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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 Amazon.com 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!

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: 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]

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…

Measuring Ramekins | DadCooksDinner.com

PicOfTheWeek: Measuring Ramekins

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.

Pork roasts in a large pot, sprinkled with carrots and onions

PicOfTheWeek: Pork Roasts for a Party

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.

Searing a piece of Bottom Round | DadCooksDinner.com

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.

Sorting Chickpeas | DadCooksDinner.com

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 | DadCooksDInner.com

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