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  1. This is one from my latest Instant Pot book, for barbecue chicken sandwiches. It includes slaw, but you can skip that if you want. Chicken thighs are great for the Instant Pot -- much less chance of overcooking than there is for breasts. Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Slaw If you're not a fan of chicken, post more about what you're looking for and I can probably come up with something.
  2. I think 50 minutes plus natural release is a bit long for boneless short ribs. That's about what I use for bone-in ribs. I'd go with 35 minutes plus 15 minutes or so of natural release. Or 45 minutes with quick release. If you find the ribs aren't quite done enough, you can always simmer them until they reach the right texture on the day of serving.
  3. I use low pressure when I call for very short cooking times (as for shrimp). Not only does low pressure cook at a lower temp, but it also takes less time to come to pressure, so it's not cooking as long before it comes to pressure. I know many recipes call for low pressure for eggs and cheesecake, but I've never used it for those.
  4. Yes, it is a very bright green. I have no idea what they did in the photo; it almost looks like they didn't use the sauce. And I'm glad you liked it.
  5. I hope they don't fold it into The Spruce Eats, which is what the About.com food sites devolved into. (And I say that with the disclaimer that some of my material is still on Spruce Eats, leftover from my work at About.com.) Aside from the fact that they treated several of the long-time About site managers very poorly, it's a really badly designed site.
  6. It depends on how you define "done." For chuck roast, if you want sliceable meat with a bit of chew (like for a pot roast), then 25-35 minutes at high pressure with natural release is about right. But if you want to be able to shred the meat (as for sandwiches), then you'll want 45 to 50 minutes. Some people believe that meat should be "falling apart"; I disagree, as I think that means it's so overcooked as to be basically disintegrating. All of these times are for a piece of chuck about 2 inches thick. Small pieces will take less time, and larger chunks will take longer. The tradeoff with the
  7. Due to a slip of the finger when I was ordering spices online, we now have 1-1/2 cups of ground mustard. Does anyone have a mustard recipe that uses ground mustard? I've only made recipes that use mustard seeds.
  8. JAZ

    Sheet pan Dinners

    I wrote a cookbook for Ninja's new (at the time) digital air-fry convection oven that was all done on the sheet pan that comes with the oven. I discovered that with a little ingenuity, you can make a lot of meals on a sheet pan. For instance, I developed a recipe for an oven version of a shrimp boil, and found a way to do oven versions of typical stir-fry dishes. Fajitas are amazingly easy to do on a sheet pan, if you just time the veg and meat components corectly.
  9. JAZ

    Bloody Mary

    I have tried to make my own celery salt, but it was not successful. Celery seed and salt isn't the same, and when I tried to blend them in a spice grinder, it just wasn't right. If you like spicy Bloody Marys, try Old Bay in place of celery salt. It's essentially enhanced celery salt.
  10. JAZ


    We have both the adjustable and fixed Kyocera slicers. I started out using the fixed version, and at first I didn't like the adjustable one (which you link to) as well because the blade only cuts in one direction. But once I got used to it, I came to appreciate the fact that it's adjustable. (We have a traditional mandoline as well, but I only use it for onion rings or fancy waffle cuts.)
  11. In my books, when I call for half an onion, or a small onion, I give a volume amount as well. So the ingredient list will read "1/2 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)". I figure if I give both, then the reader will know both what to start with (half a small onion) and what they want to end up with (1/4 cup of chopped onions). I use weights when I think it will make sense to my readers, as in "1/2 pound red potatoes," but my editors almost always want an equivalent, in this case, the number of potatoes. I don't think that's very useful, but the editors make the rules, so I follow them.
  12. That's interesting to me. What I like about my toaster is that it can brown (not char) the outsides of the bread without drying it out. I like a moist interior and crusty exterior. I'm not sure that my toaster is quick, but it gives me that result.
  13. Here's mine, if you're interested. http://hecooks-shecooks.com/french-onion-soup/. I should note that I don't finish it the way most diners do -- I don't cover the top with cheese and bread and broil it. I just float a cheese crouton on top.
  14. I developed my recipe by accident, when I had some leftovers to use up. I had stock left from mushroom risotto, which was chicken stock infused with dried porcini. It wasn't quite enough to make soup, but I also had some jus leftover from French dip sandwiches. That was beef stock flavored with sherry, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. I used both -- about 2 parts chicken stock to 1 part beef -- along with onions cooked two ways, and it was by far the best French onion soup I'd ever made, and one of the best I'd tasted. I recently made a batch without beef stock (but with the thyme, W. sauce, a
  15. Kim, when I was developing recipes for pork tenderloin in the IP, I found that it's possible to do it a couple of different ways, depending on what else (if anything) I was cooking with it. But it takes an amazingly short time to cook under pressure. (I almost always sear first, so take that into account.) I have one recipe in Instant Pot Obsession where I cook it with cabbage and noodles, so after searing and lightly browning the vegetables, I added liquid and noodles, and cooked for 4 minutes low pressure, because that's what i use for noodles. That was with quick release. If I'm just doing
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