Any avid foodie will tell you that if you love to bake, you MUST own a KitchenAid mixer. Few items have the storied, venerable history as KitchenAid and their famous line of mixers. While we were working on Make it Paleo, we were able to use my (Bill’s) mom’s old mixer, which still works just like the day she bought it, but we did not have one of our own. Crazy, right?! When we moved into our new place last fall, there was an obvious void we needed to fill: we needed a KitchenAid stand mixer! Last week, we finally completed our collection of kitchen necessities when we took delivery* of our gorgeous, Candy Apple Red, 7 quart, 1.3 horsepower KitchenAid Stand Mixer. This thing is truly a work of art. When we shot the video for the recipe below, my father remarked that the paint finish on the mixer looked like a beautiful paint job on a hot rod. He is right – the mixer is simply stunning!
We were ecstatic to get cooking and baking with it, and although it sadly arrived just a few days after we made our Tiramisu recipe, we had something else in mind that we wanted to use it for. The month of May in our neck of the woods (Western PA) is the height of strawberry season. We are even growing strawberries in our own garden, and although we probably wont ever produce enough strawberries at one time for this recipe, one could easily find locally grown strawberries to use in this delightful seasonal treat! We love this strawberry shortcake recipe because it is easy to make, incredibly delicious, and uses seasonal ingredients… just perfect. Keep reading below the recipe for information on the giveaway.
KitchenAid has graciously provided not one but two stand mixers to us – one for us to use, and one for us to give away to one lucky follower! The specs on this beautiful new stand mixer are awe-inspiring:
• Their Most Efficient – Advanced feedback control communicates in micro seconds to the motor to ensure optimal power is delivered to the bowl.
• Their Most Powerful, Quietest Available – 1.3HP high efficiency DC motor is designed to run longer and delivers optimum torque with less heat build-up. Easily handles recipes requiring longer mixing, kneading and whipping times. The all-metal, precise gear design produces a smooth, quiet sound.
• Their Longest Lasting – Designed for long life of high performance; backed by 2 year hassle-free replacement warranty.
Of course, the average consumer might not feel the difference between 1.1 and 1.3 hp, or the micro-second response time. What they will feel, however, is that this machine is incredibly refined and operates like a fine swiss watch. We didn’t even need to get out my mom’s beloved 15 year old KitchenAid mixer for a comparison, we knew instantly that the claims of being quieter and more efficient were true beyond any shadow of a doubt. And even if there is any doubt in your purchase, the 2 year hassle-free replacement warranty is a great for peace of mind. All of the mixing accessories that come with this model are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, although if you’re like us you’ll want to baby it and wash everything by hand anyway. In short, this stand mixer is an essential tool in the kitchen of anyone that likes to cook and bake!
And now, onto the giveaway!
This giveaway is part of the Pre-Senior PGA Championship efforts by KitchenAid. To celebrate the upcoming Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (May 22-27, 2012) KitchenAid and The Food Lovers Kitchen (horray, thats us!) are giving you a chance to win the largest capacity, newest, and most efficient KitchenAid® Stand Mixer! To enter, visit the special giveaway tab on our Facebook fan page and follow the easy steps. All you will need to do is follow KitchenAid_Golf on twitter, enter your email address, and then share the contest (either via Facebook or Pinterest). Thats easy, right? (For an alternate entry method, see below**) Oh, and the total prize value is $650! Plus, you can make bacon-chocolate chip cookies with it, which adds at least $500 to the value. Okay, that last part is a rough estimate, but you get the idea. This thing is amazing!
*Full disclosure: KitchenAid provided our stand mixer to us for the purpose of reviewing it. We were not “compensated” for this review in any way, other than being given the product itself to review it, nor were we encouraged to write a positive review.
** Alternate method of giveaway entry: send a self addressed stamped envelope with your name and contact information to 600 West Main St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 MD B2010 attn: Brianne Schmidke. All entries must be postmarked by 5/11.