The gunmetal gray KitchenAid stand mixer was a mainstay in Stella Parks's baking life. It came into focus for her when she was 10. Already a budding baker, Parks recalls reading a chocolate cake recipe in "Cooks Illustrated" that mentioned using a stand mixer."That KitchenAid saw me through my entire childhood and into culinary school, and even into some of my professional forays," said Parks, who went on to become a pastry chef, a James Beard-award winning cookbook author and an editor at the food site Serious Eats.Like all the things we take for granted, her mixer eventually faded into the periphery. Parks moved on to newer models, and her old kitchen companion ended up stashed away with her parents out in the country in central Kentucky. Five years ago, the mixer reappeared in Parks' life. She spotted it as she pulled into her parent's home, on the curb, out with the garbage. "It was like I saw the family dog shot in the driveway," Parks said.The KitchenAid stand mixer has … [Read more...] about The KitchenAid stand mixer: How color, cake and nostalgia made an American icon
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I’ve always thought Easter was a bullshit holiday. Unlike most proper holidays, you don’t get a day off of work or school. The Easter Egg hunt holds neither the candy quality nor the door-to-door salesman charm of trick-or-treating. Peeps are a culinary atrocity. And I don’t look good in pastels. Easter is the too-thin ribbon of frosting on the dry hot cross bun of life. So how did I find myself shivering outside the White House on a frigid Monday in April, volunteering for the White House Easter Egg Roll? The answer is one part luck, and nine parts sheer stupidity. On February 13, I submitted an application to volunteer at the White House Easter Egg Roll as a joke. I figured my application wouldn’t past the laugh test: A cursory Google search of my name would turn up the countless negative blog posts, articles, and tweets I’ve written about Donald Trump and his toxic administration. Surely, some poor schmuck at the White House Visitors Office would … [Read more...] about I Infiltrated the White House Easter Egg Roll and All I Got Was Played
Could you really enjoy french fries without enduring brussels spouts? First Lady Michelle Obama doesn’t think so. In fact, the leading Obama on eating clean and exercising regularly recently made the case, to the Associated Press, for falling off the healthy wagon, now and again. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn't live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." I think she really meant, how could you appreciate chocolate if you never had vegetables, but we'll give her a FLOTUS pass. On Monday, Mrs. Obama delved into her snacking habits while answering questions from kiddie reporters after the White House’s Easter Egg Roll. It was very hard-hitting stuff. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said. Noting that if you are active, you can eat more of what you want, she also suggested drinking copious amounts of water to side-step unhealthy snacking. "The … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama Says Eat All the Chocolate You Want! Almost.
If you’re tired of asking you Amazon Echo speaker's Alexa voice assistant for boring stuff, like what the time is or how long to cook an egg, it’s time to scrub up on the Easter eggs that she’s been hiding all this time. No, not real life Easter eggs of the chocolate variety, but the secret commands and inside jokes you can ask her to get a reply that’s sometimes informative, often laugh out loud funny or at times just downright dismissive. I mean, what did you really expect her to say when you asked her out on a date? Or whether Siri is better than her? Mind your manners!From classic Star Trek lines and memes to getting to know Alexa a bit better, here are some of our favorite old and new Alexa Easter eggs for Amazon Echo or Echo Dot owners to feast on.Just a quick note before we continue - we decided not to include Alexa’s responses to these fun questions, because we didn’t want to spoil the fun of you hearing them for yourselves. Enjoy!Easter … [Read more...] about 80 Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Fun tips and tricks for your Echo speaker
Hooray for Easter; a crackin’ excuse to load up on chocolate and video games, make appalling egg puns with zero consequences, and cast a keen eye on retailers for egg-ceptional Easter deals. Who said Easter was just for kids? Opt away from the usual generic seasonal fare and give the gift of geekery this Good Friday. A time traditionally associated with dandy candies and snuggly bunnies, Easter is fast becoming a mega sales period across all the major game stores. Although the price on individual consoles tends to not fluctuate too much; there are fine savings to be made and delicious bounties to be had on generous Xbox bundle offers. A range of discounts are due on consoles, games and accessories — courtesy of the Easter bunny and our beloved technology overlords, and just in time to catch lazy online shoppers for the long weekend. So whether you’re looking for a headset, new games or a brand new Xbox One X, we’ve hatched the ultimate Easter games deals for … [Read more...] about The best of the Xbox One Easter sale 2018