The Incredible Edible Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg!

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The Incredible Edible Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg!

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Here I go again with Instant Pot Adoration!  But, please trust me on this….hard boiled eggs have never been better than with the Instant Pot.  Cooks know that the best eggs to hard boil are older ones.  If you try to peel  very fresh eggs that have been hard boiled, they are a mess and cannot be used for presentation, as in deviled eggs or cobb salads.  These  Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are fantastic because you can literally go from the hen house (or the farmers market, grocer, etc.) to the IP and in 19 minutes you have perfect, peel-able hard boiled eggs. And that includes the warm up time and cooking!  A few minutes in an ice bath and they are ready for use. Continue reading

Weekend Special Back Lit Bougainvillea

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Weekend Special Back Lit Bougainvillea

On a very windy day, I snipped a bougainvillea stem and brought it inside to photograph it.  Using a powerful video L.E.D. continuous lighting set up, professional that I am) I set the light into the bottom of a pot, placed a white plastic sheet over it and set the bougainvillea on the plastic.  That is it.  I also shot some sliced citrus but was not happy with the results. Continue reading

Baja Style Roasted Halibut

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Baja Style Roasted Halibut

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Halibut is a wonderful fish that is mild-tasting and goes so well with all sorts of herbs and sauces. Tonight we made it with a Mexican flair and it was a huge hit!  This Baja Style Roasted Halibut may be your next “wow” dish for company.  It is simple to prepare, and most ingredients are on hand. Continue reading

Instant Pot Paleo White Bean Chicken Chili

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Instant Pot Paleo White Bean Chicken Chili

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The “Soup of the Moment” at Postino in Kierland (Scottsdale, AZ) is always delicious. But last week we had their White Bean Chicken Chili which was amazing.  It seemed like an easy one to knock off, so that I did.  I am pleased with the results and another way of using my amazing Instant Pot! Continue reading

Missing My Mom On Mother’s Day and A Few Others, Too.

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Missing My Mom On Mother’s Day and A Few Others, Too.  🙁

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My mom, Betty Logan!

The years fly by, don’t they?  This is my 6th year without my mom here on this Earth to thank for being a wonderful mother!  I hope she knows how much she was (and still is) loved by so many.

Other’s are gone that I am missing, too.   Continue reading

3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Cashew Clusters With Sea Salt

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3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews Clusters With Sea Salt

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Simple, slightly sweet, a little salty with a roasted cashew crunch!  That’s what you get when you make these Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews With Sea Salt.

This would be a lovely treat to make for Mom on Mother’s Day!!  Place them in a pretty box found at craft stores with a nice hand written note!

They take only 10 minutes to toast , plus a little time to cool.  Then it takes just a couple minutes to dunk them in melted 72% cacao chocolate, a quick sprinkle of fine flaked sea salt and about 15 minutes in the fridge until they are ready to serve!  That is it!  If you are like me, you will have all these ingredients on hand……inventory always includes a variety of nuts, stored in the freezer, dark chocolate bars, a variety of salts and parchment paper!  Trader Joe’s has the best prices on nuts in my opinion. Continue reading

Paleo Crunchy Granola

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Paleo Crunchy Granola

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My sister sent me the link to this recipe from Epicurious.  I had made a paleo granola before that was fair but not really good.  Well, this recipe from Epicurious is not only really good, but it is DELICIOUS!  In fact, this is akin to a nut brittle in a few ways….it is crunchy (once it is cooled), sweet and a little bit of salt adds to the brittle flavor.  This Paleo Crunchy Granola is so good on its own, but I am going to use shards of it as a dessert garnish along side my Pumpkin Chunky Chocolate Bars tonight.  (Also, for the chunky chocolate, I used 73% cacao with roasted almonds, for an even nutty, crunchier effect!)

This crunchy granola can be crumbled over fresh fruits for a light dessert, too.  For breakfast, some sliced fresh bananas on top of this would be a nice start to the day.  Oh, and by the way, you will not miss the oats!!

I made only a few slight changes in the original.  For one thing, I did not have cardamom so I substituted Chinese 5 spice powder, which added a nice flavor to it.  The other changes were that the original recipe called for some raw nuts and seeds that I could not find.  Instead, I used dry toasted of several varieties and they worked out great.

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Weekend Special Orange Flowers

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Weekend Special Orange Flowers

As I try to do each weekend,  I like to post something beautiful, informative, fun or just random images from my collection of many, new or old.

Today, I am posting some orange flowers, beginning with recent images and followed by some from my collections.  Enjoy!  You may visit my gallery by clicking here.

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New Ninja Paleo Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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New Ninja Paleo Smoothie

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I just got a new Ninja Blender!  It is so awesome!  I can’t wait to try some recipes with it…like Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup or Asparagus Soup!  But just to test it out today, I made a kind of basic smoothie…well, it was anything BUT basic.  The texture was smooth as silk, not too thick, not too thin and had just a tiny hint of strawberry pulp, which looks so pretty!  I think you will like this New Ninja Paleo Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

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Paleo Instant Pot Bone Broth

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Paleo Instant Pot Bone Broth

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If you are new to the “clean” or “paleo” way of eating, this recipe for Paleo Instant Pot Bone Broth is my gift to you.  If you already follow one of these plans and are new to pressure cooking,  my recipe for making bone broth in an Instant Pot is also my gift to you.  For those of you who just love delicious chicken broth no matter what eating habits you have, this is your gift, too. 😉

The first time I made bone broth 2 1/2 years ago, it took 2 days in my slow cooker.  It was delicious. I used it in so many recipes and on cold mornings I would heat a little cup of it and sip it!

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Now since the Instant Pot revolution, this same recipe takes 2 hours!  It makes 3-4 quarts and freezes beautifully! Continue reading