The Instant Pot Starter Guide for Me and You

This is for everyone who ordered an Instant Pot recently, and also, somewhat selfishly, for myself. It's an Instant Pot Starter Guide - all the links, references, and resources I've collected as I get to know my 9-in-1 Instant Pot. I've also compiled 40 Essential Instant Pot Links, and have a (growing!) collection of Instant Pot recipes. Also, If you're still thinking about purchasing an Instant Pot or Multi-cooker, this buying tool might help. It can help you decide which Instant Pot / multi-cooker / pressure cooker to purchase based on the features important to you: Instant Pot Buying Guide.

Let me start by saying, my road to the Instant Pot hasn't exactly been straight. I like to think I shy away from of-the-moment appliances, and instead, have collected a good number of donabe, flameware, and other clay cooking vessels that I cherish and cook with regularly. That said, I've been increasingly intrigued by sweeping Instant Pot mania (couldn't be later to the party, I know). Additionally, some of my favorite cooks are making magic, or at least dinner, with them.

What tipped the balance? One of my favorite cookbook authors released Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot. I buy every Melissa Clark book. Every one. So, it seemed like the time to join the Instant Pot tribe, and have a little fun. Also, the newest Instant Pot has a yogurt function! And, furthermore, it has eight other functions - pressure, slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker, sauté mode, steamer, and on and on. Oh, and people are baking cakes in them?! Woah.

First impression stepping into this world? It's a lot. My guess is that many of you are either looking for instruction and inspiration (like me), or you are way ahead, and have your own favorite resources. So that's what this post is about. I actually needed an Instant Pot Starter Guide, and suspect many of you might as well.

I'm going to include my "best-of" list here, including anything that catches my attention, anything I don't want to lose track of - and I'll try to keep this list updated over time. But, please, if you're seasoned in the Instant Pot arts, with ideas, favorite tricks, inspiration, and whatnot - please (please!) leave a comment. And lastly, as I work on recipes, I'll link to favorites here:  

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Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe

I installed the Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen app on my phone last year, and it was a real eye opener for a few reasons. The app is actually just a simple checklist of ingredients to incorporate in your daily diet - ideally, every day. Beans, berries, spices, nuts, greens, etc. It's actually not simple. The thing that struck me immediately is the way you need to make every meal (and snack) count if you want to check all the boxes. I found that I needed to have more of a plan than my usual "free-style" approach, as well as an evolved arsenal of go-to recipes. So! The first thing I started doing was incorporating meals that were delicious, satisfying, one-bowl "box-checkers", like this soup Service apartment.

It's a fortifying lentil and tomato-based stew, dotted with plump, tender dumplings, spiked with a range of spices, and boosted with plenty of spinach. It's so delicious, and simple, week-night friendly, and great for leftovers. Also, no shame in using frozen spinach, here. It cuts the already minimal prep time here down to near nothing Wall mounted type air conditioner.

There are a bunch of other whole food plant-based "box checker" recipes here as well, and throughout the archives master of biomedical engineering hong kong.  

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It’s been a fun couple of weeks shooting recipes for a couple of different cookbooks, plus a whole Christmas dinner, not to mention testing a lot of new egg recipes! So much fun that I’ve nearly forgotten that my new cookbook, Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk, comes out soon. Really soon. Like next Tuesday soon HKdesign!

I’m so excited! I can’t wait to share it with you.

So, as a little sneak peak, I thought I’d share my Cheddar Goldfish recipe with you from the book. I love these fun little crackers… and they are delicious with Cheddar or any other firm cheese… try them with Jack or Gouda or any cheese you love. The better the cheese, the better the cracker PA rental!

Before I get to the cracker recipe, I have an announcement… the winner of Aran Goyoaga’s delightful book, Small Plates and Sweet Treats, is Jess O’Toole! (I’ll be in touch soon Jess!) Thanks everyone for your lovely Fall Favorite comments! They’ve put me completely in the fall mood, which is good since Portland seemed to skip the normal summer to fall transition and entered it full force last week. Welcome to rain and knit caps.

So, about those crackers. I made this particular batch of fishes with King Arthur’s gluten free all purpose flour mix, and it worked great. I’ve also tried them with Bob’s Red Mill, and they were also delicious… in fact, while for some recipes I prefer bean-free flour mixes, I like the flavor that a bit of garbanzo and fava bean bring to crackers. My favorite though is to make my own GF flour mix, when I need to. I like a mix of 100 grams sorghum or oat flour, 100 grams ground millet flour, 100 grams sweet rice starch, 100 grams tapioca starch, and 100 grams potato starch. If you make up a big batch, keep it in the freezer to keep it fresh, and just bring to room temperature before you bake with it. Many of these flours can go off if stored in the pantry foreign company registration in hong kong.

Although I’m not gluten-free, I do have a lot of friends that are, or are vegan, so for Real Snacks, it was important to me to offer gluten free and vegan variations to the recipes.  

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Blueberry Dark Chocolate Clusters

Does it ever happen to you, when you’ve just opened a pack of this amazing new chocolate you recently picked up and you know you need to have probably just a piece, max – two of it. But before you know you absolutely cannot resist it and you’ve wiped the whole pack clean !?! Well thats totally what I would do too, I mean you got one life you cannot deny yourself the simple joys, no way ! But yeah I guess you’ve probably ruined all the hard work at the gym and probably for behaving yourself and eating well over the week. Well fret not commercial heat pump systems!

I’m constantly stuck in this pattern, I behave I work hard only to give in to my weakness to chocolate. But not anymore. My friends – I bring to you this divine, healthy, irresistible, guilt free ” Blueberry Dark Chocolate Clusters”- which will not only satiate your sweet tooth but also do you good. I made these and I was popping them for breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, evening snack, while watching Netflix … I mean …they’re healthy and not damaging. They’re perfect master of public health hong kong !

Blueberries as you know are healthy. But how exactly let me tell you :-

Recent study findings suggest that blueberries may influence genes which regulate fat-burning and storage, helping reduce abdominal fat and lower cholesterol. When combined with a low-fat diet, blueberries might also lower triglycerides and improve blood sugar levels, each benefits of a comprehensive weight loss plan Eating blueberries may help your memory, and they have high levels of compounds that help widen arteries, which helps blood to flow smoothly. Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are also low fat, free of saturated fat, and a good source of fiber and vitamin C. No wonder they’re linked to a lower risk of heart attack handmade gift

Vitamin C, vitamin A, and the various phytonutrients in blueberries function as powerful antioxidants that may help protect cells against damage from disease-linked free radicals. … Blueberries also contain folate, which plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. They are also anti-inflammatory

Blueberries have arguably more antioxidants than green tea and are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Consuming these tiny treats have some amazing benefits for your skin as well; for one thing, eating blueberries on the reg can give you youthful looking skin and brighten up dull or sun-damaged skin.Just like all fruits, blueberries are also rich in dietary fiber that can ease symptoms of constipation and make you poop. Ensure you avoid canned blueberries – as these are additionally sweetened and contain lesser nutrients.Making these berries a regular part of your diet is a good way to make sure your liver is supplied with the antioxidants it needs to stay healthy. Berries are high in antioxidants, which help protect the liver from damage. They may even improve its immune and antioxidant responses  

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If you’ve never tried persimmon bread, you’re in for a treat! Rich with butter and filled with dried fruit, nuts, spices, and brandy, this persimmon quick bread is perfect for the holidays! I’ve added a healthy twist by using whole wheat pastry flour to add some extra flavor and nutrition, but you’d never guess that this is a healthy persimmon bread recipe Adrian Cheng.

This post from the archives was originally published in November 2010. I’m sharing it again today with updated photos and a printable recipe. Enjoy!

Like most places around the country, autumn in California’s San Joaquin Valley is a beautiful time of year. While we might not have as many vibrant colored leaves as other places, we do have fruit trees. Pomegranates, persimmons, lemons – these are our fall colors. Take a drive through the country or just about any older neighborhood and you’re bound to run across some of these beautiful trees with their red, orange, and yellow fruit master of english hong kong.

Persimmon trees are my fall favorite. The trees drop their leaves as the fruit ripens, leaving nothing but the spectacular glowing orange orbs— it’s quite a beautiful sight Variable refrigerant flow system.  

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The Art of the Cookbook

People ask me all the time how many cookbooks I own (never count them) and do I actually use them all (I certainly use a lot of them).

Inevitably I’m asked which ones are my favourite and that’s a really tough one to answer as so many are near and dear to me.

I’m happy to say that I can add Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery to that list Trademark China.

I first heard about Thomas Keller in 2005 when I was planning a trip to California. Like many, I embarked on a (futile) attempt to book reservations at the infamous The French Laundry. While I was unsuccessful, I ended up at Bouchon Bistro, another of Keller’s restaurants Tent Rental hong kong.

My family and I had a lovely lunch and were thrilled to find the bakery next door. We were going to visit relatives in the afternoon and decided we’d bring some pastries. I stepped into Bouchon Bakery and was immediately smitten. I don’t remember now if we brought cookies or a combination of cookies and tarts, but it was all delicious Master of Public Administration hong kong.

I haven’t been back to a Bouchon Bakery since (much to my chagrin), but I was so excited when, during the summer, I found out that Keller would be releasing a baking book based on the delicious creations at his bakery.

Plus the book was scheduled to be published on my birthday so if that’s not a sign then I don’t know what is …  

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A last splash of summer

Lemongrass, grapefruit and a pair of esoteric ingredients—yuzu tonic water and pink peppercorns—elevate a faithful summer go-to, gin & tonics. Recipe below Sage 300 ERP.

When we’re making cocktails at home, we generally keep things pretty simple. We make classics like Campari and sodas, gin and tonics, and old fashioneds, or play around in an offhanded way with bitters, simple syrup and splashes of lime or lemon juice. But sometimes, we get inspired by fancy bartender cocktails. And sometimes, that inspiration comes secondhand and long distance serviced apartment sai ying pun.

go-to-the-recipeLook up peripatetic in the dictionary and you’ll likely find a picture of our friends Melissa and Laurent. That’s certainly been the case lately, as they’ve traveled places both far-flung and near-flung. They recently celebrated Melissa’s birthday in Los Angeles. One stop was Bar Figueroa, where she enjoyed a gin and tonic made with two new-to-us ingredients: pink peppercorns and East Imperial Yuzu Tonic. Fortunately, she shared an enticing, blurry photo of said cocktail on social media, and the hunt was on master of gynaecology hong kong.

In this golden age of cocktails, one trick up bartenders’ sleeves is arcane, often artisanal ingredients, made in-house or carefully sourced. The yuzu tonic is one of these. East Imperial’s four tonic waters (and ginger ale and ginger beer and soda water) are made in small batches in New Zealand. The tonic waters are made from an old family recipe dating back to 1903.

East Imperial Yuzu Tonic is built around yuzu, a small Asian citrus fruit grown mainly in Japan, Korea and China. According to East Imperial’s website, it is “an aromatic sweet citrus fruit with distinct zesty flavour, often described as a hybrid between a mandarin and a Meyer lemon.”

It took a little doing, but we tracked down the yuzu tonic at a suburban liquor store. Pictured above, the four-pack of 5-ounce bottles was about seven bucks. Each bottle will make two of our cocktails—or enhance two regular G&Ts.

Pink peppercorns are not actually peppercorns. As kitchn reports, they “are the ripe berries of the Brazilian pepper tree. Since they are the same shape and size as true peppercorns, they are marketed under the name ‘pink peppercorn.’ They are used as a spice and have a lighter pepper-like taste.” Pink peppercorns work well in light sauces, and with seafood and fruit. And as we discovered, in cocktails. Finding those also took a little doing.

Tracking down a recipe proved even trickier. Bar Figueroa’s bar menu description, besides naming a gin (Fords), says only this: Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Pink Peppercorn, East Imperial Yuzu Tonic. So we got in the kitchen and played. What we created tastes nothing like Bar Figueroa’s, I’m sure. But it does taste citrusy, fresh, summery and slightly mysterious. Perfect for sipping at the end of the day as summer comes to an end.  

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Best of August

How did the month of August go for you?

Did it fly by? Mine too!

I had plans to make progress on a couple of big projects — things like a new book, and an online class — and I did some work on them, but I also let myself just enjoy the slow drip of summer master of information engineering hong kong.

My family and I took a pretty emotional trip to the mountains, where my parents owned a house for 23 years that we are selling now that my father has died. It was wonderful and heart-breaking. I wrote a post about it on Instagram that may resonate with you if you’ve been through something similar.

Following this post, a kind reader sent me this poem on grief, and gave me the gift of a good cry. This song by Gilbert O’Sullivan works really well, too. My father liked it a lot VRV system.

In brighter news, we ended our summer with a wonderful weekend getaway at Relais Bernard Loiseau, a haven of green and good taste in Burgundy, where we got to splash around in the outdoor pool and enjoy the fine cuisine — I still dream of the langoustine dish we had, and the made-to-order Saint-Honoré. This was our last weekend together before the kids got back to school, and it felt like such a special out-of-time experience to share with them.

Because yes, both of my kids will be in school now! My youngest is starting école maternelle, which goes from age 3 to 6, and my oldest is entering école primaire, primary school, for kids aged 6 to 11. We are lucky that both public schools are within a block of each other and of our house, so the morning routine should not be too much of a challenge. It feels like a big milestone for each of them when I think about it (pardon my cliché, but: where did my babies go?!?). That said, I can see they are ready and excited, so I’m ready and excited right along with them hong kong company formation.

Life-Changing Meal Planning Service!
This back-to-school period can feel busy and hectic whatever your family situation, and I wanted to share with you this life-changing meal plan I’ve been using from my friend Jules Clancy, called Soupstones Meal Plans.

Jules has been running her food blog The Stone Soup for almost as long as I have, and we have become good friends over the years. I’ve always been drawn to her cooking style, which is very similar to mine: fresh ingredients and simple recipes yielding bold flavors. She manages to pack so much flavor in recipes using 6 ingredients or fewer, it’s quite spectacular.  

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Best of April

• We’ve had an eerily summer-like month of April, with cherry blossoms and lilac and wisteria blooming everywhere, unending

afternoons at the park, and blissful dinners on sidewalk terraces Industrial AC.

• I have been to see the exhibition Dutch Artists in Paris, which ends on May 13, and L.O.V.E.D. it. My favorite part was

seeing the paintings Van Gogh painted of Montmartre when he lived on rue Lepic, behind a handsome blue door I always point out

with relish on my Montmartre tours. And now, based on the view he painted from his apartment, I’ve even figured out which

window he was looking out from China Attestation!

Van Gogh Rue Lepic
Vincent van Gogh, Vue depuis l’appartement de Theo, 1887.

• This month, I also want to recommend a little store I love called Sept Cinq, which sells clothing and accessories all created

by Paris-based designers. I especially like the jewellery from BDM Studio, and got myself a ring I adore ceiling mounted type air conditioner.

Meet me at these events!
I will be presenting my new cookbook Tasting Paris at these two events. Please come meet me if you can!

Paris, France: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:30pm
Talk and book signing at the American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, M° Ecole Militaire, +33 (0)1 53

59 12 60.
The event is free and public; a suggested donation of 10€ will help support the Library’s programming.
Tasting Paris will be available for purchase.

Dallas, Texas: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 7pm
Book signing at Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Rd. Ste. 1009B, Dallas, TX 75230, (214) 484 4289.
The event is free and public.
Tasting Paris will be available for purchase.  

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Early in September, Cam and I went to Thailand to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. 10 years! Thailand hong kong corporate account!

When I posted that we were heading to Thailand on Facebook, lots of folks asked if I was going for work. Of course, I would certainly be taking photos. But, because I really wanted this to be a vacation, I decided to leave my work camera at home, and shot everything with a Fuji x100. I love this little camera, partly because it’s tiny but still gives me full control and partly because it forces me to look at things a little differently. Most of my studio work is done with a telephoto lens; this little camera has a fixed 35mm lens equivalent, so it’s much wider than I normally shoot. It’s really fantastic to play with and get a new perspective Adrian Cheng.

Our trip had us fly into Bangkok for just a couple of days to adjust to the time change, enjoy a few food carts and see a few sites, like climbing up the very steep (and scary) steps of the Wat Arun and wandering through the acres of stall at the Chatuchak market. Nothing fancy… we were all about the street food and it was well worth it (not to mention, insanely affordable dc motor supplier!)

I wish we had another couple of days to explore, but then it was on to our next adventure  

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