Appliance Envy No More!

I had small appliance envy but now I’m over it.

In an early guest blog post, Naomi provided a post about Roasted Tomato Soup. In one of the pictures she showed an immersion blender that she used to puree the tomatoes in the pot. When I saw the pic, I went into small appliance envy.

Like many people who like to cook. I have more than my share of gadgets and small kitchen appliances. In fact I have way to many to properly store in my kitchen. Even knowing that, the immersion blender was at the top of my list last Christmas.

Once I opened it (I must have been a good boy) I started looking for recipes to use it. This was the first I identified.

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Great soup with nice toppings.

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Make sure you properly clean the leeks as they will contain quite a bit of sand.

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Veggies in the pot.

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With the taters.

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Now you can be jealous of my immersion blender pic!

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Potato soup

Prep Time: 15 m | Cook Time: 1 h 5 m | Makes: 11 cups


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 leeks, sliced
  • 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, crumbled cooked bacon, chopped fresh chives


Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat; stir in onion and leek. Cover and cook 20 minutes. Stir in potato; cover and cook 15 minutes. Stir in broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.

Process soup in batches in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides; return to saucepan, and cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Serve with desired toppings.


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Categories: kosher, Lunch2, Recipes, Soup and Stew, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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4 Comments on “Appliance Envy No More!”

  1. January 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Now I have small appliance envy! Soup looks great, too.


  2. January 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm #



  3. January 26, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    Yummy looking soup! I did have an immersion blender…. but it ‘died’ on me. So now I have small appliance envy for your immersion blender !!


  4. Meagan
    January 26, 2014 at 9:16 am #



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