Yesterday evening I tried to make the meatball hors d’oeuvres I mentioned in a previous post, and did. It took much longer than I thought, but that’s fine. I stilled learned more about the Kitchen Aid and using a camera while I’m cooking. It’s hard and something to get used to.
The ideas I came up with were to stage the ingredients and use a tripod and reposition the camera around the kitchen as things “get done” or prepared. The tripod comes in to the picture (pun intended) for the next recipe.
The Metro Beater Blade works awesome on this stuff as well, didn’t need a spatula and clean-up was a breeze. The meat grinding attachment doesn’t do well with fat, so trim off as much as you can before you grind it into ground beef. Your mixer will have a much easier time and you won’t waste 15 minutes trying to clean out the die before you can even wash it. The mixer still did an outstanding job.
My phone ended up taking the photos below and the face of the phone is quite gross as well, but it did do the trick
PB&J == Peanut Butter and John – I love peanut butter so how could I go wrong with something like baked peanut butter!
I thought I start with something simple and see what I could learn. So I started with a peanut butter cookie recipe from the Kitchen Aid recipe book that came with my mixer. And after reading some reading some reviews about this new whiz-bang mixing beater blade, I tried that out as well.
The recipe was straight forward but I realized quickly that organizing the ingredients before production was something I needed to figure out rather than just stacking the ingredients on the counter and adding them as I go. So that was the first lesson.
After that, things started to flow. Here are a few images from my adventure last night. I did get one “hidden-mickey” out of this batch, so that was kind of cool as well but it was thanks to my large hands. The recipe calls for 1″ balls of batter – not so simple for me so some of the cookies turned out kind of large. I only managed to eat about 8 of these treats so the rest of them are going to work today for meetings and breaks.
The next project is some homemade meatball hors d’oeuvres and chocolate chip cookies at the same time to see how switching between two different types of recipes works out.