Christmas Favorites Giveaway + Enter to Win a KitchenAid Professional Mixer!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas is right around the corner! Can you believe it?! We've decorated our house and already have a few presents under our tree. This Christmas is going to be extra special for us now that we have a little one to share it with! I seriously can't wait for all of the festivities to begin! Anyway, as some of you know I usually do a fall giveaway, but this year I'm doing a Christmas one instead. Below are seven of my favorite kitchen tools that I can't live without- and you shouldn't either! Enter to win below!
Silpat® Baking Mat: Once you start baking with one of these silicone nonstick mats, you won't go back! They are designed to evenly transfer heat and prevent foods from sticking at temperatures anywhere from -40 to 500°F. I love using mine for cookies, but also for candies and pastries. Let me tell you, it certainly beats buying expensive rolls of parchment paper!

Pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste: The secret ingredient in all of my baked goods. I hardly use extract anymore! This paste is made from both the seeds and the vanilla pod. It's thick and syrupy and adds more of an intense flavor to recipes such as ice cream, frosting and pastry cream.

Bench Scraper: These handy tools are not just for cleaning off your kitchen counters. Yes they are for scraping off dough, but I also use mine for moving vegetables off my cutting board and into the pan, chopping bars and fudge, and creating perfectly even cuts.

Microplane® Zester/Grater: Creates perfect flakes of chocolate and zest. I also like to grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg into desserts with this guy too!

➎ Le Creuset® Pastry Brush: An absolute must-have. Great for basting meats, pastries, pie dough, vegetables and so much more! I seriously use mine on a daily basis- I don't know what I'd do without it! It also makes a great little tool for using in hot sauce pans (especially when making caramel etc) because it's heat resistant to 482°F! It was my staff pick when I worked at Sur La Table ☺

Le Creuset® Medium Spatula: A great size for a spatula! It makes scraping out bowls (especially KitchenAid ones) really easy! It's nice and sturdy for mixing thick or heavy doughs/batters and can be used in hot saucepans (like when tempering chocolate or making ice cream)! It's a kitchen staple!

KitchenAid Best-Loved Recipes Cookbook: Because if you're lucky enough to win the Grand Prize, you're gonna want this book to go with your shiny new mixer!


Now on to the BIG giveaway—

I'm teaming up with a handful of awesome bloggers to give one of you lucky readers a KitchenAid Professional Mixer! If you don't own a stand mixer, consider this a Christmas gift to yourself! If you own an Artisan, consider this an upgrade! Or if you're in the spirit of gifting, consider this a fabulous Christmas present for someone who loves to bake! Enter to win below plus join us for a scavenger hunt to decode a secret holiday message. All you need to do is hop on over and visit these other fabulous blogs! My secret word is (IS)... record this word (IS) and head on over to The Partiologist find the next word!
http://www.thepartiologist.com/2013/12/my-cookie-favorites-giveaway.html. 
When you visit all 19 blogs, you'll have to put the words in order to decode the Secret Scavenger Hunt message and enter to WIN this KitchenAid Professional Mixer!
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    236 Comments:

    1. My favorite tool is the rubber spatula

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    2. My favoite kitchen tool would have to be my ice cream scoops

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    3. My favorite tool is the one I found and bought this week, its a HUGE spatula for when I make stupid big cookies, so they won't break when I move them to racks to cool. That purchase made me so happy! Thanks for this opportunity to win. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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    4. My favorite tool is my angled spatula!

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    5. My favorite kitchen tools are my cookie scoops!

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    6. I have to try these slip mat things. Everyone who uses them loves them. I think my favorite tool is a quality chef's knife. Emphasis on the QUALITY.

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    7. My favorite tool is my gigantic rubber spatula that I got in my culinary school kit. It's been through a lot with me!

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      1. Oh, and the first thing I'll make with the mixer (if I win) is a big batch of Italian buttercream!

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    8. My favorite tool is....the handy dandy TOOTHPICK! Can you believe it?!

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    9. Obviously vanilla is one of my favs because I go through a ton of it! Thanks!

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    10. i love that vanilla paste too! and your whole giveaway-so much that i have all the stuff thank goodness since i can't win and won't have to drool over it-lol it's been fun doing the giveaway together thanks to Karyn! :)

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    11. Cutest giveaway ever!! I have half these things on my Christmas list this year!! My favorite is still that darned melon baller :)

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    12. My current kitchenaid mixer is my favorite tool and it's on it's last leg, so this is perfect timing! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    13. Favorite tool is my rasp zester!

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    14. My favorite kitchen tool is probably a set of cutting boards that I have and use every. single. day.

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    15. I love my Victorinox chef knife.

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    16. I would make cinnamon rolls first!

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    17. My favorite kitchen tool is my rubber angle spatula!

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    18. Any type of bread!! I love working with yeast and I usually make my breads by hand but it would be great to win a mixer and give my hands a rest.

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    19. I find a oven thermometer is essential in having an accurate cooking temperature for my baked goods.

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    20. My stand mixer is my favorite kitchen tool.

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    21. My favorite kitchen tool is my husband. ..just kidding, my favorite tool would have to be my brushes. I use them for everything from rolling samll fondant pieces, to dusting and painting!

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    22. My 30 year old Kitchenaid mixer!!

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    23. My favorite kitchen tools are my Lodge cast iron pans and my rubber spatula! Both are extremely versatile!

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    24. With the KitchenAid Pro Mixer, I would make biscotti first then Life Made Simple's absolutely fabulous Almond Poppy Seed muffins!

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    25. It's a tie between my cookie scooper, cookie press and pan scraper!

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    26. I love my favorite wooden spoon! I have about a half dozen, but I use the same one all the time.

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    27. The first thing I would make with the mixer are my famous browned butter chocolate chip cookies.

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    28. My microplane zester is a favorite tool.

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    29. My favorite kitchen took are my tongs! Love those things

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    30. I love my spatula. Thanks for the chance to enter.

      Andrea D.
      short74717@msn.com

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    31. My favorite will be the mat and recipe book

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    32. My favorite all around small tool is the spatula. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

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    33. If I won the mixer, I would make cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, and many other goodies the very same day. I would be as happy as a kid on Christmas morning. Thanks for the great giveaways. Good luck everyone.

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    34. My mixer for sure is my favorite. I have many though it is hard to decide on just one lol

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    35. My favorite tool is my KitchenAid mixer!

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    36. My favorite tool is my crock pot because it makes putting dinner on the table so easy. The less time I spend on dinner, the more time I can spend making cookies ;) Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    37. The vanilla bean paste is my fav too! :)

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    38. Impossible to choose! I do love my wooden spoons and my garlic press though.

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    39. I can't live without my cookie scooper :)

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    40. my kitchen aid stand mixer! I would love to win one for my mom!
      spgoddess55(at)msn(dot)com

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    41. My favorite kitchen tool is my food processor!

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    42. My favorite kitchen tool is my cast iron skillet.

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    43. I would like to try the micro planer.

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    44. I would make cookies with a brand new stand mixer.

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    45. The bench scraper is the tool that I reach for the most. We love our onions !!

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    46. I can't wait to make divinity!

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    47. My favorite kitchen tool is my kitchen aid of course :)

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    48. My favorite tool is my bread machine :)

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    49. My favorite kitchen tool is my immersion blender!

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    50. The first thing I would make in my KitchenAid would be cookie dough for some holiday cookies!

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    51. My favorite, but not used much, is my great grandmother's candy thermometer

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    52. Jessica CunninghamDecember 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      My favourite kitchen utensil is my garlic press for certain..what Italian kitchen could do without! Thank you for the opportunity!!

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    53. Jessica CunninghamDecember 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      I would make some red velvet cupcakes with my new KitchenAid Professional Mixer...and the cream cheese icing! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

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    54. my large cookie scoop for scooping out cupcake batter evenly!

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    55. definitely my kitchenaid mixer. it was a surprise gift a couple christmas's ago and it seriously changed my life!

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    56. My favorite WAS my old KitchenAid mixer that I just gave to my son and his girlfriend...I'm in dire need of a replacement!!

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    57. love the different size ice cream scoper for baking item.s.

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    58. My favorite kitchen tool is my chef's knife.

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    59. My favorite kitchen tool is parchment paper. Or my air bake cookie sheets if parchment paper isn't a tool.

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    60. The lowly silicone spatula is my most favorite tool. I feel like I can never have enough of them!

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    61. My most favorite tool is the sieve, surprisingly. I just love that it contributes to the overall consistently of any and everything I bake.

      -Holly

      sugarspiceandcocoa.wordpress.com

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    62. I love my Ninja Storm Food and Drink maker. It's small enough to stay on my kitchen counter so I can use it all the time.

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    63. I need all of these, thanks for the opportunity! My favorite kitchen tool is something I'm hard pressed to keep in the kitchen....a good paring knife!

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    64. I'm going to go with the zester! :)

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    65. Awesome giveaway! I would make cookies and ice cream with my KitchenAid.

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    66. I love my various sized ice cream scoops.

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    67. My favorite tool are my tongs. I can't cook dinner without them!

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    68. My favorite kitchen tool is my chef's knife.

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    69. My favorite kitchen tool is my spiral whisk because it mixes the eggs really fast compared to a conventional whisk.

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    70. My favorite kitchen tool are my whisks

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    71. My favorite kitchen tool is my silpat mat!

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    72. I would make chocolate chip cookies!

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    73. My favorite kitchen tool is my pastry cutter.

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    74. Currently, my favorite kitchen tool(s) are my big arse knives. Nothing like having good knives!! Oh, and my beautiful stainless french door fridge. <3 I know I should love a material thing so much, but this....yeah. I lurrrrve it.

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    75. My favorite kitchen tool has got to by pasta roller. I just it roll fondant for decorating projects. I love that thing!

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    76. My favorite kitchen tool is my bench scrape

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    77. As I love to bake anything and everything, I can't really say I have a favorite tool, but if I won the Kitchen Aid mixer then I would have to say that it would win top fav.

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    78. I would love to use this mixer to make snowballs, and gingerbread men and lots of Christmas cookies to give to my famiy

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    79. I love my flat edged wooden spoons.

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    80. My favorite kitchen tool is probably my knife set. Where would I be without my giant butcher's knife? I use it for everything! Of course, the vegetable peeler is amazing, too. Don't know how my mom ever made mashed potatoes without one.

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    81. My favorite tool, like you, is the scraper. I use mine for everything . . . but mine is not as pretty as yours and mine is about 30 years old.

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    82. My favorite tool is the spatula! I also like cute mixing bowls!

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    83. my spatulas from Pampered chef
      thanks
      aunteegem@yahoo.com

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    84. My favorite kitchen tool is the refrigerator!

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    85. My favorite kitchen tool is my cookie scoop. I use it for everything!

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    86. A silpat- that's why I'd love another one!

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    87. a grapefruit spoon - it is an amazing kitchen tool!

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    88. Popistry By SabrinaDecember 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Would love to try the vanilla bean paste!

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    89. My Favorite kitchen tool is my hand mixer! The only way it could be better is if I get/WIN a KitchenAid stand mixer ;)

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    90. I think wax paper is a favorite tool!

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    91. My favorite kitchen tool is my ice cream/cookie scoops!

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    92. Besides a stand mixer (c'mon, that's a given), I think I could not do without my favorite wooden spoon. It mixes up batters, plops buttercream on cake, and withstands the bubbling, roiling, hot sugar syrup when making caramels and brittles.

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    93. I love my spiralizer!

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    94. My favorite tool would have to be my mixer of course and my cookie scoop to get the same size cupcakes and cake pops all the time :)

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    95. My favorite tool is my artisan kitchen aid :)

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    96. My favorite kitchen tool is my microplane grater/zester!

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    97. My favorite kitchen tools are baking mats. No worry about sticking! bakerdi1@yahoo.com

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    98. i have a blog and i want to win this giveaway! so cute box :)

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    99. Favorite kitchen tool is either my microplane zester which I use for EVERYTHING, or my wooden spoons, just because they are so rustic :)

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    100. I couldn't live without my silicone spatulas!

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    101. My favorite kitchen tool is my chef's knife.

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    102. My Ice cream scoop.... before i had it my poor cupcakes were so uneven lol

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    103. I love ice cream scoop. It makes perfect cookies!!!

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    104. Bowl scraper and vanilla bean paste!

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    105. I love my ceramic knife

      demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    106. My kitchen aide mixer

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    107. I love specialty baking pans: mini donut, individual brownie or cheesecake pans, holiday loaf pans, tart pans, etc. They make any dessert more special!

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    108. I'd like to try my hand at making challah in a new Kitchen Aid.

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    109. The silpat mat would be neat to use.

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    110. My cake tester, for sure!

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    111. I would make some cookies with my kitchen aid mixer!

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    112. My favorite everyday kitchen tool(s) are my Cutco knives. Especially the paring knife.

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    113. My favorite kitchen tool is my Montana knives.

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    114. I am so intrigued by new cookbooks!

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    115. i have a few really but i would have to say cast iron pans

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    116. My Kitchenaid Mixer for sure, which is 16 years old.

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    117. I can't live without my kitchen scraper! I'm constantly amazed at my friends who have never heard of one!

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    118. My cookie dough scooper

      jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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    119. My mixer is my favorite tool!!!

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    120. I love my orange monkey potato peeler

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    121. I love silicone spatulas that are all one piece from tilt o handle!

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    122. I love my potatoe peeler, I use it on I peel fruit too

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    123. I don't know how to spell it in English but it's a molokhiya knife and I got it from Egypt. Looks like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BOK5BE?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B000BOK5BE&linkCode=shr&tag=b0eb8-20&=home-garden&qid=1372165189&sr=1-46&keywords=2+handle+chopping+knife but less fancy. It's supposed to be for chopping up herbs to make molokhiya but I love to use it for cutting up brownies and all kinds of stuff.

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    124. I love my wooden spoons!

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    125. I love my silpat baking mat and my silicone spatulas.

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    126. I love my blender.

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    127. My favorite is a spoonatula.
      garynonnemacher @ comcast.net

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    128. My favorite kitchen tool is my measuring cup

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    129. My favorite kitchen tool is definitely my KitchenAid Stand mixer!!

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    130. def my oven mitt.... i could only imagine what my hands would be without a good one .... Sabrina Buckley

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    131. Silly, but I love my ove glove!

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    132. My favorite kitchen tool would have to be my whisk. I mean i need that, unless I win! Thanks for the opportunity to win all of this stuff! Happy Holidays!

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    133. whisks and rubber spatulas I mean lets not waist any batter whilst baking.
      davideatcake@yahoo.com

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    134. My favorite tool is my little Ninja chopper

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    135. I really like and use my bamboo spoons a lot!

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    136. My microplane and my silicone spatulas

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    137. my favorite tool is my long reach tongs. they are so great

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    138. My favorite kitchen tool is a rubber spatula. I probably use one everyday.

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    139. my favorite tool is my pastry bag and tips from wilton

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    140. My favorite kitchen tool is my salad spinner!

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    141. If I won the kitchen aid mixer it would be a baking dream come true. I would make cookies first!

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    142. I have been using my Kitchen Aid hand mixer more lately.

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    143. My favorite tool is my cheese plane! Slices blocks of cheese and cucumbers onto delicious sandwiches. It is useful for numerous tasks.

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      1. As for the Kitchen Aid: fluffy fluffy egg whites to put into everything.

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    144. My favorite kitchen tool is this perfectly shaped spatula (KA) that gets everything out of my bowl in 2 swipes!

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    145. My favorite low tech kitchen tool is my trusty rubber spatula....higher tech would be my Kitchenaid mixer!

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    146. Spatula for me, I tend to make big messes on the bowls and the spatula just puts all together again :P

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