I am so gay. Along with a set of wine colored bath linens from my parents and a pair of buffet lamps from my sister Jennifer (both of which I asked for), I also got the following for Christmas:
Jenn-Air Attrezzi JSM900RAAS Stainless-Steel Stand Mixer with Merlot-Red Bowl and 3 Attachments
At Thanksgiving, when asked what I would like for Christmas, I said I wanted a KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer. Instead, I got this mixer from my parents, and am very happy with it. My mom was a very good online shopper. It gets rave reviews, even when compared to the KitchenAid. I found this review online:
"Since I can remember, Kitchen Aid stand mixers have
been the gold standard when it comes to countertop mixing appliances.
However, I was recently able to borrow a Jenn-Air Atrezzi stand mixer
and was pleasantly surprised by it's design, performance and ease of
The mixer is very sleek, with a curved neck body and a stylish glass bowl. You can get the mixer in many different colors - with body colors ranging from classic white, black and stainless, to copper, brushed silver and more. The bowl also comes in many different colors, including basic clear as well as many hues such as turquoise, red, green, a modern multi-color pattern, a pretty coral etched pattern and more. My mixer was white with a turquoise bowl giving it a crisp, clean look.
The mixer comes with three attachments: a flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook. All the attachments are metal and are dishwasher safe, which I love!
The best feature of this mixer is the control mechanism. Instead of a lever on the side of the machine (like the one my Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer has), this machine features a dial on top that you can turn with the touch of a finger. I find that my Kitchen Aid's lever require two hands to adjust with any accuracy, and even then, it's easy to accidentally push the lever to higher speed than what I want. With the Jenn-Air Atrezzi mixer, it's easy to turn the dial to the precise speed I want with one hand, and even just one finger.
I used the wire whip for whipping up some egg whites and it worked perfectly. I also use the flat beater attachment for mixing cake mixes, sugar cookie dough and brownie mixes and it's worked great for everything, blending items perfectly and not skipping a beat, even when the dough becomes very thick."
I am trying to decide what to make first... a cake, brownies, cookies or what I have really been wanting a mixer for... MASHED POTATOES.
It is kind of funny that I got this from my sister Angela, as last year for Christmas I got her a coffee maker that she and her boyfriend wanted for their newly remodeled kitchen.
As an aside, I have found something that Pennsyltucky and the Bronx have in common. Both regions are infatuated with dollar stores as both have several to choose from and little else, although Shamokin does have Walmart and the Bronx has Target for your high end shopping convenience. What has me thinking about this is that the coffee station did not come with the stainless steel frothing pitcher needed to froth milk for cappuccinos and lattes. I looked for one with no luck in Pennsyltucky before leaving yesterday. Today I went around the neighborhood here thinking the hardware store (which sells kitchen gadgets and pots and pans and bakeware) or the dollar stores might have one. The woman at the dollar store said she could not sell them because stainless steel is too expensive for this neighborhood. Nobody would pay more than 99 cents for a pitcher, let alone the $15 that one would cost. She suggested several places, none of which were nearby, where I might get one. I might go out later, trying first at Starbucks and then going to a BB&B or Linens & Things if Starbucks doesn't have them. I really want to make an eggnog latte using my new gadget.