Virtual Chili Cook-Off from Certified Angus Beef

Jan 19, 17 Virtual Chili Cook-Off from Certified Angus Beef

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Special thanks to my friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand for sponsoring DadCooksDinner. Check out their Virtual Chili Cook-Off on Instagram. My friends at Certified Angus Beef are hosting their first-ever #BestBeef Virtual Chili Cook-Off on Instagram! Think you’ve got an award winning chili? Post a picture on Instagram...

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Five Fun Food Finds January 2017

Jan 12, 17 Five Fun Food Finds January 2017

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I was proofreading this post. After a few times through I noticed it – the title was wrong. Five Fun Food Finds January 2016 2017. Two essential kitchen tools I have to restock my kitchen after the holidays. My flat edged wooden spoon cracked, and every time I need my short, nonstick safe kitchen tongs, my only pair is in the...

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Improvising: Potato Thermometer Clip

Jan 05, 17 Improvising: Potato Thermometer Clip

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New Years Pork – taking advantage of the warm weather to BBQ some baby back ribs #grillon A photo posted by Mike Vrobel – Food Blogger (@dadcooksdinner) on Jan 2, 2017 at 2:18pm PST A sharp-eyed reader on Instagram noticed my high-tech thermometer clip. Do you see it? Let’s look closer… That’s right, my high-tech probe...

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Merry Christmas 2016

Dec 25, 16 Merry Christmas 2016

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Christmas had come. Officially. We plunged into the cornucopia… quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice. [Dad] Didn’t I get a tie this year? [Randy] Wow, whoopie! A zeppelin! [Dad] A can of Simonize.   Merry Christmas...

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Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker?

Dec 15, 16 Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker?

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I am having trouble using the Slow Cooker mode on the Instant Pot. I tried a recipe at low, and it was not even remotely cooked…am I doing something wrong? I’ve been getting a lot of questions like this recently. And I don’t have an answer. In all my years of using the Instant Pot1, I can count on one hand the times I’ve used...

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Gift Guide for Cooks – 2016

Dec 08, 16 Gift Guide for Cooks – 2016

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FCC notice: The links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on the link to Amazon.com and buy something before you close the browswer window, I get a small commission from the sale, and you support DadCooksDinner. Even better – you don’t spend any extra; the prices are the same on Amazon either way. Thank you for...

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Cyber Monday sale on Instant Pot Duo – In case you missed it Friday…

Nov 28, 16 Cyber Monday sale on Instant Pot Duo – In case you missed it Friday…

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  Amazon’s Black Friday sale on my favorite pressure cooker had some glitches, so they are repeating the sale on the Instant Pot Duo at $68 for Cyber Monday. If you missed the sale Friday, now you have a second chance. Don’t delay – I believe that supplies are limited. Instant Pot IP-DUO60 [Amazon.com]...

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Support DadCooksDinner through Cyber Monday – 2016

Nov 28, 16 Support DadCooksDinner through Cyber Monday – 2016

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On Cyber Monday, a brief request for support. DadCooksDinner is a labor of love. I spent over 800 hours in 2016 working on it. Over time, I’ve picked up readers, and the blog has gone from making no money to making…some money. Not enough to quit the day job, but enough to make filing taxes a mess. As the blog grows, I try to...

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Black Friday Sale on Instant Pot Duo – 2016

Nov 25, 16 Black Friday Sale on Instant Pot Duo – 2016

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  Amazon has a 2016 Black Friday sale on my favorite pressure cooker, the Instant Pot Duo. Check it out quickly, it is Black Friday’s “Deal of the Day”, and once they’re gone, they’re gone:   Instant Pot IP-DUO60 [Amazon.com Black Friday Deals] And, if you are just doing your regular Black...

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Giving Thanks 2016

Nov 24, 16 Giving Thanks 2016

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I did my best, it wasn’t much I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you And even though It all went wrong I’ll stand before the Lord of Song With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! On this Thanksgiving, please consider a donation to fight...

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Thanksgiving Q&A 2016

Nov 21, 16 Thanksgiving Q&A 2016

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Question: I’ve always eschewed “dry” brines, as I don’t have confidence that I can spread the salt evenly under the skin, and, also, I don’t want too much sodium in the final product. With wet brines and chicken I’ve learned that about one hour of wet brine is about right to balance, for me, juiciness and taste. What do you think...

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Any Thanksgiving Dinner Questions?

Nov 10, 16 Any Thanksgiving Dinner Questions?

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Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year. Life has come at us hot and fast for the last month or so. I just realized – it’s the second week of November? Already? For the blog, in a normal year, I have already cooked a turkey, shot pictures, and have a Thanksgiving recipe ready to go. Not this year. (My turkey is on order...

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Sous Vide on a Busy Weeknight

Nov 03, 16 Sous Vide on a Busy Weeknight

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This has been a week. Seattle, home to tailgate, my beloved Cleveland Indians keeping me up late in the night (I’m writing this a few hours before Game 7 starts…oh, please, let it turn out well…[UPDATE: Ugh.]), a sinus infection. Life got in the way, and I don’t have a recipe to post today…or even a...

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Fun Food Finds October 2016

Oct 20, 16 Fun Food Finds October 2016

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Cousin’s wedding last weekend, kids events every night this week, business trip next week…it has been a struggle to keep the blog moving forward. In other words, it’s time to share some fun food finds to entertain you until I can get back to a regular schedule. Christopher Kimball is back Milk Street Charter Sign-up Form...

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Time Lapse Tuesday: A Return to Pot Roast

Oct 11, 16 Time Lapse Tuesday: A Return to Pot Roast

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There are many ways to cook perfect beef; a medium-rare ribeye steak, boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, slow smoked beef brisket.1 My favorite? Pot roast. A big hunk of chuck shoulder, slow-simmered until it is fall apart tender, served with the pan sauce and a baked potato. This is one of my comfort meals, and I asked for it...

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Longer Term Testing Notes: Instant Pot Duo60 vs Duo80

Sep 29, 16 Longer Term Testing Notes: Instant Pot Duo60 vs Duo80

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Which cooker do I use every day, the 6 quart IP-DUO60, or the 8 quart IP-DUO80?

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Blender Disaster

Sep 22, 16 Blender Disaster

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Sometimes your purpose in life is to be a warning to others. [Paraphrasing a demotivational poster from Despair.com] Every blender I own comes with a statement like this in the manual: WARNING, DO NOT BLEND HOT LIQUIDS OR OTHER HOT INGREDIENTS Starting blend cycles with boiling or very hot liquids may result in burns or cause the...

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New video series: Pressure Cooker Time Lapse

Sep 08, 16 New video series: Pressure Cooker Time Lapse

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A quick programming note: you may have noticed the time-lapse videos embedded in my last few pressure cooker recipes. I’m making an effort to do more videos; they are becoming more and more important to food blogs, and my current pace of one video every six months is just not cutting it. My goal is a Time Lapse Tuesday video every...

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IP-DUO60 on sale for Amazon Prime Day

Jul 12, 16 IP-DUO60 on sale for Amazon Prime Day

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[Image via Amazon.com]   Heads up, everyone – if you want my favorite pressure cooker, the 6 quart Instant Pot IP-Duo60, there is a fantastic deal today only (7/12/2016) for Amazon Prime day – head over to Amazon and check it out. Instant Pot IP-DUO60 on Amazon.com. (If you are interested in the deal, don’t...

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DadCooksDinner on the Web May 2016 Edition

May 13, 16 DadCooksDinner on the Web May 2016 Edition

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Check out my latest guest post at Weber.com: Rotisserie Baby Back Ribs with Red-eye BBQ...

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Ham or Lamb? Dad Cooks Easter Dinner 2016

Mar 22, 16 Ham or Lamb? Dad Cooks Easter Dinner 2016

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Ham or Lamb? What do you cook on Easter? Spring lamb is the answer for most families. My wife’s family loves ham – they don’t think it’s a holiday unless there’s a ham on the table. My family’s tradition is a little different – steaks grilled late at night, after the Easter vigil mass....

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8 Quart Instant Pot – Pre-order for March 30

Mar 09, 16 8 Quart Instant Pot – Pre-order for March 30

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Amazon is taking pre-orders for the 8 quart Instant Pot  again – and it is updated with a March 30th shipping date!1 Need a big electric pressure cooker? Pre-order one through this link, and help support DadCooksDinner at the same time: Instant Pot IP-DUO80 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8Qt/1200W <br /> This is...

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