Cuisinart electronics have been featured in many cooking magazines. The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus is a 3-cup food processor that is destined to become one of your most prized kitchen appliances. Save space on your kitchen counters with this easy-to-store item. This Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus (DLC-2A) has two-speed settings that allow you to grind and chop your kitchen creations. Make sure you cut your pieces into smaller, uniform sizes of about a half-inch. If you do not have uniform chunks, chopping may be uneven. Use pulse motions when grinding to allow the bigger pieces to fall to the bottom. Pulse motions are when you press down on the button in 10-second intervals. When you are grinding spices, you may notice that the bowl gets scratched. This will not affect how the processor works, but you can purchase another one and other accessories from Cuisinart’s customer service department. This way, you can have one for normal food prep and one for grinding. That is just one of the options available to you. The chop function can be used for chopping, pureeing, and mixing. It’s the perfect function for soft foods, like herbs, cheeses, and cooked vegetables. Select the grind function when working with things like nuts or spices. You can even add liquid to the bowl while it is mixing. Simply pour your desired liquid through one of the two openings in the cover. Sometimes food might stick to the sides. Wait for the sharp, stainless steel blade to stop moving, and then gently scrape down the sides using a spatula. If kids will be using the food processor, adult supervision is suggested. This kitchen appliance offers ease of use and assembly, and its convenient size makes storage easy. Every aspiring chef should have this food processor on his or her wish list or gift registry. Accessories included with this food processor are the Auto-Reversing SmartPower Blade, cover, 3-cup work bowl with a handle, motor base, and a spatula. When getting ready to store your food processor, make it an easier task by rinsing the bowl, blade, and cover after each use, so food doesn’t stick to the parts. All parts of the food processor, other than the motor, are dishwasher safe. The motor base can be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. Be sure that you never submerge the base in water, or it will become unusable. Store the entire food processor completely assembled, so you do not lose the accessories. The stainless steel blade is sharp, so keep it out of the reach of kids. The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus isn’t meant to be used outdoors. The manual comes with registry information, and not only does it have assembly instructions but it also has a nifty guide on how to process many types of food, from sardines to peanuts. There is even a small recipe book in the back for those looking for inspiration. Add this piece of cookware to your essential kitchen appliances, and you’ll be the featured chef in your home. Buy it for yourself, add it to your registry, or give it as a gift for the aspiring chef in your life.