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 Amazon.com through the links on this site. Thank you.
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!
Simple pressure cooker new potatoes – the recipe is coming soon. …and, until then, here’s a video snippet: View this post on Instagram 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 [Instagram.com/DadCooksDinner]
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…
Italy! I’m leaving for Italy tomorrow – flying to Venice for a few days, then on to Verona for a food writing workshop. (I know, I know. It’s a rough life.) Check my Instagram if you want to follow along. Arrivederci!
I spent the day at a photo shoot at Certified Angus Beef® Brand headquarters!
I look a little *too* excited about my new blowtorch…
I’m (still) testing pressure cooker crème brûlée/caramel/flan recipes, and had to figure out how much my ramekins can hold…so testing came to a halt, and measuring started. (The ramekin in the pic is 4 ounces, from this colorful set.) I found that most “standard” ramekins are 6 ounces, and small ones are 4 ounces…but that is measured all the way up to the brim. In actual use, where you have to worry about spills, they hold about an ounce less – 5 ounces vs 3 ounces.
Recipe testing day: pressure cooker creme brulee
The extended family is coming dinner after my daughter’s Youth Philharmonic concert this afternoon. I need to feed sixteen people, and also be at the concert all afternoon. We’ll get home from the concert with the crowd right on our heels. I don’t want to spend all my time rushing around in the kitchen, so I’m setting up as much of the work ahead of time as possible. My Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder recipe is the key. I tripled the recipe in my massive Le Creuset Dutch Oven, which I affectionately call “Big Blue”. It will roast in the oven all afternoon; we’ll be home around 5:00 PM, and the main course will be waiting for us. At that point, I: Take the lid off the pot to brown the roasts Slide a sheet pan of new potatoes into to the oven Toss a salad Set out some chips. Then I’m done. I can grab a tasty beverage and spend my time talking with the family, not worrying about dinner.
How did I spend my Saturday Night? Crunching through the snow, back and forth to my grill. It was such a beautiful, sunny day, that I didn’t realize how cold it was until the sun started to go down… Recipe: Sear and Move New York Strip Steaks
I needed quick dinners this week, so I looked through my back catalog…and Pressure Cooker Penne with Sausage and Peppers jumped out at me. So much color! Recipe here: Pressure Cooker Penne with Sausage and Peppers
From my Simple Sous Vide Carrots recipe. It’s another that needed a fix to make The Google happy. I’m glad I went back to this one – these colorful carrots brightened up a gray Winter day here in Northeast Ohio. I needed the reminder that that Spring is on its way.
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.
This was supposed to be a picture of my Super Bowl chili prep…but I forgot. Darnit! Instead, I’ll share some pictures from my Mexican brown rice testing. (Coming soon!)
Life Comes at You Fast week just keeps on coming. My day job is going crazy, the kids are sick, my wife is leaving for a conference…and I forgot to post a PicOfTheWeek yesterday. So! Here’s a pic from the past. Lunch at a local favorite: The Rail Burger in Akron.
Because I get asked all the time: “What happens if I use frozen chicken wings in your Pressure Cooker Chicken Wing recipe? And my answer is “Um….add five minutes under pressure? Maybe?” …Must resist Let It Go joke. Must…resist…
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.
A commenter on my First Look at the Instant Pot Duo 8-Quart had a question about the physical size of the 8-quart vs the 6-quart Instant Pot, so I got out the measuring tape…
New cheesecake recipe coming soon…
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
Made a batch of hummus for my son’s Greek History Feast…and I’m such a food blogger that I had to take pictures of it. Recipe here: Pressure Cooker Hummus (from dried beans)