The Amazing Range of Colors of the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

I have just taken delivery of a beautiful shiny Empire Red KitchenAid Artisan Stand mixer. And I have to say that it looks absolutely stunning on my kitchen benchtop. I was tossing up between the Empire red and the new limited edition Candy Apple Red but finally decided on the Empire Red and I love it.

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer offers plenty of power and room for mixing everything from pizza dough or ice cream to citrus juices and bread dough. It has a huge 5-quart capacity and a powerful 325-watt motor, 10 mixing speeds and an impressive selection of add-on accessories.

 As if all the power, convenience and versatility weren’t enough, today there’s even more to love about KitchenAid stand mixers– the rainbow of colors you have to choose from when you purchase a KitchenAid Artisan.

 It used to be choosing accessories was the only way to personalize your KitchenAid mixer, but now you can choose among 26 different colors. The amazing range of color choices available makes buying, owning and using a KitchenAid more fun than ever.

 All KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers feature a gorgeous, polished stainless steel mixing bowl and attractive retro style. Yet it’s up to you to decide which color best suits the Artisan’s style and design, to match your personal taste and your kitchen décor.

 If you think a blue KitchenAid Artisan would be ideal, you have plenty of options. There’s pretty, bright Cornflower Blue, rich Blue Willow, or deep, majestic Cobalt Blue. For a cheerful blue-sky type of hue that ideally compliments the Artisan’s retro design, you’ll love the brilliant turquoise color Ice.

 Those who would rather own a green KitchenAid mixer won’t have an easy time of choosing among the three beautiful Artisan green-hued options. There’s the bright look of green apple, the rich deep foresty green look of Bayleaf and the light, almost creamy color Pistachio. 

You even have KitchenAid Artisan color choices if black would best suit your style. You can choose the almost frosted black look of Imperial Black, rich and glossy Black Onyx or the somewhat in-between, elegant Caviar. 

 KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers are available in a wide variety of bright as well as soft and subtle colors. There are three different varieties of orange colors, three different yellows, three greys, two almond and even two white options to consider. 

If you’d like a bright red stand mixer, Empire Red is your choice, while Cinnamon Red offers a slightly more burgundy flavored red hue. There’s even a beautiful purple Boysenberry KitchenAid Artisan.

 The variety of Artisan colors makes mixers more fun, but it also makes it easy to justify keeping your KitchenAid out on display. This appliance isn’t small, and its solid craftsmanship makes it rather weighty. You’ll enjoy added convenience and the chance to show off your beautiful Artisan displayed on a countertop instead of hiding it away.

KitchenAid Artisan –  a great stand mixer that gives great results and looks stunning.  What  more can I say  apart from – I love it.



How ‘Handy’ is a Hand Mixer?

Use the 7-Spd KitchenAid Hand Mixer Just Once and You’ll Know!

 When I was in my early twenties, I realized that I could eat fantastic food without having to go to a restaurant.  Of course, I already knew that, but I didn’t really put it to the test until I had to pinch the proverbial penny.  I learned everything I could by recreating recipes that were family favorites, as well as creating my own. My love for cooking lead me to spearheading a catering business and an intimate, log cabin restaurant, and it was during those years that I used many different kitchen appliances – especially blenders, stand mixers and hand mixers. They make my life a lot easier!

I remember the days when the hand mixer was an integral part of the stand mixer.  Mom had a Sunbeam stand mixer, and when she didn’t want to drag out the big guns, all she had to do was detach the head from the stand, and voila!  Instant hand mixer.  Granted, it was heavy, but it did the job.

Today, kitchen gals and guys have a bunch of options, including the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer .  KitchenAid endears itself to all cooks because of its quality – they also offer products in a boatload of fabulous colors! My personal favorite is Candy Apple Red – it smacks of Corvette’s from ‘the old days’ and looking incredibly cool if you happened to have one.  I didn’t.

The Pros: the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer is break resistant, shock resistance and scratch resistant; that doesn’t mean those things won’t happen, but you’d really have to abuse it and I don’t think you will.  I’ve had my KitchenAid hand mixer for many years, and it’s my ‘go to’ small appliance when I have to whip up a batch of cookies or some real whipped cream.  The power is great and the beaters are designed to mix the stiffest dough or something easy like pumpkin custard – that’s a good thing, if you like to add ‘goodies’ to your cookies.  Like M & Ms. Or English toffee.

The Cons: I prefer to have at least 10 speeds, if not 12 – when you’re trying to incorporate air into egg whites or cream, higher speeds come in handy.

The KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer features a lightweight housing, a beater ejection button, variable speeds, contoured grips, stainless steel blades and push button controls.  I like that it’s lightweight – if you have a cooking project that requires a lot of beating for a good amount of time, you’ll appreciate that your hand doesn’t feel like it will fall off.

The KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer is a little on the pricey side, and I’m not sure that I would spend $79  on it.  However, you can ‘surf’ a little and find a better deal – just shop around. (Editors Note: Amazon currently have the candy apple red – KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer for under $60.00).

How does the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer stand up to other brands?  

Pretty well, I think.  Most brand names offer a hand mixer, and you can get one for a good price.  Just remember that the motor needs to accommodate thick cookie dough – if the motor isn’t strong enough, the hand mixer will burn out quickly.  The best competitor of the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer is the Cuisinart Hand Mixer – both are fantastic brands and they do the trick. 

With the KitchenAid 7-Spd Hand Mixer, you’ll have a workhorse in the kitchen and you’ll be turning out some incredible treats in no time! 

Article contributed by April Jones publisher of kitchen-blender-reviews.com – a resource for kitchen blender reviews and smoothie recipes.  She first discovered green smoothies at the recommendation of a close friend and it has developed into a fun hobby teaching others how to get started. Her site has a large variety of smoothie recipes for snacks and meals. For more recipes, kitchen reviews, and random cooking tips, join her free newsletter.

College Cookware 101: Kitchen Essentials for Every Student

College Cookware 101: Kitchen Essentials for Every Student

Leaving your parents’ home for college often means that you’ll be preparing all of your own meals for the first time. Not only will you have to go food shopping, but you’ll have to equip your kitchen with cookware and appliances. Do you find yourself wandering through the aisles of Target and Wal-mart, feeling completely overwhelmed by the sheer variety of cookware pieces available?

From student chefs getting recipe ideas by watching online cooking videos and the Food channel, to college students just wanting to make a decent dinner, these cookware items are essential to maximize your college eating experience. Don’t forget to bring our list with you on your first big kitchen shopping trip!

Mainstays 3-Piece Sauté Set,  approx. $22

This set comes with pans of three different sizes. The smallest pan can be used to make a quick grilled cheese sandwich. To stir fry veggies, the medium-sized pan is perfect. If you ever wanted to host a potluck dinner with your classmates, the largest pan will do the trick. Each pan comes with a non-stick coating, and you can throw them in the dishwasher when you’re done cooking.

Black & Decker 3-in-1 Can Opener, approx. $18

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wrestled with a can of beans or corn trying to force it open with a manual can opener. Their electric counterparts make life easier, and are inexpensive too. I chose this three-in-one by Black & Decker because it’s extra tall, so big cans will fit, and it also comes with a bottle opener and knife sharpener.

Proctor Silex Nonstick 7 Piece Cookware Set, approx. $40

When I was in college, I made a lot of pasta. It’s easy to make, quick, and cheap. However, you do need two pots to do it; one for the sauce and another for the pasta. I recommend this cookware set because it comes with the three major sizes that you will need as a college student: one quart, two quart, and five quart. A bonus frying pan is thrown in, making a great backup to the Mainstays sauté set.

Farberware 14-Piece Professional Tool and Gadget Set, approx.$20

This basic tool kit has exactly what you need to make almost any type of meal. It’s got a whisk for scrambled eggs on Sunday mornings, measuring cups and spoons for a cake recipe, and a peeler for potato skins. It also comes with a slotted spoon, a slotted spatula, and a basted spoon, plus a backup manual can opener.

Vasconia 4-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker, $20

Even though beans from a can can be tasty, nothing beats the flavor of pressure-cooked beans made from scratch. Not only are they delicious, but your food expenses will drop when you incorporate beans into your diet. This pressure cooker by Vasconia is an inexpensive option to pressure cook your black beans, lentils, and whatever other type shows up in your recipe book.

Aroma 6-Cup Rice Cooker & Food Steamer , $15

Like beans, rice is another economical staple in meals around the world. Whether you’re preparing a Chinese stir fry or a Mexican dish, a rice cooker eliminates undercooked, crunchy rice and the overcooked soupy variety. This amazing design by Aroma also includes a vegetable steamer, so you can prepare a broccoli and carrot side – at the same time, with the same pot!

Jasmine Stephenson is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on ultrasound technician schools for the Guide to Health Education.

Swiss Diamond Frypan Review

We love cookware as you can probably tell (since we own this website) and we love to review products to see how they measure up to the manufacturers claims. Recently we were asked to review  the Swiss Diamond 11” (28cm) fry pan.

Swiss Diamond makes an extensive range of cookware but they are perhaps best known for their unique diamond reinforced non-stick coating. Yes, you heard correctly – their cookware actually contains diamonds!

But what does that mean to you and me. Well for one thing, the diamond crystals give you a virtually indestructible surface which is more durable than most non-stick surfaces available on the market today. Diamonds are after all one of the hardest materials on earth.

The pan arrived in excellent condition as it was well packaged.  We scrutinized the frypan to ensure that there were no faults visible and checked that the handle was firmly secured before heading off to the kitchen to put the pan through its paces.

I have to say that I do like the balance of the pan, it is easy to hold and the stay-cool ergonomic handle has a comfortable grip.

The frypan is made from thick pressure cast aluminum and it has a nice flat bottom which allows for even heat distribution.   

The first thing is to give the pan a wash in hot soapy water,  dry, and season by wiping it over with some oil on a paper towel. This is something we do with all new products as it removes any manufacturing coatings if there are any. And it’s always nice to start with a clean surface.

Okay we are ready to start. I turn the gas to medium and place the pan onto the flame to heat up.  You only ever need to use low or medium heat because of the high thermal conductivity of  Swiss Diamond Cookware . Another excellent feature is that this cookware is designed for use on all ceramic, gas and electric cook tops. 

Souffle Omlette in Swiss Diamond Pan

So after pre-heating the pan for a couple of minutes 2-3 is about right, I sprinkle a few drops of water into the pan to see if it’s ready. This is a quick and easy way to test if the pan is ready, if the water sizzles or beads then the surface is hot enough to cook on.  If the water evaporates immediately then the pan is way too hot so remove it immediately from the heat and turn the heat down.  After a l you don’t want to damage the beautiful cooking surface which can happen if the cookware is overheated.

I find that scrambled eggs or omelettes are a good way to test just how non-stick a frypan really is. No worries here, the scrambled eggs release easily from the pan allowing me to turn the egg mixture without any problem at all.

After the eggs are cooked they slide easily from the pan to the plate and nothing sticks to the surface. 

The next test is the omelette. I have decided to make a soufflé omelette that will need to be placed into the oven to finish it off. So I heat the pan again on medium heat and add the egg mixture. The soufflé rises beautifully thanks to the even heat distribution.  Then it’s time to place the pan into the oven to brown the top of the soufflé.

Swiss Diamond frypans are oven safe up to 260°C (500°F) which makes it so handy for those dishes that you need to start cooking on the stove top but want to finish off in the oven.  NOTE: Always use an oven mitt when you are taking the frypan from the oven.

The diamond hard surface of the Swiss Diamond frypan means you can use metal utensils; however, I don’t possess any as I like the feel and performance of silicone utensils.  So I can’t comment on that aspect.

As always there are a few sensible things that you need to practice so DO NOT:

  • Cut or chop food in the frypan. (This is not as silly as it may sound; I have a rather expensive Jamie Oliver frypan that my husband cut up his steak in, thereby ruining the non-stick surface.)
  • Do not use an electric beater to mix things in the frypan.

So now to the clean up part of the process, Swiss Diamond frypans are dishwasher safe, but I found that the pan cleaned up quickly and easily in hot soapy water. No fuss, no bother, I don’t see the point in subjecting the surface to those harsh dishwasher chemicals which may end up diminishing the performance of the non-stick surface over time, when it is so easy to wash up by hand.

As you can see from the photo there is very little residue left behind on the pan once the omlette has been turn out, and this washed off very easily, no scrubbing or elbow grease required, a simple wipe over and it was spotlessly clean.

Swiss Diamond frypans are not an inexpensive item but if you want a quality product that will last you for many years then this will be money well spent.

So what is my verdict – I love it.

So to summarize:

Everything you need to know about Swiss Diamond Cookware:

This cookware is produced with a keen eye for technology. The company is always working hard to create the newest, most effective features and manufacturing methods to enhance and improve their cookware offerings. This has lead to a number of advancements in the Swiss Diamond line, including the addition of Nano-composite coating, which utilizes diamond crystals and non-stick Nano-components.

What Makes Swiss Diamond Cookware Unique?

Swiss Diamond is not just another cookware manufacturer. The company is innovative in its approach to household items. Their cookware stands out because of its patented diamond reinforced non-stick coating. This allows consumers to prepare their favorite recipes on a durable heating surface. The non-stick element also makes cleaning Swiss Diamond cookware much easier. The unique material used in Swiss Diamond cookware’s non-stick coating strengthens the piece as a whole. The surface will not peel or crack.

To compliment their functional non-stick surface, the company has also designed its cookware to be thicker using pressure cast aluminum.  The added thickness allows the pot or pan to heat up evenly, which translates into a better distribution of heat and thorough cooking.

Why Choose Swiss Diamond Cookware?

One of the biggest problems consumers have with non-stick cookware is its restrictive nature. No metal utensils can be used or the surface may be damaged.  Abrasive cleaners and scouring pads cannot be used either for the same reason. Swiss Diamond cookware doesn’t have these restrictions, this cookware can stand up to metal utensils without damaging the non-stick coating. It is  also dishwasher safe for fast and easy to clean.

Safety is very important in the kitchen. Swiss Diamond cookware’s durable non-stick construction can protect you from ingesting harmful substances that can sometimes find their way into food due to a damaged heating surface.  Swiss Diamond’s products also include stay cool handles that will remain unheated up to 260 degrees Celsius for easy, comfortable handling.

Swiss Diamond Cookware  comes in many sizes and designs. Consumers can choose from grill pans, roasters, frying pans, stew pots, casserole dishes, sauté pans, sauce pans, woks, and stock pots. Specialized items are also available, such as double burner griddles, breakfast pans and oval frying pans. Each produce is designed with Swiss Diamond’s unique technology. The reinforced construction helps make each pot and pan very durable meaning  you will get many years of use out of your Swiss Diamond cookware.

How to make deep fried ice cream

Deep Fried Ice Cream (picture from herdaily.com)

I remember it very well. About 5 years ago I was invited for dinner at a friend’s house and she surprised everyone with the dessert. She said she would make deep fried ice cream. All guests were stunned… Deep fried ice cream?! That’s like burning water!

Fifteen minutes later she presented a delicious dessert which I will never forget for the rest of my life. The crunchy crust combined with the smooth and melting ice cream is a heavenly combination.

 In this article we’ll explain you how to make deep fried ice cream so you can surprise your family and friends.

Preparation time: 3 – 5 hours

Actual cooking time: 5 minutes

 Ingredients

  • (Vanilla) ice cream
  • Breadcrumbs

 Optional ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Well crushed cereal
  • Chocolate topping, caramel strawberry topping or whipped cream

 Method

Step 1.
Place a metal tray in the freezer. This should be done about one hour before you’re heading to step 2.

 Step 2.
Scoop out ice cream into a ball. It’s also great to make a cubic shape. It’s most common to use vanilla ice cream but you are free to experiment.

 Step 3.
We are now applying the crust by rolling the ball or cubic in plain breadcrumbs or in well-crushed cereal flakes. Make sure the ice cream is completely covered!

 Step 4.
Place the well covered ice cream on the metal tray in the freezer. It should stay there for at least two hours.

(optional step 4b.)

Step 4b.
After two hours you can take out the balls and you can roll them in beaten eggs and back in the breadcrumbs again. This will create a more firm crust. You don’t want the crust to be too thick, because it will dominate the dessert too much. You’ll learn this by experience. Place the balls back on the metal tray and in the freezer again for 2 more hours.

 Step 5.
Heat up the frying pan. It should be nice and hot. Place the balls very gently in the frying pan. Watch out for hot splatters during this step. Remove the ice cream from the deep fryer when the coating is golden brown. This usually only takes 10 to 15 seconds. That’s why I suggest you don’t place two balls in the fryer at the same time.

 To finish it you can add chocolate topping, caramel strawberry topping or whipped cream.

 Author Bio:

Jane Hunt loves everything that has to do with fashion and cooking. She likes to experiment with all kind of extraordinary food combinations. She likes to present dinner as a banquet with products from her favorite brands bought at discount stores like Le Creuset outlet, Pfaltzgraff outlet, Corningware outlet.