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

Vegetarian Quinoa, Cauliflower and Apple Dinner

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Our household is far from vegetarian or vegan – we are big meat eaters! However, that doesn’t mean that eating a diet focused more on plants isn’t something I concentrate on. While I don’t routinely participate in ‘meatless Mondays’ I do try to incorporate vegetarian forms of protein occasionally. This recipe makes use of the Instant Pot to make an easy weeknight meal, complete with a grain, a vegan protein (tempeh), vegetables and… Read More »Vegetarian Quinoa, Cauliflower and Apple Dinner

National Sweet Corn Day

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Where I live in the Midwest, three things reign supreme – green and yellow tractors, the hard-working farmers, and sweet corn that can make your toes curl it’s so sweet. When it’s sweet corn season, we enjoy it several times a week because that time comes around for just a few weeks every year. Today is National Sweet Corn Day and I’d like to share a unique way to season your cobs… Read More »National Sweet Corn Day

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Looking for amazing and healthy recipes that you can cook for the family? Need a wildcard recipe to place in your rotation of family meals? Or perhaps you would like to serve an unbelievable dish for an outdoor party? In the spirit of summer, you can find some delicious and tangy BBQ recipes that not only save time but save money as well. For the month of July, we will… Read More »Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Merlot-Braised Beef Brisket

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“I like cooking with wine. Sometimes I add it to the food too.” Enjoying a glass of wine while preparing a meal, and then adding some to the recipe is a great way to not only enjoy cooking (because who doesn’t enjoy a good glass of wine?!) but also add depth of flavor to a recipe. With this brisket, merlot add some fantastic hints of dry wine without overpowering the… Read More »Merlot-Braised Beef Brisket

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

Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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Hello, Instant Pot friends! Something that really surprised me about this cool kitchen appliance was how great it does BBQ-style meals. To get really good, fall off the bone, lick your fingers clean ribs, you probably think you need to either slave away over a hot stove, slow-cooking the ribs to perfection OR spend hours tending to a smoker while the meat carefully cooks. I am married to a true grillmaster… Read More »Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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

Tequila Lime Instant Pot Chicken

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I love Cozumel, Mexico. I adore the sealife, the coral reefs, the beautiful blue colors of the ocean, the people, the food and of course, the TEQUILA! I’m not a huge fan of sipping high quality tequila like my hubby, but I do enjoy a good margarita. And what better day than today, July 24, National Tequila Day, to celebrate with an Instant Pot chicken dish flavored with tequila and lime juice. My… Read More »Tequila Lime Instant Pot Chicken

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