I use my Cuisinart for everything, from chopping to slicing to mixing. Terry bought it for me the first year we moved into this house–in 1980–and I have never stopped using it. This is the third bowl replacement as I tend to wear out the mechanisms that hold the pieces together and I crack the bowls, but the motor and the blades keep going. I have a huge assortment of blades, too, as well as an attachment for beating egg whites.
It all comes apart and goes into the dishwasher. Sometimes, depending on what I am making, I will have to run the dishwasher before I can make the next item. Like when I use the bowl to make a cake, then wash everything so I can chop and dice ingredients to make a hash for dinner.
Back in the mid 80s I volunteered to cook on Saturdays for a women’s shelter which did not have a Cuisinart in their large kitchen, so I packed mine each weekend and took it to make food for about 30 women and children. I couldn’t imagine doing all that prep work without it. I am hopeful that by now they have purchased such a machine, but back then, food processors were not as ubiquitous as they are today.
I no longer have a blender or a crockpot like I did back in the 80s. Those, I found, were easy to live without. No popcorn maker, either, as the microwave variety is all we eat. Gave the ice crusher away when I downsized. The hand-held mixer still comes in handy for mashed potatoes, and I have a juicer I use for lemonade. I never had, nor have wanted, a bread maker. But, the one small appliance I cannot live without is the Cuisinart.