Posts Tagged ‘pressure cooking’

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Crunchy Asian Hoisin Chicken over Brown Rice and the Spinach & Artichoke Crispy Skillet Pan Pizza with optional Garlic Butter Herb Shrimp!

“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Seriously I feel like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz after these past 2 weeks. Folks when I say I now know what hell is truly like, believe me. I have never, in my life, been as sick as I was for 3 weeks with a severe upper respiratory infection and bronchitis. But what made it a bajillion times worse is that I had to travel for 2 of those weeks. The first week I had to stay in a hotel up at my office for the first week as we had a 5-day long summit which required us to be there a good 12 hours a day. And since I live about 1.5-2 hours away with traffic I was truly unable to drive the distance so I had to pay for a hotel. No, work didn’t pay for it. Let’s not go there as that’s a very, VERY touchy spot. I did it for my own safety. I then got home on a Friday night only to have to scramble, while on my 2nd round of meds and being forced by the doctor to have chest x-rays to see if I had pneumonia (good news I didn’t), to pack and try to make Mr. Fantabulous (who was still sick himself) food for the week as I had to fly out to San Diego butt-early (technical time) Sunday morning for the week.

I. AM. EXHAUSTED. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. I’m just done. These past 2 weeks honestly pushed me to my breaking point. It got so bad that literally a few nights while out in Cali I called Mr. Fantabulous in tears. Work just broke me. Like my spirit is broken.

Thing is, I’m not one to really get down or even depressed really. But right now I just feel disconnected if that makes sense. I think it’s at the point where everything is just getting to me. The house still isn’t done. It’s like one thing after the other after the other is preventing us from our goal of getting it on the market this April. Maybe it’s possessed? LOL

It’s one of those days where I just need a hug

Top Loved Recipes of 2017

You liked. You shared. You tagged. You Instagrammed. You tweeted. These are the top loved recipes of 2017 that YOU loved the most!

This is one of those posts that always brings a smile to my face and honestly, helps me more than you’ll ever know. This gives me an idea on what you guys are and are not into. I get insight on what types of recipes you want to see and maybe less of ones that you don’t. I have a TON of recipes for 2018 already – yes, even 1 day into the year and a bunch of ideas for new recipes thanks to looking at these results.  My notes include:

♥ More Pressure Cooker recipes
♥ More Sheet Pan Recipes
♥ Dear Lord woman, give us more pizza recipes (loved that request!)
♥ More family-style meals and healthy weekly meal prep ideas

Got it and that’s what I plan on doing!

Last year was SUCH a fun year for me. I started working with a bunch of new clients while creating even more deliciousness with those that have been with me since the beginning. I wish you guys could see my notebooks of recipes that I still have yet to share. I literally have enough written up (and most photos taken) to issue a cookbook. Speaking of… yes, I really, REALLY want to do that but I need a publisher for that as I’m not sure how to go about doing it myself. So if you’re in the business or have connections, let’s work together!
Farewell to 2017 and let’s EAT in 2018!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Cowboy Meatball Sliders and the Delicious Pressure Cooker Beef Barbacoa Taquitos!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  I’m tired. Like did you ever get so tired that you’re lying in bed, that the thought of getting out of bed to go to the bathroom is something you actually contemplate? No for real. Like you know you have to tinkle but your body is like “but this bed is soooooooooooo comfy and you ache ALL OVER. Ignore that urge, it’ll go away”… and you actually think you can ‘fool’ your bladder. You do the leg cross, then you roll over and start to ‘rock’ yourself thinking about everything else BUT the fact that your bladder is going to burst. That was me this morning. Like I legit laid there in bed, rocking myself (actually I think I got in a pretty good core workout), ‘ignoring’ the urge… yeah that lasted about 3.2 seconds. By the time I took 4 steps I knew there was no going back to bed for this girlie.

<deep sigh> Perhaps it’s for the best as I have so much to get done today. 4 new recipes I HAVE to create today and take photos. Oh yeah, Mr.Fantabulous also said that WE need to go to Home Depot and Lowes because WE need a date day. Um… no, I’m breaking up with you then as I don’t want those dates. LOL Actually I do need to go out that way as I need a few things from Sam’s Club to which I did say “Honey, while you’re out there can you just stop in and get the stuff?” The man looked at me like I had 3 heads them simply said “Oh no sweetie, I could never cheat on you and go to your store without you.” LOL such a brat!

So how was your week? It was a ‘Week of Mondays’ for me last week. It just never seemed to end. And just when I thought I was finally ahead of the whole work thing more crap came my way. But I do love what I do so I can’t complain too much ya know? Do you like your job/what do you do for work? I’ve been fortunate as I truly love the work that I do – between my ‘day’ job and TKW. I’ve never worked a job that I hated; a company – not necessarily hate but I was rather happy when I left.

So the Fantabulous In Laws spent most of the weekend here again. It was such a great time as always. Mama Fantabulous made her meat sauce (Mr. Fantabulous likes hers better than mine but loves my Sunday Gravy better than hers – we call it ‘dividing the love’ lol). It’s funny as there are only 2 differences between her recipe and mine is oregano and water. She doesn’t add oregano at all (which is odd to me but whatev) and she adds waaaaaaay more water than I. I like a thicker ‘gravy’ sauce but as long as he enjoys it so be it. I can make both sauces (mine version for me and her version for him).

Can we just have a weekend do-over? I’m beat!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Pressure Cooker tidbits

So you have a new pressure cooker, now what?  On today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer, I’m sharing with you some of my best pressure cooker tidbits!

Pressure Cooking, while it’s been around for decades, really didn’t come to life again until a few years ago.  I’ve been a PC fanatic for the past 4-5 years and have been preaching about it since then.  I have a bunch of PC recipes and have told you guys that most meal recipes can be converted to the PC.

With that I though I’d put together some tips about your new pressure cooker that will hopefully help you out.

But is it safe???

Yes!  The ones you buy today are NOTHING like what our mothers and grandmothers had.  No lids flying off, food hitting the ceiling and you need to wear a kevlar body suit to use them. Almost all the ones I’ve seen have a double locking mechanism where you cannot remove the lid until the pressure has been released and it’s safe to do so.

Liquid?  How much is too much? How much is not enough?

Pressure cooking requires liquid, at least a cup. You never want to fully submerge your items in the pot – you’re not boiling the items. Since everything is pressure sealed you have very little evaporation. Never, EVER go more than half full with liquid. The less liquid the more concentrated the flavor. But you MUST use enough liquid.  Always follow the recipe people!


I’m BEYOND thrilled that pressure cookers are here in a BIG WAY!

Pressure Cooker Sticky Hoisin Ginger Sesame Wings

It’s funny ever since I came up the BEST WAY TO MAKE CRISPY OVEN “FRIED” wings I’ve been in love with these suckers! I’ve shared with you countless wings recipes throughout the years.  Then when I bought my first pressure cooker (Emeril by T-fal CY4000 Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Electric Pressure Cooker) I became addicted to ’em. It’s funny because for decades you couldn’t pay me to eat a wing let alone chicken with bones in it.  Oh trust me it was awesome going out on wing night with my friends and Mr. Fantabulous only I was the one ordering something other than wings. OR better yet I’d order wings and use a fork to pick the meat off.  God forbid I hit something icky while taking off the meat – yeah I was done and often went hungry.  I know, I’m weird.

But slowly I started to appreciate them and realize that meat is often richer and have a more depth of flavor if it’s cooked with the bone. Or as Mr. Fantabulous would say I “suck it up buttercup and put on your big girl panties”! FYI I tried that same tactic with him when it came to telling him to kill the ginormous (when really it was maybe the size of a dime) spider.  Yeah I’m pretty sure that I didn’t step in and kill it he was pretty much going to set the house  on fire to kill it.

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Now if this recipe looks a tad familiar it is.  It’s kinda sorta like my Pressure Cookier Asian Sticky Ginger thighs but the ingredients vary slightly. And plus it’s wings. LOL Truth be told he’s odd when it comes to thighs. If we went to say KFC (which has happened maybe 3 times in the bajillion years we’ve been together) he’ll only ever get a breast and to boot he picks off the crispy part. I know, right!  Crazy!  HOWEVER any time I make thighs he inhales them saying how much he loves them.  Yet when I tell him they are thighs he just shakes his head telling me no that I’m mistaken.  LOL  Ah okay baby.

These wings will leave you licking your fingers and begging for more!

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