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Instant Pot Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 or 5 pork chops
  • seasoning salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups broth saved from the beef roast recipe
  • 1 can mushroom soup
  • (corn starch or flour to thicken sauce)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. season the pork chops well on both sides with seasoning salt and pepper
  2. add 1 Tbsp butter to instant pot, put on sauté and when hot add the pork chops. brown on each side and when finished take them out and set on plate.
  3. add some of the broth and deglaze the Instant Pot using a wooden spatula
  4. once pot is deglazed push cancel to shut it off, add the rest of the broth and the can of mushroom soup to the pot (no need to mix)
  5. put the pork chops back into the pot
  6. seal and set for 12min
  7. allow to natural release for at least 10min
  8. remove pork chops, set aside
  9. thicken with a couple tbsp of cornstarch mixed with water and then added to the pot that has been put back to sauté, mixing until thickened. Or make a roux and thicken sauce that way.
main dishes · recipes

Beef Roast in Instant Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 lb blade or chuck roast
  • 1 pckg gravy mix
  • 1 pckg ranch dressing mix
  • 1 pckg onion soup mix
  • 1 can beer

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. place the beer in the bottom of the instant pot, then place the roast in.
  2. sprinkle the rest of the packages on top and around the roast
  3. close the instant pot and seal it.
  4. press the meat/stew button and set for a 120min cook time. let it decrompress (natural release). remove and serve.

We have made this recipe with many different cuts of roast, it doesn’t seem to matter what cut you use it comes out melt in your mouth tender.

This isn’t rare or even pink, it’s very well done, but falls apart because it is so tender. I use it mostly for the tougher cuts of meat that would take hours to cook in the slow cooker to get mediocre results. This makes the tough cuts fall apart tender. It is also worth mentioning that the liquid makes the best tasting gravy. I generally make a roux and then make the gravy using that.

I also suggest you save 2 cups of the broth from this recipe to use to make these pork chops
https://commonscentsliving.blog/2019/02/21/instant-pot-pork-chops/

You can freeze the 2 cups of broth to use to make the pork chops at a later date.

Journal

FOMO – fear of missing out

I’m sure all of you have experienced the aforementioned “fear of missing out” or FOMO at some point in your life. I can honestly say that I haven’t experienced it often, because normally if I want to do it, I do, and if I don’t, I don’t, and the decision is easy and I’m okay with it. However, this weekend I understand the term completely. I had surgery a few weeks ago to have my gallbladder removed and that has sidelined me from this weekends snowmobiling. I keep telling myself it’s short term pain for long term gain, because I know in my logical brain that if I push it I will end up further behind and end up missing out on more rides. However that didn’t make my heart feel better when I watched our group of friends all head out on their snowmobiles. I now have a bigger appreciation of FOMO and how that makes a person feel.

I am trying my hardest to stay focused on the positive and keep myself busy so that I’m not watching the clock wondering what everyone else is doing. I know I’m making the right decision, but that sure doesn’t make it easier.

dogs

Hemp oil and Brogan

Brogan is 7 1/2 now and he is starting to show some “old dog” signs. I know 7 1/2 doesn’t seem old, but for a dog that is almost 150lbs he is definitely in the senior category. He was sometimes reluctant to get in the truck and often wanted me to boost his bum into the bed. I also noticed that he licked at his joints more than he used to, definitely more than what could be counted as normal grooming. I had a bit of NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) left over from a while ago when he had hurt his shoulder doing who knows what. So I spoke to my veterinarian and since he had recently been examined and had bloodwork done she agreed that it was worth trying. Within a week he was back to his normal goofy self. He wanted to wrestle with Rosco again and jumped into the back seat of the truck and our bed like it was nothing. It was like we had turned back the clock a little bit. I was impressed. But I was also a little concerned that with his heart condition this might not be the best long term solution for him. So I began the process of researching CBD oil. I had heard rave reviews from people who had used it on themselves and had great success. Not as many pet testimonials, but I had heard some and figured it was worth a try. We knew how he felt with NSAID’s on board, so it wouldn’t be hard to tell if the CBD oil was working for him or not.

I’m very happy to say that he is doing amazingly well with just CBD oil and he isn’t even taking the full recommended dose. Now we can keep the NSAID’S in our back pocket for a later date, when the CBD oil just isn’t enough.

Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of research on CBD oil yet, even less for pets, and there are a lot of products that aren’t what they say they are. So if you are thinking about trying CBD oil with your pet please make sure you do your research, find a veterinarian who is familiar with CBD and see if they have any recommendations. Also make sure that the CBD oil you choose doesn’t have any THC in it. Dogs are very sensitive to THC and we want to help them not end up in the emergency room with them.

main dishes · recipes

Grilled pork chops with bacon and mushrooms

A friend of ours shared this recipe with us a while back and I finally got a chance to make it. It is a fantastic way to cook pork chops if you you are looking for something different.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 to 4 bone in pork chops
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp cracked pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cups shallots chopped
  • 1/4 cups of white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. lather pork cops with Dijon mustard and season with black pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano and sea salt. add chops to skillet and let cook for 8 minutes per side.
  2. while chops are cooking, add bacon to wok and cook for about 5 minutes per side.
  3. when chops are halfway done, add mushrooms and shallots to wok and cook for 2 minutes. finally add white wine and spinach to wok and let simmer another 5 minutes.
  4. stir occasionally and finish with lemon juice on top.
  5. once chops are done, add mushroom sauce on top of meat and enjoy.

just as a side note I just barely sprinkled garlic powder on ours because my hubby doesn’t love garlic and they were still fantastic.

recipes

Seafood cocktail sauce

You will never buy cocktail sauce ever again. This is so easy and tastes so good.

1 cup chili sauce
2 tbsp horseradish
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
few shakes Tabasco sauce
black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together

Chill and serve with shrimp or use on surprise spread or in any recipe that calls for cocktail sauce

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Instant Pot Best Ever Beef Stroganoff

Well I have always been a fan of stroganoff, but my hubby is a take it or leave it kinda guy. I have tried a lot of different recipes throughout the years and think I have found the perfect one. And I can honestly say I hate stew, so this is a great way to use it up any stew meat we have around as well.

I found the recipe here: https://pressureluckcooking.com/recipe/instant-pot-beef-stroganoff/ 

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz package of wide ribbon-like egg noodles, boiled separately according to package (I find using half the package is enough but feel free to use it all)
  • 1.5 to 2 lbs of beef stew meat
  • Kosher salt, a few generous shakes for seasoning the meat
  • Black pepper, a few generous shakes for seasoning the meat
  • 2 tbsp of salted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 16 oz of cremini and button mushroom mixture sliced
  • 1 tbsp of crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup of a dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of seasoned salt
  • 1.5 cups of beef broth (I use 2 tsp of Beef Better Than Bouillon + 1.5 cups of water)
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch + 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 packet of dry onion dip/soup mix
  • 1 cup (8 oz) of sour cream
  • 5.2 oz of Boursin Garlic & Herb (SECRET INGREDIENT! If you can’t find the Boursin which is usually located in the deli section of your supermarket near the fancy cheeses and cured meats, use 5 oz of a brick of cream cheese )

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook the egg noodles on the stovetop according to package instructions while the meat’s cooking and strain and set aside (Note: you can also do this during Step 7 while the Stroganoff is pressure cooking, but just make sure you do it separately on the stove and don’t add the noodles directly into the pot while pressure cooking or they will absorb too much of the liquid and will become mushy)
  2. Season the meat with the kosher salt & pepper (about 1-2 tsp of each should be fine) and rub it in well
  3. Add the butter to the Instant Pot and hit “Sauté” and adjust so it’s on the “More” or “High” setting. After about 3 minutes (and once the butter’s melted), add in the meat and sear on all sides so it’s lightly browned (about 2-3 minutes total; the meat shouldn’t be fully cooked at all). Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl for the time being
  4. Now, add the onion to the pot with the already heated oil and butter and let cook for 2 minutes and then add the mushrooms and let cook for 3 minutes more. Then, add in the garlic and cook for another minute
  5. Next, add in the white wine and stir for a minute followed by the dijon mustard and seasoned salt, stir well and deglaze (scrape) the bottom of the pot so nothing’s stuck to it
  6. Lastly, add in the beef broth and thyme and stir well followed by adding back in the browned beef
  7. Secure the lid, hit the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button followed by the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button High Pressure for 12 minutes. Allow a 10 minute natural release (meaning you do nothing for 10 minutes when done and the timer count up to either “00:10” or “L0:10”) followed by a quick release.
  8. When the lid comes off, hit the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button and then hit “Sauté” again and adjust so it’s on the “More” or “High” setting. Bring the pot to a bubble and add in the cornstarch slurry and stir immediately. Then, add in the onion mix packet and let bubble for a minute and then turn the pot to “Keep Warm” so that the bubbles die down
  9. Once the bubbles have mostly subsided, add in the sour cream and Boursin. Stir well until they are both totally melded into the sauce and it will be ready!
  10. Place some noodles in individual bowls and then follow with some the beef and plenty of sauce
  11. Enjoy!

again, I found the recipe here https://pressureluckcooking.com/recipe/instant-pot-beef-stroganoff/, and he isn’t wrong, it is the best stroganoff EVER!!

photography

Dog laying down on floor

I still love photography, but I haven’t taken the time to do much lately. Partly because my “subjects” aren’t allowed to run around off leash anymore, and partly because I just haven’t taken my camera around with me much and the last 2 phones I have (including this one) don’t take that great of pictures. But I have decided that in the new year I want to start taking more. So I took my old phone out of retirement just so I can snag some good pictures as I come across them. And I plan on travelling more with my “good” camera so that I can capture some of the cool things and beautiful sites that I see while driving all over the province for work.

If you google klaventure1976 you will come across some of my work that are already on sell sites. And this is a link to one picture of Rosco that just got accepted.

Check out my photo on dreamstime
https://www.dreamstime.com/dog-laying-down-floor-house-image138217480 #dreamstimeapp

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INSTANT POT TOMATO BASIL SOUP

As usual I have searched the internet to look for sites that have recipes that look like our family would like, and I have found a winner again with this one. I found it here:
https://www.skinnytaste.com/instant-pot-tomato-basil-soup/#l0KVJaxOCVizBLCK.99

This soup is amazing on its own, or enjoyed with a grilled cheese sandwich (who doesn’t love grilled cheese and tomatoe soup)

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup finely diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 3 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarians)
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced fat (2%) milk
  • 28 oz can San Marzano whole plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese rind (optional)
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • fresh black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Use the saute button on the Instant Pot, then add the oil and butter, when melted add the celery, carrots and onions; cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Add the flour, stir and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth, milk, and pour the juice of the tomatoes into the Instant Pot, then roughly crush the tomatoes with your hands; add to the pot. Add the thyme, basil, and bay leaves and parmesan rind if using.
  3. Cover and cook high pressure 30 minutes. Quick or natural release, remove the cheese rind and herbs then blend the soup using an immersion blender until smooth (or you can carefully do this in small batches in the blender).
  4. Add the 1/3 cup grated Pecorino cheese, salt and pepper, adjusting to taste.
  5. To serve, ladle into bowls, top each with basil and 1 teaspoon parmesan

again I found this recipe here: https://www.skinnytaste.com/instant-pot-tomato-basil-soup/#l0KVJaxOCVizBLCK.99

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Instant pot creamy mushroom wild rice soup

I finally joined the instant pot craze a few months ago. I can’t say enough good things about it. My husband and I haven’t had anything out of it we didn’t like yet.

I have spent a lot of time finding and then tweaking recipes and figured I’d start to share some of them with all of you.

Ingredients:

for the instant pot:

  • 5 med carrots chopped
  • 5 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 4 oz cremini mushrooms chopped
  • 4 oz white button mushrooms chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 raw chicken breasts

for stovetop:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Instructions:

Instant pot:

put all ingredients in the first list into the instant pot. cook for 45min manual, high pressure. quick release

stovetop:

when the soup is done, melt the butter in a saucepan. whisk in the flour. let cook for a bit, add salt and pepper. slowly add milk a little at a time until you have a smooth thickened sauce.

take out chicken breasts and shred

add the chicken back into the instant pot.

mix the creamy sauce into the soup mixture in the instant pot.

I found the original recipe here: https://pinchofyum.com/instant-pot-wild-rice-soup

I just tweaked it a little bit, my husband isn’t a huge fan of garlic, so I really reduced that…