Author: Mike Vrobel

PicOfTheWeek: Whisking Cheesecake

Working on a cheesecake recipe this week, and my wife is simultaneously making Christmas cookies. She has first dibs on the stand mixer, so I am hand-whisking my cheesecake. And, let me tell you, hand-whisking to remove all the lumps from cream cheese is a lot of work… Cheesecake recipes Here are a few recipes to keep you entertained until I get this one posted: Instant Pot Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pressure Cooker Strawberry Cheesecake Pressure Cooker Oreo Cheesecake

Fagor America is now Zavor

ZAVOR is the inspired creation of the team behind Fagor America. After closing its doors, the minds behind the top pressure cooker brand in the country put all their efforts into continuing the product line on their own terms, enter ZAVOR. ZavorAmerica.com I was worried we were losing the Fagor line of pressure cookers. Great news! I was wrong! Zavor has risen from the ashes of Fagor America. My long-time favorite stovetop cooker, the Fagor Duo, is back as the Zavor Duo (along with the Zavor Elite, a Macy’s exclusive, and the Versa, a Bed Bath and Beyond exclusive..) Even better, the Fagor Lux electric pressure cooker line is now the Zavor Lux, Lux Edge, and Lux LCD, all in 4-, 6-, and 8-quart sizes. They’re my favorite “Non Instant Pot” electric pressure cookers, and I’m glad they’re still around to keep Instant Pot on their toes. Zavor fixed a couple of my complaints from earlier models. They changed the gasket holder on the 8-quart lids, and they added a “Mute” feature to stop the …

PicOfTheWeek: Hard Boiled

A batch of Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs so I can work on my traditional Deviled Eggs recipe. I think I’ve got the flavors down, so it should be coming this week. (If you can’t wait, here is my Wasabi deviled eggs recipe.) What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs, or Is the 5-5-5 method a myth?Instant Pot Wasabi Deviled EggsMy other Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipes Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.

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Throwback Thursday: Oreo Cheesecake!

It’s been a crazy week, and I don’t have much time for this week’s throwback post. My plan for the weekend? Drown my sorrows in Oreo Cheesecake. Recipe: Pressure Cooker Oreo Cheesecake – DadCooksDinner What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts My other Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipes Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.

PicOfTheWeek: Frozen Assets Noodle Soup

Did you follow my advice and make a big batch of Turkey Broth after Thanksgiving? I did, and I’ve got a freezer full of broth, just in case I need something…like a batch of Turkey Noodle Soup. (Not shown: last night’s roasted chicken breasts. Soup is great for using up leftovers.) Recipe: Pressure Cooker Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Soup Note: Skip to step 2 (“Sauté the aromatics”), and enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Carnitas

I can’t help myself. It’s tough to call this a “Throwback” when the recipe is only a few months old. But… I can’t stop making these carnitas. I’m trying to restrain myself, to rotate something else in on Taco Tuesday, but the technique is so easy, and so good – tender pressure cooked pork shoulder with a crispy pan-seared crunch. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. Try this recipe for your next Taco night – you won’t be disappointed. Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe here: Instant Pot Carnitas – DadCooksDinner.com Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.

An aqua colored bowl full southwestern turkey soup, topped with shredded cabbage and cheese, with bowls of tortillas, limes, and shredded cabbage in the background, with the text Instant Pot Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Soup | DadCooksDinner underneath

Instant Pot Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Southwestern Soup

Did I remind you to save your Thanksgiving turkey carcass? No? Dang it, I slipped up this year. I hope you did save the bones, though, because here’s what to do with it. (I’ve got a spare carcass in my new freezer, so I can make another batch of soup in a month or so.) This is my day after Thanksgiving sorta-posole, a Southwestern style soup inspired by the cans of hominy in my pantry. Hey, Thanksgiving was busy, and I wanted an easy after-the-bird soup this year. While I was in the pantry, I grabbed a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes and a can of black beans and went to work. You have to be willing to get rough with the turkey carcass to fit it in a 6-quart pressure cooker; I break the backbone away from the breast to get it to fit. If you have an 8-quart cooker, you can just drop it in there. The key to this soup is the add-ins; I crumble tortilla chips into the bottom of the bowl, …

First Look at the 8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80

Amazon Black Friday 2018 Sale: Instant Pot Duos

— FCC Notice: I am an Amazon affiliate. Any purchases through my Amazon links give me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting DadCooksDinner by buying through my Amazon links, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! — It’s a Duo sale! In the USA, the big sale is on the big Instant Pot Duo 8 Quart  for only $69.99, down from $139.95 (That’s half off – the best price I’ve ever seen on an 8 quart cooker!). If the 8 quart is too big for you, there’s also a sale on the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart, at $59.49, down from $99.95.  Which one should you get? I have thoughts: First Look at the 8-Quart Instant Pot Longer Term Testing Notes: Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart vs 8 Quart Also, my favorite Instant Pot, the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart Plus is on sale for $87.95, down from $129.95. That’s a good price for the step-up model, but not quite the barn burner deal that you get for the Duo. …

PicOfTheWeek: Stocking Up

T-Day is on the way, and I’m taking stock. [Ahem. Sorry.] The turkeys are thawing in the fridge, and I’m spending Sunday making a batch of chicken stock – the essential ingredient for gravy (and a pretty important one for stuffing, too.) Related Posts Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock Pressure Cooker Browned Chicken Broth Pressure Cooker Vegetable Broth Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.

The Instant Pot Max is Here

Look what was waiting on the front step when I got home – my Instant Pot Max! They’re in stock at Amazon with immediate shipping. (Much to my surprise. I didn’t know it was coming until I opened the box; I missed Amazon’s “we’re shipping” email on Sunday.) From my couple of minutes with the Max: It doesn’t have the twitchy knob that the Ultra (hooray!). It feels substantial, with heavier weight and higher build quality. And…that’s all I’ve got in the few minutes I’ve played with it. More to come once I’ve had time to put it through its paces, but for now…my new toy is here. Whee!

Instant Pot Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce

Marcella Hazan’s three-ingredient tomato sauce is famous, and rightfully so. Butter, onion, and canned whole tomatoes make a simple, yet fantastic sauce. Let’s try it in a pressure cooker with Instant Pot Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce. The only tricky part of this recipe was getting the timing down. 30 minutes under pressure is the Goldilocks zone: a balance of breaking down the tomatoes into a sauce without overcooking and losing the bright, tomato flavor. Marcella recommends Italian San Marzano DOP tomatoes, which are fantastic…and expensive. I get good results with American brands of canned plum tomatoes, which are less than half the price of San Marzano tomatoes. (I usually go with American canned tomatoes.) The big difference between Italian and American canned tomatoes was the amount of salt in the can. Italian tomatoes don’t have salt; they need some, or the sauce comes out tasting a little flat. Looking for a simple tomato sauce that replaces hours of simmering with 30 minutes of pressure? Try this one out. Thanks, Marcella! What do you think? Questions? …

The Instant Pot Max is On The Way

Remember a few weeks ago, when I was complaining about the missing Instant Pot Max? Guess what – it’s coming! The Max is available for pre-order at Amazon (Instant Pot Max at Amazon.com link) and Williams-Sonoma. (I’m an Amazon affiliate, so if you use the Amazon link, I get a a small commission, and thanks). Amazon isn’t giving any hints about the release date; Williams-Sonoma says my order is backordered, with an expected delivery date of December 14th. Hopefully, it’s an early Christmas Present for myself. Now, Is the Max worth its $199 price? Not really, when the Instant Pot Duo Plus costs only $129 (and even less on sale – hold out for Black Friday if cost matters.) I don’t think the Max Pressure is going to change the Instant Pot experience much. But, oh, the Max looks so good. I wants it, I needs it, my preciousssss…ahem. I meant to say: if you love your Instant Pot and want the top of the line model (like I do), then the Max is almost here! …

A bowl of ground beef and bean chili, with tortilla chips and cheese sprinkled on top

PicOfTheWeek: Trick or Treat Chili

My city holds Trick or Treating on the Sunday before Halloween., to let the kids go out on a non-school night. It…wasn’t the best choice this year. 40°F, overcast…and then a severe thunderstorm blew through, with flashes of lightning sending the little ghouls, goblins, and witches running for their houses. I was giving out candy by the handful to my neighbor kids, and anyone who was brave enough to weather the weather. For me the treat is my annual bowl of Halloween chili. I keep it simple – my wimpy chili, ground beef and beans. Recipe here: https://www.dadcooksdinner.com/pressure-cooker-ground-beef-and-bean-chili/