In the Kitchen...Hand Egg Beater and Whisks

Top row:  3 Roux whisks, Danish dough whisk, OXO egg beater
Bottom row:  French whisk and large balloon whisk
When I first started keeping house, I never even owned a whisk, and I don’t think our mom or grandmother did either.  Times have changed for sure, and I keep several in my tool crock and on my tool rack. 
I also used to have a hand egg-beater, then discarded it because they tarnished and rusted easily, and portable hand mixers became more available and better quality.  Now I have this very nice OXO hand egg beater which I love and use frequently for small mixing jobs…easy to clean, it never rusts.
My favorite whisks are flat whisks also known as a roux whisk; I have several with silicone on the wires in a medium and large size, and they do a great job with gravies and sauces, no more lumps!  The smaller one I use to whip up eggs or small amounts of sauces right in a measuring cup.
Clockwise from top left:  Beating eggs, Making roux, Stirring mushroom gravy,
Making cooked dressing in double boiler, Making lard noodle dough
I don’t have any balloon or French whisks, but Myrna does.  I think electric mixers were made for beating egg whites, and I never, ever would do it with a whisk…just sayin’.
I do have this Danish dough whisk for thick batters; I especially use it for making noodle dough by hand and some quick breads.  It’s very efficient, and works much better than I thought it would.
Some recipes that are made for whisks or egg beaters:

Sunday in Iowa...

           A very nice weeping willow tree and pond in Newton Iowa
We remember when most farms had a weeping willow in the yard.

Do You Remember?

Do You Remember…?
Those convenient egg beaters in the mixing cup?
Those “ergonomic” tilted-handle egg beaters?
When your mom got one of those first electric mixers?  
When our mom got a Hamilton Beach like this one, she was thrilled!  She could remove the head and use it like a hand mixer to make 7 minute frosting at the stove, as well as make cakes with ease.  The small bowl was for whipped cream and egg whites.  The juicer was a popular attachment.

Family Favorites...Ham Loaf

 Ham loaf mixture was on sale today at our local Fareway store, so I tried this recipe for Ham Loaf I have been wanting to try for some time. The recipe calls for equal amounts of ground pork and ground ham, which is what the meat market in the store sells. They grind it themselves.
  I make ham balls and ham loaf which are similar to this, but this had far fewer ingredients and was very good. I did make the whole recipe, intending to have leftovers for lunches and maybe another meal. The recipe is from the More-with-less cookbook.
  I made two small changes to suit our tastes and will give you the recipe the way I made it. Keep in mind that that while this is baking, you can do other things and not be tied down. I served it with scalloped potatoes and fresh asparagus. 
  Though saving some for lunches was a good idea, there is not a lot left. My daughter stopped and she ate a piece, or two, and we managed to eat quite a bit of the rest. I have enough left for two lunches for Bettie to take to work.
Ham Loaf
1 pound fresh pork, ground
1 pound fully cooked ham, ground
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 egg
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
  Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Shape into a loaf and place into a 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour, pour off liquid if there is a lot in the pan. Pour the glaze over and bake ½ hour longer, basting with glaze occasionally 
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves (scant) (optional)
¼ cup water
¼  cup wine vinegar
  Mix together and bring to a boil before pouring on ham loaf.

Meat loaf with Cottage Cheese (Gluten Free)

 One of our readers who only commented as Anonymous gave a recipe for a meatloaf she makes with cottage cheese and no filler. Since as a Celiac I struggle with making things without filler of some kind I decided to try it. My daughter is moving and has a broken arm so wanted to fix supper for her and her family.
 We all thought it was excellent. I used onion and celery and some Italian seasoning. Next time I will add some Worcestershire sauce or maybe some soy sauce.
 What I did find is that without the filler it is more fragile and you need to let it stand for at least 10 minutes before cutting. I am thinking it would work better as meatballs, another option to try. If I am going to make it into meatballs I would bake them so they don't have to be turned as much. I am going to try that as they would also be easy to freeze and would get a crisper crust. Anonymous gave just a simple set of directions and amounts, I will try to list some amounts that I used. Thanks again to whomever posted that comment. If you let me know your name I can give you credit for the lovely recipe.

Meatloaf with Cottage Cheese
1 pound of ground beef
1 8 ounce container of cottage cheese Drain before adding
½ cup diced onion (optional)
½ cup diced celery or carrots (optional)
2 eggs
Seasoning of your choice (I used ¼ tsp of Italian seasoning)
Mix well in a bowl, hands work well for this step. 
Place in a bread pan and then if you like it you can spread some chili sauce or ketchup on top. 
Bake in a 350° oven for 55 to 60 minutes
Drain and let stand for at least 10 minutes (15 would be better)

Slice and serve from the pan as it is too fragile to turn out. The meatballs would be easier to handle I think.

In The Kitchen Electric Mixers

The center mixer is like the first mixer I owned I now have the two on the left and yes mine is black..Sue has the two like the ones on the right
 Both of us own and use stand mixers. I guess I can’t think of my kitchen without one though I can remember when our Mother got her first one, she had so much fun with it and we sure ate a lot of cake and whipped cream for awhile. 
 My first mixer was a Sunbeam which in a lot of ways I like better than the nice Kitchen Aid I own now. The mixer came with two sizes of bowls and the bowl turned rather than the beater. It did not have as much power but as I rarely do bread dough in mine I could get along without that much power. It also had a detachable head so I could take it to the stove and use it as a hand held mixer without having to own two separate mixers. In a lot of ways updating something is not always making it better.
 The first mixer with a electric motor is thought to be the one invented by American Rufus Eastman in 1885. The Hobart Manufacturing Company was an early manufacturer of large commercial mixers, and they say a new model introduced in 1914 played a key role in the mixer part of their business. The Hobart Kitchen Aid and Sunbeam Mixmaster (first produced 1910) were two very early US brands of electric mixer. Domestic electric mixers were rarely used before the 1920s, when they were adopted more widely for home use.
 In 1908 Herbert Johnson, an engineer for the Hobart Manufacturing Company, invented an electric standing mixer. His inspiration came from observing a baker mixing bread dough with a metal spoon; soon he was toying with a mechanical counterpart. By 1915, his 20 gallon (80 l) mixer was standard equipment for most large bakeries. In 1919, Hobart introduced the Kitchen Aid Food Preparer (stand mixer) for the home. Many restaurants and bakeries use Hobart large stand mixers.
Older models of mixers originally listed each speed by name of operation (Beat-Whip would be high speed if it is a 3-speed mixer); they are now listed by number.

 If you are not going to be doing a lot of heavy mixing you could most likely get by with a hand held mixer though I sure would hate to give up my stand mixer.

Try these recipes:

Classic Yellow Cake

Whipped Cream Cake

Hawaiian Sweet Bread 

Cornmeal Yeast Bread

Buttermilk Pie

Meringue for Pie


Freezer Meat Balls

Do You Remember?

Our sister Kay playing "dress up" in Grandma's shoes, purse and hat

Do you remember......

When you could play dress up from boxes of clothes and accessories in the attic??
When you could use a lace curtain for a dress-up bride's veil?
When peep-toe platform shoes were popular ?  That previous time, that is.