Cooking Dried Black Beans

I’d say black beans are my favorite, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate. They’re probably tied with chickpeas, but my favorite beans are really whichever ones I’m eating at the time. I include both stovetop and Instant Pot directions here. Either way, I much prefer cooking them myself to buying them canned. They’re better, both…

Risotto Milanese

  My first foray into making risotto! I never bothered to make it the traditional way, because I’d only ever had it once that I liked (thanks, Claudia!). It just didn’t seem worth the effort. Then I bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker. So many people rave about using the IP for risotto, I figured…

Split Pea Soup

It hasn’t been this cold here in years! I’m no lightweight when it comes to cold and snow, having spent my whole life In Upstate NY. My first year in Buffalo, it didn’t go above 0℉ for something like 62 days. That was the year I had no car, didn’t live on a bus route,…

Shrimp with Peas & Seasoned Rice

This delicious, paella-inspired dish is pure magic! Whether you cook it right away or freeze it for later, and whether you cook it on your stovetop or in your Instant Pot, the ease and speed with which you get dinner on the table will amaze your friends and family. On those days when you’re too…

Chipotle-Orange Chicken With Rice

This incredibly easy, delicious treat of a dinner is my take on a recipe from Once a Month Meals. I resized it for two people, decreased the amount of liquid, cut the sugar and salt way back, and added some True Orange Ginger. The result is even more flavorful, and a bit less runny. As the…

Sesame-Soy Chicken With Rice

I’m in love with Instant Pot Freezer Meals! I started experimenting with them as part of my “survive the kitchen & hip renovations” plan. All of which is progressing nicely. My new cabinets are going up, and the new range hood is on order. The appliance folks assure me this one will move enough air…

Pork Tenderloin Carnitas

  Score another one for the Instant Pot! Since I bought mine, I’ve been adapting some of my slow cooker recipes for the pressure cooker. Beef stew was magnificent; black bean soup not so much. I think the bean skins need the long, slow cook, even if the bean innards don’t. Mind you, it’s still…

Beef Stew (Instant Pot)

Once a decade. That’s what I used to tell my kids when they suggested I might be wrong. I mean, Rule Number One is Mom’s always right, and Rule Number Two is if you think Mom might be wrong, see Rule Number One, right? But I’m also sciencey. (Is that actually a word? If it’s not,…