Cuisinart Food Processor—This is the powder house small appliance of my kitchen. I bought it about 10 years ago and now I don’t know how I cooked from scratch for so many years without it. I use it several times a week for sauces, blending, and chopping. It’s easy to clean and saves so much time. It shreds and slices cheese and vegetables as quick as a wink.
Bosch Bread Mixer—This is more than a bread mixer. I don’t own a Kitchen Aid mixer and never have. I use this machine for a whipper (whisks), kneader (dough hook), cookie dough mixer (cookie paddles), and all kinds of stuff in between. I bought it in 1984 so next year it will be 30 years old. The German made motor and parts have performed like clock work. I’ve only replaced the whisks (worn out) but I couldn’t have made a better purchase. Love all the things it can do! I have the meat grinder attachment and occasionally grind hamburger and pork. The blender is efficient and the slicer and grater parts make quick work of vegetables and cheese.
Vitamix Blender—I finally invested in my Vitamix last year. I’ve used standard blenders plus my Bosch blender for years. Looking for a machine that would blend and puree fruits and vegetables with peels and seeds, I decided to spend the cash. I love it. It’s great for smoothies and sauces and I love making blender pancakes with wheat berries.
National Rice Cooker—Japanese Rice is a mainstay in my cooking. While living in Japan, I cooked rice on the stove 5 times a week for over 5 years. When I came back to the United States I decided my demonstrated commitment to rice deserved a cooker. It’s so much easier to set rice on to cook and forget it. It comes out perfect every time and best of all, it will keep warm for a few hours. I have a 3-cup (makes up to 6 cups) rice cooker for everyday meals and a 8-cup (makes up to 16 cups) version for entertaining and making sushi rice for parties and sushi classes.
Cuisinart Juicer—I’ve converted to the philosophy that citrus is an essential ingredient. It adds brightness and flavor. My fruit bowl always has a few lemons, limes and oranges at close reach. For a few tablespoons of fresh juice I grab my lemon reamer but for more, I reach for this electric juicer. Love to make fresh lemonade and limeade or add fresh juice to a fruit beverage.
Toaster—My toaster is wide enough for bagels, hamburger buns, crusty bread, and focaccia. Growing up on burgers, a favorite sandwich of mine, I love the bun to be toasted without soaking up all the grease on the pan. Without a toaster or for large batches, the broiler works pretty well, too.