New toy for the appliance counter

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I have been burning through cheap, household food processors the way the Minnesota Vikings burn though quarterbacks.

I inherited three of them when I started here five years ago. It took three years of moderate use to destroy all of them.

In the middle, I used my 14-cup Cuisinart from home, which lasted two years with no problems before it was called back to the house. And that’s what I have now, identical to what served me so well at home for eight years.

It retails for about $175, but I expect to get my money’s worth out of it. It got its maiden spin today with cabbage and carrots for coleslaw. I love the clean look of this machine — not a lot of grooves for things to get stuck — and the simplicity. A blade, a dough blade, a shredding disc and a grating disc. That’s it.

Next toy: A new blender, for all of the smoothies, salad dressings and puréed soups we [strive to always] make.

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