I tried Melissa Clark’s Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Olives

I tried Melissa Clark’s Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic & Olives

As I’ve shared before, I rarely cook anymore. It’s one of the perks of having an empty nest! The hubs and I both work full time jobs, his hours are ridiculous, and there’s not much point in cooking a meal when there’s nobody here to enjoy it! But every once in awhile, I’ll see a recipe that makes me want to dust the cobwebs off my brain, just to see if I still know how to cook! What can I say? I love a challenge! I saw this recipe for Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Olives, created by Melissa Clark, in the latest issue of People Magazine. How did it turn out? Well, let’s say it was so delicious and easy that I ordered her cookbook! Read on for the recipe and details.

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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Beef Curry

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Beef Curry

Mama was the best cook. And she loved to experiment with recipes, adapting them and making them her own. One very special dish was her Beef Curry. It was our family’s favorite, and  it became the go-to dish for birthdays. I’m pretty sure that every member of our clan had the privilege of celebrating their birthday at Mom and Dad’s house with a heaping plate of Beef Curry and Rice, followed by ‘the cake’, which was a simple chocolate sheet cake slathered with chocolate and pecan icing.

Mama would have turned 89 this October. Each October, I miss her more and more, and this year I decided that a good way to remember her was to make up a batch of her Beef Curry, adapting it (as she would have done) to my Instant Pot. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Instant Pot Beef Curry”

Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice

It’s been cold. Like so freaking cold. Like “my dog doesn’t even want to go outside and do her business” cold. And when it’s this cold the only thing I want to eat is soup, chili or beans. Basically warm and cozy comfort food. And since I’m in Louisiana that usually means gumbo or red beans and rice! We like it spicy and warm here y’all! AND it’s almost Mardi Gras! “Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet” I’ve been practicing on my Instant Pot for a couple of months now, and still consider myself a newbie, but I am getting more and more comfortable with it. It’s fun to use, and the results are just incredibly delicious. Continue reading “Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice”

Cast Iron Seared Steak with Mushrooms and Onions

You’re probably starting to notice that the recipes I post here are cooked by my husband. I told y’all I hardly ever cook! And why should I, since he CLEARLY enjoys it so much! We actually enjoy hanging out in the kitchen prepping together, but after that it’s all him! This is one of his favorite recipes. We prepare this recipe about once a month, and it’s always a special treat. We merged several versions of this recipe together, from you tube videos and various blogs. It’s a departure from the usual grilled steak, since it’s prepared in a cast iron skillet. It’s also known as the “constant flip method” since you flip the steak about every 30 seconds or so. We added the mushrooms and onions, because it was a shame to waste all those delicious pan juices! Hint: spend the money on a butcher quality ribeye or tenderloin. The thicker the better. Continue reading “Cast Iron Seared Steak with Mushrooms and Onions”