Does anyone have a blender they just love that can be recommended (that does well with food items)? I got really fed up yesterday with the one I have... It's a cuisinart 7 speed, about 6 months old, and a horrible buy. It does well with ice and drinks but when it comes to any food items, it just won't work. I tried to use it to cream some cottage cheese yesterday for a filled bread recipe, and it didn't work at all. My mother's old blender used to do the same job just fine. I don't want to make another bad purchase...However, I am a full time student so a vita-mix or other expensive model is out of the question. Thanx!