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July 22, 2008 11:55 AM

Fix-it for KitchenAid -- and other small appliances

Posted by Nancy Leson

Jay Rogers wrote, wondering:

"Do you know of any places to take my KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer to get it fixed? Sadly, when making a full batch of bagels a few weeks back, it started to groan and then quit-out on me (it is only 4 years old). It looked like a little oil was seeping out of the top and my guess is that I blew the motor. Just wondering if you have had any similar experiences with this mixer."

Funny Jay should ask. Twenty years ago I became the happy owner of KitchenAid standing mixer -- a small appliance I'd longed for but never bought because they were way too expensive. One day, while visiting a friend, she showed me her latest purchase: a beautiful cobalt blue version of the very mixer I coveted. "Guess how much it cost?" she asked. "Uh, $250?" I replied. "Nope. Half that. Want one?" "Where'd you get it?" I asked. "Don't ask. Just tell me -- do you want one?" I didn't (ask questions). And I did (want one). I got one, too. It's still in business:

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July 22, 2008 10:23 AM

Pull over, chef, and let me take your picture

Posted by Nancy Leson

Here's another one to add to my post on food-related vanity plates, in which I suggested that my license plate should say ETZALOT and Eaters replied with ideas of their own (my favorite: XTRVRGN):

Don't worry, officer! I didn't take the photo while I was driving south on I-5 yesterday. Honest.

So, anybody know the guy in this Toyota? What's he COOKED 4 U?

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