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4 Kitchen Items That Will Get You Ready For Holiday Cooking

Fall Recipes

Fall is in the air and California has finally gotten the memo to slow down and let the leaves litter the parks and sidewalks while foodie types like myself start sharing pics of pumpkin-flavored everything on social media.

With the cool weather starting to set in, there’s nothing like firing up your stove or oven and turning your house into a comforting, heavenly home. To get you started, here are some great labor-saving kitchen items that will get you into the cooking mood

1. Cuisinart Smart Stick


The Cuisinart Smart Stick is the answer for those of who are put off by huge food processors that take up precious real estate on the counter or in the cupboard. It's also great for those of us who have a tendency to lose the bits and bobs that go with such monstrous kitchen appliances. Small and compact, the Cuisinart Smart Stick  does what a basic food processor does, albeit in smaller batches, making it the perfect mini multi-tasker for those of us who live in tiny abodes.

The detachable stick motor has two speeds and connects to an immersion blender, a whisk attachment, and a food chopper so making soups is a cinch and meringues happen in minutes. But it is the chopper that is the real star - from hummus to pie crust to chopped nuts, this will be an instant go-to labor saver.

Pros: The mini chopper is perfect for apartment living - it's small and compact but its 200 watt motor has enough power to blend liquids or chop in no time.

Cons: If you're looking for something that can chop, puree or slice things up in big batches, or something with a feeder hole to stream in liquids, consider getting its cousin the Cuisinart Classic 7-Cup Food Processor