Cheesy Rice in the Instant Pot

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I’ve gotten lots of requests for recipes that I make in the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker.  I was leery about buying one.  For me, the $100 or so that it cost was a lot of money for me to spend on a kitchen appliance that I wasn’t sure I would use.  I use it ALL THE TIME.  It’s gotten to be right hand for me.

My problem is this…I am not a recipe girl.  I just get an idea in my head and give it a try.

Here’s an example.  Last week I was feeding the childcare kiddos hot dogs.  I didn’t have buns and honestly, the kids don’t like buns so I needed a different item from the bread group.  A thought jumped in my brain that said cheesy rice would be perfect so I tried to think how I could make that.

I know the regular recipe for rice is 1 1/2 cups water to 1 cup rice.  Hit the rice button and I have rice.  My thought was- “how do I modify that to make cheesy rice?”  This is what I did….I thought about mac and cheese in the box.  It needs milk, butter and the cheese sauce so how to I improvise.

I put in 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cut of water, 1 cup of rice, 2 tablespoons of butter…now for the cheesy part..Hmm….Velveeta?

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Well I only had Queso Blanco Velveeta…well I already had the other ingredients in so I went with it.  I but 2″ off.  I cut that into chunks and threw it into the pot with the other ingredients.

I hit the button and 12 minutes later…Cheesy Rice and it was good!!  Really good.  I won’t feed it to Hubby.  He hates rice but the childcare kids…they loved it just as good as Mac and Cheese.

See?  It really isn’t a recipe.  It’s more of an experiment.  This experiment happened to work.

I ALWAYS make potatoes in the Instant Pot.  I NEVER boil potatoes anymore…EVER. This is how I make potatoes… [Read more...]

It’s all in the Bread

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Saturday I was at the grocery store.  I passed by the cinnamon raisin bread.  It looked so good, I popped it in the cart.  Then passed the meat counter and ended up going back to get meat.  I was hungry for a Reuben Sandwich.   Ugh…no Corned Beef.  They did have Turkey Pastrami so I opted for that.  Then off to the bread aisle and got some Pumpernickel bread.

Once home and it was supper time and time to make sandwiches.  That’s when I remembered the AWESOME sandwich we had when we visited the Mississippi Valley Quilters and saw Bonnie Hunter.  There was a restaurant there that made Reuben Sandwiches only they used cinnamon raisin bread.  I was going to make mine like that!

So I started out…

My griddle was front and center for this job.  If you want to make these, you can easily make them with a frying pan.  Down went buttered bread.  Then meat and then Thousand Island dressing.

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Next up was the sauerkraut…We LOVE sauerkraut.  You certainly wouldn’t need as much as I put on.

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Next Swiss Cheese.  I ALWAYS put the sauce and the kraut in between the meat and cheese.  It keeps the sandwich from getting soggy.

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They are topped with another buttered slice of bread and then flipped.

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You can see mine was made with the cinnamon raisin bread and his with the pumpernickel.

So how was it? [Read more...]

Enchiladas

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Monday at nap time all my kids slept at the same time.  It was only for a half hour and that’s all the time I needed to change the wash and prep some food.  The bar and grill here in town has Taco Tuesday night.  I love going but always kick myself that I simply don’t do my own Taco Tuesday right here at our house.  That got me thinking that I could make a Mexican meal along with a couple for the freezer and I’d be good for the next few Tuesdays.

Here’s how they look minus I ddin’t get cheese on the one to the right.  I love recipes that are good for the freezer. I don’t do a lot of freezer meals but this is one that I regularly do.  The original recipe calls it Beef Enchilladas…I’ve changed it up though.

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Here is the original recipe along with the changes I made. [Read more...]

Zuppa Toscana Soup

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Each year when deer season hits we have the deer hunters over.  Typically any of the wives that want to come, come too.  I host the Friday night part of the event.  This year, Hubby didn’t know if he was going to go hunting.  He doesn’t enjoy it as much as he used to.  To be honest, his age is catching up to him.  Walking through the woods with sticks and what not is hard on his knees.  He’s had a bad knee for a long time and walking through that just isn’t what he needs.  I think if he hunts again it will likely be done more in a staked hunting place rather than a clear the woods walking type of hunting.  It’s the pangs of getting older and we are.

Anyway one of the hunter’s wives brought the best soup….it’s so good.  I had to make a batch for myself.

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It says, better than Olive Garden in the recipe but I’ve never been to Olive Garden so I can’t tell you if that’s true.  We try as hard as we can to never eat at chain restaurants…

Here’s the recipe… [Read more...]