Far from the clunky brown ones that delighted your mom's generation, this petite appliance frees up counter space but can still chop and grind like a champ. Plus, it comes in six colors.
Cuisinart 3-Cup Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, $39.95, Sur La Table
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