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Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments

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After a long thought about investing in an immersion blender, I decided to go with the Cuisinart Smart Stick mainly because I loved the sleek finish of the hand blender and also because it came with a small chopper attachment that will eliminate the need to reach out to my big food processor for cutting onions, veggies and such.

I am very happy with the blender cause it makes making soups, smoothies and bisque(s) a breeze.Take this creamy red lentil soup that I made a few days ago-- it went from coarse/chunky to creamy in a matter of 5-10 seconds. I didn't have to wait for it to cool down, pour into a blender and do it in batches.Totally love the mixing/measuring cup with graduated markings. The chopper isn't the best of best and the whisk could be a little heavier. But if you are looking for a moderately priced, elegant and efficient hand blender for soups, smoothies and bisque you can invest in this Cuisinart smart stick hand blender, available at csnstores.com for $50 bucks with Free Shipping.

Creamy Red Lentil Soup, a simple and satisfying winter indulgence. The beautiful porcelain footed rice/cereal bowl that you see in the pictures are from csnstores too. I got 6 for $30 bucks.I eat my morning cereals, rice and noodle lunch, soups in the multi-taking bowl that is just the right size for me.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils, Cleaned and drained of water
  • 2 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 Small Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Large Onion
  • 1 Dry Red Chili(2 if you are up for it)
  • 2 Stalks Mint
  • 3 Cups Water or  2 Cups Water + 1 Cup Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt for taste
Procedure:
  • In a soup pot, heat 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onions and mint leaves. Saute till the onions are translucent.
  • Throw in the vegetables, chili and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Drain the cleaned lentils and add it to the pan.
  • Pour water or water-milk combo and bring the contents to a boil with lid-on.
  • Add salt some 15 minutes later, check for taste and puree the contents using an immersion blender.
  • Transfer the creamy soup into a serving bowl. 
Makes 4 Generous Servings.

Enjoy!
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21 comments:

  1. it surely a very useful gadget!
    the soup look delish too...nice post!

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  2. USeful gadget for the sure, i cant live without my handblender, i need them absolutely..

    Soup looks soo thick and comforting..

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  3. I got the same blender for $30 at costco. I think its a very goood one especially for smoothies and soups and ofcourse the chopper isnt bad either. I have not yet tried the whisk! thanks for the soup recipe. looks delish!

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  4. i had one of those but it got burnt out, great soup

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  5. i think my immersion blender is my abs fav kitchen appliance..like u said its just so damn easy when it comes to soups and smoothies. I actually puree almost anything and everything. that soup does look incredibly creamy

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  6. Blender seems much useful dear. cute bowls too. Soup looks creamy n rich.

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  7. love the review about the gadget. thanks for sharing. lentil soup looks yummy:)

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  8. thnx for clearing my confusion. Was looking for this gadget to use it in hot items and without scattering my delicacies..And soup is so delicious..

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  9. I LOVE this blender; especially the chopper attachment. I used to used it almost everyday from making smoothies in the morning, to chopping onions for dinner, to blending my soup in a hot pot. Unfortunately, mine died after barely 2 years :-(

    I'm not sure if I wanna spent another $50 for it; though I miss the Smart Stick very dearly. Maybe I should look for restaurant-grade hand blender knowing my history of wear and tear.

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  10. sounds like a great buy!!
    nice review..soup looks wow

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  11. I have always wanted to buy one of these. That price is pretty reasonable.

    Your soup looks great!

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  12. Useful gadget for sure and especially when making greens and sauces...

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  13. I love my immersion blender too. In fact I should say that my hubby loves it more than me ;-)

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  14. very seful gadgte dal sop is healthy and tasty

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