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1) From: Brian Kamnetz
After reading Vicki's response yesterday I did a bunch more shopping
on Amazon and it seemed to pretty much come down to Kitchen Aid.
However, the topic that got us on food processors was cutting butter
into a flour mixture. I was confused about the ability of Kitchen Aid
foor processors to do that. I saw some references to cheap plastic
pastry disks (?) that stripped out fairly quickly. Do you (or any of
the kind people on this list) have recommendations on this point?
On 7/9/06, raymanowen  wrote:

2) From: Vicki Smith
Brian, if all you really anticipate doing is things that need combining 
flour and butter, like making scones, I think I would spend $5-$10 on a 
pastry blender tool at WalMart or Target. I wouldn't haul out a food 
processor just for this kind of thing. I use mine often enough that it 
earned a permanent spot on my counter, but I use it for things like 
making coleslaw and slicing massive amounts of veggies almost every day 
and even food processor fan that I am, I don't use it for slicing an 
onion or two or doing something that an experienced cook can do well 
using a good knife or hand tool.
A food processor just might be overkill if you don't anticipate using it 
The plastic blade works well if you are careful to use it as directed. 
It does not work well if you are moving large weights around in the bowl.
Brian Kamnetz wrote:

3) From: Brian Kamnetz
I have lived a nomadic life and now seem to be settled (knock on
wood), so I have a vague notion that I am going to start doing
"settled" things, such as cooking. I have been planning to buy a big
mixer such as the Kitchen Aid, but now it seems that a food processor
will be able to do the things that I had planned for a mixer. So
that's sort of where I am in my food-processor decision-making
Happily, I was able to find a pastry blender of the type that John
Blumen recommended at a local shop, so that function is covered :)
On 7/10/06, Vicki Smith  wrote:

4) From: Brian Kamnetz
Oops, I erred in spelling John Blumel's name. My apologies, John.
On 7/10/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:

5) From: Vicki Smith
My response seemed so off topic and long, I sent it off list. I also 
sent a great bread recipe to Lynne off list. I'll be happy to send the 
bread recipe to anyone who is interested.
Brian Kamnetz wrote:

6) From: John Blumel
On Jul 10, 2006, at 10:10 am, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
Not to worry. Many have done far worse with my name.
John Blumel

7) From: Mike Chester
I am always looking for good bread recipes, so I would appreciate a copy. 
Thank you.
Mike Chester

8) From: Gerald and Beth Newsom
I'd like to have your bread recipe, if you don't mind.  My wife hasn't
encouraged me to make much bread since she began Weight Watchers a year ago,
but perhaps I could make bread for friends and family?  :-)

9) From: Michael Wascher
Me too!
Also, if you are interested in making bread & aren't sure where to start,
pick up a copy of Jame's bears's "Beard on Bread". Even if you know how to
make bread, he has a great variety of recipes.
On 7/10/06, Mike Chester  wrote:
"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

10) From: raymanowen
Brian- I could make the same statement: "I was confused about the ability of
Kitchen Aid..." References by others to smoking the motor repeatedly were a
real surprise to me. Ours has been bullet proof for nearly thirty years.
I know there's a set of brushes living in there somewhere, and I had assumed
I'd have to change them on at least a decade basis.
Not so. Not yet. We used to make a lot of yeast breads, and I'd chunk a
stick of butter into the mixer bowl with a dinner knife. I guess that was
the "cutting in" for me. Mom always had one of the hand cutter-inners, but I
couldn't see using complicated machinery when simple would do. Probably a
wedding gift. Dad was Scotch...
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Espresso is a Best Use for Water Resources-

11) From: Mike Chester
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
If your's is 30 years old, it was built by Hobart before they sold the =
brand.  The Hobart built units are excellent.  It is the newer ones made =
by Whirlpool that have cheap transmissions and burn out motors.  Keep =
that old one running because you cannot replace it.
Mike Chester

12) From: Vicki Smith
It's worth haunting thrift stores and yard sales for old KA mixers. I 
got mine for $2. It needed repair. We have a guy in town who is magical 
with this sort of thing, and $27 later, I had a great machine.
Mike Chester wrote:

13) From: raymanowen
I disremember where we picked up the Kitchen Aid, but we had seen them
advertised. Mixers do one thing. I was a little put off with all the
accessories included.
It will be a Cold Day in the Place of Fabled Heat, I thought, before we ever
use it all. But I'm a Soft Mark- it was manufactured in St. Joseph, MI.
I knew there was some sort of phenomenon in operation, because Heathkits
came from there. The phenom was good. The Kitchen Aid is 100% functional and
looks practically brand new- even after three children and my current
borrowing of the bowl for heat gun roasting. The evidence comes right off
with a little detergent and a Scotch pad scrubbie.
Who knew from Multi-function?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

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