Last night I made carrot soup, and, like always, I pureed it with my hand blender. I've been using that thing for over 15 years, and I love it every time.
A hand/immersion blender is a great gift for anyone who likes to cook or who makes a lot of baby food. (A reviewer even said it makes good smooties with ice. I'm going to have to try that.)
This Cuisinart model has several improvements compared to mine…most notably the detachable stainless steel shaft you can wash more easily. Plus, it comes in all sorts of pretty colors.
For the next few days, the Cuisinart SmartStick is in the Amazon Gold Box for 50% off the list price, and is eligible for free Amazon Prime and Super Saver shipping.
Price good until 10/21/12 (unless they run out sooner)