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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Instantly Loving My Insta Pot

This past holiday season seems like it went by in a blur, in fact I don't think I landed in one spot for more than thirty minutes from Thanksgiving until New Years Day. During these times of what I call "constant chaos" my family doesn't get the home-cooked meals that I normally pride myself on and are left to fend for themselves in the freezer. I must admit as a wife and mother I feel a mountain of guilt over this. These feelings are not placed on me, the issue is purely my own.

Oddly enough, under the Christmas Tree sat a enormously wrapped gift with my name on it. I knew I heard something whispering sweet nothings to me from inside the wrapping paper. I opened up my gift and met my new Insta Pot!

I had heard of these but had not given them a single thought. My eyes darted over the box as I took in just how many functions this one piece of cook-ware had. A few days after Christmas I perused some online Insta Pot recipes and decided on a Beef Strogonoff soup. In a little over an hour I had delicately moist and fork-tender beef over egg noodles. Not only was it delicious, but it seemed almost effortless... toss some ingredients in there and voila you have an entire meal.

One of my favorite features is the pre-set timer. I can prepare the ingredients in the Insta Pot at lunch and schedule it to start cooking at 5:30. After it finishes it will keep the meal warm so when i get home from a crazy day at work dinner is hot and ready! Goodbye mom guilt! I've already used it five or six times in a two week period. Although I've never been personally interested in yogurt making (I'm happy to just buy it) the Insta Pot has a yogurt making feature, so of course I had to try it and now I am a full on domestic goddess who even makes her own Greek yogurt.


After my two weeks of walking in Betty Crocker's footsteps I thought my hard work deserved some sort of prize or trophy. In my mind good cooks had to earn the right to have expensive kitchenware, and I felt like I had earned my token especially since my favorite extra wide, extra high ceramic lasagna pan didn't make it through this year's holiday rush (it got dropped in the sink.)

I saw Williams Sonoma was having sale on Le Creuset covered casserole dishes and figured my recent Insta Pot success earned me the the honor of having the finest of French cookware proudly displayed in my own kitchen.
After waiting 3-5 days for my online order to arrive the UPS man happily left my box in the driveway. You could imagine my dismay when I read the print on the side of the box that said my fine new "French" Le Creuset dish was actually MADE IN CHINA... just like everything else! Oh well, hopefully it cooks the same as the French one!

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