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pressure-cooker-spanish-riceThis Spanish rice from Hip Pressure Cooking made a great accompaniment to yesterday’s refried beans.  Spencer has requested “no more rice and beans” but he liked this combination.  Of course, he wrapped it in his trademark tortilla. :)

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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pressure-cooker-refried-beansWhile browsing online for recipes I was happy to come across this one from Dad Cooks Dinner for refried beans.  Although I had not planned ahead I believed I could start with dry beans and have refried beans within the hour. Better yet, I wouldn’t have to get groceries!

Apparently I did too well at cleaning out my pantry before the move. I was out of pinto beans! How can I run out of pinto beans?! I subbed in red beans. But then I couldn’t find garlic cloves or onions.  Had I used them up too? A red onion and some jarred minced garlic worked fine.  I used the very last of my bay leaves, too.

Even with all of my substitutions the beans turned out well.  Great, even.  Canned refried beans will never again find their way into my grocery cart.

On a side note…

I can’t stop raving about the chocolate lava cake I made this weekend! Please don’t make my mom’s mistake and overlook the recipe just because you don’t have ramekins. Check out my post about using scavenged accessories for the pressure cooker. Half-pint canning jars or tea cups will do just fine.

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To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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pressure-cooker-creamed-cornThis special recipe tastes like buttery grilled sweet corn in a bowl. It is prepared quickly in your pressure cooker so you don’t have to slave in the heat for the tastes of summer.

Creamed Corn in the Pressure Cooker

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 44 minutes

Creamed Corn in the Pressure Cooker

This special recipe tastes like buttery grilled sweet corn in a bowl. It is prepared quickly in your pressure cooker so you don't have to slave in the heat for the tastes of summer.

Ingredients

  • 3 T butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 1/2 t "Lawry's" seasoning
  • 1- 15 oz can corn kernels, drained
  • 1- 16 oz frozen corn kernels

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and cream cheese in pressure cooker with lid off.
  2. Whisk in flour. Stir to make a roux.
  3. Slowly add milk. Whisk until thickened slightly.
  4. Add seasonings and corn.
  5. Lock pressure cooker lid in place. Bring to full pressure and cook for 2 minutes. Allow pressure to drop naturally.

Notes

This recipe was inspired by Stephanie O'Dea.

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To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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pressure-cooker-breakfast-sausage-risottoYour pressure cooker makes this creamy, comforting risotto within reach for a quick breakfast.

This recipe was a great way to use the Italian sausage from Friday’s Zuppa Toscana soup.

Breakfast Sausage Risotto in the Pressure Cooker

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Breakfast Sausage Risotto in the Pressure Cooker

Your pressure cooker makes this creamy, comforting risotto within reach for a quick breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 C arborio rice
  • 5 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten

Instructions

  1. Brown sausage in pressure cooker with lid off.
  2. Add oil. Saute onion and garlic.
  3. Add rice and cook until slightly toasted.
  4. Pour in the broth. Lock lid in place. Cook at full pressure for 10 minutes. Release pressure immediately.
  5. Fold in cheese until melted.
  6. Pour egg yolks over the hot rice. Fold in to cook.

Notes

This recipe was inspired by Tucker Cummings

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If your conscience needs an excuse for you to enjoy a dessert this sinful, here you go: It is my 75th (aka semisesquicentennial) pressure cooker post. You. Are. Welcome. Your pressure cooker will have these molten chocolate lava desserts in less than 20 minutes. Go make these right now.

Special Chocolate Lava Cake in the Pressure Cooker

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 4 cakes

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Special Chocolate Lava Cake in the Pressure Cooker

If your conscience needs an excuse for you to enjoy a dessert this sinful, here you go: It is my 75th (aka semisesquicentennial) pressure cooker post. You. Are. Welcome. Your pressure cooker will have these molten chocolate lava desserts in less than 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 5 T Butter
  • 4.25 oz Hershey's Dark Chocolate bar
  • 2 eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 3 T sugar
  • 3 T flour
  • 2 t cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and dark chocolate together with double boiler or carefully with a microwave oven.
  2. Whisk together eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Whisk in butter and chocolate.
  4. Sift in flour, cocoa, and salt.
  5. Divide batter between four buttered ramekin cups.
  6. Pour one cup of water in the bottom of a pressure cooker. Place rack in pressure cooker. Arrange the ramekins on the rack.
  7. Lock lid in place. Bring pressure cooker to full pressure and cook for 6 minutes. Cool cooker immediately.
  8. Remove ramekins from the cooker and turn cakes onto a plate.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar.

Notes

The cake was inspired by this recipe from About.com. Be sure that four ramekins fit in your pressure cooker before filling them.

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Tony’s New Squirrel Feeder

by Kayla K on May 4, 2013

We had a good time watching Tony watch the view from the picture window this morning.

dog-watching-squirrel-feederHe loves squirrels so we put a feeder right outside the window. Some large birds took an interest in the feeder as well so there was quite a fight going on.  If you can see past the tree, the neighbor’s cat is watching all of the commotion.

I have to head out for a derby promo but I bet Tony will still be on the couch when I get back.

 

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pressure-cooker-zuppa-toscana-soup-olive-garden-copycatThis week my Culinary Essentials students made Olive Garden copycat recipes for their soup lab. This soup, Zuppa Toscana, was the biggest hit. I worked at Olive Garden through college and I can testify that this soup is everyone’s favorite. Two Peas & Their Pod made a spot-on copycat recipe.

I made only a few changes to the recipe.  I omitted the bacon (because I didn’t have any; it was delicious when my students made it) and used milk instead of cream.

I browned the sausage in my pressure cooker and sauteed the onion and garlic. I added the water, broth, and potatoes, locked the lid in place, and cooked at full pressure for 10 minutes.  I used an immediate pressure release before stirring in the milk and kale.

Oh, and by the way… IT’S SNOWING IN IOWA!  Instead of planting tomatoes like Iowans SHOULD be doing this time of year, I will sit inside and enjoy this hearty soup.

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pressure-cooker-quinoa-rice-roniAfter two great days of White Chicken Chili and Beef and Noodles I was doomed for failure.  I should have known better than to try this strange Quinoa Rice-a-Roni recipe… 2 T sugar? 1/4 C oil? 2 T paprika? All this with just 4 C broth? It was not fantastic but it was not the failure I thought it would be. Meh. We’ll eat it.

The Zuppa Toscana soup I planned for is bumped up to tonight’s meal.  My students made the recipe last week in Lab and it was awesome! I’ve had plenty of Olive Garden food in my day and this copycat recipe is spot on. I’m going to give it a try in my pressure cooker.

Longtime readers of this blog remember a time when I worked at “An Italian Restaurant” or “A Seafood Restaurant.” A.k.a Olive Garden and Red Lobster.  I loved working there and have nothing bad to say about them but I thought it best to not mention them by name.  So, four years later, the secret is out!

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To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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Remember the good ol’ days when stew beef had to languish in a slow cooker for hours to tenderize? Not any more! I picked up a pound of stew meat on my way home from work and had beef and noodles an hour later.  I also added mushrooms, an onion, and a red bell pepper. All of the goodness of the ol’ beef and noodles without the wait.

Pressure Cooker Tender Stew Beef and Noodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Pressure Cooker Tender Stew Beef and Noodles

Remember the good ol’ days when stew beef had to languish in a slow cooker for hours to tenderize? Not any more! I picked up a pound of stew meat on my way home from work and had beef and noodles an hour later. I also added mushrooms, an onion, and a red bell pepper. All of the goodness of the ol’ beef and noodles without the wait.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 12 oz Kluski noodles
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • Dried basil, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except noodles, cheese, and cream in pressure cooker.
  2. Lock lid in place. Cook at full pressure (15 lbs) for 45 minutes. Allow pressure to drop naturally.
  3. Prepare noodles according to package directions.
  4. Stir noodles, cream cheese, and sour cream into the beef mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with dried basil.
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This White Chicken Chili is fast food at its finest.  As long as you have leftover diced chicken on hand you can open a few cans and have dinner ready in ten minutes. Minimal prep, minimal dishes to wash. Especially nice if your new house has no dishwasher or if most of your kitchen is still in boxes. :)

White Chicken Chili in the Pressure Cooker

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

White Chicken Chili in the Pressure Cooker

This white chicken chili is fast food at its finest. Pour all ingredients in your pressure cooker for a one-pot meal in less than 20 minutes. Inspired by Crockpot365

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1- 4 oz can green chilis, diced
  • 2- 15 oz cans Great Northern beans
  • 1- 10 oz bag frozen corn kernels
  • 2 C cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t each of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into 6-quart pressure cooker.
  2. Lock lid in place. Cook at full pressure (15 lbs) for 8 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally.
  3. Serve with sour cream, avocados, shredded cheese, fresh tomatoes, or tortilla chips, if desired.
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To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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