Yesterday my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year. I always have a difficult time coming up with a list and this year is no exception. I did have one idea that I shared with her: either a blender or a food processor. I suppose technicially that is two ideas, but whatever. I have somehow managed to make it to the ripe old age of 31 having never owned either one of these kitchen appliances (am I the only one?) and thought it was high time I had one.
Neither my boyfriend nor I is a wiz in the kitchen. We have been cooking a lot more though, and trying new and different things with this new diet I am on. There have been few recipes that we have recently discovered that called for either a blender or a food processor, but of course we couldn't really make them without the necessary appliances. So when my mom asked me what I wanted and I mentioned both of these she asked which one I wanted more. I hadn't really given it too much thought so I didn't really know what to say. To be honest, neither one would probably get a ton of use in my kitchen, but they certainly seem like handy things to have. I do know that one thing I would LOVE to make with the food processor is this Oreo and Peanut Butter Pie recipe that I was introduced to by Danielle. (Definitely NOT on the diet, but looks heavenly)
Anyway, later in the afternoon yesterday my mom called me back with what seemed like a great solution/compromise I had not thought of. A blender + food processor in one. It is really a blender with a separate food processor attachment. She saw an Oster brand one on sale for a reasonable price. I figured it would work well enough for my needs and wouldn't cost a fortune. I just need something that will occassionally get the job done. If I find I use one or the other a ton I can always ask for a high quality version of whichever one for Christmas next year. :)
So what do you think? Do you use a blender or food processor frequently or do they sit for months on end without being touched? What are some of your favorite things to make with them? Does a two-in-one type thing seem like a good compromise or is it better to buy each one separately?