Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Universe Provides

I'd like to call your attention to the new star of my kitchen.

Introducing... Julia, the Epicurean.

This curvy green beauty can hold a full 6 quarts, purrs with a 475-watt motor, and is pretty much the sexiest thing I've ever owned. Yes, my friends, I have gone from utterly mixer-less to the proud owner of the best Kitchenaid on the market, care of Portland Craigslist. The Epicurean is extra special because, instead of the typical tilt-head design, her bowl raises and lowers to meet the attachment, which is specially fit to make sure no bit of batter or dough stays unmixed at the bottom. I don't know what I did to be so blessed by the gods of the kitchen, but goodness, she was a steal.

I'm sure you'll recall my desperate plea for any scrap of a stand mixer a few days ago, as I've been whisking by hand and making a mess with hand kneading for years. All that is in the past now, and all it took was a drive out to the boonies and a paltry $175. It was meant to be.

I literally get goosebumps when I walk into the kitchen and see this little girl sitting shiny on the counter, just waiting for me to whip some egg whites or knead a hearty wheat dough. All I've been able to do so far is look at her and smile, but I'm in no hurry. She's going to be around for a long time.


  1. Hey! I will make a comment: Congrats to your new mixer. all the better to eat your wonderful goodies...Enjoy, yo mama.

  2. What a beauty! I can't wait to see how you put ol' Julia to work! :)

  3. YAY!!! what a steal at $179...i really must get my ass to portland and get all these bargains!!

    I can't wait to see what you will be making now that you are on the forefront of baking technology!!

  4. Congrats on your new best friend! :-)

  5. Oh, I sooooo know how you feel! When I got mine (Pro 6, 525 watts) - and for HALF PRICE!! - I could barely contain myself! Just use it gently and it'll serve you very well. I've had mine almost 4 years and I've shipped it cross-country twice (save the original packaging, BTW) and it still works like the day I took it out of the box.

  6. Congrats on the new addition to your family!
    Such a fitting name by the way! A proud representation to all things culinary!

  7. What a lovely girl! Last year, my first KA came to an untimely death; the months that followed were dark indeed as I cursed a blue streak everytime I had to cream together butter and sugar. Lo and behold (and thanks to parents and a birthday), I got a new KA and my life was complete again.

    Seriously though, they are such a workhorse in the kitchen. It is a wonderful tool that really does inspire one to cook and bake more. And on a shallow note, yours is pretty. Here's to many years with your new helper!