I've got a new kitchen gadget. I like to think that I didn't need fancy tools for my kitchen. And I know I don't. They are simply convenient. They make my life easier. It's nice not to have to use a potato ricer or run my hummus through a clamp-on-the-counter meat grinder to get it smooth.
The immersion blender, also know as a stick blender, is a bit of a one trick pony. I will basically use it to puree soup - I make a lot of soup. Before the immersion blender I had been running my soup in batches through my food processor. However, if I fill the food processor too full the soup leaks out the top. Plus transferring soup back and forth is messy, often getting multiple bowls dirty and I had to let the soup cool so I didn't burn myself. Now I can just put my immersion blender in the soup and puree right there in the same pot I am cooking in. Pretty slick.
What else is my new kitchen gadget good for? I bet this pony has more than one trick.