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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jade!

Yes, it’s been a whole year since Jade entered my life. Beautiful, majestic, powerful Jade.

Jade Turns 1!

Yup, yesterday was one year ago that Jade showed up on my lap (figuratively speaking. She’s a hefty girl) and made me one proud kitchen goddess. I’ve put her to work this past year, despite her grumbles and limited counter space. She’s made many mouths and stomachs happy with her carefully-combined cheesecake, wonderfully-whipped mashed potatoes and meticulously-mixed homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Jade has been a blessing in the food department. She’s growing up so fast, too! I can’t wait to see what adventures we’ll get in together this next year of our lives together. I’m hoping she’ll surprise me and whip up a batch of homemade cupcakes, or pasta, or even one proclaimed “only pizza dough you will ever need.

Carpe Diem, Jade! And Happy, joyous birthday. May there be many more shared.

She's so classy, she goes by "Artisan"

*Note: I can’t let this entry end without a shoutout to my SO, Max, who gifted me Jade last year on our anniversary. Happy 5 years! Holy Cow!

Kitchen Goddess

I have a really awesome boyfriend.

Our 4 year anniversary is creeping up on us and Max (my lovely S.O.) couldn’t wait to give me my present….seriously. he was not able to wait until the day.  Which, of course, is totally fine by  me!  I think this was the most excited he’s been to give me a present (that I’ve observed, as other gifts that he’s given me, i.e. ring, were a secret so I had no idea of his enthusiasm of presenting them to me at the time).

Anyway, the other night he made my sit and close my eyes (with my hands over them for good measure) as he fetched a huge box out of his car and into our apartment, landing at my feet.  When I opened my eyes, there in front of me sat every chef’s necessity (and dare I say dream?).

KitchenAid Artisan in "Bayleaf"

KitchenAid Artisan in "Bayleaf"

"Jade"

Yes, I am now a proud owner of a “KitchenAid”, as they are simply known.  I love it.  I have put off certain recipes because they call for stand mixers (with the paddle attachment!); and now, I can make even more delicious baked goods and breads, despite my miniscule galley kitchen and limited counter space.  It is an amazing machine and, although one might deem it sexist, it is the perfect gift for me.

In fact, I had to christen it as soon as I possibly could.  So I put Jade (as she will be called from now on, as I name all inanimate objects of mine with which I have mild love affairs) to work ASAP and she produced the most wonderful cheesecake my tastebuds have encountered.

Although, I may be bias.

For the cheesecake recipe I used, click on my link on the right hand side to “Fine Cooking” and then look in “Desserts”  It was their feature in their last issue.  They have a basic cheesecake recipe with 18 different varieties of it, although I made up my own and made Junior Mint Cheesecake with Mint Oreo crust.  It came out perfect.

And as I sit and eat another bite of the creamy, fluffy cheesecake and smile lovingly at Jade, I really do feel like a kitchen goddess.

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