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Honestly? I'm not much of a fan of roasted/whole type potatoes with chicken. I love potatoes fixed that way - just not so much as a side for chicken. I chalk that up to mom *always* making mashed potatoes with chicken unless it was a chicken and rice casserole. In spite of that, my wife regularly roasts "baby potatoes" to go with lemon chicken.
 

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I get it, mashed is probably more of a favorite, but every now and then a one pan meal can be a godsend.

This time, I had small potatoes and cut them in half, and placed the flesh side down on the pan. Between the olive oil and rendered chicken fat, they had wonderful crunch and flavor on the outside, and were soft and creamy on the inside. I was surprised how good they were. Doing that again!
 

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I just purchased one of these for my wife for Christmas:
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It's the Kitchenaid "lift bowl" style "Professional" 5qt., 525 watt, mixer with 5qt and 3qt bowls and extra attachments (regular and mini whisks). She's had the 4qt lift bowl model for some time and has really been lusting after this larger one. The box is huge - I had trouble finding somewhere to hide it!
 

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I just purchased one of these for my wife for Christmas:

It's the Kitchenaid "lift bowl" style "Professional" 5qt., 525 watt, mixer with 5qt and 3qt bowls and extra attachments (regular and mini whisks). She's had the 4qt lift bowl model for some time and has really been lusting after this larger one. The box is huge - I had trouble finding somewhere to hide it!
I think that’s the one I’ve got. Wish I’d had one 20 years ago. :)
 
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My experience years ago was homemade sauce was hours and hours of boiling down tomatoes and red peppers. This was a 45 minute sauce from scratch. And it’s good. The downside is it has a lot of butter, so is high calorie (especially compared to jar sauce.)


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They are awesome pieces of kitchen equipment. If you make bread, my wife does regularly, these are a huge help. She uses hers several times a week for various baking projects.

She's been after me for some time to get her one of the bowl scraper paddles but the reviews on them just aren't that good. Lots of comments about them falling apart. I want the pasta maker attachment. One of her aunts has an attachment that de-seeds products - tomatoes, berries, etc. for canning or making juice. I'd like one of those too as we make blackberry cobbler regularly and remove the seeds. It's a somewhat laborious process to do manually (you run the cooked berries through a wire sieve using a wooden spoon).
 

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They are awesome pieces of kitchen equipment. If you make bread, my wife does regularly, these are a huge help. She uses hers several times a week for various baking projects.

She's been after me for some time to get her one of the bowl scraper paddles but the reviews on them just aren't that good. Lots of comments about them falling apart. I want the pasta maker attachment. One of her aunts has an attachment that de-seeds products - tomatoes, berries, etc. for canning or making juice. I'd like one of those too as we make blackberry cobbler regularly and remove the seeds. It's a somewhat laborious process to do manually (you run the cooked berries through a wire sieve using a wooden spoon).
What I’ve read is they increase friction, doing load to the motor, heating it more. I think KitchenAids position is they’re not recommended.
 
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I bought a couple cans of tomatoes intending to do this same recipe some time this week. They had some Cento brand marzano tomatoes for $3/can, but I figured I'd go with the $1 cans for the recipe.

My experience years ago was homemade sauce was hours and hours of boiling down tomatoes and red peppers. This was a 45 minute sauce from scratch. And it’s good. The downside is it has a lot of butter, so is high calorie (especially compared to jar sauce.)


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What I’ve read is they increase friction, doing load to the motor, heating it more. I think KitchenAids position is they’re not recommended.
KitchenAid does offer one for the tilt head mixers but not the bowl-lift variety. That's what's kept one out of the house as hers is a bowl-lift.

I just don't get the attraction. It's not that hard to stop the mixer, drop the bowl, and scrape the side yourself if needed. From my observations, it's rarely needed so why chance damage to the motor or transmission.
 

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For a stocking stuffer, you could consider a mixer scraper. I got one from King Arthur flour. It didn’t change my life, but it’s a interesting tool.
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Today is pulled pork day, for no particular reason other than that the market had that particular cut of boneless pork that makes it easy to do in a slow cooker. Feels like a perfect day for a “set it and forget it” type meal.
 

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I smoked pork ribs in the backyard yesterday, using oak chips. I was very pleased with how they turned out. I served them with baked yams (sweet potatoes), cornbread, braised endive and pinto beans simmered with bacon, with pumpkin cupcakes for dessert.

I also carved a pumpkin for the first time in probably 30 years. Despite the fact that it is absolutely simple and basic, when I lit the candle inside, I was totally charmed by it.

I hope everyone found something to enjoy this Halloween, despite the unusual times we find ourselves in. We also had a film festival and through the day we watched Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (That is one nice thing about doing low and slow food like ribs and beans - plenty of time to watch a movie or two while they are cooking.) It turned out to be a fun day.

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For a stocking stuffer, you could consider a mixer scraper. I got one from King Arthur flour. It didn’t change my life, but it’s a interesting tool.
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For me, this silicone spatula/spoon changed my kitchen existence!

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The handle is stiff but the end is bendy and cleans bowls and pans out amazingly smooth so it's a spatula but then it's shaped like a spoon so it kind of multitasks.

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YMMV
 
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I have a similar affection for the GiR Spatula (bought on recommendation of the Wirecutter). I use it primarily as a turner, but love what it does with cleaning out batter from a bowl, and getting all the eggs moved around when making scrambled eggs.

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I smoked pork ribs in the backyard yesterday, using oak chips. I was very pleased with how they turned out. I served them with baked yams (sweet potatoes), cornbread, braised endive and pinto beans simmered with bacon, with pumpkin cupcakes for dessert.

I also carved a pumpkin for the first time in probably 30 years. Despite the fact that it is absolutely simple and basic, when I lit the candle inside, I was totally charmed by it.

I hope everyone found something to enjoy this Halloween, despite the unusual times we find ourselves in. We also had a film festival and through the day we watched Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (That is one nice thing about doing low and slow food like ribs and beans - plenty of time to watch a movie or two while they are cooking.) It turned out to be a fun day.

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That looks outstanding!
 
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