Wow! I just realized that it has been a very long time since I last wrote a post. As much as I wish I could say that I have become  a fabulous cook during my absence, the truth is that I’m still struggling. The good news (for me, anyway) is that I’ve cooked more in the past few days than I typically cook in a month or two. The reason for this is because I bought a new toy, a pressure cooker.

My Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

The pressure cooker is an Instant Pot brand, and is their most recent model, the IP-DUO60. As much as I would like to take credit for making this purchase, credit needs to go to my husband. He’s the one who suggested I get a pressure cooker.

The funny thing is, I already have a pressure cooker, but rarely use it. I’ve had it for about seven years and have probably used it less than 10 times. It’s a really nice electric model but something about it held me back. The Instant Pot, on the other hand, is an awesome cooking machine!

This has me wondering why I ignored one model and have embraced another. I’m not entirely sure yet of the reason why, but part of it is because the Instant Pot makes things super easy. If you look at the image above you will see a lot of buttons. Almost every one of those buttons is a preset function.

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For example, last night I made steak chili and used the STEW / CHILI button to cook it. All I needed to do after that was choose the cooking time and the machine knew the best settings for cooking the chili.

Are you wondering how the chili turned out? Let me just say that it was quite possibly the best chili I’ve ever had! And that’s saying something because my husband loves to make chili and does so about once a month. But mine was better on my first attempt! Thanks Instant Pot 🙂

Here is a list of the foods that I have cooked in my new pressure cooker over the past few days, all of which turned out excellent and were made with fresh ingredients:

– Steel cut oats
– BBQ pulled pork (I did make the mistake of cutting off the fat and the result was a bit too bland, but I won’t repeat that mistake)
– Corn chowder
– Macaroni and cheese (yes, you can actually make mac and cheese in a pressure cooker!)
– Steak chili

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