Kitchen Obsessions

You may think I’m a little crazy, as I have no readers for my blog and I am talking to…well…no one!  But I’ll just pretend that thousands of you are listening and go from there:)

So lately I have been really obsessed with some new kitchen gadgets and appliances–why did  I go so long without these!?!  There was the lack of extra spending cash for starters, but (by request) Santa was good to me this year and now I want to tell you all about it.

Chef's Choice M840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of HeartsFirst, waffles–they have been misery to make, always sticking to the iron.  I received this lovely waffle maker when I got married–so thoughtful–but the iron is junk!    The waffles take about 10 minutes to cook, 15 minutes to get crispy  AND only two at a time!–sufficient for a newly married couple, I suppose, but not up to par when feeding my ravenous children.

Enter the Chef’s Choice m8i40 Waffle Pro Express Waffle Maker–hello!  This baby is fabulous–quick waffles, crispy,  delicious.  No sticking.  And– it beeps when the waffles are cooked to your liking.  Then–the best part of all–the waffles are an adorable heart shape!

The only down side it that I have to make about 20 batches to feel my hungry family, but it is soooo easy I don’t mind a bit.  Ahhhh, the joys of waffles.

Now onto Santa’s most expensive investment.  I had been thinking about getting a pasta roller/cutter for a few years now.  I knew the kitchenaid pasta attachments would be fast, but I really was in love with the idea of having a hand crank pasta machine and envisioned beautiful future moments of my children happily helping me crank the pasta as we bonded together in the kitchen.

My husband’s concern was–would I ever actually use a pasta maker?–dinner from a pasta box is a stretch right now, so–“making your own pasta?  Really?”  Still, with life’s reality upon me I still plunged ahead with a full-court press for the kitchen-aid attachments.

KitchenAid KPRA Pasta Roller Attachment for Stand MixersOh, what a relief,  I adore my new pasta attachments.  They are fast, easy, and fabulous.  I’ve made yummy spaghetti (spinach and regular), divine crab ravioli, homemade lasagna noodles(maybe a little too much effort), and ton of delicious egg noodles.   My only complete disaster was spaghetti carbonara with homemade noodles–don’t try this!   I had to stir the eggs in so fast that all my spaghetti broke into pieces–I was so excited for this dish!–then… bleh.

Nonetheless, love, love, love these attachments!  And, for me, I am glad I didn’t go with the hand crank–who has the time. 

I believe Santa got these through Amazon only because I buy EVERYTHING on amazon and recommended it to him– I have heard of some fortunate few finding the kitchenaid attachments on sale, but I have never personally seen such a sale.  I have no idea where else you would find a better price on my heart waffle maker and I am much too lazy to google it.
Chef’s Choice M840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of Hearts
KitchenAid KPRA Pasta Roller Attachment for Stand Mixers

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