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Geeking out on Grains

Ankarsrum Assistent & KoMo Fidibus Classic

I’m a bit of a nutrition nerd. My latest obsession is learning how to mill my own grains to make delicious and nutritious meals.

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Le Creuset is A-OK

Le Creuset French Oven

It is nice to know that Le Creuset stands behind their products. I just received my replacement 3 1/2 quart french oven.

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Stand By Your Sifter

Oxo flour sifter

I have been a fan of Oxo products for years. They make quality tools that are affordable and work well. I was even more pleased recently when I finally got around to dealing with the cracked lid to my flour sifter.  The Oxo flour sifter comes with two lids, one for the top of the…

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The Search for a New Mixer: Part 4

Taking the Plunge Most of my research took place in early January. While I was tempted to take the money I had saved and make the purchase, I decided to wait until after my birthday. Although, unlikely to get it as a gift, I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s surprise. I was doubtful that this…

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The Search for a New Mixer, Part 3

Electrolux Assistent

As I searched for reviews of stand mixers for making bread dough, both the Bosch Universal and the Magic Mill/Electrolux mixers rose to the top of the list. The Bosch was less expensive (approximately $360), but also not as attractive. I hate to admit that this was part of my buying decision, but it was.…

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The Search for a New Mixer, Part 2

Hobart N50 Mixer

Researching Stand Mixers As I mentioned in my earlier post, after almost killing my beloved KitchenAid twice, I started looking for a mixer that could more easily handle bread dough. I started doing some Google searches on stand mixers folks recommended for this task. My first thought was to look at Hobart 5 quart mixers.…

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The Search for a New Mixer, Part 1

A few years ago, I went through a bread baking phase. For over a year, I baked bread every weekend. Eventually, it became a chore and not a pleasure and I went back to buying my bread at the store. I would still bake bread on occasion, but it wasn’t a weekly occurrence. My bread…

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Cast Iron, the Original Nonstick

Le Creuset skillet

When we first “tied the knot” a dozen or so years ago, we purchased an inexpensive set of cookware at Target. Budgets were tight and cooking wasn’t such a passion. All the pieces were coated with teflon for a non-stick finish, even the sauce pans. Overall, the pans worked well and held up to frequent…

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KitchenAid 3 Quart Bowl and Combi-Whip

Hi, my name is Sylvia and I have a kitchen gadget obsession. I know I’m not alone. Stores like Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Crate and Barrel, not to mention love us. Where some people buy shoes, we buy kitchen ware: appliances, cookware, bakeware, tools, etc. Some gadgets get used frequently and I wonder…

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It slices, it dices, it makes the bed!


Well, actually it just peels, cores and slices apples, pears, and potatoes. However, by using this nifty gadget making an apple pie becomes almost effortless. Apple pie was one of the first things I learned to bake almost twenty years ago. My best friend’s mom was famous for her apple pies and she spent one…

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