Eggs and my Instant Pot

“Step away from the kitchen…”

If you have spent any time in my house, you’ve probably heard that phrase directed at me from my husband’s lips. It’s said lovingly, jokingly, and yet with a wee bit of seriousness. Disasters tend to follow me in that room.

egg GIF by Chris Timmons

But to be fair, I do rock Instant Pot cooking, and preparing boiled eggs for quick lunches for the week is a task I take on regulary.

Scoff if you will, but there is a science to it. So often, I grab an egg because I’m hungry and an a rush. I go to peel it, and the shells are stuck to the egg. It turns into a three-minute process, with a shell trail around me, and invariably some still stuck on the egg leading to a not-so-delightful crunch later. Then I found this recipe:

Eggs in my Instant Pot

  • Grab as many eggs as you want.
  • Place them in your Instant Pot. I put mine on a rack, but I don’t know if you need to.
  • Add 1 cup of water. I don’t think it matters if the water is hot or cold.
  • Seal the lid, and make sure the steam seal is shut.
  • While you might think you should set it to steam — DON’T (made that mistake before). What you really want to do is set it to Slow Cook and make sure it’s on high.
  • Set it for 8 minutes, and listen for the beeps so you know it started.
  • Walk away.
  • Come back after you catch up on your email, text a few friends, etc. and hear the final beeps.
  • Let the steam release, take off the lid, empty the hot liquid out and immerse the eggs in cold water.

That’s it.

It’s as easy as all that.

When you go to peel your eggs now, it’s like magic.

Rhubarb Butter

IMG_0225I looooove rhubarb. I love it so much that I still have carefully portioned-out potential pies of chopped rhubarb from last year in my freezer since it was too special to actually use. And I’m feeling pretty silly about that as I look at this year’s first harvest. What should I do with this all? Who loves rhubarb as much as I?

My dad.

And when I harvested this Father’s Day was right around the corner. I took this picture to share with him then hit the Internet for ideas. He lives far away from me, and I wanted to find something that could ship. To my delight I discovered Rhubarb Butter!

We were still pretty busy with the move, and the weather was hot so we (Chris and I) adjusted the recipe a bit. Chris used a paper cutter (with the guard removed) to cut the stalks into 2-3-inch-pieces (saving my arthritic hands ‘cuz he’s awesome). Then we put them all into our crock pot on our porch and cooked and stirred for almost two days.

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I then sent the mixture through our Ninja then put it back on the stove for a final boil-down.

Years ago Chris figured out that if we put our canning jars in the dishwasher and used the drying cycle, they would easily seal once we added ingredients. Right before the dishwasher was done, I added sugar and cinnamon. That’s it.

 

Soooooo easy, and delicious! I had never thought to put cinnamon with my rhubarb before. This rhubarb butter (called butter for its texture) is fantastic on toast, over ice cream, and in my homemade yogurt.

If you have a plethora of rhubarb, I highly recommend this procedure.

PS. My dad loved it, too.

PPS. The horrid-looking crock pot cleaned really easily.

PPPS. I didn’t add food coloring so it doesn’t look the prettiest. But personally I prefer not adding those chemicals.

Pancakes – Norwegian Style: It’s the Perfect Crepe

Honestly, I don’t know if they are Norwegian, Swedish, or just crepes, but as I was growing up, we called them Norwegian pancakes. They are a family favorite. Add cheese and microwave for a lunch if you have any leftovers (I have to make a triple batch if I want to have any chance of having leftovers).

  • 1.5 c. flour
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 Tbs. melted butter
Heat your pan (if electric, set it to around 325-350 degrees)
Break the eggs in a bowl and mix in some milk. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the butter) and mix really well (feel free to use a mixer). Melt the butter on your griddle (we use an electric frying pan) then drain the butter out and mix it in the batter.
Use a 1/4 c. measuring cup to put batter on the pan. When it starts to bubble, flip it. The pancakes should have a light brown pattern on them when ready. If they cook too fast, turn down the heat.

Bread Machine Basic White Bread

Did you know that you can pick up bread machines really cheap at almost any thrift shop? They are also found in yard sales.

No matter what brand of bread machine I use, I always use this recipe for a two-pound loaf. ***Tip – Buy your yeast in bulk to make your bread cost-effective. Just go up to the bakery in your local grocery store and ask the bakers for some bulk yeast.

This recipe is from my Sunbeam Expressbake cookbook (tweaked by me):

2 Pound White Bread Loaf

  • 1 and 1/3 cups hot tap water
  • 4 tsp stick butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 c. regular flour
  • 4 tsp. dry milk
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. yeast
Put the butter in first then add the hot water. Add the rest in order the set to bake. All the kids I know prefer the lightest color crust, but choose to your own taste.