My Dream Kitchen
The holidays may be over and winter just starting, but I wanted to share a couple of things that are on my shopping list in order to complete my dream kitchen.
KitchenAid’s Artisan stand mixer is a substantial piece of equipment: 325 watts of mixing power make child’s play of creaming butter, kneading dough, and whipping cream. The kid in you will appreciate how quick and easy it is to mix up a batch of cookie dough. This model comes with three attachments: a flat beater for making batter, meat loaf, and all textures in-between; a wire whip for egg whites, mayonnaise, and more air-infused creations; and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. All three are solidly constructed and easily secured to the beater shaft with a simple twist. This model also includes a pouring shield for guiding ingredients to their proper destination, and the bowl itself locks tight to the base. Standing about 15 inches high, jutting out a foot, and weighing more than a grown woman’s bowling ball, this stand mixer isn’t the sort of appliance you’ll wipe down and put away. Better to find a square foot of free counter space for easy access; besides, this machine is as pretty as it is rugged–you’ll want to show it off. (Product Description by Betsy Danheim)
The 5-Speed Hand Blender is one countertop appliance with limitless options and versatility. The 8-inch blending arm reaches perfectly into deeper pots. The Industry’s First Interchangeable Bell Blade Assemblies can be easily changed with no tools required; Simply twist off and on to switch from one bell blade assembly to another. The S-blade is ideal for blending, the multi-purpose blade crushes ice and the frother/beater blade froths milk. Also included, a whisk and chopper attachment for even greater versatility.
The All-Clad Removable Plate Grill/Griddle features removable die-cast aluminum grill and griddle plates, so it can be used as a full grill or half grill/half griddle to prepare a wide range of meals. This 1700-watt grill/griddle and embedded heating elements provides efficient and even heating, while the wide temperature range and two independent thermostats allow you to control the heat for both sides of the cooking surface. Removable, dishwasher-safe parts cut down your cleanup time in the kitchen and the stainless steel finish makes this grill/griddle an attractive addition to your countertop. Removable Plates for Versatile Cooking Whether you’re grilling vegetables for dinner or making pancakes for breakfast, the removable grill and griddle plates make this an essential kitchen appliance. With one griddle and two grill plates, each made of die-cast aluminum, you can pick the combination that suits your needs. Use as a full grill or a half grill/half griddle to prepare a wide range of meals. Temperature Control for Customized Cooking The wide temperature range offers options such as Keep Warm (180 degrees F) and Sear (450 degrees F). The 1700-watt power and embedded heating elements provide efficient and even cooking. And each plate features an independent thermostat, so you can set each side to a different temperature. Dishwasher Safe Parts for Easy Care The cooking plates, splash guard, drip tray and cleaning tools are all removable and dishwasher safe, which means you can use your griddle and enjoy easy cleanup afterward. Convenient LED Indicator Lights and Nonskid Feet LED indicator lights let you know when the power is on, when the cooking surfaces are heating up and when the grill/griddle is ready for cooking. Nonskid feet keep this grill/griddle in place while you’re cooking and the sleek, polished stainless steel finish makes it an elegant addition to your countertop.
So good, it’s endorsed by the best. Vitamix has joined with the Culinary Institute of America to design the CIA Professional Series, the only blender trusted by the CIA to train the next generation of professional chefs. With a powerful motor and Variable Speed Control, this machine has the ability to process the variety of textures and ingredients that master chefs require. Commercial-grade, powerful, 2-peak horsepower motor that propels blades up to 240 mph to blend the toughest ingredients. Easy-to-use equipment paired with extreme versatility. The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn and more, with a single machine. Quick and easy self-cleaning with a drop of dish soap and warm water; just run on High for 30 seconds. 7-year full warranty
A perfect gift for new homemakers, the food processor has become an integral part of modern cooking, speeding up a multitude of processes, including kneading dough; slicing; chopping; shredding cheese, vegetables, and meat; mincing garlic and parsley; mixing batters; and emulsifying mayonnaise. Cuisinart’s Custom food processor comes with a 14-cup work bowl; five basic attachments for slicing, shredding, chopping, mixing, and kneading; and also features two feed-tube options, one big enough to handle a whole potato. This processor comes with a compact cover for use when the feed tube isn’t needed and a pulse control that allows the desired degree of fineness when chopping and puréeing. Remove the detachable stem for compact storage of discs. All the parts are dishwasher-safe and the motor base wipes clean. In addition, a custom-contoured spatula, a recipe booklet, and a 30-minute video designed to familiarize the new owner with the care and use of the food processor are included. (Product description by Victoria Jenkins)
Cuisinart gets extra credit for its innovative Touch to Toast Lever-less Toaster! A motorized controllowers items into 4 extra wide slots with the touch of a button. Dual control panels, with blue backlit LCDdisplays and countdown timers, control two slots each. Features one-sided enhanced bagel toasting, reheatand defrost controls, audible alert signal, and 7 shade settings – everything you’ve come to expect from atop-of-the-line Cuisinart toaster. Streamlined, in elegant brushed stainless steel, it’s the toast of the town!
The Griddler™ Panini & Sandwich Press was designed with a unique handle and hinge that allows the cover to adjust to the thickness of the sandwich you are preparing. This allows for even toasting and heating. Light pressure can be applied to the handle to press and heat the sandwich to your liking. When cooking two or more panini, it is important that the thickness of all sandwiches is the same so the cover will close evenly on the panini. Product Features: Brushed stainless steel housing with embossed “Griddler” logo, 11” x 7” non-stick, non-removable grill plates, preset temperature perfect for grilling sandwiches, power On/Ready to Cook indicator lights, instruction/Recipe book, cleaning tool with Cuisinart logo
The Juice Fountain Crush makes juicing and cleanup easy. With features like a safe start system that requires all parts to be locked in before the juicer starts, reverse direction control, and an overload protection system that automatically stops the machine from operating when the load is too high, the Juice Fountain Crush makes operation safe and easy. To cleanup and flush out the system between making different kinds of juice without having to disassemble the entire machine, simply pour in 1-2 cups of water while the motor is running to flush the previous ingredients through. And even though it’s powerful, the Juice Fountain Crush’s 240 watt motor runs quietly so your morning glass of juice won’t wake the rest of the household. The upright design gives the Juice Fountain Crush a smaller footprint than horizontal masticating juicers, making it easier to fit on your counters. It includes a juicing jug for catching the juice that’s extracted, a pulp bin for the pulp, and also includes a filter cleaning brush, which can be used for brushing out the filter or (using the smaller end of the brush) cleaning the pulp out of any crevasses. (Measures 8-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 16-inch, 1-year limited warranty)
Go ahead. Indulge. This easy-to-use Café Barista espresso maker from Mr. Coffee makes it easy to create coffeehouse-quality espresso drinks just like a professional. Now anyone can enjoy gourmet espresso-based drinks from the comfort of home–no more unnecessary trips to the cafe. Effortlessly brew anything from rich aromatic espressos, creamy cappuccinos, and luscious lattes to more decadent variations like toffee lattes, cafe mochas, espresso martinis, and caramel cappuccinos. And that’s just the tip of the whipped, frothy topping–a recipe guide loaded with 20 different delightfully delectable recipes comes included. Convenient and easy to use with user-friendly controls that even a novice can master, the sleek machine makes it easy to brew delicious coffeehouse drinks in minutes–with just one simple touch. The unit’s one-touch control panel allows for selecting from a single- or double-shot of espresso, cappuccino, or latte, and handy indicator lights highlight the current selection. Even more, the machine supplies 15 bars of pressure to ensure fabulous results, while its automatic milk frother turns milk into a light, creamy foam–perfect for drizzling with chocolate, sprinkling with cinnamon or nutmeg, or for simply oohing and ahhing over.
Ideal for both everyday use and for entertaining, this 1500-watt countertop appliance brews one fresh cup of gourmet coffee, tea, or hot cocoa at a time. Not only does the single-cup home-brewing system ensure the freshest results (no more bitter coffee sitting in a carafe, going more bitter and stale with each minute), but it also makes it possible to customize drinks, since one guest might prefer regular while another decaf or hot tea after dinner. The unit uses patented K-Cups, which offer over 200 varieties of pre-measured gourmet coffee, tea, and cocoa from a wide range of premium brands. It can also produce hot water for making hot cocoa from a packet or for use in cooking. When ready to brew, simply open the lid, insert a K-Cup, close the lid, and select a cup size from its one-touch control panel, which comes with a user-friendly blue backlit LCD display. Five brew-size options include a 3-1/4-ounce iced beverage, small 5-1/4-ounce cup, 7-1/4-ounce small mug, 9-1/4-ounce large mug, and an 11-1/4-ounce travel mug. After setting the digital clock, the unit can be programmed to turn on at a pre-determined time, which avoids having to wait the four minutes for it to heat up; it can also be set to turn off automatically from one to nine hours later for energy-saving convenience. The machine also allows for choosing the standard brew temperature from 187 degrees F to a hotter 192 degrees F. Other highlights include a blue-lit removable 60-ounce water reservoir (holds up to 10 cups), a descale indicator, a removable drip tray that allows for easy cleanup and the use of travel mugs, and dishwasher-safe parts (the K-cup holder and funnel). Housed in a sleek, award-winning design, the single-cup brewing system measures 13-4/5 by 10-2/7 by 13 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty. The Platinum Brewing System is Keurig’s best single-cup brewing system for your home. This premium model offers discerning coffee drinkers the widest range of five cup size options.
Ok… so I am dreaming… but hey, why not? What would be in your dream kitchen?