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Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #67: Quick Sick Chicken Soup

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #67: Quick Sick Chicken Soup

This quick soup is a great comfort food when you feel sick. No cutting, chopping, or measuring involved. In your pressure cooker pour 6 C chicken broth, 1/2 C frozen corn, 1/2 C frozen peas, and 1/2 C white rice. Cook at full pressure for 2 minutes, then remove from...

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #66: Chicken Stock

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #66: Chicken Stock

How it has taken me 25 years to try homemade chicken stock is a mystery to me.  I have been missing out! I recently learned to make it so I could teach my students as part of our stocks, sauces, and soups unit. My classroom smelled fantastic all day long....

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #65: Beer Can Chicken

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #65: Beer Can Chicken

Apparently I am the last American to try beer-can chicken. It’s an interesting concept: You cook a chicken “sitting” upright on an open beer can. It sounded quirky enough to pique my interest. I am under the weather today and in much need of hot, soothing liquids to help my...

Try It On Tuesday: AwareKnits Book Review

Try It On Tuesday: AwareKnits Book Review

Good morning! Today you can find my at my mom’s blog, Jo’s Country Junction, reviewing AwareKnits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco-Conscious Stitcher. In honor of Earth Week, may I suggest you take advantage of Amazon’s many used copies? Repurposed items are craft supply of choice. Some of my...

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #64: Beer Braised Brussels Sprouts

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #64: Beer Braised Brussels Sprouts

A.k.a Brussels sprouts so good you’ll eat them all yourself. In one sitting. Seriously. Beer Braised Brussels Sprouts Inspired by Stephanie O’Dea Ingredients 1 lb fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and outer leaves removed 3 T butter 1 T prepared mustard 1/4 t each salt and pepper 1/4 C beer...

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #63: Polenta

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #63: Polenta

 This morning I woke up with a craving for polenta.  Could it be made in the pressure cooker? Not only can it be made in the pressure cooker, but it is better with easier clean up!  I followed the instructions from Home Cooking in Montana with fantastic results.  The polenta was smooth, creamy,...

Name Those Perennials

Name Those Perennials

I need your help figuring out what these plants are around my new house. What are they? How do I care for them? I identified at least one: Rhubarb! I need some help with the rest… Thanks for your help!

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #60: Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #60: Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Something quick for a hard workin’ derby day… Just be sure to eat it AFTER practice if cabbage and apples are on your no-no list.  Your teammates and tummy will thank you. Sweet and Sour Cabbage Ingredients 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1 granny smith apple, peeled and thinly sliced...

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #59: Pumpkin Risotto

Pressure Cooker 365 Recipe #59: Pumpkin Risotto

Where by “pumpkin” I mean “butternut squash” and by “Risotto” I mean “short grain white rice.” The rice is part of a 20-lb bag I found at the salvaged grocery for $6. The butternut squash is left over from a holiday sale. And yes, I mean a Christmas holiday sale!...