The Best Use for Your Stand Mixer

Yes, your stand mixer look beautiful on the kitchen counter, but maybe you’re like me and don’t use it nearly as much as you anticipated? We could make constant batches of cupcakes or pies, but that might not be the best idea. I found the solution: make whipped cream.

Seriously. Fresh whipped cream is more delicious than you could imagine, and having a stand mixer means preparation is ridiculously easy. I am constantly whipping up (haha) batches on the fly. Keep a jar of whipping cream in your fridge, and you’ll be surprised by how often you finding yourself using reaching for it.

There is no need to ever buy store-bought whipped cream if you have an electric mixer of any sort, but especially a stand mixer. You add three ingredients, turn the mixer on, walk away, and come back to a bowl of white heaven. Eat it with fruit, pancakes, hot cocoa, pudding, or by the spoon. You can even pipe it through a pastry bag for a nice shape!

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie has become one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes since my parents first introduced me to it two years ago. We made five pies that Thanksgiving (and there were only five of us)–two pecan, two buttermilk, and one pumpkin cream. The buttermilk pie was the definite winner.

I didn’t expect to like this because I’m not at all a fan of buttermilk. I actually don’t like milk at all and can’t bring myself to drink it. This is how I rank different forms of milk, with the first being the best (but still disgusting): whole milk, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, buttermilk.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I woke up a few weeks ago absolutely craving chocolate. My first thought was, “I need chocolate muffins with chocolate chips.” After some 8am internet-scouring, I went the zucchini route rather than put myself into a chocolate coma. Boy am I glad I did! If you haven’t tried zucchini bread yet, you must! I did not expect such deliciousness and am really kicking myself for putting it off for so long.

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes

I don’t watch many cooking shows unless they star a chef I really like (my favorite are Nadia G, as mentioned here, Guy Fieri, and Anne Burrell), but Joseph and I tuned into Giada at Home a couple weeks ago. As soon as I saw these on the show’s itinerary, I knew they would be in my kitchen soon. The tops aren’t technically¬†supposed to collapse, but I was secretly hoping they would. They’re much prettier this way, I think!

Bitchin’ Kitchen’s Pink Grapefruit Meringue Pies

Joseph and I were days away from canceling our U-verse subscription a couple months ago. Then we discovered Food Network and the Cooking Chanel.

Bitchin’ Kitchen airs on the Food Network in the US and Canada and is adapted from Nadia G’s web series. It took me a while to get used to the show, and I think I made at least five tweets complaining about her. But Joseph finally talked me into watching an entire episode, and I fell in love. Nadia G is funny, strange, beautiful (seriously, she is hard to look away from), and she really can cook. She has an obvious passion for quality of food, but the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. It fits right along with our sense of humor, and it’s the only cooking show on TV that makes Joseph and I laugh. It is seriously bizarre and hilarious.