Must-have kitchen tools
Getting a meal on the table can be a challenge, but having some tools that make it easier is a real plus. While there are plenty of flashy new kitchen gadgets on the market, many of the standbys are also worth a second look. Kathryn Weber, Tribune Media Services
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Vegetable based soups, like cream of spinach, come together in a snap with an immersion blender. This handheld blender goes right into the pot and with a push of a button, creates a smooth, creamy soup. At around $25, it's an inexpensive yet indispensable tool.