• With only five ingredients and lots of deep savory flavor, this Instant Pot ham and bean soup will become a fast favorite!

    Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

    With only eight ingredients and lots of deep savory flavor, this simple Instant Pot ham and bean soup will become a fast favorite! I’ve been using my Instant Pot on a regular basis these days. It’s hard not to use it often when the pressure cooker gadget makes life so very easy. Take this ham and bean soup, for example. Sure. It could have simmered away stove top or in the slow cooker for hours. Instead, I finished work, threw eight inexpensive ingredients into the Instant Pot, set it to “Soup” and then forgot about it for forty-five minutes. And, as an added bonus, I used up the last of…

  • Instant Pot chili tastes like you've made a batch that's simmered all day long—and surprise!—it's ready in less than an hour.

    Instant Pot Chili

    Instant Pot chili tastes like you’ve made a batch that’s simmered all day long — and surprise! — it’s ready in less than an hour. Yesterday I made my first batch of Instant Pot chili. It was Sunday and FREEZING (actually, below freezing) and I was home all day long, so I could’ve had a simmering pot of chili on the stove for hours, or a batch in the slow cooker. Instead, I thought it’d be a fine time to test out another recipe in the Instant Pot, because … why not? I can’t say enough about how much I love this gadget. It’s quite the multi-tasker, which is a requirement…

  • Instant Pot chicken stock is ready in an hour and tastes just like a slow cooked stock that's been simmering away for hours and hours.

    Instant Pot Chicken Stock

    This homemade chicken stock is ready in an hour, thanks to the Instant Pot, and tastes just like a slow cooked stock that’s been simmering away for hours and hours. I’ve been watching friends rave about their pressure cookers for years, noticing in the past couple an extreme fondness for the Instant Pot in particular. It’s like the work horse of pressure cookers, operating via electric cord instead of on top of the stove … similar to a slow cooker. But not a slow cooker. Not at first blush, anyway. One of the coolest things about an Instant Pot is that it *can* be used as a slow cooker ……