Fast Fresh Instant Pot Lo Mein

Fast Fresh Instant Pot Lo Mein

I’m a huge fan of Lo Mein so when a friend mentioned she saw a recipe for Instant Pot Lo Mein, I was wowed. Could I make a Fast Fresh Instant Pot Lo Mein? One that’s as good or even better than my skillet versions? Maybe even better than takeout? The answer’s “Yes!” As in yes, yes, yes, pluheese! If you love Lo Mein, this Instant Pot version will rock your world.

Fast Fresh Instant Pot Lo Mein

Fast Fresh Instant Pot Lo Mein

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Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

When I worked on my family history, I was surprised to find out how many Pennsylvania Dutch & Amish ancestors I had. Of course, those ancestors multiply quickly as you work back. You start with 4 grandparents, then 8 great, then 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and by the time you get back a few more generations you realize that you’re related to half the people in the US! Our good neighbor in South Dakota was a 9th cousin! Hi Auntie Mary! But what I’m getting at I’m wondering if I have a predisposition for the sweet/sour flavors so often found in Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and especially this Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon? Is there a gene for that?

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

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Steak & Vegetable Ramen Bowl

Steak & Veggie Ramen Bowl

It's so easy to customize these Ramen bowls & use just what you like!

As some of you know, I’ve been “bunking” with my folks ever since they had some health issues last year; I’m in the middle of nowhere South Dakota (they moved here so it’s not even my home state) with Gibson, my labrador, Homer, my cat, a few clothes and a laptop. In a spruce green room…yikes! At least it has a big window…

Steak & Vegetable Ramen Bowl

Steak & Veggie Ramen Bowl

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Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apple & Tarragon

I try to eat healthy, fresh vegetables all year ’round, paying attention of course to pricing and seasonality when I can. This year, though, when summer finally hit I felt like I emerged from the house into the sunlight like one of the old-time pioneers I’ve read about, looking for anything green to eat. I’ve learned to trust my cravings, and this Shaved Broccoli Salad helped satisfy them.

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apples & Tarragon

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apples & Tarragon

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Crazy Broccoli Salad

So a friend of mine called yesterday and asked about Broccoli Salad. Yep. Broccoli Salad. You know it, that “Crazy” salad that’s rather ubiquitous and has been around forever! I first had it in the late 70’s…Fresh broccoli in a sweet tart dressing punctuated by crunchy cashews, chewy raisins and a bit of bacon.

Crazy Broccoli Salad

Crazy Broccoli Salad

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Russell's Cream of Broccoli Soup

Russell’s Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheddar “Raft”

If you’re like me and love a good Cream of Broccoli soup, one that’s a soup and not a glorified cheese sauce in a bowl (although those do have their place & I have one on my site) this is the soup for you. Delicate, luscious, with a few French twists, Russell’s Cream of Broccoli Soup stands by itself. A “raft” of good cheddar is sprinkled across the top and broiled until bubbly and lightly toasted. Amazing.

Russell's Cream of Broccoli Soup

Russell’s Cream of Broccoli Soup

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Almost Alton’s Oven Roasted Broccoli

Ya know, oven roasted broccoli was something I used to make a lot. Maybe you did, too. So simple, it was hardly a recipe, I’d toss it with a bit of oil, throw it in the oven and when it was done, it was done. Sometimes it was great, others, not so much. The problem, I think, was too many variables. How the broccoli was cut was a big one, usually spears of various dimensions.

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Oven Roasted Broccoli

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Cream of Broccoli Soup easy, fast, add cheese if you'd like

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli (add cheese if you want) on the table in about 20 minutes. So good you'll make it over and over.

Cream of Broccoli Soup, when done just right really does it for me. Anytime I can make something delish that’s super fast, fresh & healthy-ish, I’m all over it. And if it’s a meal that can come in at a budget – well, even better.

Cream of Broccoli Soup easy, fast, add cheese if you'd like

Cream of Broccoli Soup – Simple, fresh, fast & delish! Add cheese if if you wish.

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