Santa Was Here! Come see the kitchen goodies he left…

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the season. I do apologize for the blog being sparse over the last week or so, but Christmas gatherings, holiday orders and enjoyment of the holiday with loved ones kept me unplugged much of the time. But, I’m back and have some exciting things planned for the new year, so be sure to stay in the loop by subscribing through RSS or email (use the box in the right sidebar for email subscriptions). For now though, I wanted to share with you the wonderful kitchen items that I received for Christmas.


The Grand Daddy of Gifts

My Chief Culinary Consultant Santa brought me this sexy mama:

That’s right, a KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer with a monster motor. I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am. While my Artisan hasn’t quite died yet, it may have started to march toward the light a couple of weeks ago when I was kneading dough for dinner rolls and plumes of smoke rose from the mixer. It has only been a matter of time for quite awhile now, so I am beyond grateful for this wonderful gift. So far I have made soft pretzels (recipe coming soon – they were the best I’ve ever made!) and a pound cake with the new mixer and it lives up to all its hype. I just want to keep making things so I can see it in action!


Cookbooks


I received Gourmet Today and The Cake Bible. I haven’t had a chance to go through them in detail yet, but they are both books I’ve been eyeing up for quite some time, so I’m excited to dive into them.


Food Photography Books


I also received two books dedicated to food photography: Digital Food Photography and Food Styling for Photographers. I am excited to go through these books and start to put new ideas to work!


More Kitchen Toys


A new baking stone! You may remember back in the summer when I made calzones that my beloved pizza stone cracked in half. I finally have a replacement for it and I can’t wait to make some homemade pizza and rustic breads on it. This is the stone that Cook’s Illustrated rated the highest in its review of baking stones.

A Williams Sonoma apron and oven mitt. I just adore aprons and can’t get enough of them. And I’ve been in dire need of a better oven mitt too!

A beautiful cake pedestal. I’ve been in need of more pedestals and I love the scalloped edging on this one.


Williams Sonoma Gift Cards


Because, really, you can never spend enough money in that store! Some things on my W-S wish list:

Oxo V-Blade Mandoline Slicer

Cuisinart Popcorn Maker

Kitchen Aid Pasta Press Attachment

What did Santa bring you? What was your favorite gift?