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Old 04-14-2015, 12:23 AM   #21
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French bread....?

I have no Kitchenaid mixer nor bread machine either. I fear if I did, I'd put them on the counter and just stare at them. Think I overbought with the Cuisinart food processor and Kitchenaid blender. I really didn't need either one, but they were so pretty. And on sale.
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:22 AM   #22
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Thank you, SirLoin. I copied and saved your link. Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the only ones here who doesn't have the latest in KitchenAids and bread machines. LOL
No apologies necessary, Cheryl. I have my original KitchenAid mixer I bought when my children were small. They're now in their 40s. And, just last year, Glenn replaced my Cuisinart. I'd had it since 1974 and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Needless to say, it stood up to all the slicing, dicing, chopping, blending, etc. I made it do. When I got my new one, I donated my old one to a food kitchen. It's still probably going strong.
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:42 AM   #23
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No apologies necessary, Cheryl. I have my original KitchenAid mixer I bought when my children were small. They're now in their 40s. And, just last year, Glenn replaced my Cuisinart. I'd had it since 1974 and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Needless to say, it stood up to all the slicing, dicing, chopping, blending, etc. I made it do. When I got my new one, I donated my old one to a food kitchen. It's still probably going strong.
Thanks for a great idea. My son wants my KA mixer. So that is settled. But our church has a kitchen that could use the Robot Coupe food processor and my smaller one that I use for other chores. If any of my kids don't want them, I am going to have to let them know my wishes.
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No apologies necessary, Cheryl. I have my original KitchenAid mixer I bought when my children were small. They're now in their 40s. And, just last year, Glenn replaced my Cuisinart. I'd had it since 1974 and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Needless to say, it stood up to all the slicing, dicing, chopping, blending, etc. I made it do. When I got my new one, I donated my old one to a food kitchen. It's still probably going strong.
Same with me, Kayelle and Cheryl! I still use my Mom's old ("born" right around the same time I was) Oster Kitchen Center. It has stand mixer/meat grinder/blender/food chopper parts and it still works fine! Much as I lust after a nice Kitchen Aid mixer, I can't justify the money for something I don't use that often.
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Same with me, Kayelle and Cheryl! I still use my Mom's old ("born" right around the same time I was) Oster Kitchen Center. It has stand mixer/meat grinder/blender/food chopper parts and it still works fine! Much as I lust after a nice Kitchen Aid mixer, I can't justify the money for something I don't use that often.
My sister had an Oster Kitchen Center. She loved it. She kept it on her counter so everyone could see it and hanker after it.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:21 PM   #26
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My first try at homemade French bread today. I used Princess's recipe from BHAG, and mixed everything by hand since I don't have the latest kitchen goodies. It was fun.

I used Katie's suggestion of steaming water in the microwave and using that warm environment to proof the bread, since it was a little on the cool side here today.

It turned out wonderful. Another 3 seconds and I would have overbaked it. I really liked the crust and the tender inside. I couldn't resist buttering a slice right away, and dinner this evening will be grilled cheese sandwiches with smoked gouda, and soup.

Thank you to all for your suggestions!
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Looks good Cheryl.
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Looks delicious! I'm going to have to try that. And I do have a bread machine and a KitchenAid, so that will make it easier.
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Well done, Cheryl! Would love to have a bite of that!
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Thank you, ladies! It wasn't the prettiest, but boy did it taste good! I'll definitely make this again.
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