I love my blender. A slow cooker, I almost called it a crockpot, but like "sticky" vs. "post-it" and "gelatin" vs. "Jello," Crockpot is a brand, but in any case whatever you call it is a great winter appliance. Sure you use it sometimes during the rest of the year, but it really gets its use in the winter. Go ahead, tell me if I'm wrong, but that's my take on it.
broccoli soup a little while ago, and loved it, and with fresh veggies from farmer's market this past week I made taco soup. Add in some beans at the last minute and pulse them in and sprinkle tortilla chips bits on top and it's like dining at a Mexican restaurant in the comfort of your own home.