Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Matt spoiled me big time at Christmas.  He got me a super fancy, super nice Bosch mixer and everything to go along with it...cookie paddles, blender attachment, chopper/shredder attachment, a wheat grinder, loaf pans, wire cooling racks, bags to store homemade bread in, a rolling pin, baking mat, dough slicer, and lots of yeast.  (I think that was everything).  (Wayne and Marcia were part of the gift givers as well - Thank You!)
So now I have all of the equipment any bread maker could possibly desire, but I must admit I am VERY intimidated by all of it.  I've never ever made a loaf of homemade bread before.  I was excited when Matt ordered everything, but when the 2 or 3 giant boxes were delivered to my front door, I got scared.  The boxes sat in my kitchen for a good three weeks partially opened and I didn't touch them.  I swept and mopped around them.  Then when I finally got the courage to empty the boxes and find a home for everything in my kitchen, another few weeks passed before I actually turned the mixer on.

But I did it.  I used my Bosch this week.  No, I didn't bake any fabulous loafs of homemade bread but I used it.  And I loved it.

1 - We used it to shred cheese.  LOVED IT.  One of my least favorite things to do in the kitchen is shred and slice cheese by hand.   I am sooo bad at it.  But NOW we are fancy and have jars of freshly shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses in the fridge and freezer.

2 - We shredded chicken, too.  While we were at it, why not shred some chicken breasts.  Um, I fell in love AGAIN with my Bosch.  I baked the chicken in the oven and then Matt popped the chicken in the Bosch mixer and a few seconds later, ta-da, we had 4 freshly shredded chicken breasts.  It tasted very YUM-O in our baked chicken burritos.  And I am looking forward to it on our BBQ chicken pizza.

3 - And we made smoothies.  Strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry smoothies to be exact.  Matt was the chef behind this treat.  I love that the blender just pops right on the Bosch base...so easy and so much less clutter.  Now I have a blender that actually blends.  Our old blender used to just turn stuff around and smoke a bit, not very useful.

I bought the ingredients to make homemade pizza dough (with yeast) so I'll attempt that this week.  I've read that pizza dough is forgiving.  Keep your fingers crossed that it's true. 

Willa hung out in the cabinet below the mixer while we were at work.  She loves it in there.


JoJo said...

I expect homemade bread by the time I come in March. I can smell the yeast already.

Clayton & Kayley Anderson said...

Oh wow, that is really cool! I hate shredding cheese, I always end up grating my finger. I bet cooking is a lot more fun. :o)

Melissa said...

I am so jealous! I just told my husband a couple of weeks ago that he has to buy me a bosch. Hopefully I get one soon! Good luck and can't wait to see new recipes you make.

Renae said...

I love the new style for your Bosch. What a great present! Willa looks so cute hanging out in there.

dockters said...

So...what can't this thing do?! It seems pretty amazing! I want one, too!

I also think Willa looks so cute inside the cupboard!

Cynthia said...

What an amazing gift! I want one of those someday, but like you, I know I will be intimidated when it first comes.