Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs & Momofuku Soy Sauce Eggs

July 15, 2016 1 comment

After seeing friends post pictures of their Instant Pot creations on social media, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought an 8 quart, which is a bit larger than I had anticipated. Had I waited a few weeks, I could have been one of the 215k that bought the 6 quart for $70 on Prime Day. So far, I’ve steamed chicken (5 minutes per pound under pressure + 1 cup water), made a beef/eggplant stew, bo kho (just cook under pressure for half the time you’d simmer), chicken tinga and tons of hard boiled eggs.

Instant pot eggs

Yeah, hard boiled eggs aren’t hard to do on the stove top, but have you ever had eggshells that peel off as easily as plastic Easter eggs?

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Categories: Asian, food, Instant Pot, sides, snacks

Kale, Bean & Sausage Soup

February 12, 2016 3 comments

Kale, bean and sausage soup

A friend recently moved out of state and left me with the remains of his pantry, which included two cans of cannellini beans and a rosemary plant. Aside from garbanzo beans, we don’t eat a lot of beans in my house as they tend to cause a ton of gas. Not wanting these beans to go to waste and knowing N would probably love them, I found a very simple soup recipe on Pinterest and went about making some simple adjustments.

Bonus points that the soup called for kielbasa, a sausage I grew up eating but haven’t had in a long, long time. We went old school and picked up the Hillshire Farms version. I’m sure this soup would be great with any sausage, but the kielbasa reminded me of my childhood.

The best part? It takes very little time to pull together, a requirement now that N is running around wreaking havoc. And what? No gas? We’ve found another bean we can digest. We’ll certainly be making this again. Read more…

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Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

January 12, 2016 3 comments

Bo kho

After an unusually warm and dry year, the cold and rain have finally arrived…which means it is perfect weather for bo kho, Vietnamese beef stew. When I was a kid, I hated cooked carrots, so I would always pick them out and only eat the beef and potatoes. I LOVED dipping the french bread into the broth. Luckily, my very hungry almost 1-year-old LOVES to eat, especially cooked carrots, so I figured this would be a good way to introduce her to more Vietnamese flavors.

My mom used to make this with a combination of stew beef and oxtails, which the butchers at the grocery would give to us for free because nobody ate that stuff back then.  I set out to do the same, but I guess people have finally realized oxtails are delicious and the one store I went to wanted $10.99/lb. I opted for 2 lbs short ribs instead for less than half the price. The end result was delicious but lacked some of the gelatinous variance in texture that oxtail would have added. I highly recommend doing half ox tails and half stew beef or short ribs. Read more…

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Cauliflower Souffle

January 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Cauliflower soufflé

Happy new year! I’m not resolving to post more often. This will continue to be an archive for recipes I want to refer back to. My only resolution this year is to brush my daughter’s teeth every night (because we never seem to remember she even has teeth).

11 months

Like croquettas, cauliflower souffle is another classic recipe from a beloved family friend. Lighter than a gratin but similarly satisfying, I thought it would go well with my family’s Christmas Eve prime rib dinner. It was a hit! Better yet, it was quick and easy!

Okay, the hardest part was hand-whipping the egg whites, but if you have a larger kitchen than I do and your KitchenAid isn’t tucked into the back of a hard-to-reach cabinet, you could easily use it to whip the egg whites without tiring out your wimpy arm.

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Chicken Tinga Tacos

October 27, 2015 1 comment


You may have noticed I like stewy chicken. Well, here’s another easy recipe for stewy chicken in taco form! This chicken is smoky, slightly spicy and very flavorful. I did all of the heavy lifting on Sunday afternoon and all the flavors had time to develop by the time I served on Monday night. All we had to do after the baby went to bed was heat and assemble.

The original recipe says it serves 4-6 but it really only served the 2 fatties in my household. I’ve doubled the recipe outlined below so that the can of adobo doesn’t go to waste and my efforts provide 2 full meals. I also had some leftovers on top of my savory oatmeal this morning–yum! Read more…

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Basque Chicken Stew

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Basque chicken stew

I had a specific craving for saucy, stewy chicken with olives over rice…and luckily a quick Pinterest search yielded Basque chicken stew. I borrowed from a few recipes and made modifications based on laziness, my hatred of green bell peppers and the desire to use whole units of stuff. Here’s where we ended up: Read more…

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Mushrooms, Greens & Toast from Smitten Kitchen

August 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Mushrooms toast and greens

Since the baby arrived, I don’t spend as much time cooking and even less time documenting. In the 60-90 minutes we have between when we all get home  and when she goes to bed, I try to spend that time with my family rather than in front of the stove…which means we eat fairly simple meals during the week: roasted vegetables and quick cooking meats, soups or stews prepared the previous Sunday, fish tacos or delivery. Read more…

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