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Gnawing on the bone - Tomahawk Ribeye |

Thursday Throwback: Happy Happy Birthday

How did I celebrate my birthday? With a long-bone ribeye: My birthday present to myself… a tomahawk ribeye! 🎁 . . . . . @CertifiedAngusBeef #BestAngusBeef #SteakHolder #BestBeef #sponsored #CertifiedAngusBeef A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:34pm PDT I saw the steaks at my local butcher, and could not resist. (At least, I could not resist for me. The rest of the family got (much less expensive) regular ribeyes. Hey, I was celebrating…) This is a honkin’ big piece of meat. Reverse searing is the way to go, with my trusty Thermoworks ChefAlarm probe thermometer telling me when it’s cooked through to medium rare, and ready to sear and serve. Link to the recipe Recipe here: Grilled Tomahawk Steak (Long Bone Ribeye, Reverse Seared) What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts The Best Grilled Steak: Reverse Sear or Sear and Move? Grilled Cowboy Chop (Double Cut Ribeye, Reverse Seared) Reverse Seared Rack of Lamb Enjoyed this post? …

Keep Warm mode and Natural Pressure Release

Throwback Thursday: Instant Pot Natural Pressure Release – Leave Warming Mode On

After Tuesday’s Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs post, a few people asked about Natural Pressure Release and Keep Warm mode: Question: for the 5 mins natural release, do you leave the “warmer” on to count up to 5, or do you shut down the power completely? Reader Warren I had the same question, so I did some testing a few years back. The results: Keep Warm mode does not change Natural Pressure Release time. It takes Here’s the original post, and a video of my testing: Should I cancel Keep Warm mode for a Natural Pressure Release? (No.) [] Video: Instant Pot Pressure Cooker – Natural Pressure Release – Keep Warm Mode On or Off [] What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Should I cancel Keep Warm mode for a Natural Pressure Release? (No.) How to fix Instant Pot Overheating What to do if I Dump Liquid into my Instant Pot without the Pot Liner My list of Pressure Cooker Recipes Enjoyed this post? Want to …

Road Trip: Italy Food and Wine Writing Workshop 2018

These are my memories about the Food and Wine Writing Workshop run by Demet Guzey and Dianne Jacob in April 2018. To paraphrase Ruth Reichl, “Everything here is true, but it may not be entirely factual.” I took copious notes during the classes and tours, but not during the writing sessions. (I was too busy writing.) I am sure I confused times and people, so I apologize in advance. Write about our visit to Quintarelli winery. I’ll give you…30 minutes. Demet starts the session with wine writing advice, then turns us loose on our notebooks. 30 minutes? That’s it? I’ve learned to shut off the Editor Voice and write, but I’m not sure 30 minutes will be enough for something I have to read in front of the whole group. Don’t worry, just go. Keep the pen moving on the page. I write about grandpa Giuseppe Quintarelli and his quest for quality. Giuseppe moves his vineyards from the valley to the hillside, making the vines work harder. Hard-working vines produce less wine, but better wine. …

Pork shoulders on a kettle grill with lit coals in the background

PicOfTheWeek: Pulled Pork for a Party

Ben asked for Dad Cooks Dinner Pulled Pork for his birthday party. Happy to oblige! (Even if I did have to dodge a few raindrops.) Recipe here: Pulled Pork on a Weber Kettle 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.

Two pressure cookers with vegetables on a cutting board

PicOfTheWeek: Testing Veggie Broth

I still dream about the asparagus risotto I had on my trip to Italy. I hope to share a recipe with you soon. But, first I have to figure out Veggie Broth. I’ve made it a couple of times in the past, pressure cooking for the 10 minutes recommended in Lorna Sass’s cookbooks. I thought I should double-check that, and went to my other cookbooks and the Web…and found a range of times under pressure from 5 minutes to 25 minutes. That’s…quite a wide range. Time to do some head-to-head tastings. Anyone out there making pressure cooker vegetable broth? How long do you pressure cook for? Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Throwback Thursday: A Quick Beef Curry

I’m in a hurry tonight. I’m in a hurry every night, and for some reason that surprises me. It shouldn’t be a shock: I have three teenagers. The school year is winding down with band concerts, final projects, and sports schedules. And yet…my mind thinks I have lots of free time to get stuff done. Why do my expectations not match reality? Why do I assume I should be able to do it all – day job, blog, kids, family, and have time to relax? Here’s a quick Thai curry for a week like this one.  I leave it on Keep Warm mode so everyone can serve themselves as they straggle in from their evening activities. Recipe: Pressure Cooker Thai Red Beef Curry What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts My other 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 …

Baby potatoes in a steamer basket in an Instant Pot

PicOfTheWeek: Potatoes Ready

Simple pressure cooker new potatoes – the recipe is coming soon. …and, until then, here’s a video snippet: Swirl To Coat – snippet from a recipe that’s coming soon… . . . #InstantPot #PressureCooker #SwirlToCoat #NewPotatoes A post shared by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on May 6, 2018 at 8:43am PDT Swirl To Coat []

PicOfTheWeek: Vegetable Steamers

I buy a lot of kitchen gadgets…too many. The Instant Pot silicone rack is one of the few that stuck. The flexible silicone arms make it much easier to lift out of a hot pressure cooker. The silicone rack made me think about vegetable steamers – I use them in about the same way. Are newer silicone steamers any better than my old, flippy, stainless steel steaming rack? Stay tuned to find out…

Throwback Thursday: No, Not That! Anything but Beets!

I feared beets. I have a vague taste memory: cloyingly sweet sauce, crumbly texture, and a hint of mud. I must have had canned beets, and it did NOT go well, but I can’t dredge up any actual memories other than that sickly sweet taste. My wife is a big beet fan and begged me to try them. No way. I draw the line here. Beets on one side, everything else on the other. Beets made my stomach do barrel rolls. As I got into cooking, I couldn’t escape. Colorful beet salads, roasted beet side dishes, traditional beet soups. I held out. Then I focused on local, seasonal produce, and a regular shopper at my farmers market. In the summer, Ohio’s farms overwhelmed us with their variety. In the winter? My local vegetables are all about storing root vegetables and hearty greens. Sure, I love carrots and potatoes…but every week? By the time February rolls in, cold and bleak, I’m desperate for something new. That’s when the beets got me. I picked up a bunch and brought …

On The Road: Travel Day

  Thirty-three thousand feet above the North Atlantic, thirty minutes west of Dingle, Ireland. Heading home. I hear an opera carrying along the canal. The sleek prow of a gondola glides into view, carrying a singing soprano and her accordionist. A middle-aged couple holds hands in the plush seat in the back, enjoying their own private Venetian concert. Except it’s not private. The gondolier eases his boat along, under the bridge at my feet. The soprano is a pro; she times her finish for the bridge, using the echo to amplify her last note. It hangs in the air for a second, then applause fills the void, from the gondola and all around me on the bridge. The narrow bridge. That I stopped in the middle of, blocking traffic. Whoops. I look around, ready to excuse myself to everyone…but they’re too busy clapping to notice my apology. I wasn’t the only one enchanted by the melody. I’m not ready to go home – there’s so much more to do, so much more to see, I’ve …

Tortelli class in Verona, Italy

On the road again: Tortelli in Verona, Italy

Sorry this post is late; I think I lost a day to travel somewhere. That, or I’m actually relaxing on my vacation – a food writing workshop in Verona, Italy. Today was a tortelli making class in a local restaurant. The staff showed us how, then stood back to let us try. We did OK – we are a bunch of food writers, after all. But we were not the pros. They roll and fold with flair, smooth and effortless. Posting will be a little sparse for the next week or so, until I get home. After that, I apologize in advance for all the “Well, when I was in Italy…” stories.