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Grandmothers’ Tips for cooking Chicken Stew in an Instant Pot: 1. Stay home when you are cooking with the instant pot. It is a high pressure cooker and so it is important to stay around. The great news is that meals are so quickly cooked that you would barely have time to go anywhere anyways! 2. Always use enough liquid in an Instant Pot. Instant Pots need 1 to 1.5 cups of liquid to get to and maintain pressure for cooking. You can use any kinds of liquid, but just be sure to use liquid.
Grandmother's Kitchen Tips for Sausage and Sauerkraut Stuffed Pasta Shells Casserole: 1. If you are having trouble opening the sauerkraut jar, just poke a little hole in the lid and it will break the seal. The lid then unscrews easily! Use this method if the other familiar methods fail. We find that with sauerkraut especially, the lids can be very difficult to open so now we use this method when all else fails!
Grandmother's Kitchen Tips for Sausage Potato Cottage Cheese Cannelloni Recipe: 1. Do not substitute ricotta cheese for dry curd cottage cheese in the filling if you are going for the 'pierogi' flavor. 2. We prepared the filling ahead of time and froze it but you can do the same day. You just need to let it cool to room temperature so you can handle it while you are stuffing the cannelloni. 3. When cooking the cannelloni, be sure not to overcook at is will break very easily if too soft.
Grandmother’s TIPS for Swiss Chard Mushroom Rice Rolls Recipe: 1. The inner ‘spine of the Swiss Chard can be a little tough and chewy, so to avoid this in your meal you can cut this bit off just a wee bit. The video (coming soon, if not already below)...is a great place to watch this in action. 2. The Swiss chard leaves need to be blanched (boiled for a minute or so) to soften them enough to make rolling easy.
Grandmother's TIPS on How To Cook Pasta: 1. The size, shape and variety of flour used for the pasta will make cooking time vary. 2. Do not add oil to the pasta water. Many people believe you should add oil to the water for boiling the pasta but it can leave your pasta too slick for saucing. 3. Do not rinse you pasta when it is done cooking as it washes away all the happy starches that bind sauce plus you loose the salty flavor. 4. Fresh pasta takes only 2-3 minutes to cook.
Grandmother's Tips for Baked Beans - Instant Pot Style: 1. Stay home when you are cooking with the instant pot. It is a high pressure cooker and so it is important to stay around. The great news is that meals are so quickly cooked that you would barely have time to go anywhere anyways! 2. Always use enough liquid in an Instant Pot. Instant Pots need 1 to 1.5 cups of liquid to get to and maintain pressure for cooking. You can use any kinds of liquid, but just be sure to use liquid.
Grandmother’s TIPS for Lazy Pierogi Casserole Recipe: 1. Use the right kind of potatoes, round red or white hold together best after boiling so you can cut the rounds. If we were making this with a mashed potato filler we would use russets. The potatoes must be cold from the refrigerator to be able to slice without too much breakage. 2. Plan ahead and cook the potatoes and lasagna noodles a day or two ahead and keep refrigerated until you are ready to assemble.
Grandmother's TIPS for Cheesy Chicken Pasta Casserole: 1. The easiest way to make this casserole is to basically mix together a few meals that are already cooked and ready to go . Of course you can also make all the pieces in one night and combine into the casserole. 2. The cooked chicken can be done in an instant pot, crockpot, oven, or bought pre-cooked and then cut into bite sized pieces for the casserole. 3. You can substitute the pasta for rice also for a delicious rice casserole.
Grandmother's TIPS for Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe: 1. Choose or cut the bread slices in a medium thickness so they are not too fat to bite into once piled with goodies inside, but also are fat enough that you get the chewy bread. 2. I like to squish and flatten my grilled cheese down once it is almost ready to serve to really melt the cheese and so the bites are easier to eat.
Grandmother’s TIPs for Sweet Peach Meatball Recipe: 1. Choose lean ground meat from a butcher you trust. We love that our butcher has personally met the farmers that he sells his meat from. 2. You can serve these meatballs immediately with rice or pasta, or for another menu idea - you cook or re-heat and serve on toothpicks for little appetizers. You will be amazed how quickly they get gobbled up.
Grandmother's Kitchen Tips for Creamed Corn 1. In order to enjoy this yummy creamed corn recipe in all the months - when the crops are in full harvest season, we like to buy a large batch of corn on the cob and freeze it for the winter months for recipes like this creamed corn. 2. Learn how to freeze corn. Of course, for this recipe you can also use fresh corn or frozen corn from the grocery store.
Grandmother's Tips for Homemade Ukrainian Pierogi: 1. To double the pierogi dough, make a new batch of pierogi dough each time rather than doubling the ingredients. Dough will be tough if you try to double the batch. 2. If you have water from boiling the potatoes use that when making the dough as it will make the dough extra tender. 3. Don't crowd the pot when you are cooking the pierogi. Just do a few at a time. They cook quickly.
Grandmother's Tips for Loaded Baked Potatoes Recipe: 1. Russet potatoes work the best for this. 2. Choose potatoes that do not have black spots and too many blemishes. Wash the potatoes really well with a little scrubber. A great deal of potato nutrients lie in the skin, so cook with the skins on and encourage everyone to eat the skins. With small children, that just means cutting it up into small bite pieces that they can easily manage.
Grandmothers’ TIPS for How to Cook Chicken Breasts in an Instant Pot 1. Stay home when you are cooking with the instant pot. It is a high pressure cooker and so it is important to stay around. The great news is that meals are so quickly cooked that you would barely have time to go anywhere anyways! 2. Always use enough liquid in an Instant Pot. Instant Pots need 1 to 1.5 cups of liquid to get to and maintain pressure for cooking.
Grandmother’s TIPS for Tomato Torte with Caramelized Onion Recipe 1. When buying tomatoes, you would surprised to learn that the less ‘perfect and uniform’ the tomato .. often times the more flavor it will have. 2. Store tomatoes on the counter (not the fridge) to keep maximum flavor. 3. Sniff your tomatoes before you buy them. If they smell like a tomato..they will taste like a tomato too.
Grandmother's Tips for Crispy Baked Chicken Strips: Easy kid friendly recipes like this one will be requested again and again so you could make it part of your family meal planner of ingredients to have on hand. 1. Choose good quality chicken breasts. We shop at a local butcher and know that the poultry and meat we are eating is raised in happy environments and killed with humane practices. 2. Parchment paper is such a handy item in the kitchen.
Grandmother's Tips for Vegetable Lasagna Recipe: 1. Use oven ready lasagna noodles to save the step of precooking the noodles. We used a nice thin oven ready noodle that is a product of Italy and they are about 4x6 inches in size so 4 lasagna noodles fit nicely on each row. You can use any lasagna noodle that is available to you, but this makes a quick shortcut in the preparation of this dish by being able to just lay the oven ready noodles in the rows without boiling and cooking them first.
Grandmother's Tip: 1. Cooking times vary with ovens and elevations which is why you need to check at the 50 minute mark. 2. If the potatoes are not cooked, bake covered another 10-20 minutes or until the potatoes tender. Check by poking with a fork to check for doneness. 3. Yellow onions are probably the best choice for this potatoes recipe. Yellow onions are the most popular cooking onion variety because they add great flavor to most soups, stews, and meat recipes.
Grandmother's Tips for Cabbage Rolls Recipe: 1. Freeze your cabbage ahead of time. 2. Remove the frozen cabbage from the freezer and place it into a large bowl of hot water. This does not need to be boiling water, just hot. It is easiest to do this right in the kitchen sink. Use a paring knife to slice off the hard base of the cabbage leaves row by row and peel the leaves off one at a time.
Grandmother’s TIPS for Sheperd’s Pie Recipe: 1. You can reheat in the oven or in a frying pan. If you heat it up in a frying pan, it will get a bit ‘saucier’, but this is not a bad thing, it feels more like a stew and is also delicious. 2. The mixture of creamy mashed potatoes, lean nicely flavored ground meat, peas, carrots, corn and gravy is so satisfying. In this version we used ground beef, but you could just as deliciously use ground chicken or ground turkey for a Shepherd’s pie.
Grandmother's Kitchen Tips for Vegetable Coconut Curry: 1. This recipe can use just about ANY vegetables. Just be sure you cook them starting with the slowest cooking vegetables and lastly adding the quicker cooking vegetables. Below is an approximate list of the slowest cooking (toughest) vegetables, to the quickest cooking (softest) vegetables in this particular stir fry recipe.
Grandmother’s TIPS for Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Onion Recipe: 1. The healthiest way to buy bacon is to look for these words - uncured, center cut and reduced sodium. You may need to check out a Whole Foods type of store for this type of bacon, but keep your eyes out in bigger grocery stores also. 2. If you have a lot of grease from your bacon you can pour it into some foil and freeze for another recipe that would be tasty with a bit of bacon flavor.
Grandmother's Tips for this Sausage and Kielbasa recipe: 1. Plan to make this dish on a day when you have all afternoon as with prepping stove top cooking time and baking time, this dish takes about 3 hours. 2. We used half and half of Yukon Gold potatoes and Russet potatoes. Each potato variety offers its own unique texture and flavor to a dish. 3. We used fresh thyme and sage from our garden planter, you can buy small quantities of fresh herbs and fresh is what we suggest for this dish.
Grandmother's Tips for Roasted Potato Rounds with Lemon and Oregano: 1. Slice the potatoes nice and thin for this delicious potato recipe. If you have a mandoline slicer the process takes seconds to do. If you don't have one you can cut the potatoes by hand but it may be easier if the potatoes are large to cut them in half first then do the thin slices. Even sizes make for more even baking. 2. Potatoes make for easy dinner ideas.
Grandmother’s Tips for Pasta Casserole Recipe: 1. The pasta must be cooled in the refrigerator to form the texture that allows easy handling of each rigatoni noodle to stand it vertically. 2. We cooled overnight, but you could plan to do it all in one day if you give the cooked pasta at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before using. 3. When you do cook your pasta be sure to reserve one cup of the boiled water and let it cool to room temperature.