BBQ Baked Beans – Electric Pressure Cooker

22 04 2017

All right all you Instant Pot and Electric Pressure Cooker people. This one is for you. A summer BBQ staple, a picnic must, sure you can buy them in a can for $3-4 each, reheat and go. They are okay, in fact, they are pretty good. You can and should make them yourself though, an entirely different experience, they are amazing. I’m talking of course about BBQ Baked Beans! With the pressure cooker, it’s honestly just silly to buy them, check out how simple this is. Read the rest of this entry »





Mexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs

22 04 2017

I LOVE deviled eggs. The highlight of any potluck, picnic, holiday appetizer spread are the deviled eggs. My wife and I went to an upscale local restaurant a while back called Cellar Cat and they had a fancy deviled egg appetizer option (which we ordered and was amazing). All that said, I have probably 25 recipes for them all saved up…and I never make them. I have no idea why, they aren’t difficult, it isn’t expensive, I just don’t know.

I decided to get off my culinary rear end for Easter and made these eggs, inspired by Mexican street corn (Elotes). All the flavors and textures work so well as a deviled egg, I had to share. I hope you try it and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »





Gruyere, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Puff Pastry Tart

3 12 2016

puff-pastry-bitesThis year for Thanksgiving, I delegated more than usual. Typically I love to do most of the cooking but that said, we had two households of grandparents joining us and they all like to contribute too.

I smoked a turkey breast outside, blue cheese mashed potatoes and pretty much that was going to be it. Feeling restless that that was all I was going to do, I needed to find an appetizer, something interesting that I hadn’t done before but also, something that wasn’t going to take a ton of time or space in the oven.

Through searching around, I found something very similar to this puff pastry tart. It was super easy, the prep being able to be done the day before (important in holiday cooking land) and only take a total of about 25 minutes the next day.

Hope you enjoy my version. I can see this being adapted a thousand different ways so this might just be my master recipe that I’ll alter just about every time I make them from now on. Read the rest of this entry »





Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs – Electric Pressure Cooker

24 04 2016

Hard-Boiled-EggsOne thing I haven’t typically done on this blog is to post really basic things but today I can’t help myself. There are a thousand “tips” out there for making perfect hard boiled eggs. Some kinda work, others don’t. Some say don’t use farm fresh eggs, others say you can. Here’s the one thing I know now, the pressure cooker makes PERFECT hard boiled eggs, easiest to peel that I’ve ever made and in no time at all.

I’m going to be posting several recipes in the coming weeks using the new electric pressure cooker toy but for now, here’s a perfect egg for your enjoyment. Read the rest of this entry »





Tomato Pie – A Great Way To Finish The Season

10 10 2014

Tomato PieThis time of year, you’re likely bemoaning the end of summer and the bounty that it provides, OR, tired of  roasting, canning or freezing, OR, frantically trying to figure out what to do with the end of season goodies that this late summer has brought us. Well, I have a suggestion for the tomatoes! Try your hand at a tomato pie! You can either eat it the same day or prepare the pie and freeze it before baking to save for a slightly chillier season. It can be served as a main dish or as a side.

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Jeff’s Curry Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

16 04 2011

Okay…I know…You don’t care about the recipe, you just want to eat about 40 of these right now don’t you!  When our friend Jeff had us over for a BBQ and this was the smell from the grill, I know that’s what I was thinking.  Of course, about 5 minutes later, I knew that I NEEDED this recipe.  They are really pretty easy (a little time consuming but not difficult) and couldn’t be tastier.  Can’t imagine why it’s taken me so long to post this one.  Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »





Traditional Baked Mac N’ Cheese

2 02 2010

One of my kids favorites and I’m sure it will be the same for you and your families. Read the rest of this entry »








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