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Maryland Crab Soup in the Instant Pot

It has been really cold the past few days. Plus our household has come down with the crud. So it is a perfect day for soup. Last week I had Maryland Crab Soup for lunch while out at a restaurant. It cost me $19 for a bowl with a side of hush puppies. I thought I could definitely make it for cheaper than that. Read More »

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How I Got Here

Settle in, it is time for storytime; this is going to be a long one. There is a library conference taking place right now. I am not attending, but it made me think of the topics you might hear at one. It is very typical that when you attend a professional conference, there may be a panel of people taking about their professional journey and the road that took them to where they are today. I am a librarian, educator, and author. So I thought it might be interesting if I talked about my own journey to how I got where I am today.Read More »

My Hack for the Perfect “Cook at Home” Ribs

My son and I both have a foible when it comes to food…we don’t like meat on the bone. So that means no chicken wings for us. We do make an exception for ribs, but they have to be fall off the bone ribs, which means we very rarely eat ribs. I have tried making ribs in the Instant Pot before and we thought they were okay, but not perfect. Then I bought a package of pre-cooked LLoyd’s ribs at BJs. At first I didn’t realize that they were pre-cooked. So I had planned on making them in the IP. I admit that I was flying a bit by the seat of my pants on how to cook them. I settled on ten minutes on high pressure. They were good but not perfect. I thought that the only way too cook the ribs was going to have to be the oven. That is until I decided to give the IP one more shot. Read More »

Angel Food Cake in the Instant Pot

I have made several cheesecakes in my instant pot. However, once it came to posting pictures here, I always decided not to because while they have tasted very good…I am not a good cake decorator, let’s put it that way. The other night I wanted a quick desert, but already had something taking up the oven. So I wondered if I could make something like a cake in the IP. So I made an angel food cake and my son declared it to be one of the best things he has eaten that I made. Here is what I did…Read More »