Instant Pot – a month in


Approaching the end of my fourth week with the Instant Pot, and it is time to revisit with some observations.
First, my initial observation that it is stupid easy to use is still accurate. It really is almost impossible to screw up. Yes, I know that if you don’t have enough liquids it will fail to come to pressure, and that you can burn things in it, but I haven’t experienced that yet.

Meals in the new Kitchen – Arroz con Pollo


A series of posts about the meals I cook in our new house. I have posted on some of my culinary exploits in the past, but these will be special. For the first time ever, I have new appliances (mainly a quality range) to cook with, and that brings me no small measure of joy. The first meal was Arroz con Pollo, a hearty Mexican classic, single pot meal. You really need a good heavy dutch oven for...

Saying “Goodbye” to an old friend


I have to say goodbye to an old friend. We have been together for a long time. Probably 20 years or so, a good run. Alas, all good things must come to an end. All the cans we have opened.  All the meals we shared. You have been reliable and faithful. Always there when needed. You never demanded much, but always ready for an adventure. Lately, you have been slipping your gears. No longer able to...

The search for good Mexican food


When we moved from Tucson to Chandler last year, the last thing I thought I would have trouble with would be finding a decent, authentic Mexican restaurant. I mean, it wasn’t like we were moving to Seattle, we were still in the southwest, and there are plenty of authentic people of Mexican heritage here. But it has been trouble. Some background. Our first night in Tucson in 2003, we walked...


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