In case you don’t know, the Instant Pot is
a one-size-fits-all kitchen gadget promising to do everything from slow cooking to sautéing, steaming, stewing and yogurt-making (and more).
Sounds amazing. Despite that, you may want to hold off getting one. At least until you read this piece: Instant Pot review: Is the kitchen tool worth the hype? We test it to find out.
To summarize the review: if you had few appliances or wanted fewer appliances, then an Instant Pot may be the way to go. If you already had a slow cooker or pressure cooker or if you prefer to cook in a traditional way, then you may want to spend your kitchen budget on other things.
But read the article and decide yourself. They do a great job analyzing the device and assessing its strengths and weaknesses.
(Image via Instantpot.com)
I clearly collect too many food links. 🙂 These are some of the better ones I have found and think worth sharing.
- Mark Bittman used to write for the New York Times as The Minimalist. While he published lots of great articles, these three were among twenty five he thought were his best.
- If you want a stress free way to shop for the week’s groceries and have a meal plan all figured out for you, you need this: The 10-Ingredient Shopping Trip – The New York Times
- A great pasta not just for students and everyone on a budget: Sad Boy Pasta Is the Super Cheap Pasta for Everyone (Not Just Sad Boys | Bon Appetit
- I’m not a tuna melt fan but this might convert me: Tuna Melt Recipe – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit
- I think we all need more soup, and out of 26 recipes you are bound to find some you like: 26 Light Soups that Press the Reset Button | Bon Appetit
- Likewise, if you find your meals blah, try one of these marinades: 15 Minimalist Marinades to Rescue Boring Weeknight Dinners | Bon Appetit
- A simple but not boring meal. Great for weekdays: A 5-Minute Chickpea Dinner Best Eaten On the Couch, by the TV | Bon Appetit
- Having a dinner party? Start with a cocktail: Simple cocktail recipes anyone can make – Business Insider
- Something for your guests to snack on when they arrive for your dinner party: Tempura Green Beans with Mushroom Salt and Shallot Dip Recipe | Bon Appetit
- Need some other things for guests to eat at the start of your dinner party? Some ideas: Here Are 8 Incredible Dips That Are Perfect For A Last Minute Party
- A good way to end a dinner party. Everyone likes a good cookie: Glazed Chocolate–Crème Fraîche Cookies Recipe | Bon Appetit
- A nice take on a comfort food. These are good enough to serve guests, or just treat you and your own: tomato-glazed meatloaves with brown butter mashed potatoes – smitten kitchen
- Try making your own flatbread. It’s not hard: Whole Wheat Flatbread – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit
- There are alot of bad slow cooker recipes out there. These are the best. We Made And Ate The Most Popular Slow Cooker Dinners On Pinterest
- Simple enough for weekdays, good enough for guests: Swordfish Piccata Recipe – NYT Cooking
- Take your tomato sauce to another level with this recipe: Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe | Bon Appetit
- My son loves mozzarella sticks. I may have to make these: How to Make Mozzarella Sticks Without a Recipe
- If you are stuck for lunch ideas, try this: Make These Now, Pack Awesome Lunches All Week | Bon Appetit
- This recipe is great. I have used pork and chicken instead of shrimp and it has turned out great. Through in a handful of olives if you have them: it made it even better: Shrimp and feta with orzo – The Globe and Mail
- Another great dish from the Wavermans: Skillet roast chicken with veggies – The Globe and Mail
- Marinades are one way to liven up your meals. Sauces are another. Here are two ways to go about making them: All About Fond and How to Use it in Cooking and 3 Pan Sauces for Chicken
- Other than slow cookers, making dinner on a sheet pan is also pretty easy. Just keep an eye on it: How to Make Dinner on a Sheet Pan
- Not so easy, but if you are up for it, here’s a simpler but not easy way to make your own puff pastry: All Hail “Rough Puff,” Puff Pastry for Cheaters | Bon Appetit
Image from: Slow Cooker Bread Recipe | Baked by an Introvert
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The web and food are made for each other. There are countless links to recipes, essays, reviews and photos of food. Out of all that, here is a small handful I found interesting over the last few months of surfing around. I hope you find one or two or even all of them interesting. Enjoy!
I’ve made this Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder Recipe from Real Simple a number of times and it has come out great everymtime. Besides the wonderful flavours, it doesn’t use too much liquid. I find many slow cooker recipes do, and that spoils the dish for me.
You may want to trim the fat before you make this recipe. Or make it the day before, cool of the liquid, and then skim the fat off the wonderful sauce that results in slow cooking the pork. Also, it calls for a lot of sugar, but it is not too much, if you ask me.
For a variation of the recipe, see this: Chinese Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder from the Food Network. This has more liquid than I like, but some of you might prefer this.
The general belief with regards to making bread is that it is hard work, it requires alot of skills, and it demands alot of your time. These two posts here are out to challenge that assumption:
- No Knead Bread: so easy a 4-yr old can make it! | Steamy Kitchen Recipes
- How To Make Bread in the Slow Cooker Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn | The Kitchn
The first recipe shows you how to prepare the loaf up until the point you need to bake it. The second recipe shows how you can use a slow cooker to do it. I haven’t tried this yet, but I think it would be fascinating to try.
It isn’t it going to be as good as something an experienced baker makes, but it will be much better than most anything that comes from a grocery store (unless you are paying alot of money). And in the summertime you can still make bread without having to turn on the oven, if you follow the slow cooker recipe.
P.S. The Kitchn web site has quite a few posts on breadmaking, including this: Recipe: No-Time Bread | The Kitchn.