• Thai Grilled Swordfish
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Grilled Swordfish with Thai Glaze

    The credit for this goes entirely to Rob. I had to go on a work trip for a few nights leaving him to fend for himself dinner-wise. He will admit that normally he just gets kind of lazy and will pick up something easy. This time though he decided to experiment with some fish dishes in my absence. The first was a Grilled Swordfish steak with a Thai-style glaze. His focus for this one was getting the grill timing down and for developing flavor. He picked swordfish for one of the experiments since he figures its something I will like because of the firmer texture. Based on his texts when…

  • instant pot mac and cheese
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

    Normally, I make a roux-based, baked Mac & Cheese. I love the thick sauce that it produces, but unfortunately it can be more involved, intimidating, and time consuming. Mac & Cheese is something I have been looking for a good way to make it easier and a little more like a classic stove-top box. I also wanted to experiment with using my Instant Pot to make pasta since its a use I haven’t tried. I started by cooking the pasta in the Instant Pot itself. Thankfully, I think it actually worked really well. The pasta was perfectly cooked with only a little residual moisture and took less time than normal.…

  • French Dip
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Lunch

    Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich

    The French Dip is easily one of my favorite sandwiches. Unfortunately, they had always been pretty labor intensive and took a long time to make properly. As a result, I had never made them before and they were generally something I would get if we ate lunch out. On one of the recent snow days here in DC, Rob was home so we decided to try it out with the Instant Pot. Have I said how much I love that I keep fining new ways to use the Instant Pot? I definitely do not miss the slow cooker, which got less use in a year than our instant pot has…

  • instant pot baked potato soup
    Instant Pot,  Soup

    Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

    This Baked Potato Soup recipe is another in the “made easier with the Instant Pot” series. In reality, you could make the entire thing in the instant pot without going to your stove top if you wanted. I did use the stovetop to heat the milk for this one, but I could have nuked it to warm it up. Baked potato soup is one of my all time faves. It’s filling and hearty, exactly what a cold weather soup should be. I have even converted Rob!! I have to say, I love how easy it is to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot. You can get perfectly soft potatoes every…

  • Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

    Maybe its the Irish girl in me, but I just love a meat and potatoes dish like this Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie. Recipes like shepherd’s pie and chicken pot pie are the ultimate comfort food to me. They are hearty, tasty and generally are served as a single dish! Another perk is they are hard to mess up, you can do almost anything and it’ll be pretty tasty. I kept joking with Rob while we were cooking this that it was a meat-meat and potatoes dish. When coming up with the recipe, I was looking for ways to mix up the basic dish a bit and came across some…

  • Instant Pot Chicken Taco
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

    Time for another “the Instant Pot makes it way easier” recipes with these Shredded Chicken Tacos.  This basic recipe is based on an old slow cooker one I would make, only now it doesn’t take all day.  I love the mix of flavors that goes into this recipe.  I basically braise the chicken in beer and citrus with a few other key ingredients for flavor.  You really can’t go too wrong. There really isn’t too much to say about this recipe, its pretty straight forward.  I do have a few pieces of advice though.  For the beer, I use either a white ale (Dogfish Head Namaste in this case) or…

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Instant Pot,  Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorite soup recipes. Its basically a liquid taco and what is not to love about that! The Instant Pot makes it really easy and probably halves the cook time. I like to pack mine with tomatoes and peppers to give it a spicy-sweet taste. I went with a combination of bell pepper, poblano pepper, and jalapeno for this soup. It provided so much flavor and had a perfect amount of spice. We made a similar version of this with some left over pork once and we didn’t really account for the spices on that and added a bunch more. Let’s just say that…

  • gnocchi bolognese
    Basics,  Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Homemade Gnocchi with Bolognese

    Making Gnocchi was pretty intimidating, almost more than pasta. Part of the problem with it is that you effectively need to start by making mashed potatoes. Once you get through all of that its actually pretty straight forward just a bit labor intensive. Now that we have done it once, it will go a lot smoother and I may even consider some tools to make the process easier. I used my Instant Pot to cook the potatoes since it was pretty straight forward to steam them that way. Steaming has become my default potato cooking method if they aren’t roasted/baked. I find that boiling them makes them too soggy. So…

  • Chicken Platter
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken Platter

    If there is anything I have in common with Ina Garten, its a love for roast chicken. It’s easy, tasty, and allows for near infinite variation. As a side benefit, roast chicken can be an easy weeknight meal for the family or romantic date night special. Normally, I do a pretty basic butter-herb mixture to spread over the chicken, but I wanted to mix that up a bit for this meal. I also was looking to have a complete meal where the core flavors were tied into all of the dishes. So, I ended up with a Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken along side Tarragon Mashed Potatoes and Charred Brussels Sprouts in…

  • Instant Pot Pulled Pork
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

    This BBQ Pulled Pork was the first thing we made when we brought our Instant Pot home. We figured this would be a good test of the features we were most hoping to take advantage of. So we picked up some pork shoulder and threw together a quick recipe to test it out. I have to say, the Instant Pot validated itself pretty quickly with this one. What normally takes all day in a slow cooker took about an hour and a half start to finish! One perk: the pot really kept all of the flavor and aroma trapped in the pot when pressure cooking. While you may miss out…