Wednesday
Mar022011

KitchenAid FaceLift

Have you ever browsed any of the gourmet cooking retailers or the kitchen section in some of the department stores?  Ever glance or take a long endearing peek at the KitchenAid Stand Mixers?  Aside from the fact that the history of this mixer dates back to 1919, when the first stand mixer for the home was introduced (the Model H-5), did you know that it was introduced to consumers as being “the best kitchen aid” by an executives wife.  Talking about a coined phrase.  Well, the rest is history and what we now know as the KitchenAid was born and trademarked.

Still today, the KitchenAid stand mixer continues to be solid and reliable and is built like a tank, outlasting many of its competitors.  Also interesting, is that all KitchenAid stand mixer attachments will fit any KitchenAid stand mixer, including the 1919 original.  One must admit that they have come a long way in advancing the color palette of this mixer.  It was only less than 25 years ago that finding KitchenAid in any color other than black, white, blue or almond was quite a challenge.  Now, there is a beautiful array of colors to choose from to match even the most discerning cook or decorator.  But what if you already have a KitchenAid stand mixer in perfect working condition and the only complaint or wish would be to have an updated color or a bit of flash & pizzazz.  Sounds goofy, right? Change the color of my stand mixer?  Up to this point, some people have decided just to go out and buy a new stand mixer in the newest color to satisfy the need for a more fashionable favorite.  Well, that’s fine if you have an endless cash flow but how can you give your KitchenAid stand mixer a facelift without buying a new machine?  I have found a unique answer and unique person who can remedy the issue:

Un Amore Custom Designs at http://www.un-amore.com/ 

Seeing is believing, so take a look at a few design samplings:




The artist is Nicole Dinardo and she is truly artistic and creative.  She custom paints KitchenAid stand mixers, adding a bit of je ne sais quoi (
Bam Factor) to an already perfected piece of history:  the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.  Clever, gorgeous, cute, adorable….all of these words come to mind when I look at the artwork on these mixers.  For more examples of her creativity, please visit http://www.un-amore.com/  and check out Nicole's KitchenAid photo gallery along with the rest of her services. 


Tuesday
Feb082011

New Color By Le Creuset

Le Creuset has done it again.  They have added another vibrant color to their vast collection of durable cast iron cookware.  

The new color is fennel and is currently only available at Sur La Table.  Fennel is the bright, green grass color shown below.  

Le Creuset has been making enameled cast iron since 1925.  The enameled cast iron evenly distributes and retains heat allowing your food to properly roast, braise, simmer or sear.  This cookware can be used with any recipe at anytime (winter, spring, summer or fall).  Le Creuset offers a great selection of fashion colors making this cookware not only beautiful but incredibly functional. Some find Le Creuset too costly and therefore have not had the opportunity to experience this cookware.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering your Le Creuset purchase:

  • Longevity:  This is not throw away cookware. Cookware of this caliber is truly a lifetime investment. These pans can last 30+ years and beyond when properly cared for.
  • Versatility: These pans can be used on the stove, under the broiler, in the oven, and on your outdoor grill.
  • Value - Le Creuset Outlet:  The Le Creuset Factory Outlet offers deep discounts not only on the enameled cast iron but also on many other select items.  The outlet offers products which are "second quality", which means that there may be a slight imperfection on the product.  These imperfections (external scratch on the enamel, etc.) are normally cosmetic issues and do not affect the cooking performance of the vessel in any way.  The consumer is in complete control of inspecting each item therefore you can identify what is or is not an acceptable second quality item. 

If you have been contemplating trying a piece of this enameled cast iron cookware, and you do not know which piece to try first, I would recommend the ever so versatile Two-in-One pan (also known as the Marmitout).  

This is a great combination set because you are getting both a fry pan and a saucepan.  The fry pan does double duty acting as a lid or as a frypan.  We all know that the fry pan and the saucepan are the workhorses in most kitchens and this pot-pan combination allows for a diversity of cooking methods (shallow fry, deep fry, sear, saute, braise, roast, broil, bake, boil and barbeque).  There is nothing that cannot be done with Le Creuset cast iron.  Consider visiting your nearest factory outlet to browse these selections and more.  You will not be sorry.