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Cast Iron Roasted Cauliflower

Feb 11, 16 Cast Iron Roasted Cauliflower

Posted by in Cast Iron, Side dish

Oven roasting is a great way to prepare vegetables. The oven browns the vegetables, bringing out their natural sweetness. It is also a simple, hands off way to make a side dish. I use my cast iron skillet as my roasting pan, and as my prep bowl. Pour the vegetables into the pan, drizzle with olive oil, and toss with salt and pepper...

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Cast Iron Needs To Be Used

Feb 09, 16 Cast Iron Needs To Be Used

Posted by in Cast Iron, Ramblings, Things I love

Cast iron care really isn’t that difficult. The most important thing is to use the pan. If a pan is used regularly, with a light coating of oil, and a good cleaning every now and again, it will season itself. Mike Vrobel, April 2014, Cast Iron Care, DadCooksDinner.com Why don’t I take my own advice? The problem is, I want to be...

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PicOfTheWeek: Chili Spices

Feb 07, 16 PicOfTheWeek: Chili Spices

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The Super Bowl means Chili to me. Here’s the spices for a double batch of Texas Red Chili – A cup of chili powder, 1/4 cup of cumin, and a heaping helping of oregano.

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Pressure Cooker Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)

Feb 04, 16 Pressure Cooker Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)

Posted by in Pressure cooker, Sunday dinner

Pressure Cooker Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili) recipe – green pork chili from the great American Southwest, sped up using the pressure cooker.

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8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80 Now Available For Preorder

Feb 03, 16 8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80 Now Available For Preorder

Posted by in Pressure cooker, Things I love

It’s coming! The big brother to my favorite pressure cooker, the 6 quart Instant Pot IP-Duo60, is now available for preorder. (I think I sprained my clicking finger rushing to get my order placed.) [Update 2016-02-04: Sold out already! Amazon is reporting “not available at this time”. It will be back; keep an eye...

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Top 5 Pressure Cooker Chilies (for the Super Bowl)

Feb 02, 16 Top 5 Pressure Cooker Chilies (for the Super Bowl)

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The Big Game! 7 Time for Chili. Or, in my case, Chilies – I make at least two different pots for our Super Bowl party. One chili is always a big pot of Texas Red. The other chili is where I add the beans; usually ground turkey and beans, so the guests can think they’re eating healthy. 8 So, to give you a few options for your...

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PicOfTheWeek: Searing Sous Vide Meatballs

Jan 31, 16 PicOfTheWeek: Searing Sous Vide Meatballs

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PicOfTheWeek: Searing sous vide meatballs. (Recipe coming soon.)

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Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava)

Jan 28, 16 Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava)

Posted by in Appetizers and Drinks, Pressure cooker

Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava) recipe – a healthy dip for your guests, ready from the pressure cooker in about an hour.

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Pressure Cooker Kale with Garlic and Lemon

Jan 26, 16 Pressure Cooker Kale with Garlic and Lemon

Posted by in Pressure cooker, Side dish

Pressure Cooker Kale with Garlic and Lemon recipe – kale from your pressure cooker, quick and easy.

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Pressure Cooker Italian Meat Sauce

Pressure Cooker Italian Meat Sauce recipe – using the pressure cooker to make a meat sauce with all day simmered flavor in about an hour.

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Should I cancel Keep Warm mode for a natural pressure release? No.

Jan 19, 16 Should I cancel Keep Warm mode for a natural pressure release? No.

Posted by in Pressure cooker, Ramblings

In my Instant Pot FAQ, I have the following question: Q: What about natural pressure release? When the Instant Pot finishes cooking, it switches to Warming mode – is that OK with a natural pressure release? Or should I cancel it? A: Cancel warming mode to speed up natural pressure release. I was reading the Instant Pot Community...

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Sponsored: Taking Some Pain out of Weber Grill Maintenance

Jan 18, 16 Sponsored: Taking Some Pain out of Weber Grill Maintenance

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This week, DadCooksDinner is sponsored by QualityGrillParts.com, who would like to talk to us about grill maintenance.

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PicOfTheWeek:Meat Sauce

Jan 17, 16 PicOfTheWeek:Meat Sauce

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PicOfTheWeek: Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce. Recipe coming...

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Dad Cooks Dinner 2016 Survey

Jan 12, 16 Dad Cooks Dinner 2016 Survey

Posted by in Ramblings

The holiday rush is over. From the week before Thanksgiving through to New Years Day, Dad Cooks Dinner is hopping. 1 Now we are entering the slow season – February is always my least traffic month. I’m going through my New Year’s Resolutions (write a pressure cooking cookbook, make more videos), and I thought to myself...

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PicOfTheWeek: Pork Chops In Brine

Jan 10, 16 PicOfTheWeek: Pork Chops In Brine

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Leftover picture from my Sous Vide Pork Chops recipe a few days ago: Brining pork chops.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew

Jan 07, 16 Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew

Posted by in Pressure cooker, Sunday dinner

Pressure Cooker Chicken Stew recipe – straightforward comfort food, with chicken thighs and new potatoes in a one pot meal.

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A Farewell to West Point Market

Jan 05, 16 A Farewell to West Point Market

Posted by in Ramblings, Road trip

West Point Market was an Akron institution. Unfortunately, I’m using the past tense – West Point closed its doors last week. I couldn’t bring myself to go to the closing sale. I’m sure there were some great deals, especially on wine, but It felt too much like scavengers picking over the bones. Wine is what brought me to West...

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PicOfTheWeek: Tortilla Pizza

Jan 03, 16 PicOfTheWeek: Tortilla Pizza

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Tortilla pizza in a cast iron skillet is our desperation dinner of choice. (Recipe, such as it is, coming...

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Happy New Year 2016!

Dec 31, 15 Happy New Year 2016!

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I hope 2015 was as good to you as it was to me. I passed 1000 posts on Dad Cooks Dinner some time in August – this is post 1072. Thank you to all my loyal readers. You’re the reason I’m still here, eight years later, typing away at my keyboard. To take a look back at 2015, here are my 15 most popular posts over...

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Sous Vide Thick Cut Pork Chops with Rosemary Garlic Pan Sauce

Dec 29, 15 Sous Vide Thick Cut Pork Chops with Rosemary Garlic Pan Sauce

Posted by in Sous vide, Sunday dinner

Sous Vide Thick Cut Pork Chops with a simple pan sauce. Perfect medium pork – juicy with a hint of pink in the middle.

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PicOfTheWeek: Alphabet!

Dec 27, 15 PicOfTheWeek: Alphabet!

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Working on my Alphabet Soup recipe…it has Food Blogger Problems. In other words, the kids love it, but the pictures didn’t turn...

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Merry Christmas! (2015 Edition)

Dec 24, 15 Merry Christmas! (2015 Edition)

Posted by in Ramblings

[Mr. Parker]: Yes. it’s a beautiful. It really is. But…it’s smiling at me. [Chop Suey Palace Owner]: Ooohh! [He chops off the duck’s head.] That Christmas would live in our memories as the year we were introduced to Chinese turkey.   Merry Christmas...

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