Get a blender that won't back down.
The most creative chefs in the game are using blenders as their kitchen workhorses, and so should you. Now there's a high-powered option that won't cost you a full paycheck. The Ninja Mega Kitchen System is powered by a 1,500-watt motor and can handle anything from soup to nuts (literally). It's also got multiple attachments that transform it into a mixer or food processor, which helps save precious countertop space. [$200; ninjakitchen.com]