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Monthly Archives: November 2017

In An Instant . . .

We bought a 2+ pound eye of round roast a couple of weeks ago to try out in our Instant Pot, But we got so busy that we ended up freezing it.

So today we decided to try out our IP with Pot Roast and Veggies. We’d seen that we could do the roast frozen so that’s how we did it.

I put the roast in the IP and then added beef broth, water, salt, pepper, and heat.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Spices

Then I added some of  the cut-up onions from our veggies,

Instant Pot Pot Roast in Pot

locked the lid down and then set the the IP to Meat and 90 minutes, and off it went. It took about 15 to reach pressure and then the countdown began.

Per the instructions, 90 minutes later I did a quick release and here’s what we had.

Instant Pot Pot Roast in Pot Cooked

Jan had already prepared the veggies, potatoes, carrots, and onions. The corn I was going to do separately.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Veggies

So in the IP they went right into the leftover juices.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Veggies in Pot

This time I set the IP to Manual and 10 minutes with a 10 minute natural release and then quick release.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Veggies Cooked

As soon as they were done, I  put the corn on the cob in our steamer basket, still using the original liquid, and set the IP for Manual and 3 minutes, and then did a quick release.

And about 10 minutes we were ready to eat. The roast sliced easily and was fall-apart tender.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Sliced

It was delicious, but no heat. We’ll add more next time.

The veggies were a little over-cooked, but still delicious. Maybe 8 minutes next time and quick release.

I like my corn on the cob with some bite to it, but next time I’ll do it for 4 or 5 minutes, instead of 3.

All in all, it was a good first try with our Instant Pot. Looking forward to more great meals.


The Word of the Day is:  Confabulate

Thought for the Day:   Pretty much sums it up.

Sin Bad



Great Friends and Good Food . . .

Janice and Dave Evans invited us over for lunch today, so we walked over about 11:45 for a great meal of Red Beans and Rice, and Jalapeno Cornbread with brownies for dessert.

We also got to meet their son John, as well as Dave’s brother John, and his wife Lisa, Then later their friend’s Joe and Joanna, so a big, fun group.

We stayed for several hours before coming home, after setting up a rendezvous for later this afternoon.

We met Janice and Dave down at Pho 20 about 4:30  and were greeted by our favorite waitress, Mariah. (Named for the singer, not the wind. We asked.)

Everyone got something new, except me. Of course since Janice and Dave hadn’t been here before, it was all new to them.

Dave got the General Tso’s Chicken,

Pho 20 General Tso's Chicken

while Janice got the Chicken Pho.

Pho 20 Chicken Pho

Both Janice and Dave said it was really good.

This time my Jan went with the Orange Chicken,

Pho 20 Orange Chicken

while I stayed put with my Jalapeno Chicken.

Pho 20 Jalapeno Chicken 2

As with our other visits, Jan and I started off splitting the House Crunch Salad with Miso Dressing. Really good. Going to have to get some of this dressing.

Tomorrow looks to be another quiet day around the rig, with not a lot going on.

So nice.

The Word of the Day is:  Mucilaginous

Thought for the Day: 

To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman. – Mark Twain


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