Dear Readers: In a challenge between A FOOD PROCESSOR AND A BLENDER, who would win? Let's take a look.
Blenders are tall, often with a glass blending container that has hash marks for measuring, and with fixed blades. They are designed mostly to mix liquids, to puree fruits for smoothies and to blend ice cream with milk for milkshakes. A blender's motor is weaker, but it should be able to crush ice.
Food processors are shorter and stout, usually plastic, and have blades you can change out, depending on the task you want to perform. The motor on a food processor is more powerful, to chop nuts, meats, dried fruits, etc. You don't need liquid in a food processor; you do in a blender.
Grab your wallet: You'll spend more for a food processor than a typical blender.
Dear Heloise: I enjoy your column in the Dayton Daily News, and I am 92 years old! I drink hot chocolate in the mornings, and I always get the water too hot. One day, I put in an ice cube, and holy moly, it was ready to drink! Can you use this suggestion? — Marian H., Dayton, Ohio
Marian, I love it! Perfect, and hot chocolate is delicious all year-round! I have compiled a collection of my favorite flavored coffees and teas in a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It's easy! Send a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, along with $3, to: Heloise/Coffees and Teas, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at www.Heloise.com. Freeze coffee in ice cube trays and use it to cool your hot coffees.