kitchenaid stand mixer i do a lot of vegan baking and i have been lusting over this thing for years but could never justify spending that amount of money on a mixer. my old mixer was quite poorly designed – the motor turned an empty bowl fine but if i actually put any ingredients in the bowl i then had to physically turn the bowl to get it to move. i think dave got tired of my bitching because under our christmas tree this year was a beautiful new mixer for moi. the older saleswoman tried to convince dave that this wouldn’t make a good gift but she was sooooo wrong. i’ve logged a lot of hours with this puppy and i can say it is well worth the investment (and that dave is an awesome present picker-outer).