Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Accessories September 26, 2017 06:51:44
Mega mixer. I thought I could stand over a bowl with my hand mixer until the cows came home. Then my husband Ace bought me the fabulous big boy of mixers. Egg whites beaten in seconds. Cream whipped so fast I have to watch carefully or I ll have butter. Cookies cakes cheesecakes go together so quickly the oven hardly has time to preheat. If only it d clean up its own splatters.
When they remodeled an older family home with French architectural details kitchen designers Marvin Daniel and Brian Pilgrim of KDW Home wanted to give it an open and airy look that still felt in keeping with the style of the home. Roman shades in a French provincial fabric added just the Old World accent the updated space required.
Gas ranges with their high BTUs are the most sought-after appliances for avid home chefs but if one s out of reach you might want to consider a single gas Bunsen burner with gas propane on the side says Sue Adams an interior designer with a flair for kitchens from Andover Mass. “It s not a fine design element but it can provide the high heat you want if you re a serious cook particularly in an outdoor kitchen“ she says. If you ve got a source of gas heat even from a residential-style range you can cook much more effectively if you invest in really good pots or pans or even just one says Eric Tanaka executive chef for the posh Tom Douglas Restaurant Group in Seattle. “The thinner stainless steel or copper pans have hot spots where a heavy enamel pot like an All-Clad spreads the heat evenly.“
Designer Robin Baron gave this elegant country kitchen the perfect finishing touch with an ornate scalloped valance above the sink. “I always say “great design is in the details“ and this beautiful valance is a perfect example” says Baron. “I used the detail of iron hooks to create the dramatic pleating in lieu of a traditional pole and embellished the classic linen floral fabric with tassel trim and matching tape giving weight and importance to this country-inspired valance.”
“I would never skimp on a KitchenAid mixer“ says Hambright who bakes even at home and uses her mixers primarily to beat batter and whip egg whites. “I have four ranging in age from one to 17 and they are machines absolutely built to last.“Hambright uses one of her mixers as a juicer and admires the many attachments that can enhance the machines from food mills to sausage grinders. “But they cost hundreds of dollars so you should really figure out whether you re going to use one of those attachments a lot getting it down to how much it will cost per use before making the added investment“ she says.
Professional baker Peggy Hambright recently purchased a house replete with pro-quality appliances including a Viking range and Bosch dishwasher — but that didn t significantly improve her ability to cook chef-style meals for her husband and friends at home she says. “Even when we lived in an apartment with a 35-year-old stove and fridge I already had the equipment that s important to me like a good knife and my KitchenAid mixers“ says Hambright who is also a wedding cake designer and owner of Mag-Pies in Knoxville Tenn.