• tri tip ragu
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    InstantPot Tri-Tip Ragu

    It feels like work for both Rob and I has been keeping us pretty busy since we got back from vacation. As a result, I have been looking for simple recipes to make when we get home. We have made a lot of our go-tos and remade a few others that we haven’t made in a while. But the other night, we tried something new that was inspired by our trip to California: Instant Pot Tri-Tip Ragu. Tri-tip is effectively the official cut of meat for California that is rare on the east coast. Its a cut out of the bottom sirloin of the cow, which means its pretty lean…

  • tri tip taco instant pot
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    Instant Pot Tri Tip Tacos

    I finally have another Taco Tuesday post for you all!! This time its a super easy tri tip taco made easy with the Instant Pot. It’s got loads of flavor, is super tender, and requires minimal effort. Rob and I made one of our not so common trips to Trader Joe’s recently. I love Trader Joe’s, you can find some great stuff for pretty cheap, its just not a particularly convenient location for us so our trips are somewhat more sporadic. On this particular trip, we spotted some vacuum sealed tri tip roast and decided to give it a try. Tri Tip comes from the sirloin of a cow and…

  • Irish Beef Stew
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    Irish Stew and Dumplings

    If you can’t tell by looking at my picture, my family background is Irish. Unfortunately, the Irish have historically not be known for culinary mastery. I think that is a shame; meat and potatoes may not be the fanciest thing on the planet, but they can be so delicious. With is being St. Patrick’s Day, that means a nice bowl of stew to me. I could have gone with corned beef, the other Irish classic; however, I generally prefer stew. I went with a pretty classic Guinness-based Beef Stew. Neither Rob or I are particularly big fans of Guinness (or stouts in general) as a beer to drink. That said…

  • Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup
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    Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup

    Beef and Barley Soup is awesomely hearty and perfect for a cold day or when you are feeling a little under the weather and need a pick-me-up. To add to the heartiness, I made this version with a bit of a unique set of ingredients in my experience. I used Yukon Gold potatoes to give it a that rustic feel that made me think of pot pie. Rob also absolutely hates celery in any form, so I replaced it with leeks which has really become one of my favorite new ingredients. One lesson I learned while working on this recipe is how to handle the barley. I was initially unsure…

  • beef and broccoli trader joes
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    Beef and Broccoli Rice Bowl

    This Beef and Broccoli recipe was effectively an accident based on a seeming random assortment of groceries we bought at Trader Joe’s. We were planning to have something else for dinner that didn’t really work out. Thanks to Rob picking up a few ingredients, that I initially questioned, I ended up creating one of the best Asian-inspired meals I have made. Also a first for us, we used our new Instant Pot as a rice cooker and it worked out PERFECTLY. The rice was sticky and perfectly soft.  Plus, it completely eliminated the problem we sometimes have stovetop of getting that hot spot on the bottom. So to the backstory…

  • standing rib roast
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    Herb-Salt Crusted Standing Rib Roast

    Standing Rib Roast is a somewhat new holiday tradition for me.  For Rob on the other hand, it is a long standing expectation at Christmas.  The first time I made a rib roast a few years ago I found it somewhat intimidating.  Now that I have made it a few times, I have learned that it is actually very simple and honestly doesn’t take that long. This version incorporates a herbed salt crust which was a first for me.  It adds a great flavor and textural element to the meat.  I went with some pretty classic flavors focusing on garlic, rosemary, and fennel seed.  Combining the salt, spices/herbs, and olive…

  • Thai Curry Beef Bowl
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    Thai Curry Beef Rice Bowl

    I will fully admit that these Thai Curry Beef Rice Bowls shocked me a bit.  I added what seemed like a lot of Thai curry paste to my marinade mixture, so I was not expecting the end result to be pretty mild.  But that is actually how it turned out; it had good flavor but wasn’t spicy.  To get some heat in the finished dish, I decided to whip up a simple coconut-sriracha drizzle to go with the rice bowls that did the trick. Another fun aspect of this dish was the slaw that I topped it with.  Its got homemade pickled ginger (which is super easy to do if…

  • Stir Fry
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    Beef-Shishito Stir Fry Rice Bowl

    I have to say that I struggle with Asian flavors and making stir fry, they are super flavorful but they can be tricky to get just right.  All that said, I am super happy with the flavors I got with this rice bowl and it is so easy, perfect for a weeknight.  The beef has a great mixture of spice and sweetness from the quick marinade.    I cooked this with some shishito peppers which are really a nice Asian veggies to pair with a stir fry.  Most of them aren’t spicy (generally they are sweet but a small percentage of them can be pretty spicy) and are a perfect…

  • Butternut Squash Chili
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    Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

    Chili is one of the ultimate comfort dishes and is perfect all year round from summer to cool fall days.  In the last few years, I have made many versions of this and have honed in on what I really love: a slightly smoky spice from chipotles with a slightly sweet note. I have never been a huge fan of beans, so I substitute them for diced butternut squash, one of the best ingredients during Fall.  The texture of the squash when cooked is similar, but it adds a slightly sweet note that is unique and adds a new depth of flavor that you just won’t get from the bean. …

  • beef pot pie
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    Beef Pot Pie

    Nothing says comfort food like a Pot Pie but unfortunately making one is usually very labor intensive and often the last thing I want to do on a cold day.  This pot pie recipe cuts out the most difficult part: the crust.  Instead of rolling and kneading dough all day, I used frozen puff pastry which only takes about 10- 15 minutes to prepare instead of a few hours.  The other great thing about this recipe is you can prepare the filling ahead of time so this could be a great weeknight meal if you prepare the filling over the weekend or the night before.