Chef JoAnna Minneci
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Small Appliances

Machines take the hard work out of tedious cooking chores. If you don't want to chase walnuts around your kitchen when chopping a cup of them by hand, a food processor saves time, yes, even when you factor in cleaning.

Mini Processor/Blender/Whisk

This is a good set because it saves space. I use all these attachments often and they work well so I feel the set is worth the price. If you want a good but cheaper version, the Hamilton Beach set costs about half as much.
Immersion Blender

You can make soup, of course, but you can also make home-made aioli in minutes. Blade detaches from motor for easy clean-up. Good price for a tool that is perfect for when you need it, but you don't actually need it that often.
MiniChop Food Processor

Even though I have that combo-set for work, I use this one at home. Great for chopping nuts, or onion when your knife cuts don't matter. Chops celery for chicken or tuna salad. Fantastic for a quick pesto, too! (This is a good model too, if it's available.)
Magic Bullet Blender

I use this to make EVERYTHING: smoothies, hummus, salsa, crêpe batter, and to whip eggs for omelettes, The set includes a blade specifically used to grind spices & coffee. MUCH easier to clean than a blender or a coffee mill!
Ice Cream Maker

If you have special dietary requirements, you can still enjoy frozen treats! You can make your own "ice cream" with non-dairy milks, alternative sweetners, caffeine free carob instead of chocolate, etc. Your imagination is the limit!
Induction Cooktop

Whether you want a spare burner/eye or you do a lot of kitchen-less cooking, this is incredible. You need ferrous* pans to use this device, and everything I suggest above meets this. (*If a magnet sticks to your pan, it will work.)
Electric Skillet

If I could have either this OR a crockpot, I'd pick this! You will have precise control over how low you cook a pile of onions, or how high you heat your oil for frying. Attractive enough to set out on a buffet! You won't believe you lived without it.
6-qt Instant Pot

The trendy new Programmable Pressure Cooker that can also be used as a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. If you don't have time to cook, this is a very small investment into eating better at home.
Insulated Casserole Carrier

Why is this included in appliances? Because it's practically a refrigerator. If you use these metal cake pans with lids and a pair of freezer packs or a few blue "ice" bricks, I promise, that food will stay cold for HOURS. Use this thermometer to monitor it.
Kitchen Aid Mixer

No matter how decked out your kitchen might already be, you can't call yourself a cook until one of these shiny workhorses is sitting on your countertop -- preferably in a color that won't clash when you change the color of your dish towels. (no matter what color you choose, never get the glass bowl!!)
Cuisinart Food Processor

If you are the kind of person who prefers making piecrust or pesto from scratch, but not necessarily by hand, this jack-of-all-trades will become a constant countertop fixture. It comes with three basic blades which are all you really need for most jobs. A variety of additional blades are available.
Rice Cooker

This is a timesaver, and even though it's technically a "unitasker" it does its one job exceedingly well, turning out rice that is evenly cooked and had a pleasant, tender chew. If offers a digital timer and audio alert, a delayed-start function, clear water line indications, and a removable lid insert that makes cleanup easy.
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