I have had the Cuisinart mini 4-Cup Food Processor for quite a few years now. I cook on a daily basis, and am always chopping something up. For the longest time I never owned any type of food processor, as they always seemed intimidating. Before I bit the bullet and got the full-sized thing, I got this little food processor as a Christmas gift. I absolutely LOVE this thing. It is perfect for mid-sized jobs, and I especially love that it's small, easy to wash and put away. Lugging out the full-sized food processor is SUCH a job, so I really love this little one. The blade on this is super sharp - so be careful - and it can cut through some pretty tough stuff. I often use it to chop veggies - carrots, onions, celery, etc. - for soups or stews. It can make things into purees, it can chop meat, help you to blend flour for batter, etc. I even tried once making almond butter with this little powerhouse. And...it worked! This thing is really strong and can handle most jobs. At this point the lid has cracked on mine, so it takes some maneuvering to get it on so you can get the motor started, but it does still work. And otherwise I am so happy with the performance on this thing I can't stand the thought of getting rid of it. A+ appliance - I love this thing!