All I Want for Christmas is a 6 Quart Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker!

All that I want for Christmas is an Instant Pot, LOL. I do not jest. I want to have one of these pots to play with in my kitchen. I have followed with interest the hype. As a resident of Canada, it is only a bonus that the newfangled kitchen appliance is a Canadian success story that was developed by a local Ottawa native.

Size was an important consideration and I have actually seen people in the stores debating which size to buy. I will say that I am curious about the 8 quart pot because it will cook two whole chickens at a time. However, as empty nesters, that choice really is not the smart one so my wish is for the 6 quart pot that will cook one whole chicken, which is more than ample for the two of us. I also have decided that I do not need the smart functions like being able to run the Instant Pot from my phone.

Of course, this small kitchen appliance will do much more than cook a chicken. It functions as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a yogurt maker, a warmer and it will even sauté.

Here's the Instant Pot story:



As the video says, this item is posed to sell in large volumes going into Christmas this year. If you want one, be sure to check Amazon where it is firmly placed near the top of Amazon's movers and shakers in the kitchen list. It is an excellent gift idea for anyone who likes adventures in the kitchen and who loves the idea of putting dinner on the table quickly. You can learn more or order yours on Amazon by clicking right here.

I am pretty sure that I will have an Instant Pot under my Christmas tree since surely Santa must be reading my blog. How about you? Have you purchased your Instant Pot yet or put one on your Christmas wish list? If you have one, do you like it?

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in the kitchen!
Brenda

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Yum and Yummer Greta Podleski New Cookbook (2017)

Yum & Yummer: Ridiculously Tasty Recipes That'll Blow Your Mind, But Not Your Diet new cookbook Greta Podleski
Well, I have just read about it but I have not put my hands on it yet. Greta Podleski of the sister duo that included Greta and Janet Podleski and the beloved Looneyspoons and Crazy Plates lighthearted cookbook series is back with a new cookbook called Yum & Yummer: Ridiculously Tasty Recipes That'll Blow Your Mind, But Not Your Diet. The news was too delicious not to share even though I have not actually seen the book yet.

The previous cookbooks contained excellent recipes. I hope this new one holds up as well.  Podleski spent the last 15 months working on it and the description says that it includes healthy versions of comfort foods, some treats and gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan recipes that are “ridiculously tasty and will blow your mind, but not your diet.”

Apparently, this cookbook contains videos for every recipe. Here's the short and simple video for the Asian Chicken Wrap recipe:


If you are interested, you can currently find the cookbook on Amazon.ca by clicking right here. It would make a great gift idea for anyone who loved the previous books or who is looking for a new source of inspiration in the kitchen. If you already own it and have tested a couple of the recipes, be sure to let us know how they worked out for you!

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Brenda




The Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

Here's An Easy, Delicious & Nutritious Egg Salad Sandwich For You and Your Family


We've been eating this super delicious egg salad sandwich for almost twenty-five years. It is without question the best sandwich that we make and it is most definitely a family favorite.

The recipe makes enough egg salad for two or three sandwiches but I never make just one batch. Instead, I double or triple the recipe. I encourage you to do the same if you and your family love egg salad. It takes only a minute longer and you will have plenty of egg salad sandwiches to go around.

Our recipe is a bit lighter in calories and fat and a little lighter tasting than a traditional egg salad made with just mayonnaise. We actually prefer it this way and I am thrilled to serve a more nutritious egg salad sandwich recipe to my family and now to share it with you.







THE BEST-EVER EGG SALAD RECIPE

Egg Salad Sandwich RecipeIngredients for the Dressing:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain lowfat or nonfat yogurt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Ingredients for the Salad:

3 chopped hard-boiled eggs
2 tbsps chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped tomato (optional)

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients.

Assemble the salad ingredients and add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the dressing. The remaining dressing can be used on the bread.

Makes 2 to 3 sandwiches.

You can add other cold foods to your egg salad. Consider lettuce, pickles, pickle relish, capers, cucumber, lentils, peas, beans, olives, peppers and even cottage cheese.

Westmark Egg Slicer

The Westmark Egg Slicer

Makes Egg Salad EASY

AMAZON'S BEST EGG SLICER MAKES QUICK WORK OF CHOPPING EGGS FOR EGG SALAD.

An egg slicer certainly makes the job of chopping eggs fast and easy. This one is by Westmark and is, quite simply, Amazon's best egg slicer. Customers say things like, "After reading many reviews, in particular, Cook's Illustrated, I decide to go with this one. I'm pleased that I did" and "Very happy with my decision. It seems quite sturdy, and does a beautiful job."

Click here to order your Westmark Egg Slicer from Amazon.

More Egg Salad Recipes 

An endless variety of egg salad sandwich recipes:

Martha Stewart's Favorite Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe & Video
This simple egg salad sandwich is a healthy -- and delicious -- lunch choice.

Epicurious' Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwiches recipe
Chopped pimiento-stuffed olives, bacon, and Dijon mustard take a standard to new heights.

Canadian Living's Egg Salad Sandwiches
This egg salad sandwich recipe is tops for being low in fat. Made with celery, light mayo and sour cream, it's a Tested Till Perfect egg salad that's sure to please!

Simply Recipes' Quick and Easy Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe
Classic egg salad sandwich, with chopped hard boiled eggs, green onion, celery, mayonnaise and a dash of curry powder, served on toasted bread.

What's Cooking America Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe
The egg salad sandwich has always been one of my very favorite sandwiches. I loved it as a child, and i still do as a grandma. So very easy to make.

Weight Watchers' Egg Salad
Forever a classic, our egg salad is light and delicious. Made with low-fat mayo, Dijon mustard and chives, it's perfect as a sandwich filling or served over greens.

Homemade Egg Salad Sandwich Recipes by the Egg Salad Gourmet
Tasty egg salad and egg salad sandwich recipes that are both delicious and nutritious. Includes a full nutrition analysis of each recipe.

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in the kitchen!
Brenda

More of the Best-Ever Recipes


My Best-Ever Recipes Collection
I have shared many of my family's favorite recipes online. You will find your way to them through this, the index page to my best-ever recipes collection.

The Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe is by Martha...
We love biscuits and in particular, this buttermilk biscuit recipe. My son and his girlfriend had no problem recreating this yummy recipe!

The Best-Ever Cinnamon Bun Recipe
This recipe is fairly easy with the help of your bread machine and it is way less expensive to make than it is to buy these from the store.

The Best-Ever Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe
Making your own pizza dough at home is too easy, particularly if you put your BREAD MACHINE to work for you. On this page, find the simple instructions and the recipe for making pizza dough at home. You'll love the ease, the economy and the taste.




Author's Note: Originally published elsewhere in 2010.

Hawaiian Punch Recipes: A Resource Page

Hawaiian Punch Recipes
In my last post I shared our family Hawaiian punch recipe. When I originally prepared that post in 2009 I also compiled a list of additional interesting punch recipes, which I will share again here on this page. All of the links lead to punch recipes from reputable sources. I hope that they help you find a recipe for your next party.

If you are curious, our family Hawaiian punch recipe can be found here.

Trader Vic's Tiki Party book by Steve Siegelman (shown above) shares cocktails and food to share with friends. You can find it on Amazon here.

Paula Deen shares her Party Potion recipe from the Food Network show Paula's Party and an episode called Hawaiian Hoedown.

The Food Network also shares Paula Deen's Volcano Punch recipe.

There's a Hawaiian Punch-Punch Recipe from Recipezaar

You might like Martha Stewart's Hula Coola Recipe, which features canned sweetened cream of coconut, fresh pineapple, a big squirt of lemon or Martha's Tropical Ginger Punch Recipe.

Hawaiian Tropical Cocktails
Hawaiian Tropical Cocktails by Mark Sullivan (shown above) contains a collection of "awesome muddled (crushed fruit) tropical drinks!" Amazon customer reviewer Thirsty Chick in Honolulu says that it is great if you are looking for new ideas for cocktails. You can find it on Amazon here.

Giada De Laurentiis shares her Italian Fruit Punch recipe here.

Fuy Fieri shares his Fourth of July cocktail recipe here.

Epicurious' Angel Punch recipe sounds interesting.

A Mele Kalikimaka punch by Mischele Hicks can be found here.

Finally, About Travel shares a Hawaiian Fruit Punch recipe here.

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in the kitchen!
Brenda


The Best-Ever Hawaiian Punch Recipe


Yes, we love it. Hawaii AND this Hawaiian punch recipe.  You will love our Hawaiian punch recipe, too. A homemade recipe, it is simple to put together, it is nutritious and it is definitely delicious.

My recipe is shown below. The recipe for a Mai Tai shown above is for illustration purposes. If you try it and love it be sure to let me know. If I get around to trying it, I will be sure to report back, LOL.

This recipe originated from the Culinary Arts Program at Maui Community College. I am sorry to say that I have absolutely no idea where I found it but I am pleased to say that we LOVE it.

It's perfect for any party or gathering plus we often have it for a special breakfast, at a birthday party and my when he was in middle school my son even dressed as a Hawaiian and sold it at a cultural fair. No, we are not Hawaiian but he was enthusiastic about this project and, despite his blonde hair, his pretend 'Hawaiian' heritage and his punch were a huge success.

Enjoy!

The Best-Ever Hawaiian Punch Recipe


This recipe serves 20 people unless they are really thirsty, in which case it will probably serve about 10 people.

Ingredients

4 Cups of Orange Juice
4 Cups of Guava Juice
4 Cups of Pineapple Juice
1/2 Cup Red Grenadine
4 1/2 Cups Ginger Ale

Instructions

Use frozen juice concentrates and mix according to the directions given by the manufacturer.

Make sure the juices are well chilled and have been in the fridge for at least a day. (That way you won't have to add too much ice to make it cold.)

When it is time to serve the punch, pour the juices into a large bowl and add the grenadine and ginger ale. (Make sure they are cold, too!) You can add some additional ice cubes if you wish.

This recipe is close to a traditional Hawaiian rum punch...without the rum. If you wish you can add the rum by using 3 1/2 cups less ginger ale and substituting 3 cups of light rum and 1/2 cup of dark rum. Don't stir in the rum, just add it.

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Well, there you have it. A simple punch recipe that is perfect for your next gathering.

Do you like rum in YOUR Hawaiian punch?

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in the kitchen!
Brenda

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Joy of Cooking Gift Ideas





The Joy of Cooking was and continues to be quite possibly one of the most important and influential books of the twentieth century. It is certainly that in the cookbook world.

It would be of no surprise then to discover that fans can celebrate the iconic cookbook, originally written by Irma Rombauer in 1936, by wearing an apron, carrying a tote bag and even by using a kitchen towel.



I think any of these items would be a great gift idea for someone who has long treasured their copy of the Joy of Cooking. A copy of the new version of the Joy of Cooking cookbook combined with any or all of these items would also make a fantastic gift idea for someone setting up home for the first time or maybe even for someone who is looking to update their original copy of the book.

What about you? Do you use the Joy of Cooking? Would you like to own this apron?

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Brenda

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The New Joy of Cooking Cookbook.






The Harvest Eating Cookbook


Given perfect five-star reviews from the Amazon customers who have purchased it, The Harvest Eating Cookbook is a gathering of recipes that will help you put together meals that use the best of the harvest produce something many of us look forward to doing every summer and fall. The recipes included in this cookbook are simple recipes featuring the best, fresh ingredients.

Read more about The Harvest Eating Cookbook by clicking right here.

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