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  1. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Smoked Pork Neck Bone and Navy Bean Soup
  2. Tasting Portion and the rest of the Soup portioned out for 3 meals (one for tonight and two to go into the freezer).
  3. While at the grocery store this morning, I came across Smoked Pork Neck Bones, a product I had never used before. I picked up a 2 lb. package, along with several cans of Navy Beans, and decided to make Pork Neck and Navy Bean Soup in my Instant Pot for dinner tonight. First, I softened some celery, carrot, onion and garlic in some peanut oil in the pot. Then added chicken stock, some more carrots, a couple of bay leaves, some dried thyme and black pepper to the vegetables in the pot. I only used half the pork necks and put the other half in the freezer for another time. After these photos, I added the rest of the chicken stock (4 cups total) to cover the pork and cooked them on Manual, High Pressure for 20 minutes and 20 minutes Natural Release. I removed the bay leaves and the necks, and the one pound of necks yielded almost 7 ounces of meat, which I shredded... ...and added back to the pot... ...along with the four cans of drained navy beans. The soup is now on a one hour Slow Cook to bring all of the flavors together. Notes for next time: Use low sodium chicken stock for better control of the salt and wait to add the extra carrots with the beans as they were softer than I wanted after the pressure cooking.
  4. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Grilled Lamb Chops and Asparagus with a Salad
  5. robirdstx

    Breakfast 2019

    Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
  6. Yesterday, I made a batch of pork carnitas (pork butt, fire roasted hatch chiles, salsa verde and oj) - 30 minutes high pressure, 15 minute natural release. We had one half of the meat as tacos for dinner last night. Today, I made a pork stew with the rest of the meat. I had some leftover pork roast gravy and rotisserie chicken stock in the freezer that I used for the liquid to cook the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions) and a few stewed tomatoes - high pressure for 6 minutes and quick release. I added the pork, with its liquid, and can of Libby’s cut green beans (drained); brought it up to a boil and then switched the Instant Pot to the Keep Warm setting to await dinner time.
  7. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Pork Tacos and a Salad
  8. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Broiled Five-Spice Pork Chops, Teriyaki Stir Fried Asparagus and Jasmine Rice
  9. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Happy Thanksgiving! Roasted Turkey Thigh, Green Peas, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Bread Dressing, Cranberry Sauce and Homemade Dinner Roll. I skipped Breakfast and Lunch today. Took two walks - a two mile walk this morning and a one mile walk after dinner. Still stuffed!
  10. I finally used the Bread setting on my CSO! Homemade Dinner Rolls for today’s Thanksgiving meal. The proofed rolls (30 minutes at 100F on Steam) were baked on the Bread setting at 375F for 15 minutes.
  11. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Instant Pot Chicken and Potato Curry (served with warm flour tortillas)
  12. This year’s menu is a kind of traditional one for us. And as it will be just the two of us, our turkey course will be two thighs (roasted), rather than the whole bird. Sides will be mashed potatoes, bread dressing, gravy, green peas, whole berry cranberry sauce (from the can) and homemade dinner rolls. Snacks to have before our meal will include deviled eggs, black olives, sweet pickles and celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese spread. Wines will be Pinot Noir for him and Chardonnay for me.
  13. My local Kroger’s has the Schiltz Farm product - Free Range All Natural Young Goose. I picked one up today. They were on sale at $4.99/lb. Mine weighs 10.58 lbs. I have only had goose a couple of times (and loved it), so am really looking forward to making it for Christmas dinner this year.
  14. robirdstx

    Dinner 2019

    Meatloaf Sandwich - reheated meatloaf on a toasted ciabatta bun with white onion and mayo.
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