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Must have Pot!

Published February 17, 2017 by lynn k scott

…the Instant Pot that is!

I admit it…I’m a kitchen gadget-holic.  I don’t go to meetings, because I openly acknowledge my appliance, gadget, cookware addiction.  I embrace it!

This past December, at my husband’s company Christmas party, I was able to select the Instant Post Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker.  I had been eyeing this for quite some time, however, being the cheap-o that I am, refused to shell out $100+ for another gadget.  Plus, my husband might’ve divorced me.  I buy kitchen gadgets/appliances like he buys car parts (5 cars/2 drive…just saying).                                                                                                                     20170111_183616.jpg

Needless to say…I am addicted!!!  Some people call it a “magic pot” and it can feel that way.  When I can cook an entire, whole chicken in 25 minutes…it’s a bit magical.  Granted, it’s a pressure cooker, not an oven, so there’s no crispy skin.  Some people will pop that chicken into the oven for 5-10 minutes to crisp the skin, but I don’t normally eat the skin anyway.   I also love using chicken quarters (pictured) and shredding them for tacos or enchiladas.

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While the chicken is resting, let’s use some of that leftover cooking liquid and make some rice pilaf!  There’s even a rice button.  It doesn’t get simpler than that.

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Chicken not your thing?

What about hard-boiled eggs?  Can you believe just 4 minutes in the Instant Pot (commonly referred to as the IP), 4 minutes of natural release and 4 minutes in an ice bath.  Done!  The shells peel off much easier too.

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Trying to eat healthier…how about some homemade Greek yogurt?  I go through a lot of yogurt.  For gluten-free yogurt, it costs just under $3.50 for a 32-ounce container.  For about $2.50, I can turn an entire gallon of milk into a 64-ounces yogurt.  Then I strain it from the whey and I have Greek yogurt.  The whey can be used in making bread, smoothies and all sorts of baking options.  Take some of the yogurt, blend in some berries (maybe a bit of honey) and make homemade yogurt pops…DELICIOUS!

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One of the best aspects of the Instant Pot is I can come home, make a meal that takes hours in just about 30-minutes.  I used to use the crock pot.  However, that would finish hours before I got home, turn itself to warm and sometimes the meat would be dry.  No more. Those days are over!

There’s a Facebook group IP Community.   There’s another Facebook group just for IP recipes!  My addiction has come “full circle” and I’ve added a second Instant Pot to my counter tops.  I couldn’t help myself.  The first one was free (from the party) and there was one at the flea market, brand new, for $50 (SQUEAL of excitement)!!!  Ok, so I took the money from my truck payment; don’t judge me.  I just had to have it.  My husband rolled his eyes.  He knew it was coming home with us.

I have the ability to have an IP just for making yogurt and one for savory dishes.

So, if you’re a foodie…this is a kitchen must-have.  If you’re going to a wedding or housewarming…bring an Instant Pot and you’ll be the favored guest for quite some time.

 

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A belated Christmas Gift

Published December 30, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have this awesome neighbor who is gracious enough to help watch the lil miss on her school breaks.

In addition to going to parks and hikes, they frequent a thrift store that allows kids to get free books.  In a recent trip there, my daughter picked up this book for me as a belated Christmas gift.

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What the lil miss didn’t know, was when I was in my late teens and early 20s, I loved Better Homes and Gardens.  They had the best recipes.

This book may be a bit before my time, but it is like a trip through culinary history.  Inside the cover were these recipe clippings. 

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They are mini treasures from a time when you didn’t have to count every calorie.  Just a good old-fashioned dessert to be enjoyed with family.

It was a delightful surprise!

Passing It On

Published November 26, 2015 by lynn k scott

It’s Thanksgiving morning and the house inhabitants are still asleep. I’m up to get a few preparations started for the day.  Ok, truth be told, the dogs have no clue what “sleep in” means.  However, I still have culinary tasks to perform and there’s no time like the present, right?

Many people know I rarely buy processed food and make as much homemade food as possible.  This applies to croutons as well.  Last night, I baked a loaf of gluten-free bread.

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This morning, I sliced up the bread and then cubed it.20151126_045731.jpg

From there, I added some spices (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, thyme, parsley and oregano) along with some olive oil and gave it all a good toss to coat evenly.

The soon-to-be croutons went onto a large baking sheet and were baked to perfection in a mere 15-17 minutes in the oven.

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After these were finished, I looked up and saw a recipe book a friend had given me years ago.  I have been adding to this book off and on.  I stopped what I was doing and added the crouton recipe to it.

With this only being the second Thanksgiving since my mom went to live in Heaven, I can’t help but think of all the years I helped her prepare the stuffing for Thanksgiving.  My favorite job was to chop the celery.

Granted, my daughter is still sleeping, but I look forward to the day where she too, will help prep our holiday meals, right by my side.  I am not keeping this recipe book for my benefit, but for hers.  One day, I will hand off this recipe book to my daughter.20151126_054231-1.jpg

I want her to have some great holiday memories to share with her family and be able to share the foods she used to have as a child.  It would be nice to have my future grandchildren have their grandmother’s recipe book when they become adults.

Made It Through

Published July 1, 2015 by lynn k scott

I did it!  I survived another June.  I know I took myself out of the picture for a while there, but I just wasn’t coping as well as I had hoped.

It’s officially July and as anticipated, life continues.  I am redirecting some of my energy.  Some of that energy is focused on me.

I know some won’t understand, but I had a few “signs” from my mom over the last couple of weeks.  The signs misted my eyes but were still comforting and I was able to share a couple smiles with a friend here and there.

Over 15 years ago, my mother tricked me into telling her specific details of some cookware I saw on the HSN (Home Shopping Network).  She used that information to purchase the set as a birthday gift.  I still have all but 2 pans from the original set.

This past Sunday, I thought I was clicking on a cooking show, but it turned out to be cookware by Ming Tsai.  He’s a chef that I really enjoy watching; when time allows.  I had no idea he had a line of cookware.  I watched the television like a toddler would as if their favorite Disney movie just started playing.

I have looking for some new frying pans.  I was torn about ordering myself something new.  This set wasn’t a necessity.  Then I remember what my mom used to say, “Bills will always be there. You need to acknowledge what you need sometimes.”  I did need new frying pans and I chose this particular set.  Yes, there are cheaper sets available.  However, I have learned, good equipment yields good results.  I cook over 90% of our meals.  Takeout isn’t the norm in our house.

I called to order.  Hung up…I don’t need them.  I redialed, hung up again and the third time I dialed, I placed the order.  I chose to allow myself to be “ok” with my decision.  I normally wouldn’t do something like that.  I talk myself out of purchases out all the time.  This particular purchase, two days after my mother’s angel-versary, seemed “right”.  I was happy.  The money will work itself out.

Now, I am anxiously awaiting my new set.  The best part is, I got the set in this brilliant purple color.  That’s right:  purple!   Had you been here, you’d have just heard my giddy joy of having cookware in my favorite color.  Can’t wait to make some more amazing meals.

New cookware warrants new recipes, no?

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