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Meet your new sous-chef: The food processor

I have no regrets about taking a kitchen shortcut where I can. Sure, you can find a gadget for almost any task these days (oh, apple slicer, why did I buy you), but the best investments are multitaskers that earn their keep in terms of money spent and kitchen real estate.

If there’s one thing that ticks all those boxes, it’s a food processor.

Food writer and recipe developer Nicki Sizemore is something of a food processor evangelist, so much so that it prompted her to write “The Food Processor Family Cookbook,” as well as prominently feature the appliance in her new book, “Build-a-Bowl: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal.”

She became enamored of the food processor after she had her first child and had a kitchen big enough to let her store the processor on the counter.

“It became my sous-chef, and I use my food processor more than any other tool in my kitchen,” Sizemore says.

Whether you are still on the fence about buying a food processor or just need a nudge to persuade you to dust off yours, here are  ideas about what you can do with a food processor, along with tips for making the most of it.

It can make quick work of otherwise tedious tasks. Sizemore says food processors are great for chopping, from coarsely broken up to finely chopped. She suggests putting them to work on firm vegetables such as carrots, onions, celery, root vegetables and winter squash. She’s a fan of processing the classic mix of diced celery, onion and carrots — go ahead and say mirepoix, you fancy — that forms the backbone of many soups and stews. Make sure you first break up the vegetables into chunks (1 to 2 inches). Please, no throwing in whole veggies.

Bloody box-grater fingers are no fun, so when you need to make your way through large amounts of cheese, enter the food processor. Whether you want to shred cheese (use the shredding disk, although softer cheeses can be sticky and benefit from a brief spell in the freezer) or grate it (hi, snowy piles of Parmigiano-Reggiano), the food processor can help. The shredding disk is wonderful when you need to shred carrots for carrot cake, too.

Using the slicing disk, you can also create layers for gratins, if not quite as thinly as a mandoline or your knife, and piles of cabbage for slaw in a matter of minutes, or even seconds.

And I can hardly imagine making my pesto any other way.

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post

A food processor has a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve. Chopping is practical and necessary but sure, a bit of a yawn when it comes to neat kitchen tricks. So what else can your food processor do?

Try making a perfectly emulsified mayonnaise. Knead dough (skip the dough blade and just use the regular blade) or mix a cake batter. Pulse together a pie crust without the risk of overworking the dough or softening the butter. Sizemore even does away with the separate bowls for something like muffins by using the food processor to pulse the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Grind meat that is less pasty and possibly cheaper than what you would get at the grocery store. Sizemore makes lots of nut butters (one ingredient: roasted nuts) in her food processor and loves that they come out of the machine slightly warm from the friction. One of my favorite new-to-me food processor hacks is a thick, spreadable and colorful whipped cream from Stella Parks at Serious Eats that is made with freeze-dried fruit.

Know what not to do with it. Save the hot soup for your blender or immersion (stick) blender. It can splash out of a food processor, and even if that doesn’t happen, getting the soup out can be tricky without a pour spout on the bowl. Sizemore recalls an unfortunate incident that resulted in soup all over herself and her counter. “It was not fun,” she says.

Don’t throw things into the food processor that might damage the blade, such as ice or, if you were ever curious, bones. Sizemore doesn’t like using it to chop watery fruits and vegetables, which can break down more than you want or leave behind a pool of liquid. And very soft cheese can just end up forming a paste at the bottom of the bowl.

Use the food processor to be thrifty and reduce food waste. Broken cookies? Grind those for an easy press-in pie or tart crust or an ice cream topping. Sizemore recommends pureeing surplus roasted vegetables into soup. When extra herbs build up, whir together a pesto or salsa verde.

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post; styling by Amanda Soto/The Washington Post

Buy smart. If you’re going to buy a food processor, go big or don’t go home. Small models can be handy for prep work, but to get the most done, try for something that has a capacity in the range of 11 to 14 cups. That means you won’t have to empty the bowl as often, plus you’ll still get the shredding and slicing disks that are so useful. Big machines, in addition to a higher capacity, have strong motors, which is key for things like pizza dough. And don’t worry about finding one with tons of features and accessories: As long as you have a process and pulse button, the slicing and shredding disks and the traditional blade, you’re all set. Sizemore said another nice but not make-or-break feature is snap-on bases and lids. Most machines are assembled by twisting on the bowl, blades, etc., but some work with a simple snap.

Then take good care of it — and yourself. Food processor bowls and lids are fine to go in the dishwasher, but it’s best to hand-wash your blade. (By the way, here’s your reminder about that Cuisinart blade recall from 2016, if you never took care of it.) Sizemore prefers using a brush,  because a sponge can snag on the sharp edge. She also recommends not letting a dirty bowl sit around — it will be easier to clean before food cakes on and dries, and that way it’s not a burden hanging over you either.

Think about how to store your food processor and make it accessible. “I think that’s half the battle for people,” Sizemore says. “Make it easy on yourself to get to it.” In a perfect world, it would live on your counter, but we don’t all live in a perfect world with big kitchens. I divide my food processor parts for storage, leaving the heavy base in a cabinet under my counter for easy transport and placing the bowl, blade and disks on a higher shelf. Wherever you keep them, be careful with the blade and disks. A hard-sided container to hold them will help prevent fall-and-catch injuries.

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Business in Brief: I’m Eddie Cano delay; Laliguras x2

by Katherine Saltzman

Food lovers and local business supporters have a lot to be excited for as local restaurateurs open new locations across Northwest DC.

Van Ness/Forest Hills

Can’t say “pleased to meet you” yet to I’m Eddie Cano

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We reported last week that I’m Eddie Cano’s proprietors plan a September 27th opening. Now, they’re hoping to open to customers the night of Friday, September 28th. This is the second time the opening date has been pushed back by the DC inspection process.

These things take time, and restaurateurs rarely get to open as planned. But they press on…

Laliguras opening second location

The second Laliguras location is in Glover Park.

Dawa Tamang, the main chef and owner of Laliguras Indian and Nepali Bistro (4221 Connecticut Avenue) is expected to open a second location in Glover Park at the end of September or the beginning of October.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Tamang. He served as the main curry chef at Heritage India between 2006 and 2012, when the restaurant was still in Glover Park at 2400 Wisconsin Avenue. (It relocated to Wisconsin Avenue and Macomb in 2017). During that time, the restaurant owner held cooking classes for interested participants, and as the head chef, Tamang led the classes and developed relationships with customers, he said.

“I had the idea to open another restaurant, located in Glover Park. It’s my favorite place. I have had very good experiences there, and good relationships with Glover park residents. My owner at the time made very good business,” Tamang said.

He opened Laliguras in Van Ness in 2014. The second location will be at 2334 Wisconsin Avenue, in what used to be a Bruegger’s Bagels.

Chevy Chase

After delays, Little Beast to open at the end of September

Little Beast in Chevy Chase is opening soon.

Did we mention that these things take time? It has for Little Beast (5600 Connecticut), which had initially expected to open in June. More recently, it announced on Facebook an end-of-September/early October opening.

The restaurant, owned and operated by Chevy Chase residents Robert Gordon and his son Aaron, will be open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight. The morning menu will include breakfast pastries and sandwiches, as well Red Velvet Cupcakes (also owned by Gordon) and coffee from DC’s Vigilante Coffee. In the evening, there will be “shareable dishes” and wood-fired pizzas.


Guapo’s expands to Georgetown

Guapo’s Tenleytown

Guapo’s Restaurant, which originally started 30 years ago in Tenleytown, opened a location at 3050 K Street in Georgetown at the end of August.  

The Georgetown location is the ninth Guapo’s in the greater Washington area. In addition to the expansive Tex-Mex menu options, the restaurant serves weekend brunch and offers happy hour specials.

“The interior of the new Guapo’s is a more upscale version that seems to cater to Georgetown clientele… a little different then the atmosphere in the Guapo’s in Tenleytown,” said Hannah Ross, a customer and American University graduate who visited the Tenleytown location as a student. The food was really delicious and staff was great.”

Burka’s Wine and Spirits moves… across the street

The former Burka’s location.

Burka’s Wine and Spirits at Wisconsin and Idaho Avenues (3500 Wisconsin, part of Vaughan Place ) has moved to 3414 Wisconsin Avenue in the Cathedral Commons Building.

The new location’s previous tenant, The Cookery, was “a culinary marketplace” which offered small batch ingredients as well as cookware and kitchen accessories. It closed in August after only two years there. The original store in the Village of Shirlington in Arlington will remain open.

Burka’s former 1,928 square feet location at 3500 Wisconsin Avenue is now available for lease through KLNB Commercial Real Estate Services.

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All-Clad makes some of the highest-quality, longest-lasting cooking products money can buy. However, the typically steep price tag of these products usually deters the average person from buying their own sets. In fact, if it wasn’t for the cost, All-Clad would have earned a higher rank in our list of the best cookware sets of 2018.

If the cost is the only thing stopping you from filling your kitchen with this iconic cooking brand, you have to check out All-Clad’s factory seconds flash sale right now. Now through 11:59 p.m. tonight, you can get “factory seconds” models of All-Clad cookware for up to 80% off. Plus, if you spend $99.99 or more—which frankly isn’t too hard to do)—you can get an extra 10% off.

There’s a large selection, from stainless to nonstick to accessories and more. For example, you can get a usually $115 8-inch D3 Armor fry pan for just $50 (that’s $65 in savings!). You can also find other pots, pans, griddles, knives, bakeware, kitchen accessories, and more with similar discounts. To access these amazing deals, you just need to enter your email, which has the added advantage of ensuring you’ll get a head’s up before the next big sale too.

It’s important to note that because all of these products are factory seconds, they’re not completely perfect—but there’s actually no need for concern. All this means is that these products couldn’t be sold at full price due to minor imperfections like surface scratches and dents, which is going to happen after cooking with them over time anyway and should not affect the integrity of the cookware.

If you want flawless cookware, this might not be the sale for you. But for those of us who can look past a few scratches, you can score some incredible deals on new high-end items to fill your kitchen.

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GRAM Amplifies the Conversation with ArtPrize 10 Artists

ArtPrize 10 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will be a year to remember, with outdoor video projections, an interactive performance installation and an invitation to add your voice to the conversation.

“We looked for artists that are interested in addressing issues that people are discussing,” explained chief curator Ron Platt. “Like a public forum. That’s what we want [GRAM] to be anyway, but during ArtPrize we have a huge public.”

For the 10th year in a row, GRAM has provided patrons with deep and interpretive works. Though Platt said there was no intentional theme this year, much of the work speaks to issues of individual voice and they join together to create a thought-provoking artistic experience.

GR|MAG had the opportunity to preview the installation, accompanied by Platt. Here are some of the works you will see there.

Sarah FitzSimons
“Pacific Quilt”

Photo courtesy of GRAM

Sarah FitzSimons had the idea for “Pacific Quilt” during a trans-Pacific flight. Inspired by the sheer vastness, she imagined being able to wrap herself in the blue of the ocean. After working on and off for a few years, she had an extraordinary—and cozy—piece of art.

“People really seem to respond to textile and fabric works,” said Platt. “We were really taken by this piece and we love that the pattern and color came from oceanic maps. It creates a really abstract patterning.”

The quilt is 21- by 23-feet, which allows viewers geographical context and a better understanding of the Pacific Ocean. Bunches in the fabric suggest the lapping of waves; the textures and colors of the oversized blanket draw you in, just like FitzSimons must have imagined.

John Gutoskey
“PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies”

After hearing the news about the PULSE Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida that occurred on June 12, 2016, artist John Gutoskey felt “an overwhelming sense of anger followed by a broad feeling of loss and an almost metaphysical sadness that this had happened to the LGBTQ community.” To express his grief, anger and respect for the deceased, Gutoskey worked to create personal elegies for each of the 49 victims.

“All of the imagery is personal and universal,” said Platt. “All of the methods used are part of printmaking, but they’re very, very layered. The crows, robins, figures, disco balls are all significant symbols for him, but he also worked to enliven the individual pieces.”

Gutoskey refers to nightclubs like PULSE as safe, communal spaces. Though that space was violated, his work has offered up a new space for mourning and remembrance of the lives that were taken.

Saskia Jordá

Artist Saskia Jordá was inspired by “Cacerolazo,” a form of peaceful protest in her homeland of Venezuela made popular in the 1970s. When demonstrations took place, protestors would take pots and pans and bang on them with wooden spoons when marching down the streets. If the protest picked up, people would join in from their balconies or doorways with their own cookware to support the cause.

Using a striking amalgam of pots, pans and various utensils dangling from the ceiling by red yarn, which also pools on the floor, “Cacerolazo” speaks to issues of hunger and violence spurred by protest and the right to speak out peacefully.

“[Jordá] loves the idea that people can join in in their homes and that way have the safety of being able to withdraw,” said Platt. “What [she] wants is to have people connect with the idea of demonstration and participation. She wants people to reflect on what it might take for them to go out and protest and ask themselves what they feel really passionate about.”

Nathaniel Lewis

Nathaniel Lewis’s piece is a culmination of his life experiences as a toy manufacturer, sculptor and father. Crafted from plastic, aluminum and wood, his cap gun creation has been blown up to 23 times the toy’s original scale.

“[Lewis] paid very close attention,” explained Platt. “Part of the challenge is how to translate such a small object to a much larger scale. It’s kind of an engineering problem. Another challenge is asking what it means to take a toy gun and create it at this scale.”

“Re:VOLVER” is 13 feet long and fills GRAM’s east court. It is just a model, but its ability to induce nostalgia and openness to interpretation makes it a fascinating work of art.

William R. Mayer
“Wall of Sound”

Billy Mayer, former artist, musician and Hope College professor, passed away last year; his intent for this work was to display it at ArtPrize. So, when Platt had seen the piece on display at Hope College and learned of Mayer’s wishes, he made the decision to add it to the GRAM roster for ArtPrize 10. Due to the situation, “Wall of Sound” is not open for public vote.

“Wall of Sound” uses the structural elements that are found in box speakers or amplifiers. The speaker part is turned into the wall, and the structures are coated in different substances such as spices, sprinkles and colored sugar. The variety of scale and color mixed with similar shapes creates a very interesting visual effect.

“I think he was thinking about the way we activate our senses to experience the world,” said Platt. “I can’t help but also think that it’s kind of ironic about having a voice but turning it to the wall. There are some unusual and unexplained meanings in there, but isn’t art like that?”

See all 10 of the pieces on exhibit at the GRAM during ArtPrize, which concludes on Oct. 7.

*Main photo courtesy of the GRAM. All other photos unless captioned differently by Molly Bruns.

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Dunelm Group plc (LON:DNLM) had its Hold rating reiterated by Peel Hunt

Analyst Ratings For Dunelm Group plc (LON:DNLM)

Today, Peel Hunt reiterated its Hold rating on Dunelm Group plc (LON:DNLM).

There are 7 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings, 2 Buy Ratings, no Strong Buy Ratings on the stock.

The current consensus rating on Dunelm Group plc (LON:DNLM) is Hold with a consensus target price of GBX 580.42 per share, a potential .

Some recent analyst ratings include

  • 9/24/2018-Dunelm Group plc (LON:DNLM) had its Hold rating reiterated by Peel Hunt

    About Dunelm Group plc (LON:DNLM)
    Dunelm Group plc engages in the retail of homewares in the United Kingdom. The company offers furniture for bedroom, living room, dining room, and office; sofas and chairs; bed frames, mattresses, beds, and headboards, as well as kids beds; and bedding products, such as bed linens, duvets, pillows, protectors, and kids beddings. It also provides curtains, tracks and poles, and curtain accessories; blinds; rugs, runners, and door mats; cushions and throws, mirrors, pictures and frames, wallpapers, and accessories; lighting products, including ceiling and wall lights, table and floor lamps, lamp shades, and outdoor lights; and kitchen products, such as cooking, dining, utility, and storage products, as well as electricals. In addition, the company offers towels and bathmats, bathroom accessories, and bathroom furniture; and nursery products and kids accessories. The company operates 160 out-of-town superstores and 4 high street stores, as well as a Website, Dunelm Group plc was founded in 1979 and is based in Syston, the United Kingdom.

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