Remember my food processor story? I used to have a very sad food processor. The bowl broke one day when it slipped off the counter. It slowly started falling apart. The brand name and various words on it (like the important OFF and ON) rubbed off while wiping it clean. I was never sure if she was in speed #1 or speed #10.
I coped with it for a while, even though it had a big hole on the side of the bowl. I would cover the hole with my hand to prevent breadcrumbs and various liquids from flying out. Sometimes that worked well, sometimes it didn’t.
In March, I had a birthday. My family knew I needed a new food processor, so without me knowing, they went to various stores and looked to buy one.
They found one at a nearby department store. The box was VERY BIG. It has lots of extra blades. And a cool holder for the extra blades. My guys liked all the extra stuff so they were sold on it.
They surprised me and I was so happy. It was so nice and fancy looking. It was brushed nickel and matched some of her other appliances. It lit up really cool with blue lighting. And it didn’t have a big hole on the side. I couldn’t believe they spent so much money on me. I even did a blog post about it.
But then it broke. And my family took it back for me right away and got me another one (the same one).
I babied the processor, even more than I did the first time around. I was SO cautious with it because I didn’t want to have to take it back again. It was the fanciest kitchen appliance I owned and I didn’t want to lose it.
But it broke again.
This time, I was frustrated and not sure what to do. Do I get the SAME one again? Or go with different brand with great reviews? My family said that they didn’t care if I wanted a different brand this time. All they wanted was for me to make roasted red pepper hummus and pizza dough. I mean, all they wanted was for me to be happy.
So, I took it back and explained the problem. The sales associates were very nice and they gave me my money back without hesitation. (which was SO nice – seriously, makes feel perfectly okay about shopping there again)
I went to another department store and bought an 11-cup Cuisinart. I had heard it was a good brand, but after getting it home, I just wasn’t thrilled with the white exterior. Curiosity got the best of me and I went online to see if there was a better one available.
I ended up at Amazon.com and found a Cuisinart with the brushed stainless steel exterior. And it was an even bigger bowl (14 cups). And it cost less money. My decision was made: I took the other one back to the department store and ordered the one from Amazon.
I was so excited the day I received it that I wanted to do a blog post right away. But I didn’t. I decided to make sure that it was all I had hoped for in a processor. I played with it, I made bread dough, vegetable pâté, sliced vegetables, etc. And, I am so happy to report that I totally LOVE, LOVE it!
Besides the fact that it’s working GREAT, I’m crazy about the way it looks. Plus, it fits on my counter, right under my cabinets. My other one? It didn’t fit and it had to be put away after each use.
I think the best part is that all the plastic parts are sturdy. I don’t feel like it’s going to break when I am putting all the pieces together. It’s also very straight forward – not a bunch of pieces that have me wondering what to do with them. It also came with a DVD that is very informative for how to put the pieces together and included lots of basic recipes (I watched the whole thing).
I have such a crush on it that sometimes I just stare at it while it sits on my kitchen counter.
So, needless to say, I am very pleased with my new Cuisinart. And because of that, I think my Cuisinart deserves to be shared for I’m Lovin’ It Friday at Tidymom. Go check out her site for more things that bloggers are loving this week.