Yes, Ok. It's a bloomin' stand mixer. Alton Brown would probably laugh…or not. Wade Chi has a great photo of AB and his "Fireball" on his Blog post Tyrannosaurus Mixer?
I didn't do any real research before Orangey arrived. I just knew I didn't want a cheap, disposable ornament in my kitchen. And yeah, I wanted a lift-bowl Kitchenaid. In hindsight, the flip top wouldn't have been bad either. I know, I know, brandname hype - right? We didn't have a big-name mixer when I was growing up. I'm thinking my mom might still have that old Braun kicking around. It was a versatile workhorse.
If you want to do some research, this page has some good info for you.
The Only Stand Mixer You'll Ever Need | Reluctant Gourmet
I'm quite glad I didn't have to pick a colour, that was the lucky lot of the handsome Christmas fairy. There are (at least!!) 25 colours, check it out!
With this much choice, I would have been paralyzed standing in front of the colour book, but sometimes, the universe makes the choice for you. Don't mess with Karma. Tangerine it is!
I admired Alton's Fireball for years on Good Eats - if you haven't seen the show, you should. He mixes great cooking with interesting delivery, recipes, common sense, facts, history (mostly American), and costumes.
So, I guess I should tell you a bit about this new family member. In lieu of a name, "Orangey" seemed appropriate. It's the 4KB25G1X, Deluxe 5 Edition Mixer. 450 Watts of power (but if you read the article above, the watts aren't the whole story), the box says it has "Flour Power". Well, that was a giggle. If you know me, I've eaten gluten-free for 20+ years, so "Flour Power"… a bit of a misnomer for me, but some of the doughs I've made have been…strong. 6 3/4 loaves of bread, 1 dozen cookies, or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes! Accompanied with a "wide-chute" pouring shield (splash guard), a flat beater (which you'll see isn't getting used), a wire whip, and a dough hook.
Soooooo, I've been putting Orangey to work these past few weeks, but… it still didn't have a name. Until I made those cookies. Are you excited yet? Drumroll…
Roadrunner!!Meep Meep! Orange like the Roadrunner's legs, AND it makes a sound like running, running, running, running when it's under the load of a double-batch of cookies!
My latest accessory acquisition for Roadrunner is a Mixer Attachment Pack. There was a great sale at Sears online that caught my eye, I thought they had a good price, until I checked Amazon.com, $104US - which somehow works out to $107.10 Cdn! Shipping was $29, and an import fee of $6.96 on the whole order (I'm guessing GST), not bad! The parcel arrived at work last week while I was under the weather, so I just got it home yesterday, and I haven't opened it yet. Perhaps on Saturday I can try out the meat grinder, sausage stuffer, grater, slicer, strainer attachment so I can purée some tomatoes and apples. Riiiiiiight. That's optimistic. I might grind some meat…
This countertop wonder is quite the workhorse. I expect many years of service from it - heavy, so it won't walk around on it's own, sturdy, metal gears, and accessories out the wazoo, (there's even an ice cream maker… but I already have one - and he's handsome too). ;-x
Although, I still have my mom's 30+ year old Sears hand mixer (successfully patched back together after it's "episode") for the small jobs…tucked in it's little case in the drawer, but haven't had call for it yet.