Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Instant Pot Summer Corn Chowder



This recipe is good for frozen corn, but, if fresh corn is available it is outstanding! I like to support my local farmers and buy at the roadside stand or at our local Farmer's Market.

Instant Pot Summer Corn Chowder

6 slices bacon crumbled
1 large Walla Walla Sweet onion, chopped
1 large fresh carrot
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 large Red potatoes
6 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 Tsp. Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 cups corn kernels(4 large ears of corn) 
1 T fresh thyme
2 T. chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 c. Heavy cream

Turn the instant pot to saute and fry all the bacon. Remove from the instant pot and set aside. (I blot with paper towels).  Add the carrots, onion and celery and saute until the onion is translucent. Add the potatoes and saute until the potatoes are starting to brown. Add broth, bacon, corn, bay leaf, honey, thyme, salt and pepper. Lock on the lid and turn the valve to closed.

Press the manual button and set the time to 15 minutes. When the timer beeps, do a "Quick Release" and unlock the lid.

Remove the bay leaf, add the heavy cream. I you prefer a puree soup, at this point you can use an immersion blender or a food processor. I prefer chunky...

Ladle into the bowls and garnish with remaining chives. Optional- save a few pieces of the crumbled bacon and garnish with that. 

We are having such a great Summer! We hope you are too!




Monday, 6 August 2018

Chicken Mango Peach Chutney Salad

 This is my favorite chicken salad! It screams SUMMER! Take it along to a picnic, BBQ or holiday gathering! Every time I make this salad I get rave reviews, everyone goes back for seconds. 

I find the chutney at the neighborhood grocery, it is Bonne Maman brand, but you can use any brand.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Parmesan Panko Halibut Cheeks



I didn't need another reason to adore Mutual fish on Rainer Avenue in Seattle, however they provided me with a HUGE reason last week!! I stopped in to get a few pounds of Manilla clams for my tasty Chorizo Clams and Manilla Clams with bacon, yes, I make both ........I love them with bacon and the hubster loves them with chorizo. They are so quick to make, I don't really mind doing both versions, either in my instant pot or on the cook top and oh so yummy... Okay, okay...I'm getting off the subject....I was perusing the fish case while my clams were being packaged up and nearly fell over when I saw HALIBUT CHEEKS! WOWZER DOWZER! I quickly had my fish monger package up just under 3/4 pound for the following nights dinner. My fish monger telling me they are so hard to get, but, would gladly call me when they get them in and explaining that the halibut only have two cheeks and how rare they are.....this sort of had me giggling and wiggling ....imagining the halibut fish and their cheeks....

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Instant Pot Pasta BLT Salad



It is the time of the year when we are attending lot's of barbecues, birthday's, anniversaries, picnics, reunions and Summer holiday parties. I look forward to this time of year, lot's of fun with family and many potluck get togethers. Pasta salad is a family favorite, perfect along side of Barbecue Pulled Pork sandwiches, Barbecue Baby Back Ribs or Hamburger Sliders! This is a 30 minute start to finish salad! I made this for a annual family BBQ on Lake Chelan, it was a big hit! If you like pasta and BLT sandwiches, this salad is for you! 

Friday, 29 June 2018

Instant Pot Barbecue Pork Sandwiches



 I am gearing up for a BIG fourth of July celebration with family and friends and this is one of the favorites!

This Instant Pot recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches is the easiest and fastest! Who wants to wait all day smoking or slow cooking when you can have your sandwiches made perfectly in 2 hours?

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Chorizo clams


For sure this is one of Wee Bears favorite dinners! The spicey chorizo is the perfect compliment to the succulent clam....yum!

I source my clams at Mutual Fish in Seattle, Washington. The store is about 10 minutes from my home. However, they will overnight ship and promise they will still be alive!

I have done these on my cook top and in my instant pot. If you would like to do yours in the instant pot, go to this link Instant Pot Chorizo clams.

I also like clams with bacon and a lemon thyme broth, that recipe for cook top is on this link Manilla clams with Bacon or made in the instant pot go to this link Instant Pot Manilla clams with Bacon.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Instant Pot Brownies from a box



I made these delicious Instant Pot Ghirardelli Brownie bites recently for "Wee Bears" fraternity brothers along with the now famous Extreme Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The brothers come to our home annually for golf, fun and food. I flew to Seattle to be with my 97 year old Mom on Mother's day but, left them with these goodies! They gobbled up every single cookie and oowey gooey brownie.... growning with delight!