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Classic Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

This is THE wild rice soup to make - and hey, I'm a Minnesotan!! All the comfort in a fraction of the time! No cream soup in this!

So hey, here I am a Minnesota blogger and I have no Wild Rice Soup on my blog. Uff da. Well I do have a Wild Rice and Smoked Turkey Chowder (amazingly good and healthy!) but it’s just not the same as a Classic Wild Rice Soup, now is it? (As a quick aside, I will be posting recipes that aren’t Instant Pot and aren’t soup, it’s just been a crazy Holiday week, so if you don’t have an “IP” please bear with me!)

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup
Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

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The Best Instant Pot Chili

This really is good! A little beer, a little coffee, toasted spices, roasted jalapenos & thickened with Masa Harina.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here it is, Christmas Eve day, and I thought I’d show you one of my favorite Christmas Eve dinners, this time done in the Instant Pot. Chili. I know, strange to some, as a Christmas Eve dinner.

Instant Pot Chili
Instant Pot Chili

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The Biltmore House’s Tawny Baked Ham

Tawny Baked Ham - recipe from Biltmore House near Asheville, that glaze is crispy caramelized perfection - like ham candy and the sauce - it will just about break your heart it's so good

If you’re looking for a showstopper of a ham recipe for a fall or winter holiday, look no further. Simple to make but absolutely stunning, this ham has it all: Great looks and great taste.

The Biltmore House's Tawny Baked Ham
The Biltmore House’s Tawny Baked Ham

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Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Port: Instant Pot or Stove-Top

Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Port: Instant Pot or Stove Top. The apple cuts the cranberry a bit but mostly gives more pectin so this cranberry sauce is very nicely "jellied" but still whole berry sauce. The port makes it earthy!

It seems I’ve hardly gotten past Halloween and now Thanksgiving is looming upon us! And the days go faster every year. Tell me I’m not alone in this! I did want to get a little jump, though, on a couple of recipes that are going to find a place at my table this season.

Cranberry Sauce with Apple and Port Instant Pot or Stove-top
Cranberry Sauce with Apple and Port

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Instant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

Beef & Barley Soup - NOT the box recipe - this is made from beef bones in under and hour in the Instant Pot.

Fall comes, the leaves turn and at that first temperature drop, I seem to crave comfort food. I actually have a list. Well, not a formal one, but one in my head, and Beef & Barley Soup ranks high on that list.

Beef & Barley Soup - in the Instant Pot
Beef & Barley Soup – in the Instant Pot

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Maple Bourbon Brown-Butter Glaze

The cake, itself, is fantastic but that brown butter maple bourbon glaze will make you swoon! Hard to believe just a little glaze totally takes this over the top but it does.

Well, some of you may have noticed I’ve been a little awol over the past few weeks. After my fave octogenarians, the folks, moved into a gorgeous assisted living center, their house was settled and I came back to the Twin Cities – along with Homer & Chance, of course.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Maple Bourbon Brown-Butter Glaze
Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Maple Bourbon Brown-Butter Glaze

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Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy – Instant Pot

Super Easy Instant Pot Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy

So it all started when I asked the folks what they wanted for dinner. That’s like usually like pulling teeth, but there we were in August: temperature 96 degrees. My Dad immediately said “Swiss Steak.”

Swiss Steak Mushroom Gravy
Swiss Steak with Mushroom Gravy

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Versatile Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Wine

Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Wine. Saute Pork Chops or Chicken in a little oil then add the sauce. Or make the Sauce and add leftover chicken or pork to gently reheat. Or use as is for a Vegetarian Option.

I wanted to throw out this delicious quick little creamy sauce – I use this same basic recipe in all kinds of ways.

Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Wine
Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Wine

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Ham & Parmesan Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

Instant Pot + Stovetop instructions for a luscious Risotto made from leftovers. The Instant Pot makes the best no fuss, no stir Risotto in minutes.

I love me some Risotto – how ’bout you? It amazes me how you can take a simple ingredient like rice, add a glug of wine & a few gratings of cheese (plus a bit of this and that) and turn it into a gourmet meal – no make that a gourmet experience – because you get to drink the rest of the wine! Plus plus!

Ham & Parmesan Risotto
Ham & Parmesan Risotto

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Not Your Father’s Root Beer & Bourbon Glazed Ham

The Not Your Father's Root Beer & Bourbon Glaze is not too sweet & a bit perky with a hint of spice.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned Not Your Father’s Root Beer on my blog before – see my Dad and I are pretty wild about it and split one every now and then. So when Dad said he’d like a ham, I immediately (and selflessly, I might add) sacrificed a bottle. Of his, of course, lol! (Fyi: plain old root beer will work in this recipe, too.)

Not Your Fathers Root Beer & Bourbon Glazed Ham

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