kitchenaid1.JPGI love to cook. Sweet or savoury—it doesn’t matter; cooking is creativity, fun and community. It makes me happy to do it, and happy to see people enjoying the food I cook. I don’t have a huge arsenal of recipes that I turn to: a few trusted and true standbys that I constantly tweak and alter as different ingredients are in season, or as my whims take hold. Some recipes I happily share, a few I keep to myself, little treasures I’ll pass on to my kids.

I’ll change up what I’m making but I am very resistant to changing what I use to cook with. I stick with the tools that work best. I know I am not alone. People are loyal to the tools they know will get the job done. KitchenAid mixers are one of those tools that many cooks, home cooks and professional cooks, wouldn’t be without in the kitchen. They are solid, dependable, tried and true kitchen companions.

KitchenAid just released their newest mixer which is sure to be another kitchen must-have for cooks. The Artisan Mini Mixer is powerful, like KitchenAid Mixers have always been, yet it’s 20% smaller than other mixers so it can more easily fit into kitchens of any size. It will take up less space on your counter, so you can comfortably leave it out, so it is ready to help you cook at any time. It also comes in 8 colours to match whatever kitchen décor you have.

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Eager to try it out? Think of that favourite dessert recipe that you’ll be able to make more easily with this fantastic mixer. I know that like me you have some recipes that are closely guarded secrets. But you also probably have a few great ones that you like to share so everyone can enjoy. Tell us a dessert recipe you would like to make using the KitchenAid Artisan mini mixer and you may win one. Perhaps it’s a favourite you’ve been making for years. Perhaps it’s one of the many Shelly’s Friday Favourites recipes that we post on this blog each week. Share a great recipe for your chance to win.

How to enter

This contest is really easy to enter. In a comment on Facebook or below this blog post share the colour of the KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer you’d like to win and your favourite dessert recipe. Include the ingredients and directions, so the recipe can be replicated. Also tell us where the recipe comes from, the source: is it your original; has it been passed down in your family; is it from a website (then you must give the link to the original source); is it from a book (then you must give the book title, author, publisher and date).  You can enter one recipe on Facebook and one on the blog.

What you can win

You will have 2 chances to win. KitchenAid will choose 1 entry from all that are entered on Facebook based on criteria such as: uniqueness, completeness (of the directions), and overall interestingness of the final dessert. Best Buy will also choose one winner from all eligible Facebook entries via a random draw. From the blog we’ll do a random draw from all of the eligible entries to select one winner Each of those winners will receive a KitchenAid Artisan Mini Mixer. So in total there will be 3 winners!

This contest will run from June 30th until July 3rd.

Remember you can enter only twice, once on Facebook and once on the blog. Each entry must have 4 things: tell us what colour machine you would like; remember that your dessert recipe must include ingredients, directions and the source. You can also share this article with friends and family so that they too have a chance to win one of these amazing new mixers from KitchenAid.

Good Luck