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 »





The Best Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars

7 02 2015

Salted Caramel BarsIt’s no secret that I shy away from baking and that I’m more comfortable in the savory end of the kitchen but once in a while I’ll break out and try something for fun. Superbowl weekend seemed like a good time since we had great friends coming over. There is kind of an overload of salty sweet stuff out there nowadays but this is nice and simple with great results. You don’t need much on-hand other than thinking ahead about the salted caramel sauce itself. If you are more adventurous than I, you can certainly make your own but I bought off the shelf with great results. I hope you agree! Read the rest of this entry »





Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

8 02 2014

picklesSo, we’re all stuck at the house this weekend.  A rather big snow storm (for Oregon anyway), followed by a bout of freezing rain has us NOT wanting to venture out in to the bigger world.  What better activity to pass some of the day away then to make some quick fridge pickles!  This really is an easy process, it might have taken 30 minutes in total from beginning to finish.  These are basically a bread and butter pickle, without the strange neon color provided by tumeric in some recipes.

I think they’d be great with some grilled burgers or just on their own to snack on.  Hope you enjoy.

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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 »





Apple Cider Brined Pork Loin Chops

31 01 2010

Brining pork chops/loin is possibly the best way to ensure a juicy end product.  Pork can be very easy to dry out when cooking.  A good and easy brine will virtually solve this problem unless you fall asleep in the middle of making dinner.  Try this easy brine yourself and then next time, make adjustments based on your tastes. Read the rest of this entry »





Creamy Seven Onion Soup

23 01 2010

I’ve sworn for over a year that I wasn’t going to post this recipe as it’s my secret weapon!  Everyone loves this soup, even my kids who will swear to you that all things onion are EVIL.  It’s really quite easy but elegant.  The silky texture and sweetness from the variety of onions will virtually ensure no leftovers.  I have doubled the recipe in the past with the same great results. Read the rest of this entry »








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