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National Eat Outside Day

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I sit here writing this blog post as the temperature outside hovers around 90 degrees F. This summer, while far from the hottest in recent memory, definitely has been a humid one. Thankfully, our backyard trees afford some decent shade, so even with the heat we try to eat outside as often as possible. Tonight, we have friends coming over for a rare ‘adults only’ night – no kids allowed! While… Read More »National Eat Outside Day

Instant Pot Herb BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Healthy chicken drumsticks with light, homemade barbecue sauce. This recipe requires an oven with broiling capabilities. The recipe features delicious herbal flavors that are a break in tradition. Servings: 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: Two pounds chicken drumsticks 1/4 cup paprika 4 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper 1 tablespoon salt Three-quarters cups water or broth 1 1/2 teaspoons EACH cayenne pepper,… Read More »Instant Pot Herb BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

The Day Instant Pot Saved My Dinner Party

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You wouldn’t typically think of a kitchen appliance as being a dinner party hero, but that happened in our kitchen during one of the biggest gatherings we’ve had at our new home. After inviting about a dozen people over, which then grew to about 30, we had to figure out a plan quick or our dinner party was going to turn into the Hunger Games.  “Sweetie, the meat just isn’t… Read More »The Day Instant Pot Saved My Dinner Party

10 Signs You Should Invest in an Instant Pot

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If you’re looking for an multi-use solution to making dinner for you and your family, then you need to look no further than the Instant Pot. Since this appliance has come on the market, it has revolutionized the way that millions of people prepare delicious foods. Now is the time for you to jump on the bandwagon and try this cooking trend that is sure to become a kitchen mainstay!  Need… Read More »10 Signs You Should Invest in an Instant Pot

Stove Tops vs. Pressure Cookers: Which Are Better For Cooking?

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For most people, one of the primary struggles of eating healthier is that cooking can be such a chore sometimes. Rather than spend time over the stove or the oven crafting the perfect recipe, it’s so much easier to go out to eat or order in.  Fortunately, with modern appliances, it’s become relatively effortless to make a gourmet meal that you can share with everyone. Devices like the Instant Pot allow you to save… Read More »Stove Tops vs. Pressure Cookers: Which Are Better For Cooking?

The Veggie Steam Test: How Will Instant Pot Stack Up?

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Moment of honesty here…I absolutely LOVE my Black & Decker electric steamer/rice cooker. I grew up with an identical steamer that was used very frequently in our home, and I insisted on adding to our wedding gift registry and thankfully, we were gifted the beloved appliance.  It is going on 17 years old though, and starting to show signs that it’s about to kick the proverbial bucket. I’ve been thinking for… Read More »The Veggie Steam Test: How Will Instant Pot Stack Up?

How to get the Most out of Your Instant Pot

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Have you heard about Instant Pot? Chance are you have, as it seems to be all the craze lately. There is good reason for its quick rise in popularity: it is a fantastic time-saving kitchen hero! If you are ready to jump on the bandwagon, or if you are already familiar with Instant Pot, here are some great tips and tricks for you to get the most out of this awesome product.… Read More »How to get the Most out of Your Instant Pot

The Pros and Cons of Using a Pressure Cooker

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The pressure cooker is one of those old-timey cooking systems that fell out of popularity due to so many Americans eating out or using slow cookers for everything. However, it’s making a huge comeback. The reason is that a pressure cooker actually produces much tastier food than a slow cooker. Slow cookers often stay on all day and by the time you get home from work, all the flavor has… Read More »The Pros and Cons of Using a Pressure Cooker

Happy Labor Day

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Labor Day – why celebrate the work we do? While typically we think of Labor Day as a BBQ and picnic holiday, and as one of the last days holidays before the school year really gets into gear, the history behind Labor Day shines a rather somber light onto the history of work in our country. The first Labor Day occurred when a group of industrial workers marched for better… Read More »Happy Labor Day