my surprise to come to Switzerland to learn that the aforementioned stand mixer costs over 1000CHF .  For the dollar people, given the day, that’s either 900 or 2000 dollars–most likely the former.  Say what?!  My hands, spoons and forks will do just fine, thank you.

So, here we are two years later and this summer I finally broke down and bought a mixer.  How else could I make Greek coffee frappes?  And then earlier this week in a total breakdown of willpower, I saw this on sale.  Did I need it?  Nope.  Did I want it?  Heck yeah.  Did I buy it?  You bet your bum I did.

I’ve already employed its help in making horchata and zucchini bread (recipes to follow).  It’s probably not the world’s greatest appliance, but in my toy-deprived kitchen, it may as well be.

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