Pressure Cooker Cincinnati Chili

Sep 13, 12 Pressure Cooker Cincinnati Chili

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I’m a little nervous about today’s post. Chili has devoted fans. The kind of people who put “fanatic” back in fan. And, while I’m an Ohio boy, I’ve never been to Cincinnati. So, some people could view this recipe as blasphemous…not quite blasphemous as an Ohio boy posting a Texas chili...

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Pressure Cooker Pasta and Bean Soup (Pasta e Fagioli, AKA Pasta Fazool)

Feb 16, 12 Pressure Cooker Pasta and Bean Soup (Pasta e Fagioli, AKA Pasta Fazool)

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Now that it’s winter, everyone wants soup. My sister-in-law wanted to know why I didn’t have more soup recipes on my blog. My wife asked for more soup in our weekly meal plans. And Frank, my barber, was rhapsodizing about his mom’s old style Italian-American cooking. When I asked him for an example, he started...

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Pressure Cooker Cannellini Beans, Bacon and Swiss Chard with Pasta

Dec 15, 11 Pressure Cooker Cannellini Beans, Bacon and Swiss Chard with Pasta

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Here is my five dollar challenge meal. I fed my family of five for $16.24, with enough leftovers for a couple of lunches later in the week. The only problem? The kids didn’t like the green stuff – the Swiss chard. They gobbled down the bacon, then picked at the beans and pasta around the chard leaves. *Someday my kids...

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Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy

Nov 15, 11 Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy

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Pressure cooker giblet gravy solves Thanksgiving problems. First: The Thanksgiving Time Crunch. Thanksgiving dinner is a logistical problem. Instead of a party of eight to ten people, I’m cooking for twenty to thirty. There is only so much space in the oven, so many burners available, and the clock is always ticking....

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Pressure Cooker Short Ribs with Mexican Flavors

Apr 14, 11 Pressure Cooker Short Ribs with Mexican Flavors

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My Pressure Cooker Short Ribs recipe took over the top spot on my Google stats a month ago, as my most popular post for the last month. I love that recipe, and I’m happy to see it bringing in new readers. Then I realized that I have short ribs in my freezer that need to be cooked. Obviously, this is a sign that I should...

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Pressure Cooker Lamb Stew with Guinness and Barley

Mar 17, 11 Pressure Cooker Lamb Stew with Guinness and Barley

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This year, for Saint Patrick’s day, I decided to get fancy. Instead of my usual corned beef and cabbage, I wanted to make a traditional Irish lamb stew. Traditional may be pushing it a bit, since I did want to cook it in my pressure cooker. Unfortunately…my headnote is going to be a lot quicker than usual. I cooked this...

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Pressure Cooker Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes

Feb 10, 11 Pressure Cooker Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes

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We’ve been pounded by snowstorms this winter. I’m in the mood for comforting braises. If it seems like I’ve been working the pressure cooker hard, well…there you go. Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes, made in the pressure cooker, is now a regular in my recipe rotation. I’ve made pork stew with...

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Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili with Chorizo and Pinto Beans

Dec 23, 10 Pressure Cooker Turkey Chili with Chorizo and Pinto Beans

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How does a pressure cooker help get dinner on the table on a weeknight? Here’s a perfect example. I wanted a hearty turkey and bean chili for a cold winter night. This recipe came together from my pantry and freezer; all the ingredients are things I keep on hand, just in case. I have fallen head over heels in love with...

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Pressure Cooker Red Pozole

Dec 21, 10 Pressure Cooker Red Pozole

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In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, I found myself on a Mexican food kick. I was cleansing my palate with spicy food.  I hungered for something different than the Turkey with all the fixings I make on the big day. *If you’ve been wondering why this blog seems Tex-Mex themed recently…there you go. Pozole is a...

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Pressure Cooker Black Bean Soup

Oct 14, 10 Pressure Cooker Black Bean Soup

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My youngest son, Tim, has turned into a bean fanatic. Black, pinto, kidney…it doesn’t matter, he loves beans with just a little sea salt sprinkled on them. Yes, sea salt. I brought home fleur de sel de Camargue from my trip to Provence, and it is Tim’s favorite. I love watching him carefully pry off the cap,...

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Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans in Tex-Mex Broth

Sep 14, 10 Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans in Tex-Mex Broth

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I consider beans an essential side dish for Tex-Mex meals. Give me some tortillas, some salsa, and a bowl of brothy beans, and I’m a happy guy. While there’s nothing wrong with plain beans, seasoned with a little salt, I like to boost the flavor with some aromatics, spices, and…bacon. This is a cowboy cooking*...

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Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans

Jun 17, 10 Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans

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When Kuhn Rikon sent me their Family Style cooker to test, the first recipe that I thought of was chili. I’ve been eyeing that cooker for a while because of how wide it was, thinking that extra surface area would be great for browning the cubes of meat that make up chili (or a stew.)*It doesn’t take much for me to think...

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Pressure Cooker French Lentils

Jun 15, 10 Pressure Cooker French Lentils

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Here is another recipe from my tests of the Kuhn Rikon Family Style 12 quart pressure cooker. Lentil stew with rice has been in heavy rotation in my house for the last year or so. It is one of the key recipes in my dinner plan for Meatless Mondays; we have it every two or three weeks. Beans and rice are one of the few...

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Review: Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Stockpot Pressure Cooker

Jun 14, 10 Review: Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Stockpot Pressure Cooker

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Review: Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Stockpot Pressure Cooker When I wrote about my love of pressure cookers, I said Size Matters. I mentioned that I’d love to try the largest pressure cooker out there – the Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Style Stockpot pressure cooker. Someone at Kuhn Rikon read that article, and they...

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Pressure Cooker Chickpeas

Apr 13, 10 Pressure Cooker Chickpeas

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Chickpeas are one of my pantry staples. I always keep some on hand, so I can make hummus as a quick appetizer. For years, those pantry chickpeas were in cans. Then I learned how to pressure cook chickpeas. I’m not against canned chickpeas. They work, if you’re in a hurry. But homemade chickpeas have a deeper, earthier...

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Basic Technique: Pressure Cooker Beans

Apr 12, 10 Basic Technique: Pressure Cooker Beans

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Here’s another killer application for my pressure cooker.  Dried beans, cooked in under an hour. I do something that will sound a little weird. I use my pressure cooker to make dried beans…and then freeze them. I know, I know. You would think a pressure cooker would be best for making beans just before you use them. And...

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