RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Desserts I Can Make Without an Electric Mixer Because Mine Is Still in Storage

I'm really missing homemade cakes.
Publish date:
February 3, 2015
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Welcome back, my creative vegetarian wizards! Picking a favorite Recipe of the Week is kind of like picking a favorite child, but I think last week's veggiefest may have been the best so far. You all blew it out of the water with mouth-watering vegetarian recipes to help me break out of my spaghetti squash rut. I plan to use those comments as a kind of open-source cookbook, which is fun for the whole family! My husband is planning to look through them for veggie chili inspiration.

The most up-voted comment, however, was not a recipe at all but a very nice compliment from RinnyLush.

I can't take all the credit. Honestly, you guys are what's making this series so great, and it is an absolute delight to read all of your recipes and comments. I really look forward to it each week.

The most up-voted "recipe" came from Lisa Kellogg and was simple but humorous, and frankly quite delicious.

For the short period of time that I lived in Los Angeles and wasn't home-schooled, my mom would often pack these Trader Joe's quiches in my lunch. I remember loving them, but I hadn't had one in a while and was quite excited to give them another try.

Is it just me, or have they not changed the packaging in over a decade?

I heated the little egg pie in its little paper tray for the recommended 2.5 minutes, let it cool for one, and was delighted to find that Trader Joe's Broccoli and Cheddar Quiches have remained perfectly edible after all of these years.

Your trophy, Lisa Kellogg, is "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, because that is the song that was playing in Trader Joe's when I bought this quiche, and it was probably my favorite song the last time I ate one.

On to Claire's Choice.

This week, I'm going with the second most up-voted because — no offense to Lisa or her quiche — the most up-voted wasn't technically a recipe.

This recipe comes to us from kantiankitten, and it is a fantastic-tasting and filling soup. My favorite parts were the fluffy little dumplings and paprika-flavored broth, but the vegetables were pretty great too. I've never been a huge cauliflower fan, but this soup may make me reconsider my position. I also want to compliment kantiankitten on her extremely clear and easy directions; I was never unsure of what I should be doing.

Your trophy, my dear soup genius, is the acoustic version of Sufjan Stevens's "Chicago," a song my friend Chris once called "good music for eating soup to."

And now, your next assignment: Desserts that don't require the use of an electric mixer.

Fall and winter are usually prime baking season for me, but since most of my stuff (including my entire kitchen) is still in storage from moving (long story), I have been separated from my beloved KitchenAid stand mixer. This is obviously a classic case of not knowing what you got 'til it's gone. I knew I used and loved my stand mixer, I just didn't know how much I loved it. Almost every new cake, cookie, or no-churn ice cream recipe (my ice cream maker is also in storage) I look up requires some sort of electricity-powered mixing apparatus.

I'm obviously not going to buy a new one. Not only are KitchenAid mixers a bit on the pricey side, but there have got to be desserts out there that only require a little manual agitation. The recipe you provide doesn't have to be a baked good — it could just be something dipped in chocolate, I guess — but I really miss homemade cakes.

So please help me out. I know there are people who go through life without stand mixers and are just fine, but I feel kind of hopeless without mine.