French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot


Last week I told you that I’ve been wanting to make French Onion Soup But then I got sidetracked and made French Bread first.  (Find the Homemade French bread and Garlic Bread in my Philips XL Airfryer post here.)  Well today I’m going to tell you how I made the French Onion Soup.

I did make this with my Instant Pot .  It could easily be made on the stove too.

I started with TWO packages of dry onion soup mix.  I put them in the  Instant Pot  along with 8 cups of water and 3 large diced onions.  I was feeding a lot of people and wanted left overs.  You might want to half this recipe.  I also added 4 tablespoons of the beef soup base.  Beef bullion would work as well.


I used the manual setting and put the timer at 4 minutes.

This is what I ended up with.


While that was cooking I cut up the homemade French bread that I had made, buttered it and put it in the Philips XL Airfryer.  I set it on 330 for five minutes just to toast it.

From there I ladled the soup into bowls, put a piece of toasted French Bread on the top and cover that with shredded Swiss cheese.

Next I put it in the oven on broil for a few minutes to melt the cheese and to make it golden…watch it carefully as it only takes a couple minutes.

This is our supper from that night…Reuben Sandwiches (Recipe here), French Onion Soup and Fries from the Philips XL Airfryer.  See?   [Read more...]

Homemade French Bread and Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer


Hubby and I went out to eat and I had French Onion Soup.  I love it but what I had this day, well, it wasn’t my favorite.  Years ago we took a girls trip to Chicago and I had French Onion Soup at several of the restaurants.  I loved it each and every time.  I wanted to try to replicate that and decided to start out with making my own homemade French Bread first.

I’ve made this recipe for years.  I first found it in the Lawler Iowa- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cookbook.


I think I first tried the recipe because it sounded odd.  I had never made bread as they suggested so I gave it a try.  Our family always loved it.

When following the recipe I started out with this….


Then worked it into a ball….


and here’s the strange part… [Read more...]

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches via Instant Pot


I’ve had some requests from readers asking if I would write about some of the things I make in my  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  It really hard for me because for the most part, I don’t follow recipes.  I might follow a recipe the first time I make it, but after that, recipes are tweaked to my liking.

The recipe is completely from me…I use my Instant Pot so much that I use it without even thinking so it’s easy for me to make up a recipe.  Keep in mind, I don’t measure and haven’t written anything down….

Recently I came up with Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches….


I started with three thinly sliced pieces of rib eye steaks that the locker cut for us especially for making steak sandwiches. One steak for each sandwich I was making.  I put a trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker along with two cups of water.  I put two small onions that were sliced and one green pepper that was sliced on top.   I seasoned all of it to taste which included steak seasoning.  I also added some beef soup bullion.  It looked like this….


The thing I love about the Instant Pot is that I put this all in the pot over nap time and then when supper time was close I hit the start button.  I put it on the meat setting but decreased the time to 25 minutes.  That was plenty.  Once I was ready to make the sandwiches I released the steam.

I took sub sandwich buns and buttered them.  Then flipped them onto my griddle to toast the bottoms.  The steak and veggies are wet when they come out of the Instant Pot.  Toasting the buns prevents the bread from getting mussy.


While that was toasting I took some softened cream cheese and more of the beef soup bullion and mixed it together.  This is the “sauce” of the sandwich.


Once the buns were toasted I spread the sauce on the sandwich then put the steak and veggies on.  The steak and veggies looked like this as they came out of the pot.


I covered it with cheese and toasted in the oven on broil until the cheese was melted and golden.

The sandwiches were so good.


The liquid left in the Instant Pot was PERFECT for dipping.

These weren’t hard at all to make and Hubby declares them better than a restaurant.  I think that’s high praise!!

Golden Secret Meatloaf


When Hubby first started working on the farm that he’s at, the milked cows there.  Now they raise steers.  With cows there is always more accidents and more injuries.  Scenarios like this were somewhat common:  A cow would be having her calf there would be complications that the cow would have trouble overcoming.  The cow didn’t have meds in her so she might be taken for slaughter.  They had a cow that slipped coming into the barn and broke a leg….some wouldn’t get pregnant.  Often if they couldn’t be helped they were taken to the local locker and slaughtered.  Because they weren’t “fattened” the meat would be best if it was ground into hamburger.  Because of that there was ALWAYS an abundance of hamburger when the kids were growing up.  In complete seriousness we likely had a meal that included hamburger 6 days a week.  We got what we wanted free as part of Hubby’s wages.

The cows were eventually sold and the unending bags of hamburger ended too.  Steers (bulls who aren’t in tact anymore) don’t go down in childbirth…don’t slip as easily and are much younger during their stay at the farm.  Hubby still gets beef but now he gets a fattened steer each year.  That means lots of steaks, roasts and such.  There is still hamburger in the lot but not the hamburger to steak ratio that I had grown accustom to.  Dishes I used to love making have gone to the wayside as there isn’t as much hamburger.  For many people they would be so happy with the change…me, I kind of miss hamburger.  It is so versatile and so forgiving.  I can make a tator tot hotdish…cook it and leave it in a warm oven.  Hubby can come home immediately or a half hour later and it’s still tasty.  With steaks I have to cook them once he gets home.

Anyway, the other day I decided to use some of my precious hamburger and make out favorite old stand-by meatloaf, Golden Secret Meatloaf.  The original recipe came from a magazine from the 90s that featured only hamburger recipes.  No joking at all, I think I’ve made about 50% of the recipes in the magazine.  I also have always liked this recipe as it was always a way to use up the applesauce I had canned.


Here are the ingredients all ready to me mixed together.


I only had shredded cheese so the meatloaf doesn’t have the chunks of cheese in it like it suppose to but it’s still so yummy.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it hot out of the oven and I forgot to take a picture of it on my plate.  Instead I took a picture of left over meatloaf just before it was going to be cut up for meatloaf sandwiches….another HUGE favorite of mine.


I ended up calling Kelli after we had meatloaf.  Her husband Jason milks cows and they often have hamburger.  I put us on the list to buy some….I miss hamburger and what we get from our own critters is nothing like we get from town.