Why Instant Pot? Which Instant Pot?

which instant pot

I’m sure you have heard about the Instant Pot.  If you haven’t, no, it is not something only available in states like Colorado 😉 Okay, okay…. I admit it…the Instant Pot changed life in the Otte household…. most definitely. If you know me, you know that I am absolutely one…

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and Pork Chops with Gravy

instant pot mashed potatoes

I’ve been dying to try mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot.  I have made homemade mashed potatoes for years but usually at Thanksgiving or a special occasion because it annoys me.  Otherwise, we use instant potatoes (so bad for you!) but hardly ever have them.  My problem with homemade mashed…

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Instant Pot Couscous and Vegetables with Sweet & Spicy Chicken

israeli couscous

I was not planning on cooking tonight because I figured we would have plenty of leftover Instant Pot Ribs from last night, but they were apparently such a hit that we don’t have enough left over!  Looks like I’m going to throw something else together tonight. I had gotten a…

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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

orange cayenne pepper jelly

Pepper Jelly —- I say this all the time, there is nothing I can’t stand more than when people make false claims online.  It’s why I have an issue with many marketing techniques of today.  It’s also why I started to blog my Realistic Recipes. Nestled in my vegetable garden…

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Instant Pot Asian Inspired Ribs and Jasmine Rice

instant pot ribs

Who Has all the Time That I Don’t?  Many of your recipes like this will call for marinating the meat for at least 30 minutes.  I did not.  I’m sure it would be good to do this but I didn’t think ahead.  It’s literally 5 p.m. and I want dinner…

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Zinnias…. and a confession…. benign tremors….

red zinnia

At the beginning of Spring 2017, I received a free packet of zinnia seeds with something I purchased.  I can’t even remember what it was.  At any rate, I don’t like clutter so I didn’t want the seed packet sitting around, so I put the seeds in some little expanding…

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Creative and Inexpensive Garden

garden boxes for deck

I love to upcycle or repurpose. I’ve been wanting some containers to grow some lettuce and small carrots near the house.  I noticed when I had my gourmet lettuces growing in the garden, I would forget about them and not use them until they got too big and bitter.   I’m…

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Harvesting Again – Perennial Seeds

seed harvest

So adding to the typical busy season, it’s busy at home as well!  Perennial Seeds!  So much to do for the end of the growing season.  I am just about finished harvesting some flower seeds.  While I am all about perennials, I have some areas  I would like to expand…

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Canning Tomatoes

canned seasoned diced tomatoes

Welcome to my kitchen! What do I do with all those tomatoes! When I was growing up, my mother canned everything – every kind of pickle (we even had a dog named Pickles that had puppies and they named the runt Gerkins…) you can imagine, peaches, pears, jellies, jams, tomatoes…

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