Tuesday, June 07, 2011

good things in the kitchen

When we lived in the US I didn't cook much.  Ok, hardly at all.  I did have a KitchenAid mixer but sold it because the only time I used it was to make boxed cake mixes.  And that was only a few times a year.

Moving down here has changed a whole lot as far as what happens in the kitchen.  Now I have 4 mouths to feed and there are no short cuts around here.  Our frozen food section in my regular grocery store is one freestanding unit that is a little larger than my refrigerator.  The only products inside are frozen vegetables, fruit and some Tyson chicken items.

I regretted selling that mixer.  I would have used it ALL the time.  I make bread because there really isn't any bread other than the sliced sandwich bread and bolios (which are great) for making a torta or some other sandwich.  I love bread.  Rolls, muffins, baguettes, french and so on and so on.

A few months back a friend was driving down and I asked him a favor.  "BRING ME A KITCHENAID MIXER, PLEASE!"  You can find them here at Sears and Costco and I am sure a few other places but they are more than double the price of buying one in the US.

I went on Amazon, bought one and within a week I had this bad boy sitting in my kitchen!  Oh so happy!

Making bread is so much easier now.  I let the mixer do the work of kneading the bread.  And, everything else is so much easier to do now that I have it.  No more hand mixer.

So, when I want to make something like Croque Monsieur and there is no french bread at the store, I can just whip up a batch! Especially since I can use the Dijon mustard I found in Puerto Vallarta!

I have a recipe that I use for French Bread and it is really great!  It makes two big loafs, so if you want, half the recipe. 

And, since you are in the kitchen making something great, I have another VERY simple dip you can make.  I found the recipe here.  The amount of dip the recipe makes isn't much, so I quadruple it.  This one is a definite must-try!

Now I am hungry!


Leslie Limon said...

I am SO jealous! I have always wanted a Kitchenaid mixer. :P My handheld mixer died on New Year's Day and I have yet to find a suitable replacement. I would love to have a Kitchenaid mixer, but like you said they are extremely expensive here. I saw one last month that cost 4500 pesos! :P I'd order one from Amazon, but relatives rarely come to visit. And no one wants to haul one on an airplane either. :P

Your french bread loaves looks gorgeous as does the croque monsieur! :)

Valarie said...

Leslie, thanks! Not only do they look good, they taste great! Not that great for the waist line, but who cares! :)

I hear ya on the handmixer. It was funny because the day my friend got here to Jalos with the KitchenAid I was making cupcakes and icing for my daughters b-day and the hand mixer broke. Perfect timing for me.

Wow! 4500 pesos is much cheaper than I have ever seen it. I haven't found them cheaper than 6500 pesos. And that is just ridiculous!

Lisa n Javi said...

MMM now I'm hungry. Thanks for the recipes they look great. And B-e-a-utiful mixer.