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I've Hitched A Ride on the Instant Pot Bandwagon

I've Hitched A Ride on the Instant Pot Bandwagon

I think this headline says it all because it completely fits my excitement when I talk about the best addition to my kitchen since, well, hmmm… when we did the remodel?!?. It’s simply The Instant Pot FTW!! After some dubious skepticism I finally caved and bought the 6-quart Instant Pot during the Amazon Prime sale.

I will just give the spoiler alert now and say that I don’t know how I’ve been surviving in the kitchen for the last 11 years of married life without one. (True, I did cook before I got married, but I’ve honed my skills well beyond my crockpot cream of mushroom chicken). The Instant Pot has truly upped my kitchen game in some major ways. But more on that later.

First, a bit of context. As you may remember, Instant Pots were the adult version of the “Tickle Me Elmo” craze last holiday season. They were being featured in articles from The Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post. In November 2017 CNBC reported that 5 million pots had been sold in a three year period. Special cookbooks are being published, and Facebook communities total members in the millions. It is a culinary cultural phenomenon.

Perhaps it’s my inner rebel, but I’m immediately skeptical of anything with that much hype. Combine my skepticism with the fact that some consumers reported stories of Instant Pot Recipes gone wrong. And not just wrong, but dangerously wrong. Exploding appliances!? Second-degree burns?! Kitchen catastrophes?! Here is one such story. Umm, no thank you.

But then I had what many of us ladies have— some good ole’ fashioned gab time with my hairstylist. Catching up during a recent cut and color we started to talk food and she spoke of how she was loving her new Instant Pot.

Grilled Cheese and Jalapeno Popper Sandwich

Grilled Cheese and Jalapeno Popper Sandwich

I can't believe I let almost let April go by without celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month. After all, grilled cheeses are like one of my most favorite foods of all time. I grew up on the things, evolving all the way from Kraft American Yellow-oh-so-fake cheese (if you can call it that, they don't even call it cheese... it's a processed cheese product) between two slices of oh-so-not-real-white-bread. Yes, you guessed it: Wonder Bread. Yessiree, those days are long gone. Today I like better breads, different real cheeses and complex flavors. No wonder why this recipe struck my eye.

How to Make a Super Simple Cucumber Salad

How to Make a Super Simple Cucumber Salad

The result of this cucumber salad is a really tasty, somewhat addicting and flavorful way to jazz up a bowl of cucumbers. I suppose you could use another acid instead of lemon juice, but I chose to stay pure to this flavor combo. I have made quite a few cucumber salads using vinegar before, and I intentionally did not want to recreate that pickled taste.

How to Make a Homemade Pizza

How to Make a Homemade Pizza

The house cleaner came today and the house is sparkling clean and tidy. This is a refreshing change from the tornado trail of dishes and cooking stuff that has been scattered throughout our kitchen in recent weeks. I want to savor it for at least one night.

So what to make for dinner when the house cleaner has come and you don’t want to mess up the kitchen cooking a full meal? Why, homemade pizza, of course! Lately, my favorite kind of pizza is the “whatever you have on hand” pizza.

Green Beans with Bacon and Mustard Vinaigrette

Green Beans with Bacon and Mustard Vinaigrette

Let's talk for a minute about green vegetables. On their own, (remember I'm not tight with the veggies) nothing to write home about. But when smothered in salty bacon goodness and yummy flavor-filled mushrooms that have soaked up the mustard vinaigrette? Oh yeah, that is what takes a bowl of green beans from a boring old side dish to a main event all its own. And gets me a lot more interested. You know what they say, everything is better with bacon.

How To Make Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad

How To Make Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad

Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad is a dish that always reminds me of my Swedish heritage. There are few dishes that make me feel as nostalgic for family dinners enjoyed when I was younger, and my ancestral roots. My mom was mostly the person to make it, but when I say it was my mom's, it was only hers because she is the one who actually prepared it. The recipe itself is a family recipe handed down from Swedish relatives on my father's side.

Savory Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Savory Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Tonight I am in the mood for burgers, but we don't have any ground beef. What do you use when you don't have ground beef? Why, ground turkey of course!  Let's make some ground turkey burgers! Okay, I know what you are thinking, but chicken...turkey... they are both poultry. Moving on.

Additionally I chose this recipe because I have never caramelized onions before even though I've grown more and more fond of onion flavoring in recent years. I suppose it is my evolving pallet. I'm also eating more raw tomatoes too, which is very new for me.