I love pureed soups because they're the perfect way to get in a day's worth of veggies in a single bowl, they donít have a spec of fat in the them but are still thick and creamy, and they are super-simple to make. This little immersion blender by KitchenAid will cut down on prep time and make me feel like a much smarter chef than I am when I have to batch everything in my blender. Of course, as much as I love this bright-red version, I would be equally as happy with the less-pricey version by Hamilton Beach if a few of my other wishes to follow (hint, hint) also found their way into my arms this holiday season.
Details: KitchenAid Immersion Blender, $99, Kitchen Kapers, 213 South 17th Street, 215-546-8059, Kitchenkapers.com
Hamilton Beach 2-Speed Hand Blender, $19.96, Walmart, multiple locations, WalMart.com