I have had a simple Rival Immersion Blender for years. I had never really used it other than to froth milk for coffee or hot chocolate. Recently, I have discovered that I like to use it. I used it again this evening as I made homemade chicken noodle soup for our supper. I save the leaves and scraps from celery in a bag in the freezer. I wanted the celery flavor along with onion flavor without necessarily having the pieces of either one in the soup. I cooked some celery stalks and a half of a yellow onion in butter. I added about two cups of the stock broth. Once it was all nearly boiling, I removed the pot from the stove and used the immersion blender to blend it all together. I had read once that cooking vegetables and then using the immersion blender in them makes a "cream" soup without having to add cream. I have found this to be true. The liquid that I made out of the celery, onion, butter, and stock was creamy. I tasted it and found that it was full of flavor. I added the rest of my chicken stock to it along with the shredded chicken. I will add more flavors once it has time to cook together.