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Ineptitude, not exactly an art form ... 
Jan. 3, 2010 3:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2010 10:45 am
I watch a lot of the Food Network shows; I'm a slave to Top Chef though I have no idea why "oh grawtin" has become "grat-tan" or what a ceviche is ... I had the opportunity to purchase a nice Cuisanart (? spelling) from a coworker as she was upgrading to something else (she was sorry she sold it to me later); however, I have only had it out of its box once.  I placed some cabbage in it to chop up for slaw and never could get the durn thing to even turn on.  I want to use my gadgets, I just don't know how! I have a nice breadmaker I thought I would use to at least create the dough for me and that also resides silently in the box on the top shelf of the pantry.  I thought making my own honey wheat bread would be healthier, though I would probably be tempted to eat more of it than I should .. I'm painstakingly slow when I chop veggies, I don't have knife skills and barely even have a sharp knife. 

I don't know how to cook fish, thus we don't eat it.  We live on a monotonous diet of chicken, lean beef and CARBS .. I'm turning over a new leaf to eat more healthy, I just also need to learn how to do more than what I already know.  I want to like to eat sweet potatoes and find a salad dressing that is healthy AND tastes good. 

The flesh is willing but inept!
Jan. 3, 2010 5:36 pm
Food processors have lots of safety features-before trying to USE it-did you get the booklet that comes w/it? If so,first read it, then take the item out of the box & try something easy. I have a food saver, that I've had out twice,read everyting & I'm still intimidated by it. I got it because my neice loves hers & uses it all the time,but it seems pretty difficult to me. But I do love my food processor & use it for many things. Get a good sharp knife & practice chopping-that is a necessary kitchen skill. Be careful & good luck!
Jan. 3, 2010 7:24 pm
whoo! I am most fortuneate to have great tools to work with in my kitchen. I count my Cuisinart food processor the work horse of my kitchen. I make pastry in about 45 seconds and strusel topping for fruit crisps in as long. From bread crumbs for meatloaf, vegetables for soups and stews it gets a workout almost every day. And I own wonderful knives, heavy pots and pans, a great stand mixer, and enough utensils to open my own store. With thanks to my mother and grandmother who taught me the basics, and the TV chefs who challenged my skills - in thirty years I have become a fair cook!! So persevere and keep cooking...
Jan. 4, 2010 5:23 pm
Yes, you have to lock the Cuisinart's lid on just so or it won't work. If you don't have the instruction booklet check their website for an instructional video: Happy Processing!
Jan. 5, 2010 7:10 am
Ineptitude may not be an art form, but it is the first step in learning a new skill. I use to not have knife skills, but my rough chopping has turned into a fine dice or mince, my biscuits are now edible and my family is now eating different foods and enjoying most of them. Sometimes change comes from daring to step outside our comfort zone.
Jan. 5, 2010 10:45 am
Thanks for your wisdom and words of encouragement! I appreciate the feedback, truly.
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