KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer KSM150PS : The tilt-head feature and generous 5-quart capacity make the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer the ultimate in user-friendly design. Features 10 speeds and KitchenAid's unique planetary mixing action, driven by a powerful 325-watt motor. Rugged all-metal construction ensures long life and quiet operation, and rubber feet anchor it securely while in use. The Artisan has a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, with ergonomic handle and clear plastic pouring shield, but it can also accommodate the 3- and 4.5-quart bowls. Model: KSM150PS. Product Features Tilt-head mixer style for clear access to the beater and bowl All-metal construction ensures long-life Direct drive transmission for durability Pouring shield minimizes ingredient splash-out and flour-puff 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir High-performance, 67 point planetary mixing action insures ingredients are thoroughly mixed without frequent scraping or rotating bowl 9-cup flour power 5-quart mixing bowl capacity with contoured bowl handle Multi-purpose attachment hub Assembled in the USA 1yr free of charge warranty Includes Professional wire whip White flat beater 'C' dough hook kneads yeast dough for bread and pizza recipes Clear pouring shield with enlarged chute for easy addition of ingredients 5-quart stainless-steel bowl with contoured handle Instruction book and 26 full-color recipes
I got my mixer as a christmas present in 2007 and I absolutely love it. I was used to the large 25lbs and 50lbs professional machines at work and this one does not lack in functionality. It has the right size and power for the small to medium jobs. it is easy to assemble, to clean and move around and it does not make a lot of noise. Very versatile too; I use if for cakes, bread doughs, whipped cream, mashed potatoes and anything else I can think of :-) !
Wusthof Classic Chef's Knife : The heft of a chef's knife is intended to let gravity do most of the work. And because a firm, comfortable grip is essential, choose several knives from a wide variety of sizes that conform to your hand. About Wusthof Classic: Precision-forged blades of Wusthof's own high-carbon, stain-resistant steel alloy, for a lasting edge that is easy to resharpen. Distinctive bolster prevents your hand from slipping onto the blade. Handle is a virtually indestructible composite, buffed by hand for a smooth finish and triple-riveted to the full tang for optimum strength and balance. Dishwasher safe, but hand-washing is recommended. Made in Solingen, Germany.
I recently purchased the 8" Wusthof Classic Chef's Knife and am quite pleased with it. The size is perfect for my hand and so is the weight. The blade is so sharp that it cuts through the toughest products like butter. I am slowly replacing all knives in my kit with Wusthof knives, they are definitely the best tools for the job and well worth the investment.