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Hi - thanks to the generoisity of my daughter I have two new toys - a food processor and a V-slicer. So far I have used the processor to make salmon pate and a cream soup (couliflower) and the V-slicer for scalloped potatoes. I have heard processors are good for pie crust - is this true? Do you all have suggestions on how to have useful, tasty fun with my new toys?
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  1. I always use the food processor to make:
    hummus
    pesto
    pizza. pie and pasta doughs
    brownies

    If you are so inclined, try to find Abby Mandel's Cuisinart Classroom cookbook. Out of print, but filled with some great techniques and recipes for any course of your meal.

    Nowadays, I slice almost all of my veggies with the v-slicer. Everything cooks at the same time, and for raw applications, they are just prettier. Mine is easy to wash, so it is not hard to pull out for simple tasks. Some examples would be sliced cucumber for a smoked salmon appetizer, sliced potatoes for potato chips, cabbage for cole slaw, zucchini pasta strings, thinly sliced fennel for orange/fennel salads. Really, your imagination is your guide here.

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    1. re: smtucker

      What brand is your v-slicer? I've been browsing for awhile, and it seems few are universally loved. Thanks!

      1. re: eight_inch_pestle

        I bought this OXO model from the Williams-Sonoma post Christmas present return table for $10 a couple of years ago. Four depth settings and 6 different blades.

        http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

    2. Pie crust in the food processor, so quick and easy you'll be making pie all the time.
      Carrots shredded for carrot cake or vegetable fritters
      Mayo or hollandaise or aioli
      Chick peas for falafel
      Salsas
      Sweet or savory yeasted bread doughs
      Quick breads
      Cake batter and cake icing
      Dips, vinaigrettes and spreads
      Grated cheese

      Have fun!

      1. I like to use the food processor to make mirapoix, aka minced, onion, carrot and celery, for spaghetti sauce. And if I only have whole peeled tomatoes, I chop them in the processor too with some fresh herbs. It really speeds things up.

        1. So much you can do with a food processor...a lot of great suggestions from the other posters so I won't add but most processors come with a little book. I'm surprised yours didn't say anything about pie crust, especially if there are dough recipes in it.

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          1. re: Cherylptw

            Actually the little book only had three recipes in it - not too helpful!

          2. The processor is a must for curries for 20+ people. You can dice/chop tons of onions and tomatoes (and other vegetables) in seconds.

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Haha how many tons in how many seconds, Sam?

              Try this one--I loved it:

              Roasted Carrot Dip from Passionate Vegetarian

              1 lb. carrots, peeled
              1 large red onion, quartered, skin on
              1 head garlic, sliced crosswise
              2 Tblsp. olive oil
              1 Tblsp. tamari or shoyu soy sauce
              2 tsp. ground cumin
              2 tsp. paprika
              pinch cayenne
              1-4 Tblsp. vegetable stock, water, or olive oil
              Salt & Pepper to taste

              Preheat oven to 375. Blanch carrots in boiling water for 4-6 minutes, then drain. In large baking dish, toss carrots, onion and garlic with 1 Tblsp. olive oil. Add 1 Tblsp soy sauce and toss again, keeping cut side of vegetables down. Roast for 40 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic from papery skins, remove outer layer of onion skin and ends, throw into food processor with spices, pulsing to combine. Add one tablespoon water or olive oil at a time until smooth, seasoning to taste with more soy, salt and pepper... Serve with crackers, pita, etc.

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                The last time I made Hazan's Bolognese I used the FP for the carrots (I make a quintuple recipe and that was three plus cups of carrots). Boy, that made a big job at least a little smaller.

                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  I always use it to slice onions when I am going to caramelize a big batch. Twenty minutes of tearful slicing on a cutting board vs. a couple minutes with the processor.