The New Kitchen Tool That Is Changing My Kitchen Game

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Recently, my kitchen received a serious upgrade. No, I didn’t remodel. Yes, I still cook in a tiny, closet sized rental kitchen. It was my birthday a few weeks ago though, and what arrived at my doorstep? It slices, it dices, it makes pie crust like a boss — it’s a food processor.

Shocked I didn’t have a food processor all this time? Me too! To be clear, I had a bite-sized Cuisinart food processor a few years back that could handle just about one pie crust’s worth of dough per batch. It was little, but it got the job done. Unfortunately, my roommate took it in the great roommate divorce of our stuff, leaving me to mix everything the old-fashioned way.

Over time I learned to live without one. Recipes that called for food processors were either adapted or thrown by the wayside. I didn’t want to cook that recipe anyway, now did I?? People once lived without food processors and still made perfectly delicious meals, I was convinced. Plus, there was the ever present problem of space. With only a small pocket of space between the stove and refrigerator dedicated to appliances, where to even put such an item was a conundrum.

In any case, a shiny new 11-cup Cuisinart food processor arrived on my birthday doorstep and I couldn’t be more excited. First up, we made a batch of Deb Perelman via Yotam Ottolenghi’s ethereal smooth hummus and ate it all week for lunch. After that, I made Sara Kate Gillingham’s drop biscuits from the new Kitchn cookbook for an early weekend morning treat.

How did I ever live without this thing?? As my fiancée can attest, there has been more than one gleeful squeal coming from the kitchen in between pulses of pastry dough. It’s possibly embarrassing how excited I am with this new device, especially with Thanksgiving on the horizon. Just think of the possibilities! To say I’m like a kid in a candy store, is a total understatement. While I’m not sure where I’m going to store this beauty, it’s surely the best thing since sliced bread.

What is your favorite thing to make using a food processor?