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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.

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Cashew Milk 

Makes 3 cups of milk

Ingredients

  • 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.

sauce

The Sauce of Gods

Ingredients

  • 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:

Facebook:

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

Instagram:

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

Twitter:

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.

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102 comments
Florence Cochrane
Florence Cochrane

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

Erika Rowe
Erika Rowe

I'd love to win - thanks for the chance!! :)

Betty H Spry
Betty H Spry

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

Lori Bosworth
Lori Bosworth

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

Luisa Rinaldi
Luisa Rinaldi

Tis the season for soups! Love this! Thanks for the chance :)

Erinn Lishman
Erinn Lishman

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!

Amy Stubbs
Amy Stubbs

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)

Ali Gee
Ali Gee

This sauce recipe looks decadent and delicious!

jopfoh
jopfoh

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

Michelle Polocelli
Michelle Polocelli

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

Jessica Yu
Jessica Yu

I would totally love to make soup with a blender! :P

Alina Halani
Alina Halani

Love love love soups. Such an easy make-ahead/healthy meal for lunch or dinner or both! \U0001f44c\U0001f3fd\U0001f35c

Lori Butler
Lori Butler

how fun would this be :) endless possibilities. thank you

Krista Miller
Krista Miller

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

Julia Grant
Julia Grant

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

Lisa Rodorigo Teixeira
Lisa Rodorigo Teixeira

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

Donna Durie
Donna Durie

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

Natalie Van
Natalie Van

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

Lynn Denise
Lynn Denise

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

Christina Rogers
Christina Rogers

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

Irene Wyman Humber
Irene Wyman Humber

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!!!

Francine Fogel
Francine Fogel

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

Bernice Mckay
Bernice Mckay

this would be so awesome , thanks for the chance

Andrea Amy
Andrea Amy

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

Janet Hamilton Cooper
Janet Hamilton Cooper

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

Sandy Deanypatchy
Sandy Deanypatchy

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

Lee-Ann Jeffrey
Lee-Ann Jeffrey

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

Debbie Sherrer
Debbie Sherrer

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

Moe Bwell
Moe Bwell

This sounds really tasty, thanks a bunch

Maria Katie
Maria Katie

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

Doris Humber
Doris Humber

This would be amazing! Kelly Young Irene Wyman Humber Margo Thomsen Darlene SchullerDebbie Sherrer

Treen Goodwin
Treen Goodwin

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