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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.

Vacuum sealed Ribeye roast with herbs |

PicOfTheWeek: Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas, everybody! Picture from earlier today, Christmas Eve. I’m prepping a pair of sous vide Ribeye roasts for Christmas Dinner. I’m visiting my side of the family in the morning, then coming back home to Akron to host Christmas dinner for the in-laws. (And the outlaws – Hi, Rena!) Sous vide is making that easy – two Ribeye roasts and a Christmas ham will be cooking sous vide while we do our lap of Northeastern Ohio. Thank you for reading, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you and yours! Mike Vrobel Christmas 2017

Dad Cooks a Christmas Roast 2017

And he, he himself…the Grinch…carved the roast-beast! Dr. Seuss That’s all I want for Christmas – a roast beast. I’m cooking my rotisserie ribeye roast from last year; I plan to season and truss on Saturday the 23rd, then let it dry brine in the refrigerator until Christmas. We do the lap of Cleveland on Christmas day – up to see my family, then back home this year to host my in-laws. That means the timing is going to be tight. I need to put the roast on the grill as soon as we get home. (Doesn’t everyone grill on Christmas?) Yes, I’m playing weather roulette. December in Ohio is, shall we say…unpredictable? Sometimes we get a Christmas blizzard, Just to make the trip to the grill interesting. I found out (from my favorite food podcast) that turkey is the traditional Christmas roast in England.1 It’s a great idea for feeding a crowd, but like most Americans, I’m all turkeyed out from Thanksgiving. And in my family the traditional Christmas roast is beef. Like most …

Supporting Dad Cooks Dinner – 2017

I know you’re getting a lot of requests for support during the holidays…so here’s mine! Give me your money! I want to go full Scrooge McDuck, and swim around in a vault of gold coins! Bwahahaha! Ahem. Sorry. DadCooksDinner is a labor of love. I spent over 800 hours in 2017 working on it. Over the years, the blog has gone from making no money to making…some money. Not enough to quit the day job, but enough to make filing taxes a mess. (Even a popular food blog like mine is not the path to a Scrooge McDuck vault of gold coins.) As the blog grows, I try to be more professional (professionalish?). And I pick up more expenses. A test roast here, a pressure cooker accessory there, better blog hosting, a new theme…it all adds up. To help support DadCooksDinner, please consider contributing in one of the following ways: Holiday purchases through my links If you buy anything on Amazon after clicking through one of the Amazon links on this page, I get a …