Ode to My Food Processor

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Dear Mini-Food Processor,

You have been a wonderful kitchen gadget for our family.  Making hummus with you has been a favorite Sunday activity.  Your salad dressings are delicious and you always know just the right amount to make.  The perfect size for a batch of pesto, you’ve been a great friend in our tiny apartment.  Even though we keep you on the top shelf, almost weekly I stand on my tip toes, grab you, and put you to work.

You’ve been working overtime recently, as we’ve had an endless supply of basil.  Thank you for your hard work.  You never disappoint.  Even when I fine a large chunk of garlic in my hummus that you forgot to chop up, I don’t mind because I know that I ask a lot of you.


I have a confession to make, Mini Food Processor.  You’re going to have a new home.  It’s not that we don’t love you, but it’s time for us to buy a bigger food processor.  You will always be our first and I  have many fond memories of our time together.  Now that we’re moving into a home with a more spacious kitchen, it only seems right to buy a larger model.  I’m looking forward to working with our new food processor, chopping onions and other veggies, but just know that you will never be forgotten.

Your new home with the Williams will be much more spacious than the living conditions you’ve had for the past year.  Meredith will take good care of you, I promise, and make many yummy foods with you.  Keep chopping away.



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Basil Dressing (in the Mini Food Processor)

This is a great dressing for salad and delicious to add to other summer dishes. Lighter than pesto, so it absorbs better into whatever you’re making.  Also, let’s be honest: Sometimes I’m a little cheap to make pesto.  Pine nuts are pricey so this is a solid alternative to pesto and not as rich.

Great to use with:

  • Roasted potatoes
  • Pork chops
  • Grilled bone-in chicken breasts
  • Tossed in a cold quinoa salad
  • Salad dressing


  • 1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
  • juice from ½ a lemon (add more if you want it to be more tart)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • s&p

Put all of the ingredients, except olive oil, into food processor and mix.  Once blended, add olive oil.  If you want it to be more liquid thank thick (less like pesto and more like salad dressing), add more olive oil and white wine vinegar and less cheese.

Other Great Uses for the Mini Food Processor:



Pesto for pasta or pizza

pesto pizza

  1. Kate says:

    Where’s the new house? When’s the move? So glady you’re staying in ATL!!!

  2. Kate says:

    Did I really just say “glady” ? Well, I am really glady you and David are staying here – and I hope to enjoy some new dips and dressings a la the new processor!! Sorry, mini processor.

  3. Mere says:

    Oh Betsy! This made me laugh out loud :) I hope the mini-food-processor will like me as much as it likes you! I feel like we’re adopting :)

  4. John Jones says:

    Betsy, your ode reminds me of John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Of course, he was handicapped because they didn’t have food processors in 1819!

    Do you know the street or neighborhood to which you are moving?

  5. JLAL says:

    Very well-written–I like your style. My mom and I just wrote this down to make tomorrow night when we have pizza (and GF of course) tomorrow night for our guests! Thanks!

  6. Chili T. says:

    Oh, how I’ve MISSED my buddy Bets and Gluten FREEEEEEEEEEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hollah at the food processor — can’t wait to share with you a Guatemalan chicken dish using that bad boy and a buffet of yummy, aromatic herbs and veggies…

  7. Chili T. says:

    And so here’s the chicken dish from Guatemala (pollo en jocon) that we enjoyed last week. It’s amazing, babes…
    add more cilantro and green tomatoes to your ode-a-licious food processor if you like…and garlic…por su puesto.



  8. Betsy says:

    Sounds delish, Chili T! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. Betsy says:

    Gluten Freedom has missed you too, Chili T! Glad the trip was fabulous. Can’t wait to hear more details.

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