PicOfTheWeek: Browning Pork in the Pressure Cooker

Jan 24, 16 PicOfTheWeek: Browning Pork in the Pressure Cooker

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Best wishes to my East Coast readers – stay warm and, if at all possible, stay indoors. The huge snowstorm missed us here in Ohio; instead, we’ve had a string of cold, clear days. I’m in the mood for pork chili – recipe coming soon.

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Pressure Cooker State Fair Turkey Drumsticks

Pressure Cooker State Fair Turkey Drumsticks recipe

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Virtual Garage Sale

Sep 07, 15 Virtual Garage Sale

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Over Labor Day weekend, I went a little crazy, cleaning out the shelving units where I keep all my kitchen equipment. (As a gadget addict collector, I accumulated a lot of cookware and utensils.) Anything I haven’t used in the last year is going. 1 It’s time for the first 2 Dad Cooks Dinner virtual garage sale! I have a...

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Winner: Weber Performer Grill Giveaway from Certified Angus Beef®

Aug 17, 15 Winner: Weber Performer Grill Giveaway from Certified Angus Beef®

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Special thanks to Certified Angus Beef® brand for providing the grill to give away. Visit them at CertifiedAngusBeef.com, and check out their blog at GoRare.com. We have a winner… The winner of the Weber Performer Premium, picked by Random.Org, is comment #21 – congratulations, Danny Shafer! How does Danny like his burger? DANNY...

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Support DadCooksDinner through Amazon Prime Day

Jul 15, 15 Support DadCooksDinner through Amazon Prime Day

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Today is Amazon’s 20th birthday. To celebrate, they are having Prime Day – great deals for Amazon.com Prime members.1 If you’re taking advantage of Prime Day, please consider using one of my Amazon links (like this one right here) to go to Amazon. If you do, I get a small commission on anything you buy, so your...

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Happy Mother’s Day 2013

May 12, 13 Happy Mother’s Day 2013

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Happy Mother’s day, sweetie! My hometown newspaper interviewed me! They were asking for tips for a Dad cooking for Mom on Mother’s Day. (See tips 6 and 8 in the article). Ten ways to keep Mom off kitchen duty on her day [Lisa Abraham, Ohio.com] Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out...

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Giveaway Winner for Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Jan 13, 13 Giveaway Winner for Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook

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We have a winner! Thank you for the great pressure cooker stories. (To see the stories, read the comments attached to this post.) Now, I have to remind everyone – modern pressure cookers are a lot safer than the pressure cookers our grandmothers used. They have multiple safety valves. The worst case scenario is the pressure...

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All Clad Factory Sale – Winter 2012

Oct 02, 12 All Clad Factory Sale – Winter 2012

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All-Clad Factory Sale: Winter 2012*The dates for this winter’s All-Clad factory sale have been announced, so I’m posting a heads-up for my readers… All-Clad’s factory is located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Twice a year, on the first weekend in June and December, All-Clad holds a factory seconds sale at the...

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Weekday Oatmeal

Jan 12, 12 Weekday Oatmeal

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Thursday is oatmeal morning in our house. For years that meant packages of instant oatmeal.*Dinosaur eggs with brown sugar were the favorite. Last year, I read Mark Bittman’s diatribe about instant oatmeal. I started to make it myself. Mr. Bittman is right; oatmeal is quick and easy. It takes maybe fifteen minutes to...

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Giveaway: Cook Without A Book: Meatless Meals by Pam Anderson

Jan 10, 12 Giveaway: Cook Without A Book: Meatless Meals by Pam Anderson

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Cookbook Giveaway! Pam Anderson was kind enough to send me a copy of Cook Without A Book:Meatless Meals. I already have a copy (see my review here), so we’re having a giveaway! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment (in the giveaway post on my blog) with your favorite meatless meal. *For me, meatless meals are rice and beans....

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Fiery Mexican Martini

Dec 08, 11 Fiery Mexican Martini

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My day job took me to Austin a few times earlier this year. I spent as much time as I could sampling* the local cuisine – barbecue and Tex-Mex.*Read: stuffing myself until I could barely move. There are a lot of wonderful things to eat in Austin, but my favorite was the Mexican Martini. Or the Texas Martini – I saw both...

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Road Trip: Near East Market

Nov 29, 11 Road Trip: Near East Market

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*My Road Trip posts focus on stores that a home cook will enjoy in the Akron area, my home town.  If you don’t live in Northeast Ohio, seek out your own local ethnic and gourmet markets. You can travel around the world without leaving your city! The Near East Market in Cuyahoga Falls is an interesting mix of...

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Turkey Ramen Soup

Nov 22, 11 Turkey Ramen Soup

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I say it every Thanksgiving: make stock with your turkey carcass! *My friends roll their eyes when I ramble on about the glory of after-Thanksgiving turkey soup.  I always make a traditional turkey noodle soup, but a turkey carcass makes a whole lot of stock. This year’s soup is inspired by the ramen-centered first issue...

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Winter Farmers Market in the Cuyahoga Valley 2011-2012

The Countryside Farmers Market in Cuyahoga Valley National Park switched to their winter schedule, and the next market is this Saturday.  Time to stock up on local produce for Thanksgiving! The market will be held at Old Trail School this year, right around the corner from the summer Howe Meadow site.  The market will be open on...

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Review: Splash-Proof Thermapen

Nov 08, 11 Review: Splash-Proof Thermapen

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Review: Splash-Proof Thermapen A few years ago I reviewed the original Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer. Here’s what I said: The Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer by Thermoworks is the best instant read thermometer out there.  Many thermometers call themselves instant read, but the Thermapen is the only one that really is...

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Review: Cook Without A Book: Meatless Meals by Pam Anderson

Nov 01, 11 Review: Cook Without A Book: Meatless Meals by Pam Anderson

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Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians *Disclaimer: Pam is a major influence on my cooking, and one of my blog buddies. Pam’s How to Cook Without a Book taught me the difference between following recipes and knowing how to cook, a major step on the path that led to...

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Coconut Rice

Oct 06, 11 Coconut Rice

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Plain white rice. It bores me. Sure, white rice is great as a neutral starch, soaking up the sauce from a stir fry or stew. But on its own? I get tired of it. Unfortunately, my kids love it, so I make a lot of Plan White Rice. And for them, it has to be Plain White Rice. (Yes, you can hear them saying it with the capital letters.)...

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All-Clad Factory Sale: Winter 2011

Oct 04, 11 All-Clad Factory Sale: Winter 2011

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All-Clad Factory Sale: Winter 2011The dates for this winter’s All-Clad factory sale have been announced, so I’m posting my usual heads-up to my readers… All-Clad’s factory is located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Twice a year, on the first weekend in June and December, All-Clad holds a factory seconds sale at...

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Video: How To Butterfly A Chicken

A friend asked how I like to grill chicken. Me: I butterfly it, then grill it over indirect heat. Butterflied chicken cooks evenly, and it cooks quicker. Friend: Butterfly it? What’s that? Me: You cut the backbone out, then squash it flat. Here, let me show you: What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the...

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Duma Meats and Farm Market

Sep 06, 11 Duma Meats and Farm Market

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If you are in the Akron area, and are serious about meat, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to Duma Meats. Duma’s is a full service butcher. And by full service, I really mean it – they raise their own cattle on site, and sell everything from a 400 pound side of beef down to their own homemade bologna. They have two...

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Walnut Vinaigrette

Aug 25, 11 Walnut Vinaigrette

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I’m on a Walnut Vinaigrette binge, inspired by my brother-in-law, Travis. He left a bottle of walnut oil behind at our summer cottage. When I saw the bottle, I knew what I had to make. Now I’m hooked – it has replaced balsamic vinaigrette as my go-to salad dressing. I think of this as a...

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Road Trip: Lehman’s Old Time Hardware

Jul 12, 11 Road Trip: Lehman’s Old Time Hardware

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Lehman’s Old Time Hardware, located in Kidron, Ohio, specializes in non-electric tools. Their plan was to sell to local Amish communities, but when people found out about them, their business blossomed. The store started as a barn, and now it sprawls across multiple connected barns and buildings. I love to wander around and...

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