Author: Mike Vrobel

Butter Basting a Sous Vide Porterhouse |

Throwback Thursday: Butter Basted Sous Vide Porterhouse

I’m going on a bit of an “inside blogging” rant here. If you’re just interested in the recipe, here it is: Sous Vide Butter Basted Porterhouse (from the freezer, seared in a cast iron pan) On with the rant! I hate SEO. SEO is “search engine optimization” – in other words, adding things to my posts so Google understands them. I want to write for people, not search engines. And yet… If I want to write a food blog that anyone reads, I have to do SEO. According to my statistics, 75% of you found me through a Google search, so I need to keep The Algorithm happy. (If you stuck around after that original Google search, and are still following me, thank you!) You don’t see most of my SEO work – and neither do I. My recipe plugin takes care of most of it. You see a neatly formatted recipe; Google sees a list of tags: This is a recipe, this is a picture, this is a list of ingredients, and so on. Unfortunately, when …

Searing a piece of Bottom Round |

PicOfTheWeek: Searing Rump Roast for Stew

I’m working on some rump roast recipes for my friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand. First up – testing it in a beef stew. (The official name is “Bottom Round Roast”, but my inner 13-year-old loves calling it “Rump Roast”.) Recipe here: Pressure Cooker Beef Stew with Mushrooms FCC Notice: This post is not paid for by Certified Angus Beef@ Brand, but they are a regular sponsor of Dad Cooks Dinner.

Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart |

Video for my Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Review

Sorry this is late…here’s a quick video companion to Tuesday’s review of the Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Video: Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Review (3:21) Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Review [] What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Which Pressure Cooker Should I Buy? Review: Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart (vs Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Quart My other Pressure Cooker Recipes My other Pressure Cooker Time Lapse Videos 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 through the links on this site. Thank you.  

Chili Collage - three different chilis

A Batch of Pressure Cooker Chili for the Big Game

An update to last year’s Top 5 Pressure Cooker Chilies (For the Super Bowl) To me, the Super Bowl means Chili.1 I may be a Food Blogger(TM), but my friends and family know me for my bowl of Texas Red, even though That’s Right, I’m not from Texas. I’m obliged to bring it to every family gathering…especially my brother’s annual Super Bowl party. A Showcase Bowl of Texas Red This is my show-off chili recipe for potlucks and get-togethers. Here in Ohio, it is still a rarity – I get funny looks for making chili out of hunks of meat, and that doesn’t have beans in it. Pressure Cooker Texas Red Chili If you want chili with big hunks of meat, but less expensive than an all-beef chili, try this one. It fills up the pot with less expensive pork shoulder, and lots of beans: Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans Wimpy Chili (Not that there’s anything wrong with that) Now we get to the chili of my youth. In Northeastern Ohio, chili means ground …

Rancho Gordo Bean Club Box |

Things I Love: Bean Box

Life has been coming at me fast, so I don’t have a big cooking thought to share. Or even a medium-sized one. So, here’s something I love… “Did you get the a new bean box?” My bean-loving son It’s bean box day! I shout my love for pressure cooker beans from the rooftops. Beans are one of the reasons I became a pressure cooker convert; dried beans are so much better than canned, and pressure cooking is quick. I can use dried beans in my day-to-day cooking, without having to plan a day ahead. Rancho Gordo grows the best beans I’ve ever had. I heard about them on the Internet years ago, and could not get over the price…until my wife brought me back a few bags from a business trip to San Francisco. (Rancho Gordo is in the Ferry Market Building in downtown SF.) And, oh, my, what beans they were. Why are they so good? I think they are fresher than the beans I get in the store. (Even the organic beans from the …

Sorting Chickpeas |

PicOfTheWeek: Sorting Chickpeas

Sorting chickpeas for this week’s recipe- crispy chickpeas coming soon! Why sort beans? Occasionally something slips through the sorting process at the factory. A dirt clod, piece of twig, a stone…I always sort my beans, just in case. I spread them out on a sheet pan shuffle them around, moving them from top to bottom. Then I wait for my brain to say “hey, that looks wrong”, and try to find whatever caught my attention.

How to Fix Instant Pot Quick Release Spraying Starch

When I did the quick release I got a starchy spew with the steam that was released. Should I have let it rest a bit? Short answer: Yes, you should let it rest a bit! Longer answer: I get the “quick release is spraying more than steam” question from time to time. It’s usually from my Macaroni and Cheese recipe – more on why that is in a minute – and most of the other times are from a bean recipe. It happens to me too! Most of the time with these recipes, a quick release just releases steam. But, sometimes I get more than steam – the pressure cooker starts spitting and sputtering, and I get a mess – a fine mist of the food spraying out with the steam. Q: What should I do when my Instant Pot quick release is spraying starch? A: Carefully close the pressure release valve, let the pressure come down for five minutes, and try again. Carefully! The steam (and the spitting liquid) are pressure-boiling hot. Protect your …