Comfort Food: Tara Gets Creative with a KenmorePro Blender + CONTEST

Usually around this time every year I’m running around Queen Street West trying to pick out the perfect gifts for all the wonderful people in my life. Because I express everything through food (sadness, happiness, thoughtfulness, selfishness, generosity, greed… you know, like a full, normal range of emotions), I often buy gifts that are related to food. Popular gifts from me in past years have included pickles, fancy olive oil, and servingware…BUT NOT THIS YEAR.

This year, I’m broke for Christmas. I have $0. In fact, I actually have NEGATIVE dollars, which is a depressing reality I’m sure at least some of you can relate to. I went back to school and haven’t had the same time I used to have to work. So I’m still giving the gift of food this year, but this time it will be from my own kitchen.

I’ve been really into using my blender lately. This is partly due to my aforementioned broke-ness. I haven’t had the cash to pay for the former luxuries I was used to splurging on like juice, nut milk, and prepared sauces. So, I started making more of my own. I gotta say, I love it. You’ll love it too, once you see how freakin’ easy it is. Plus, your friends will think you’re awesome for gifting them with homemade food.

Below are my recipes for cashew milk and the late Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce. They need a good, sturdy blender like Kenmore Pro Blender by Sears Canada. I never used to think a tool like this would make a difference, but this blended my tomato sauce fine enough that I didn’t have to strain it (MAJOR bonus — takes way less time) and the cashew milk fine enough that I didn’t have to strain it for long. My handheld blender wand and food processor did not stand a chance.

Each can be frozen in mason jars until the time you wish to use/give them and can be stored in the fridge for a week. Give one or both as gifts or party favours this holiday season.


Cashew Milk 

Makes 3 cups of milk


  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 3 hours
  • 3 cups water for blending the cashews

Strain the cashews in a sieve and add to Kenmore Pro Blender with the water. Blend on low initially and then turn to high slowly. It should come together relatively fast, about 10 seconds. Strain the milk through a sieve into a bowl. Freeze, or refrigerate for up to a week.


The Sauce of Gods


  • 6 cups canned tomatoes
  • 3 medium onions, cut in half
  • 1 cup of butter

Combine all ingredients in large pot and bring to a simmer for 45 minutes on low-medium heat. Stir and break up tomatoes with the side of a wooden spoon occasionally. Taste and adjust for salt.

Remove from heat and pour the contents of the pot into the Kenmore Pro Blender. Whiz on medium, gradually increasing speed to high until combined. Transfer into jars for storage or onto pasta to enjoy 🙂

CONTEST: Enter To Win a KenmorePro Blender!

Take inspiration from Tara and get a KenmorePro Blender to whip up homemade gifts for your entire family, or give this good looking kitchen essential to the chef (or aspiring chef) in your life! You’ve got three ways you can enter to win:


We’re sharing this post on Facebook. Find it on our page, and LIKE and COMMENT for a chance to win!


We will be posting Tara’s recipes on our Instagram. LIKE and COMMENT for a chance to win!


Tweet: “Dear @Shedoesthecity, I’m all about soup season! Please gift me a #KenmorePro Blender from @SearsCA, I want to make winter delicious.”

The best gifts are made with love. Get blending!

Winner will be selected and notified on December 12th, 2016 by 3pm EST. To learn more about the KenmorePro Blender, go here.



  1. Emma Walpole
    December 2, 2016

    I love new ideas using simple appliances, will try the sauce

  2. Jenn Beckett
    December 2, 2016

    Awesome! That 3 ingedient tomato soup looks easy! Brandee Lane

  3. Marla B Pollard
    December 2, 2016

    That’s so awesome. I love how easy and yummy the soups look

  4. Andrea Dan
    December 2, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe and thanks for the chance to win!!

  5. Cheryl Heig
    December 2, 2016

    Would love this for soups

  6. Jasen Hooper
    December 2, 2016

    Soup is always good! Seems really easy to make too.

  7. Zahra Premji
    December 2, 2016

    We love soup, especially in winter. Hearty soups are common weekday dinners at our home. I’ll be trying this recipe for my husband – he loves tomato soup!

  8. Jay Nelson
    December 2, 2016

    I love winter soup after a long hike.

  9. Ophelia Chang
    December 2, 2016

    Yessss, soups and hearty sauces are great, especially for the winter!

  10. Mariyah Bee
    December 2, 2016

    Would love to make my own soup

  11. LA Penney
    December 2, 2016

    Soup is by far one of the highlights of fall/winter!

  12. Lushka Smith
    December 2, 2016

    I love making home made soup. This would be an awesome appliance to have.
    Thanks for the chance.

  13. Alan Andrew Parker
    December 2, 2016

    the KenmorePro Blender is an essential tool in making perfect gazpacho

  14. Courtney Whitman Dishart
    December 2, 2016

    Definitely want a blender for smoothies!

  15. Anu Chopra
    December 2, 2016

    Would love to win

  16. Amanda Leigh
    December 2, 2016

    Soup, soup, soup!

  17. Jan Leeuw
    December 2, 2016

    Would make our squash soup creamier!

  18. Sarah Rosendo
    December 2, 2016

    thanks for the chance 🙂

  19. imheckifiknow
    December 2, 2016

    Liked and commented on FB

  20. imheckifiknow
    December 2, 2016

    do you require that we post our actions to enter here?

  21. Tanya Boychuk
    December 2, 2016

    That soup looks yummy. My spouse loves soup.

  22. Wendy Hutton
    December 2, 2016

    looks great thanks

  23. Jenness Mills
    December 2, 2016

    Would love to make some margaritas with this!

  24. Kam Par
    December 2, 2016

    Yes, please! It would be so easy to make soups and so many other things with this blender!

  25. Alayne Stewart Langford
    December 2, 2016

    We love our tomato soup and grilled cheese in the dead of winter! U0001f60a

  26. Cheryl Andrews-Morreale
    December 2, 2016

    I love making soup and sauces! Laura Andrews check out the gieaway

  27. Heather Sibley
    December 2, 2016

    I love soup in the winter. Thanks for the chance.

  28. Josh Siemens
    December 2, 2016

    Great for soup! Thanks

  29. Grieta Allison
    December 2, 2016

    This would be so great – it’s a hearty soup season.

  30. Terri Baker
    December 2, 2016

    Oh yes! We love soup and this would make it so much easier to make my favourites.

  31. Lillian Pinsent
    December 2, 2016

    Love soup every day of the year!!

  32. Cheryl Almas
    December 2, 2016

    I would love to make some sauces and soup over the winter.

  33. Erika Schmidt
    December 2, 2016

    Dear @Shedoesthecity, please make my life easier!

  34. Judy Cowan
    December 2, 2016

    We love homemade soup so this blender sounds perfect for us!

  35. Patti Lebold
    December 2, 2016

    have a freezer filled with homemade delicious soup!!! thanks 😀

  36. Harvinder K. Singh
    December 2, 2016

    Would be an awesome blender to own!

  37. Erika Hall Komori
    December 2, 2016

    Perfect for making seasonal soups!

  38. Karla Sceviour
    December 2, 2016

    Ohh my, so want this,it is on my wishlist!!! Thanks for the chance!

  39. Sandra Twin
    December 2, 2016

    ITis the season especially for soups. I love making soups for the family. The blender would be put to great use. Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Elizabeth Vlug
    December 2, 2016

    What an amazing blender. Thanks for the contest. And this recipe sounds delicious.

  41. ElizabethVlug
    December 2, 2016

    Thanks so much. Sounds like an amazing blender.

  42. Clairence Lauu
    December 2, 2016

    omg – that soup looks so tasty. I’m going to have my mom teach me how to make soup over the holidays!

  43. Angie Valenzano
    December 2, 2016

    Would be awesome to have this blender and make leek and potato soup

  44. Maggie Thistle
    December 2, 2016

    Smooth soups are the best!

  45. Colleen Tsoukalas
    December 2, 2016

    Soup is hub’s fav. Any time, any place. Soup is comfort food.

  46. Cara Woo
    December 2, 2016

    Liked, shared, and fingers crossed!

  47. Kristen Visser
    December 3, 2016

    oh my gosh! I totally need this! Then I can make my favorite, creamy tomato soup 🙂

  48. Tracey Widman
    December 3, 2016

    Thanks for the recipes!

  49. Silvia Demmy
    December 3, 2016

    what a great blender! Great soup recipe! thank you for the giveaway!

  50. Darlene Schuller
    December 3, 2016

    what a generous giveaway, perfect for any season !

  51. Catt Rose
    December 3, 2016

    Soup is yummy and with this blender I could make healthy soup that my whole family will love.

  52. Treen Goodwin
    December 3, 2016

    Fabulouss , i would love this in my Kitchen for making soups , thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  53. Kellie Nehring
    December 3, 2016

    oh I would love this! Im always making soup!

  54. Shelley Hickey
    December 3, 2016

    Love my soups!

  55. Doris Humber
    December 3, 2016

    This would be amazing!
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  56. Stephanie La Plante
    December 3, 2016

    I would like to make my favorite broccoli soup with this blender

  57. Maria Katie
    December 3, 2016

    Incredible ! This would be so awesome to make soups and smoothies

  58. Moe Bwell
    December 3, 2016

    This sounds really tasty, thanks a bunch

  59. Dave Gibb
    December 3, 2016

    This sounds good

  60. Debbie Sherrer
    December 3, 2016

    Oh the great foods I could blend up! Bernice Mckay Lee-Ann Jeffrey

  61. Lee-Ann Jeffrey
    December 3, 2016

    OOoohh.. I know Sabrina Lalonde has been wanting one of these as much as I have. Andrea Amy has as well

  62. Sandy Deanypatchy
    December 3, 2016

    love to try making pea soup, vegan, with plenty of herbs; great for wintery days in Canada.

  63. Steve Shanks
    December 3, 2016

    I love soup in the winter.

  64. Janet Hamilton Cooper
    December 3, 2016

    Gotta be more than soup. Would love to try and experiment with other ingrediants.

  65. Andrea Amy
    December 3, 2016

    OMGosh I would LOVE this! we love soup and this looks amazing! Thanks for the chance.

  66. Bernice Mckay
    December 3, 2016

    this would be so awesome , thanks for the chance

  67. Melissa Louise
    December 3, 2016

    Yes please! Thanks for the chance!

  68. Pam Wood Humphrey
    December 3, 2016

    I would like to make sauce for hubby.

  69. Francine Fogel
    December 3, 2016

    Soup season is definitely here! This would make life so much easier!

  70. Mei Ling Liu
    December 3, 2016

    i love to win thanks

  71. Irene Wyman Humber
    December 3, 2016

    I love making soup this time of year…I just put on a nice soup in slow cooker…it will cook all night while we sleep…..(soup for breakfast, lol)… thanks for the chance!!!

  72. Christina Rogers
    December 3, 2016

    Oh the perfect gift for my BettyCrockerTest I’m the house

  73. Jolie Zananiri
    December 3, 2016

    Amazing! Love it 🙂

  74. Darci Paice
    December 3, 2016

    that looks so delicisous!

  75. Lynn Denise
    December 3, 2016

    I love making our own tomato soup, so this would be perfect!

  76. Marie Catherine
    December 3, 2016

    i’m pinning lots of soups

  77. Natalie Van
    December 3, 2016

    Love this! I’ve wanted a fancy blender to makes soups forever!

  78. Donna Durie
    December 4, 2016

    I’m just starting to made soups. Would love a blender. Thank you for the chance.

  79. Joc Grenier
    December 4, 2016

    Liked & Shared & Fingers Crossed !!

  80. Tracy MacLennan
    December 4, 2016

    can’t wait to try this recipe!

  81. Lisa Rodorigo Teixeira
    December 4, 2016

    Great blender and perfect giveaway for this time of year, ban prpare all the wholesome goodies, soups, cookies etc.

  82. Jennifer Lachance
    December 4, 2016

    ty for the chance merry christmas

  83. Julia Grant
    December 4, 2016

    I have not made soup on ages, but I would love to start.

  84. Krista Miller
    December 4, 2016

    Just found my new kitchen buddy to help me the whole year through!

  85. Lina Poliic
    December 4, 2016

    I love soup in the fall/winter

  86. Tammy Dalley
    December 4, 2016

    oh nice! Thanks for the chance

  87. Jenna Arsenault
    December 5, 2016

    I would love this!!!

  88. Lori Butler
    December 5, 2016

    how fun would this be 🙂 endless possibilities. thank you

  89. Kris Ewald
    December 5, 2016

    Wonderful. Liked and shared 🙂

  90. Alina Halani
    December 5, 2016

    Love love love soups. Such an easy make-ahead/healthy meal for lunch or dinner or both! U0001f44cU0001f3fdU0001f35c

  91. Jessica Yu
    December 5, 2016

    I would totally love to make soup with a blender! 😛

  92. Michelle Polocelli
    December 6, 2016

    Now this is the type of blender i need in my kitchen! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  93. jopfoh
    December 6, 2016

    i am never sure if it is daily or not.  If it does not say enter daily then I am assuming it is a one time thing right? p;z and ty

  94. Ali Gee
    December 7, 2016

    This sauce recipe looks decadent and delicious!

  95. Amy Stubbs
    December 7, 2016

    Soup season is the best part of the cold months (well that and scarves)! Every vegan could use a good blender! (I’m keeping my fingers crossed tightly on this one)

  96. Erinn Lishman
    December 7, 2016

    Awesome and easy recipe- thank you! The blender would be an awesome addition to my kitchen, with three little kids I need to blend just about everything to get them to eat it, god forbid they actually saw a vegetable!

  97. Luisa Rinaldi
    December 8, 2016

    Tis the season for soups! Love this! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  98. Lori Bosworth
    December 9, 2016

    I love making soup and this blender would make it easier! Thanks for the chance!

  99. Betty H Spry
    December 10, 2016

    We love soup in the cold weather, love roasted butternut squash soup. will try this recipe sounds yummy.

  100. Erika Rowe
    December 11, 2016

    I’d love to win – thanks for the chance!! 🙂

  101. Florence Cochrane
    December 12, 2016

    Soups look delicious. Very nice blender to win. Fingers crossed.

  102. Wanda Tracey
    December 16, 2016

    Liked and

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