Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Subtle Fall Warmth" & Other Happenings

198 minutes, 2 generous glasses of pinot grigio, and 4 US Weeklys later...


Let's compare...

I have no Oscars gracing my mantle (I wish), I've never been married to Lyle Lovett (I vehemently do not wish), and the light currently illuminating my visage is more "florescent chic" than "Roman sunset," but I think I did a-okay! I love it, and I feel fully ready for Fall! 

In other news...

I purchased this adorable Mexican peasant mini dress off eBay over a week ago in hopes it would pull the Horns through against OU this weekend... 


It shipped on the 20th and it's still not here.  I just realized today that it is coming from Thailand.  I'm going to be a sad panda if it doesn't arrive in time.  How cute will this be with cowboy boots?  

Also...

I'm in the market for a food processor.  It's currently the only item on my Christmas List.  {I know, I know. Who have I become?!}  I've been mini-chopping my little heart out with my Hamilton Beach 3 Cupper (which I can highly recommend if you're wanting something tiny!), but it's just not cutting the mustard - or the pesto, as the case may be - for my bigger jobs anymore.  Sara was kind enough to pass on this comparison guide from Cooks Illustrated, and I've narrowed my choices down to the KitchenAid 12 Cup and the Cuisinart Elite 14 Cup.


I only hear wonderful things about the Cuisinarts (plus Crate & Barrel is offering a $50 gift card rebate) (thank you, Slynnro!), but the price and CI Ranking on the KitchenAid seem pretty hard to beat!  

Can anyone vouch for the KitchenAid?  Or sway me back over to Team Cuisinart? 

31 comments:

  1. Okay, I see the red way more in this picture than in the one last nigh, and I LOVE it! I think you got the color right on. And how perfect for Fall!

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  2. I have the Cuisinart 14cup and I love it. It works like a dream and it's fairly easy to clean up. There are a few parts but they all wash quickly.

    My only complaint, and it's minimal, is that when I shred/grate, I end up with a thin slice of whatever I'm grating (carrots, cheese, etc) left spinning around on top of the grater, rather than grating the whole carrot or piece of cheese. I don't know whether this happens on other FPs or not, as the Cuisinart is the only one I've ever had.

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  3. Seriously love the hair! Getting mine done next Saturday (and I'm pissed I will not be offered any pinot at my salon!) but I plan on warming up also!
    We have a cuisinart and so far so good!

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  4. Okay, I've been researching food processors for two years now, and I'm buying the Cuisinart Elite. There are so many ratings and reviews out there, and I'm basing my decision based on the customer complaints about Cuisinart since the machines stopped being made in France and are now made in China. The Elite series corrects a lot of these problems. For me, I've lasted this long without a food processor, so I really want to buy the one that I want (without shelling out huge money for the Magimix that everyone loves - although I get so tired of the million Cuisinart models out there that sometimes I do want to).

    THAT SAID... I do not think this fp is the best ever, just the one that I think is the best for me. There's nothing wrong at all with the Kitchenaid, and if that's the one you want, go for it!

    Also note, the C&B link you included is for an Elite Cuisinart, not the Custom 14 Cup you're thinking about.

    This is way too much information, probably - sorry?

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  5. Cuisinart 4eva! I've burned through 2 kitchenaids for no apparent reason (I swear I'm not chopping up rocks) but the Cuisinart is 2 years strong and still churning. It does weigh a ton, but I figure that the arm curls required to lift it out of the cupboard when needed offset whatever calorie laden goodness I'm about to whip up.

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  6. As you know I'll be anxiously awaiting comments on this since I'm totally torn between the high ratings of KA vs. the long term reputation of Cuisinart.

    Hair looks so great - love it.

    Had to click back because my word verification was "gogouda" which made me laugh.

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  7. I am firmly in the Cuisinart camp. Had my tent pitched there for at least two years - I can't imagine my kitchen without it. It comes with everything you need to make anything you want, it's awesome. Now I've never had a Kitchenaid food processor, so maybe there is a whole world of elite food processing out there that I'm missing, but I just can't imagine how it could be superior to he Cuisinart. When it comes to a stand mixer, Kitchenaid is the only one to buy - but for a food processor - the Cuisinart will do you proud.

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  8. Love the hair.

    I have the Cuisinart that I got 3 years ago and I really like it. I make pesto in it all the time.

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  9. I say go Cuisinart. I know the Kitchen Aid is ranked very highly, but Cuisinart has consistently made awesome food processors and they have the brand cache. I got the Cuisinart for my wedding, and though we haven't used it yet, I am really enjoying looking at it (and maybe obsessively reading the manual).

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  10. My mom uses her Cuisinart constantly. It is at least 20 years old, (likely 30-ish since it was prob a wedding present). I love my Cusinart! I have the 14 cup for 3-4 years now. I never have had any problems. The only thing I hate is the weight, which is an inherent issue in any processor. You know, heavy motor and stuff.

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  11. I might be obsessed with that dress now... were there any more and are you willing to share the link if so? Por favor?? I can't think of a better combo then my beloved Mexican dress + UT colors!!

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  12. I have a Cuisinart 14C and I love it!

    Also, adore your fall hair!

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  13. Ditto- Team Cuisinart!

    The hair color is so lovely! Julia would be proud!

    Love the Mexican peasant dress. I'm still trying to figure out what to wear on Saturday- I hope the sun isn't too brutal but Amen for a 2:30 kickoff! Those 11AM kickoffs the past few years SUCKED.

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  14. My mother-in-law is a huge Kitchen Aid fan, but only vouches for Cuisinart food processors. She is a classic Martha Stewart, and I trust in everything cooking/crafting that she says! We just got married and received the Cuisinart, but haven't tried it yet.

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  15. I have the Kitchen Aid and it works great, but if CB is offering a rebate i'd go that way. Both should have a lifetime warranty, so you should be set.

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  16. I can offer no advice on the food processor. They terrify me ... I'm always afraid I'm going to cut my hand off, which I understand probably isn't' possible, but then I've done lots of stupid things that probably weren't possible and I don't want to take the chance. However, I can say


    BBBBOOOOOOOOOOMMMMEEEERRRRRR!

    And I'm completely jealous if you have tickets to the game.

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  17. I have the cuisinart 14 cup and i love it. It's really great for large jobs and even stands up to making tough doughs.

    Your hair looks great btw!

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  18. I have the KitchenAid and I love love love it. I got to test both the KitchenAid and the Cuisenart at a Sur la Table cooking class and the KitchenAid was the clear winner in my opinion. I have had it for about 8 months and use it every weekend (just about the only time I actually cook). I cant wait to use it for the upcoming holdiays!

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  19. GAH. I want to do something with my hair now!

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  21. I've had the KitchenAid food processor that you are looking at (or at least a version of it) since 2004 and it is still going strong. I picked it over the Cuisinarts on the strength of the CI rating and have not been disappointed. I love it because it can take care of large jobs, but has the small bowl for the smaller day-to-day things that I do.

    Love the hair, by the way.

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  22. Your hair looks great!! I might have to take a picture of Kate with me to my next appointment :)

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  23. Just came across your corner of blogland .. what a wonderful blog you host ... I'm now your newest follower...

    The hair looks great! I vote Cuisinart!! HHL

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  24. Thank you!! I ordered that in about 0.2 sec, so the ebay fairy DID brighten my day. :) Maybe I'll receive mine before the season ends? Hook 'em!

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  25. I have and LOVE the Cuisinart. My favorite feature? Of all things the retractable cord! There is a little video demo of it in action - I think on the William Sonoma Website. Love the 3 nesting bowls.

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  26. Your new subtle fall warmth looks fab! :)

    I wish I had the guts to dye my hair, haha. I'd love to go from strawberry blonde to full-blown fiery redhead.

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  27. I can't speak for either the Cuisinart or the KitchenAid, but what I can speak for is Cooks Illustrated. You know how they work, right? They don't take ANY advertising dollars, so when they do a review it is (supposedly) 100% unbiased. In my experience, when I go with their recommendations, I've never felt that I was led astray. They do extremely thorough testing and they know their stuff! My only other recommendation would be to check out Consumer Reports on the subject. I think you have to pay like $4.95 to access articles online, but I've always felt like it's SOOO worth it to pay that and check when you're making a big purchase. Consumer Reports is also unbiased and does extremely thorough testing, so I trust them as well!

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  28. The hubby and I got the Cuisinart 14-cup off of our wedding registry last year and I love it! You won't be dissapointed.

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  29. I haven't had highlights since college, and you're making me want them again!

    As for the food processor debate, my vote is for the Cuisinart. We have the 14 cup and love it.

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  30. This is so late, and you've probably already bought your food processor... but I have the Kitchen Aid and LOVE it. Plus, it comes apart and goes into the dishwasher for super easy clean up (essential for lazies like me :)

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