KitchenAid 9 cup food processor
KitchenAid 2 speed Hand Blender
These two items are a must for anyone who wants to do some serious cooking. All too often, families give up on cooking at home because homemade food isn't quite like what is served in a restaurant. With these two appliances, you can get the kind of smooth textures you find in restaurant dishes, without the added salt and chemicals from commercially processed/prepared foods. You can take what you get at your local farmer's market, and with a little work, you get creamy soups, perfect lasagna filling, and all kinds of wonderful vegan foods made with tofu, cashews and other delectables. I am fortunate I have a good blender, but I need more than that. Definitely want these two items. Or something like them. Doesn't have to be KitchenAid, although that is one of the best brands out there.