A Christmas Giveaway

I am excited to offer my Canadian readers a chance to win a KitchenAid food processor. A well-stocked kitchen of appliances surely should include KitchenAid equipment. I love my KitchenAid stand mixer - it is gorgeous and handy and reliable. My inferior brand of food processor works well, but it is a pain to put together and clean. This KitchenAid food processor is a must have. All you need to do is leave a comment citing your favorite creation using a food processor by the 8th of December for a chance to win. I will choose a random winner and the food processor will be shipped out to you. If you don't have a blog, please do include your email when you comment. Only Canadian addresses are eligible.

Valued at $399.99, this wonderful machine features an external adjustable stainless steel slicing disc, dual shredding disc, a large 13-cup leak-proof work bowl, along with a chef's bowl and mini bowl, an ultra-wide mouth feed tube that adjusts to three different sizes to accommodate foods of varying sizes, including whole potatoes and cucumbers, 17 precise food processing options for speed-controlled slice, shred, chop and puree functions, plus three maximized slice, shred and puree/chop blades, and bonus dough, egg whip and julienne blades and 4-speed functions.

Convenient, sleek, and perfectly suited for all of your cooking preparations. This is my own Christmas wish, though I don't qualify for the giveaway that one of my lucky readers does.

I always enjoy making hummus and a trusty food processor works much better than a blender. You might wish to try this tasty dip:


Hummus with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Olives

1 cup of dried chickpeas
5 - 6 sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of pitted black olives, chopped
a few generous scoops of goat cheese
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt
juice from 2 fresh limes
2 - 3 tablespoons of tahini
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of parsley or cilantro, chopped, for garnishing

Soak the chickpeas overnight in enough water to cover. Drain, transfer to a medium saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover and cook until the beans are soft - roughly 1 hour. Drain and set aside.

Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking liquid.

In a food processor, combine the cooked chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic, salt, lime juice, tahini, goat cheese, cumin, cayenne, sugar, olive oil, 1/4 cup of the reserved liquid from the sun-dried tomatoes and a bit of parsley or cilantro. Puree until you have a thick paste.

Garnish with the remaining parsley or cilantro.

Serves 4-6.
You might also want to try this Holiday Slaw recipe from KitchenAid:
½ large green cabbage, cored
1 small fennel bulb, trimmed
8 large red radishes, trimmed
6 green onions, trimmed
1 green pepper, cored
1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
½ cup (125 mL) white wine vinegar
cup (75 mL) each oil and maple syrup
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
¾ tsp (4 mL) salt

Cut the cabbage into 5 or 6 wedges. Position the adjustable slicing disc in the work bowl and, using the thin setting on high speed, push the wedges through the feeding tube. Transfer to a large bowl. Switch to the coarse side of the reversible shredding disc. Cut the fennel into quarters. Push the fennel and radishes through the feeding tube; add to the large bowl.

Cut the green onion and green pepper into chunks. Use the multi-purpose metal blade to chop finely. Add to the cabbage mixture. Combine the cranberries, vinegar, oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, mustard and salt in a small saucepan set over medium heat; bring to a boil. Pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Chill for at least 1 hour or up to 4 days. Makes about 12 cups (3 L).


janet @ the taste space said...

My food processor has been almost beaten to death... I have to hold it together to make it work since the electrical connections don't stick anymore.... but it is a labour of love. I think my favourite thing is still the banana soft serve ice cream, which is the first thing I suggest people make with a new food processor. Can't be beat. :)

Lisa G said...

I don't have a food processor but can imagine the possibilities of what I could make if I did have one. I have mentioned your giveaway on my blog. http://slowandsteadywin.blogspot.com

Miss.Adventure said...

Before reading your favourite recipe using the food processor, I had decided hummus is mine too! My food processor is small, so when I make hummus, it's filled to the brim. I'd love to have a roomier one!

UpMyKilt said...

Do I have to have one favorite creation using a food processor? I am not sure that I just have one! I've ground up frozen berries to make home made wine, which turned out delicious!

So much one can do with a food processor, that saves time, while making various favorite creations! Not even just human food, but making up fantastic and tasty meals for my dog too!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a food processor, but I'd love to have one to make pastry and pie crust.

Randi Lynne said...

I love using mine to make pie crusts.


Stephanie H said...

I was blown away the first time I realized how efficiently (and uber-cooly) a food processor could shred carrots for carrot cake. I use my rickety old hand me down one from the 1980s to make one of my favourite cakes: carrot cake with white chocolate frosting. mmmmm.


F. Plvan said...

I use mine to make pesto! Love it!

F. Plvan

Bev said...

I have been experimenting with variations on basic hummus..and will be trying this recipe for sure...That and slicing cabbage for salads are my favorite uses for my very old food processor


Glogirl said...

I don't currently own a food processor but I can imagine all the dishes I could make so much quicker! Scalloped potatoes would be a breeze to make with all the slicing done for me. Carrot cake would be much quicker with the grating done for me. The list goes on and on....!


edmontonjb said...

Well, the closest thing I have to a food processor is a Slap Chop so my favorite thing to make with it is salsa. I get excited just imagining all the awesome recipes I could whip up with a real food processor!


vintgal003 said...

Hello from *snowey* southern Manitoba and thanks for the great giveaway!! Ohh...I would use this fab. item to mix my cookie doughs for Christmas! Many thanks, sincerely, Valerie


win said...

I've never had a food processor but I would think veggie burgers or black bean hummus.


Domestic Diva said...

I like pureeing fresh roasted squash.

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DeckledEdges said...

I am a huge fan of hummus and I love making my own at home with a food processor!
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Priya said...

Hummus looks absolutely marvellous.

Sandra said...

I like to make soups with this.
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Ritsin said...

I love making chickpea dumplings.


xmd5 said...

id love to make dumpling stuffing with that machine
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Lynds said...

Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! I agree with you that food processors are a must-have kitchen appliance - I've used my old one so much its cracked! Obviously I use it a lot (slicing vegetables; grating cheese; even making fresh pasta dough!) so it's hard to pick just one thing....but I'm going to go for using it for chopping up vegetables and spices to make curry pastes....makes life so much easier!!


Tatiana said...

I don't own a food processor, but I enjoy making various dishes with my old blender. For example, squash or broccoli pureed soups, and all kinds of smoothies.

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Jen said...

Lovely contest! A food processor is great for shredding veggies in an instant, but one of my faves is so simple: Using it to turn frozen bananas into vegan "ice cream". Just throw them in with the S-blade until it reaches a consistency you like. Yum. My food processor died recently after 15 years ... would adore this one! Thanks!

nic ole said...

I love the versatility of a stand mixer My favorite thing to make is a thin crust pizza dough. Its a hit with guests!

Dar said...

I love making guacamole with it, I like smooth guacamole and a fork wasn't doing it for me :)

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Lily said...

I would love making tofu cheese cake in a food processor.

Or for blending spices for your saag paneer ^^;

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Jody said...

My all-time favourite recipe for food processors is butter tart squares.

Rita said...

I just come for Bellini's blog. Life would not go on without my trusty food processor, but is is showing age after 20 years. I use it for pie crust, grating my parmesan that I seal in jars, my hummus and so many other ways.
Great Canadian blog. This is my quest to find other Canadian food blogger. I will be back.

Helene said...

What a nice giveaway, just in time for the Holidays. My favorite creation using a food processor is pizza. It takes 2 min. to prepare the dough in it.

Fokxxy said...

i dont have a food processor but if i did i would definitely want to make guacamole in it

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Theresa said...

When I first used a food processor it was for shredding cheese (back in the day before cheese came already grated). I love the ease of making cole claw, bread crumbs and homemade relish among other things.


UpMyKilt said...

Ooops... I just realized my comment above was posted with the Google ID - which does not have my email address!

It is ian@pairowoodies.com
Ian Scott

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, What a great site you have, I found it via Darcy, and have made several of your recipes, one of my faves is eggs florentine with the Indian influence.
I don't have a processor at the moment but it would be a welcome addition beside my red kitchen-aid stand mixer. I think the first thing I'd like to make is your hummus.
When I don't know what to make for supper, I've often had a look to see what you've been up to. Cheers, John.

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ikkinlala said...

I don't have a food processor, but I borrow one to make pesto every summer.

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Anne-Marie T said...

This would be great for making coleslaw

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Xing said...

Love this Rachael Ray recipe for chicken or lamb patty pockets where a food processor is needed:

Handful cilantro leaves
Handful mint leaves
Handful basil leaves
1 cup Greek style plain yogurt
1 tablespoon cumin, a palm full
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grill seasoning blend, 1 1/3 palm fulls (recommended: McCormick Montreal Seasoning)
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken or ground lamb
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
4 pita pockets
1 cup mango chutney
8 leaves tender lettuce

Spiced exotic chips recommended: Taro root chips)

Place the herbs in a food processor and pulse grind them into a fine chop. In a bowl combine the herbs, yogurt, cumin and grill seasoning. Add the meat and mix to combine.. Form into 4 large, very thin patties. Wash up and preheat a large nonstick skillet with a couple tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Heat a small second skillet over high heat and blister the pitas on each side. Cut tops off the bread and fill pita pockets with patties, lettuce and chutney.

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Susan Margaret said...

It is going to sound crazy, but I've never owned a food processor - I've just killed many blenders trying to get them to work like a food processor! That's why I'd love to win one so much!

I think the first thing I would make is hummus because it is one of my family's favourite foods and I'd love the chance to make it myself!

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Bridge said...

Hi, it's a good idea. I like your blog and I like artichock purée (spread) and Baba Ganouj.




Po Kam said...

I would make orange marmalade and use the food processor to slice up the oranges. It would be so much more efficient this way!

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Admiral Awesome said...

I love using my "cheap" food processor to make soup. I like to share my soup with friends so I make LARGE pots, and having a food processor makes chopping all those vegetables so much easier! The last soup I made was a Mennonite Cabbage Borscht and with the food processor it took 1/2 the time or less!

Pauline said...

I would definitely make a French apple tart with the food processor. It would be a perfect holiday dessert. I found a recipe that I want to try but I am just missing the food processor!


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Ling said...

Here are things I could make with a food processor:

1. golden hummus
2. classic basil pesto
3. white bean puree
4. autumn squash soup
5. classic lemon tart

Thx, Ling

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brandym said...

I would love to be able to make my own pesto and hummus with a food processor. I use my mother's already to make broccoli carrot cream soup. Delicious.


Anonymous said...

I don't have a food processor but I would really like one so I can make my own salsa and guacamole. Much tastier than store bought.


Kelsey said...

If I had a food processor I would make homemade baby food, like my mother made for me.


Areta said...

I would love to make hummus with the food processor.

Kang said...

I would make the apple filling for Grandma's classic apple pie with the food processor.

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Kan said...

I think I would make salsa with a food processor. It would go amazing with homemade tortilla chips as well.

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Laura731 said...

I would use it to chop beets for beet relish--among hundreds of other uses!

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