I received a Cuisinart SmartStick hand blender for my birthday last month, and I've used it twice to make smoothies. I've experienced quite a bit of difficulty getting it to work, since the socket it's plugged into repeatedly trips, and the reset button has to be pushed back in. I'm guessing this isn't a wiring issue, since I have several other more powerful appliances, including a KitchenAid pro mixer that does just fine when plugged in for several minutes. Has anyone ever experienced a similar issue? Any suggestions? I'm worried that when I go to puree a soup or sauce, the same thing will happen, and I'll be back to using my food processor for these tasks.
I'm thinking of buying my mom a food processor for Mother's Day. She has never owned one, but I know she would love it (she's super-jealous of mine!). Problem is, she has a very small kitchen, which means highly limited counter and storage space. I don't anticipate her using one too much... it'd be used more for the small things and smaller batches of food—my hungry hungry brothers are grown-ups now.
Is a 3-cup processor too small to get the job done? Or do you think a 7-cup is the minimum size? How big is your food processor, and what would you recommend for someone in her situation?
I've been sitting here for some time waiting for an update on my flight, and I've just started craving something really, really... bad. Like a Cinnabon. I don't know. Something... airporty. What's your favorite airport food? Fast food? Is there somewhere you must eat while traveling? Or do you simply have a go-to travel food (I usually go for Mentos or Skittles)?
My parents informed me last night that I'm getting a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas, and apparently I need to decide what I want RIGHTNOW! because I think they're going to take advantage of some Black Friday sales. I haven't thought about it too much, and now I'm left scrambling to figure out what I actually want/need.
Here's the scoop: I bake, but not too often (mostly breads, but also a fair amount of cookies and cakes), and I don't think I want something huge. I'm thinking the Artisan, and we also looked at the Classic. I also saw this Ultra Power model show up in a search. What would you pick? What do you recommend? Is there a particular model you'd stay away from?
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