recipes from my nest

Instant Pot Chicken Stock, overhead of finished stock in stock pot, ready to cool. Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Posted on Mar 28, 2019
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Instant Pot chicken stock, or bone broth, is so easy and fast in the pressure cooker, yielding a flavorful, gelatin-rich stock in half the time as traditional methods. I got an Instant Pot two years ago and by far, I use it most for making stock.  I’m the kind of person who starts to panic …

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Classic Hummus, in serving bowl drizzled with olive oil. Classic Hummus

Classic Hummus

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

Classic hummus bi tahini recipe with mellowed garlic, sesame paste and chick-peas.  A favorite Middle-Eastern spread served as a dip with pita bread. I first made hummus years ago when we lived in Chicago.  Meathead raved about the hummus at an Armenian restaurant he often went to for lunch, Sayat Nova.  I came across a classic …

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

Classic shrimp scampi with garlic, butter, lemon and wine sauce, tossed with linguine ~ on the table in  30 minutes. Last weekend, I had the house to myself, all weekend, for three whole days.  I don’t even know the last time that happened.  The girls are gone to college or beyond, and Meathead went on …

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Posted on Mar 1, 2019
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Reubens! Classic grilled Reuben sandwiches, with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, the best part of leftover St. Pat’s day corned beef! Every year after St. Patrick’s Day I want to make grilled Reuben sandwiches with the leftovers, and every year there are no leftovers.  Not this year because I hid some corned beef so …

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage, arranged on platter with horsereadish sauce and Irish soda bread. Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Posted on Feb 27, 2019

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage, the iconic meal for St. Patrick’s Day made easy in the pressure cooker.  Traditional one pot recipe for tender corned beef, vegetables and cabbage, served with horseradish cream sauce and Irish soda bread. For years I’ve been making corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day and have shared how I …

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Irish Soda Bread, round loaf on serving plate. Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Irish soda bread ~ quick and easy traditional recipe bakes up crusty and dense with flour, sugar, baking soda, butter, raisins, egg and buttermilk. I have been making this Irish soda bread every St. Patrick’s Day for at least 18 years now, ever since I saw it in an issue of Saveur magazine.  It is simple and …

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Sausages and caramelized vegetables on sheet pan. Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with roasted vegetables is so easy and delicious for a quick weeknight meal.  Vegetables tossed in a flavorful honey mustard sauce and cooked alongside the sausages become tender, sweet and caramelized ~ a winning combination with sausage! I’m all on board for sheet pan dinners, or tray bakes, but truth be …

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Instant Pot Collard Greens

Posted on Feb 14, 2019
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Instant Pot Collard Greens, easy southern/soul food style collards in under an hour, with smoky ham and seasoned pot liquor for sopping up with corn bread, of course! When I think of collard greens, I think of the times I’ve had them as one of the quintessential sides in a soul food restaurant.  I never …

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French Onion Soup

Posted on Feb 9, 2019
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Classic French onion soup, inspired by Julia Child and tweaked just a tad, with loads of caramelized onions simmered in beef broth and wine and then topped with bread croutons and gooey, melted Gruyère cheese. I’ve been wanting to try making French onion soup at home for years, and I finally did.  Not sure what …

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Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup

Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup

Posted on Jan 24, 2019

Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup, with ham, andouille sausage and collard greens.  No need to presoak the peas, they cook in under 30 minutes in the pressure cooker.  The perfect soup to ring in the New Year and a favorite soup to make all winter long. Happy New Year, three weeks late, but the sentiment …

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