Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Food Processor Review

I was so happy that my mom gave me a Cuisinart Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor for Christmas. I was planning on purchasing one after the holidays myself, so it was a wonderful surprise.

I wasn’t sure if the 7 cup would be large enough for everything I wanted though. Meatloaf, bread, cookies, salads, etc. So, I asked her if it was okay if I exchanged it for a larger model; my mom agreed.

I scoured the reviews on Amazon.com“>Amazon.com and a bunch of cooking forums like Chowhound and Cooks Illustrated. I was pretty sure I was sticking with a Cuisinart, but which size and model?

At the end of it all, I chose the Cuisinart Prep Plus 11 cup Food Processor, but first let me take you through the process (no pun intended) of my decision. Be warned, it’s long and detailed. Maybe too many details for most! If you want to forgo all the details, skip to My Findings.

Before seeing any food processors in person, I was very confused but I managed to create a list of pros and cons for a few of the models, including the new Cuisinart Elite 12 cup and Elite 14 cup food processors.

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Christmas 2009 Woes and Joys

Yeah, I didn’t do such a wonderful job on my food choices during the holiday, but it’s okay. I am back on track today (Saturday, Dec 26) and will continue to stay on track!

It was a bit scary, because I got a wake up call. It’s so easy for me to revert back to my old ways! But I just have to forget the past, and move forward. You can’t dwell on mistakes too much. Just learn from them, and try not to repeat them!

Christmas Eve, we went over to my sister in law’s home, as usual.

Lots of high calorie appetizer foods, mini hot dogs in pop-n-fresh dough, little hamburger meat pies, shrimp, and calzone (which we brought, with keilbasa & grape jelly – I only had one piece of calzone and didn’t have any keilbasa). I remained fairly in control.

Thankfully there was veggies and dip, which I LOVED. Probably shouldn’t have had so much dip, but I loved the veggie sticks. That saved me.

Desserts, I did okay as well. Not too bad. We made gingerbread cookies with homemade frosting. I had a couple of different cookies. Didn’t pig out too badly.

I think my big downfall was Christmas Day, when my family comes over. I did eh, okay with dinner. We had all natural Wellshire ham (from Whole Foods), taco dip w/ tortilla chips, smoked salmon w/ whipped cream cheese & crackers, cheese, pepperoni & crackers, shrimp with cocktail sauce.

Dinner was okay, I tried to limit myself. I ate a lot of shrimp, but I did have some of the other foods too.

Desserts! My sister brought a cute frosted birthday cake made from a bunch of cupcakes. I had one cupcake, and a couple of cookies we brought home from the night before.

My mom brought her famous magic cookie bars, which are to die for. I saved us a big hunk of the bars, and I had a big piece last night, and again this morning for breakfast. Thank God they are all gone now….and I can try to get back to healthy choices.

It’s good to splurge once in awhile, but this year, I did go a bit overboard. And like I said, it was a bit scary that I could revert to my old bad ways soo easily.

It just goes to show, you are NEVER safe! NEVER! I can never take it for granted that I have it all completely under control. I must always remember that I always must remain on guard, but I also can’t beat myself up too much. When I fall backward, I must forgive myself!

Oh but the good part of Christmas was my presents!

My wonderful husband gave me the Wii console, along with the Wii Fit Plus. And my mom gave me the Cuisinart 7 cup Classic Food Processor. I thought it over, and she said it is okay if I upgrade to a larger model. I am thinking of the Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor, either the 12 or 14 cup. The Elite model includes a mini bowl insert, and the larger model, also includes a 3rd medium sized bowl. It will be great for pastry, bread dough, cookie dough, veggies, grinding meat, making dressings, etc.

I am happy! Happy that I am back on track, and happy that I have such fun presents to play with.