Cool Tip: You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Note to self: Idiot, plug in the mixer before you add the ingredients!

Cautionary Tale--don't let this happen to you!
I'm pretty self-confident, sometimes even cocky, in the kitchen. But the other day, I had my comeuppance! I was making my first-ever batch of pizza dough. I weighed out a whole bunch of 00 flour in the bowl of my standing mixer. I attached the paddle and lowered the tilt head so that the paddle was in the bowl full of flour. Then I plugged in the mixer. Unbeknownst to me, when I had lifted the mixer onto the counter, I had accidentally pushed the "on" switch to about the middle speed. Those of you who have used a standing mixer know how dry ingredients and paddle speed just don't mix! The result was flour all over the kitchen, and two hours of my life that I'll never get back on my hands and knees, cleaning flour off every imaginable surface.

So, the lesson I have taken from this is: plug in the damn mixer before adding any ingredients--you will be able to make sure that the mixer is safely off and thus save your floor, your knees, your back your sanity, and your vanity!