American & European

  • Anthony Bourdain’s Mushroom Soup Recipe for Instant Pot

    June 11, 2018Van

    Anthony Bourdain revolutionized the way we think about food. His no holds barred approach to world travel and cuisine introduced me to so many culinary delights I would have lived a full life without experiencing. Due to his immense success as a “travel show” host we forget that he began as a restaurant cook routinely…

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  • Lemon and Elderflower Royal Wedding Cupcakes Recipe

    June 2, 2018Van

    These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake which “incorporates the bright flavors of spring”. The cupcakes are flavored with lemon zest, lemon juice and elderflower syrup for a bright tasting fluffy cupcake. They are topped with a rich and smooth elderflower buttercream frosting – I used a Wilton…

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  • Hawaiian Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    On my way to the airport on Maui I had set aside an hour to try this famous food truck known for the best garlic shrimp plate lunch on the island – Geste Shrimp Truck. My husband and I rushed to the “secret” location eager to try this local dish. As strangers to “Hawaiian Time”…

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  • Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe

    May 28, 2018Van

    I picked up some delicious organic yellow corn at the market for today’s BBQ. I steamed them in the Instant Pot then finished them on the grill (you can steam them with or without the husk). They were absolutely perfect!

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  • Oui French Style Strawberry Yogurt Recipe

    April 26, 2018Van

    Oui Yogurt is the “French Style” yogurt made by Yoplait – the yogurt is set directly in little glass pots creating a velvety creamy texture. I created a copycat of their Vanilla flavor last month (recipe here) – it was a huge hit, several people have requested the fruit bottom version. Hopefully you’ve been saving…

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  • Instant Pot Almond Milk Recipe

    April 24, 2018Van

    This is a very easy and quick way to make almond milk with the help of your Instant Pot. Normally you have to soak raw almonds for 12 hours or overnight (if you’re looking for a Raw Almond Milk recipe, link here). I’ll use this method when I need almond milk quickly and I haven’t…

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  • Frozen Yogurt Pops Recipe

    April 22, 2018Van

    I make yogurt in my Instant Pot every week and my kids love it when I make frozen yogurt pops for them. I really like that I can control the ingredients and even with purchasing the disposable popsicle bags (link here), it’s still cheaper than buying the organic yogurt tubes from the store. You just…

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  • Instant Pot Teriyaki BBQ Beef Ribs Recipe

    April 20, 2018Van

    This recipe is inspired by one of my all time favorite restaurants— Matiki Island BBQ in Anaheim CA. Matiki is a Hawaiian Style BBQ restaurant that serves these amazing beef ribs grilled right over charcoal in the building! You can smell the smoke for miles—which always gets my appetite all worked up if I’m in…

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  • Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe (Mac Salad)

    April 19, 2018Van

    Macaroni Salad is a people pleaser. From picnics in summer, to a must-have side dish for those filling Hawaiian Plate Lunches. The Hawaiian Plate Lunch has been making people happy since the late 1800’s. A hearty “island style” presentation of the Japanese Bento Box designed to feed hungry pineapple and sugar plantation workers—but proved too…

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  • Stabilized Whipped Cream Recipe

    April 16, 2018Van

    Whipped Cream is wonderful on almost any dessert, this Stabilized Whipped Cream recipe should be part of any baker’s repertoire. Regular homemade whipped cream only holds it’s shape for a few hours and this stabilized version will last about 3 days refrigerated – so if you’re using it to decorate a cake or as a…

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