Thursday, March 25, 2010
I must be behind in the times. I had no idea pressure cookers had changed from the days my Mom used to use one and it used to occasionally explode with the food landing on the ceiling!
We got one yesterday along with a large cookbook full of beautiful colored pictures of the recipes.
I added 3 tbsp of olive oil pressed the "brown" button. Added the chicken pieces and they were nicely browned in about a minute! Then I added a can of reduced sodium tomatoes, sodium free tomato sauce, a large red pepper, large onion, large yellow pepper, a half cup of dry white wine along with 2 tsp of chopped garlic and 2 tsp of salt free italian seasoning. Put the lid on and set the time for the 10 minutes the cook book said. After the timer went off and I opened the pressure valve to release the pressure, it was done! I kept cutting the chicken pieces convinced they would surely still have large pink areas, but they were done and extremely fork tender. While it cooked, I cooked a pot of whole wheat pasta and with prep, cooking and cooling time, a nice dinner was ready in under 30 minutes!
There are so many good recipes (desserts, soups, entrees, side dishes) and the possibilities are endless for things you can throw in there! It said summer squash is done in 1-2 minutes, winter squash in 4-5 minutes, asparagus in 1-2 minutes. It also cooks rice and grains. You can even use frozen meat and add a little more cook time. I'm already planning all the veggies I will add and the seasonings...
I like it better than my slow cooker because you can literally have dinner in no time to speak of. Like my crock pot, it has a removable 4 qt bowl, so clean up is a snap! especially with it being non stick, unlike my crock pots one.
It said you can buy inexpensive, normally tough cuts of meat because the intense pressure cuts through the meat fibers and tenderizes it.
I've already been to the store to buy the few ingredients I didn't have on hand for some of the recipes. This is one appliance I don't see the novelty wearing off of.
They sure have changed since the days I remember then from as a kid! Wish I'd bought one years ago.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My team beat the Stanley Cup champs for the THIRD time this season!
OT and then a shoot out... where it was close there for a while, but we pulled it out!
GO CAPS! Great game :-)
I love hockey in DC!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I love my new dog Toby, I really do, but I don't love his new habit...barking.... almost all the time. He has settled into our home so nicely. He totally learned to go potty outside and hasn't had an accident inside in weeks. He eats well and plays well with Prancer. He is FULL of energy. He LOVES toys. He loves to play. The problem is he is so energetic, he doesn't want to stop....ever, LOL.
Prancer is older than he is and she is not nearly as energetic. She likes to sleep. He seems to need the bare minimum! Everytime Prancer tries to sleep, he tries to wake her up and he starts barking...incessantly! I take him outside to fetch for an hour at a time, I take him on LONG walks and runs to the point I'm exhausted. I am getting so much more activity in since we got him (that's a good thing). I don't know what else to do. He has a big basket full of toys. He doesn't like to sit and quietly chew them like she does, he wants constant activity. I try to go to bed at night and they are both laying on their beds, but as soon as I start to fall asleep he starts to bark for Prancer to play with him. I end up taking him out for another walk at around midnight and we run the last few blocks home and then he's tired and sleeps....for a whole hour, LOL....before he starts all over again. Shouldn't he need more sleep??? I know I do :-)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I've had some really good bowling nights and some really bad. Today's was just really very average. I started out great, with 5 strikes and 3 spares in my first game and then it went downhill, very downhill, LOL. The good and bad made it an average night.
The best part about going is that my kids and their spouses-S/O's go too and we get to all spend a few hours together. One lives in Fredricksburg, one in Herndon, one in Alexandria and one with me.....but they all come to Woodbridge to bowl once a week most weeks. We often all have friends go with us too, so it makes for a fun night and I get some exercise doing what I enjoy.
I just found out about a Friday night league starting in May. It's Extreme Pizza night....ok, the pizza part wouldn't be very good :-).......but it's 4 games and then when the league bowling is over, it's free bowling til 2am every week. As much as I love to bowl, this would be really cool....plus Friday night is the night they have the lights out and the music blaring. I normally never go on Fridays because it's $5 a game and packed to the hilt. The nights I go it's $1 a game...a big difference with a bunch of us. I might have to look into this league though. I can so see me bowling to the music until 2am :-)
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