One of my Christmas 1993 presents was something I don't remember asking for, but turned out to be a very useful item- a Black & Decker HandyChopper. As far as food processors go, it's fairly primitive. One chopping blade, one speed setting, but it is certainly a time saver when it comes to finely chopping vegetables for various recipies. On this day I was using it to try making some hummus, following fellow grad student Armen's recipe. A few chunkier pieces of garbanzo were found here and there, but otherwise it did just fine.