I heart immersion blender

Immersion blender, you’re the best,
The way you blend I can’t protest,
Smoothies, soups, purees and more,
Why did I not have one before?

I loooove my new immersion blender.  My big boxy blender broke a few weeks ago, and it was a blessing in disguise.  $19.99+tax later, I have a delightful new immersion blender that puts my mandibles and jaw muscles in danger of atrophy!  I have made a ton of smoothies, gloat-worthy hummus, and my latest concoction has been broccoli soup.  The multiplicity of the immersion blender’s applications is only heightened by its versatility: I can stick the blades right into a pot of soup instead of pouring hot liquid into a giant vestibule only to have the lid fly off due to steam and air expansion, sending fragments of veg all across the kitchen.  And, there is smaller loss of yummy food with an immersion blender than with a regular blender!  Yippeeeee!!!

Blended broccoli soup

Chicken broth
White miso paste
A couple cloves of garlic, smashed
A stalk of celery, chopped
One carrot, chopped
One potato, chopped
A head of broccoli, chopped
About a cup of plain yoghurt
Butter, cheeses that melt

Bring about 2 cups of chicken broth to a boil.  Add a heaping spoonful of white miso paste.  Throw in the garlic and all the vegetables.  Top off with water if necessary, until the vegetables are just covered.  Bring to a boil, then let it simmer with the lid on until the vegetables are soft.  Bring out the immersion blender.  Careful, as heaven’s angels will likely fall on their knees at this moment.  Take the pot off the heat and blend its contents to desired consistency.  Stir in the yoghurt and season with salt.  Ladle into bowls and garnish with a loving pat of butter and grated cheese, perhaps Cheddar and Parmesan.  Marvel at how easy it is to clean your immersion blender.  Sigh.

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