Instant Pot Polenta

Instant Pot Polenta

When I posted my Mom’s Zucchini Soup the other day, I showed pictures of it served with Polenta. And awhile back, when I made my Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts, I served the leftovers with Polenta, too. For some reason I thought had already posted the miracle of Instant Pot Polenta, before now.

Instant Pot Polenta

Instant Pot Polenta

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Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

So how many of you have a “Deserted Island” food? I almost said, “dessert island” that would be even better, huh? So a Deserted Island food is a food you would pick if you had to live on a deserted island but the catch is It can be only one food. Mine is potatoes. Specifically mashed potatoes and if I could bring my Instant Pot along, it would be these Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for years and have never posted my Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy. I think it’s because I have a little angst about the dish.

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Classic Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

It’s so good and I’m crazy about it, but I try not to eat it too often. Actually, though, with today’s leaner pork and sausage it probably isn’t as bad as I fear, but I’m still not going to run the nutritional numbers. I’d rather be happy and ignorant!

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Easy Cheesy Ham & Potato Chowder

Easy Cheesy Ham & Potato Chowder

It snowed again. Yep. Not on Easter (and April Fool’s Day) but the day before. It was like a cruel joke, and it put me right into comfort mode. Anyway, here’s some of that comfort, Easy Cheesy Ham & Potato Chowder. It’s wrap up in a throw with your big fuzzy socks and eat from a mug comfort!

Easy Cheesy Ham & Potato Chowder

Easy Cheesy Ham & Potato Chowder

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Cauliflower au Gratin

Cauliflower au Gratin

Cauliflower au Gratin: Can Cauliflower get any better? Easy dish for a holiday dinner to dress up a pork chop or ham meal

So I always wonder how the winter is going for everyone – we’re going to be up to 58 tomorrow but I’m bummed because it’s supposed to rain. But it was supposed to snow, so we’re lucky for this heat wave. Then down to 15 degrees by the end of the week.

Cauliflower au Gratin

Cauliflower au Gratin – simple enough and oh so scrumptious!

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Swedish Pancakes New York Times

Swedish Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes - little silver dollar pancakes, crispy on the edges, light and fluffy inside - they're the best! Save them for the weekend or when you have a little time.

These little silver dollar pancakes will never be mistaken for your typical American flapjack. The outside is beautiful with just the right amount of crisp, the inside, light and airy. Ethereal. Insanely good, really. It’s almost an insult to call these pancakes!

Swedish Pancakes New York Times

Swedish Pancakes

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Irish Bread Pudding – Bread & Butter Pudding . $1.37

Bread Pudding, we always called this, although on the rare occasions I’ve seen this recipe, it’s been called Bread & Butter pudding, probably to distinguish this from the New Orleans’ style of bread pudding which has become so popular. Bread & Butter pudding is layers of lightly toasted bread, spread with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked in a custard. So simple, so good, so humble. So Irish…at least in our small little town we grew up in.

Irish Bread & Butter Pudding with Whiskey (or Rum) Sauce

Irish Bread & Butter Pudding with Whiskey (or Rum) Sauce

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Queso Fresco

Queso Fresco, Fresh Cheese, is a wonderful creamy cheese, and SO misunderstood. Queso Fresco is often confused with Queso Blanco, White Cheese, another soft, crumbly Mexican cheese. As a matter of fact, some “experts” say they are the same – and some say they are different. They are, after all, both white, both fresh, both crumble.

Home-made Queso Fresco, pressed over night

Home-made Queso Fresco, pressed over night

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