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Special Lamb Tagine

lamb tagine

A lamb tagine is always a special treat around our house, but this time around, I’m happy to say that I now have a new Instant Pot and so we have a new dish and a new pot and, well, here goes…

So let’s start with the Instant Pot. I’ve had my eyes on a pressure cooker of some kind for quite a while now, and then a friend showed me this pot and I was hooked. First, it does the pressure cooking very well and that’s really the reason for having one. On the other hand, you can use it to saute meat, make rice and I’m just learning how to do a whole bunch of other things, too. It’s going to be fun.

This first time out, I wanted to do something I could challenge the machine to do well and to have something I’ve done in a traditional way, just so I could compare the two and compare the two dishes. That’s where the lamb tagine comes in. It’s a traditional kind of simple lamb dish with onions, prunes and a whole lot more and, I’m happy to say, the dish comes out about as perfectly as I could imagine. The big difference? Instead of taking a whole afternoon to make the recipe, it turned out in under thirty minutes or so.

Instant pot wins this one, for sure!

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Fantastic Chicken Chili

chicken chili

We like to call this our fantastic chicken chili, not because it’s easy or prepares so well, but simply if you’re watching the local sports team or just need a nice “fill you up” dinner, this is a great way to go.

If you’re a “chili” purist, you might want to look aside as we talk about this. Honestly, aside from the term chili and a nice dab of chili powder, it’s a pretty good stew, with lot’s of good stuff inside, but it’s not really a chili as such. But it comes together so very easily and makes a great kind of “warm you up” dinner, who cares? Right?

(FYI, the recipe was having some difficulty working with the recipe card, I went back temporarily to the old version. I’ll fix it up shortly).

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A Great Pizza Crust Recipe

pizza crust

Ah. There is nothing better than a great pizza on a nice Sunday afternoon with a great bottle of wine. And this pizza crust is easy to make and ready to go.

For those who care, this pizza is one of my favorites, with onions, garlic, sausage, a little green pepper and some mushrooms, with way bunches of cheese (Provalone and mozzarella and some pepperoni and basil on the top. You can, of course, make your own.

Just so you’ll understand, I made this after a rather unpleasant and (I hope) providential visit to the hospital late last week, so pardon me if this is a bit short today. We’ll try making up for things as we go along here.

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A Simple Chocolate Pie

chocolate pie

Chocolate pie is what I would call one of the best things you can easily make, and win a few hearts along the way. Valentine’s Day is coming!! With a little bit of help from one of my grandma’s favorite recipes (and some upgraded chocolate), you can have the pie in a hurry, too. The recipe is very easy to make and the only thing that’s a downside is having to wait around for the pie to cool enough to eat it.

The pie you see in the picture is not the simplest nor the most extravagant pie you can do with this recipe. If you care, you can use a chocolate pie crust made up of Oreos or Graham crackers, or a simple pie crust from the refrigerated aisle at the grocery store. I use my own crust, but didn’t bother to make it look as pretty as you might have seen elsewhere at Discovery Cooking. I just wanted something quick and easy. I used some whipped cream and some chocolate chips to decorate mine, you can use fruit or have it just plain. Your call.

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Steak Kabobs and Peanut Noodles

Steak Kabobs and Peanut Noodles

Just a little more beef. Oh, and peanut noodles. Yep. Peanut noodles.

First, we can start with the steak kabobs — I used some filet mignon, a nice treat itself — with just a little onion. You can use whatever you have on hand that doesn’t require marinating, but I have to say, the filet was a very good choice for this. A quick turn on the grill and they were done. And seriously, that’s all there was to it. But here’s the thing: the peanut noodles makes this from good to fantastic.

I would have never thought that would be the case, but I saw on a blog somewhere the idea of steak and peanut noodles and my first reaction was something along the lines of “really”? Then I got to thinking about various items I’ve seen, mainly at Thai restaurants, and I started thinking okay, maybe this might be something to try. I decided to use Thai rice noodles in a large square pattern, but you could use almost anything for this. Took a bit of time to come up with the right set of ingredients and when we finally got it right, the whole plate seemed to come together just as it should.

Seriously guys, you really should give this a try.

And by the way, this is really easy to do.

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Lucious Beef Stroganoff and Noodles

beef stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is one of those dishes that seldom comes up very often on restaurant menus, but when it’s done right, it’s about as luscious a beef dish as your likely to find, just about anywhere. Fortunately, if you like a really good portion of beef with onions and mushrooms, you can easily make a nice Stroganoff, even if your local restaurants aren’t likely to be serving it.

The trick, if you want to call it that, is to make the beef as rare as you can. That means a good top sirloin steak cut into nice thin slices, a really hot skillet, and paying very close attention to the beef while you’re searing it. That also means taking your time and using two or three sessions to get the meat done without overcrowding it in the skillet. The rest, is to season the meat very lightly — the sour cream, onions and mushrooms do most of the work — with maybe just a little thyme.

Lay the Stroganoff on noodles and you’re all set.

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Stir-Fried Chicken with Chinese Cabbage

chicken with Chinese cabbage

I love Chinese cooking. And while the Chinese will often cook three and four smaller meals, all to be served more or less at once, any one of them can also be made into a full single course, if that’s what your looking to make. This stir-fried chicken with Chinese cabbage is one of those dishes. I’ve made this as a one-time serving, but you can also cut the proportions down and serve it with one or two other dishes.

One of the things that I think makes this dish special is that I can use some of the Chinese ingredients that I’ve picked up at the local Chinese grocery store, like Shao Xing cooking wine and zhenjiang vinegar (and while it’s not in the recipe, I also often use a little Sechuan pepper as well). You can use dry sherry for the wine and wine vinegar for the zhenjiang, but if you can get them, the real things are by far much better. I know it sounds a little crazy, but it does change the character of the dish just enough to make it so much better.

And be sure to use Chinese cabbage (also known as Napa cabbage). It’s not something where you can use regular cabbage.

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