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Not a Food Blog

September 4, 2018
Not a food blog
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I can guarantee that I will not be writing a food blog. Why is that you say when they are so popular? Because I rarely use a recipe and never cook exactly the same thing twice.

Am I a bad cook? Do I hate cooking? No to both of those questions.

Rebel Cooking
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Rebel Cooking

I love to eat and I love to cook. But as with most other things, I have to do it my way. Rebel cooking if you will.

I have dozens of cookbooks and I love reading through them and looking at all the recipes. I also read tons of food blogs myself and I appreciate their beautiful photos and their willingness to test their recipes until they get them just right.

cooking by the seat of your pants
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Cooking By The Seat Of Your Pants

Me, I fly by the seat of my pants. Once I read enough recipes to decide what I want to make I start making whatever I’ve chosen with my own twists. The only caveat to that is if I am baking. I am more apt to follow a recipe when that happens.

Chopping Knives
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Weekend Food  Chopping And Audiobooks

I do try most weeks to prepare my food for the week on Sunday. I bring my cutting board to the table, turn on my Bluetooth headphones and audiobook and chop way. It’s very relaxing!

I usually make a soup and/or casserole, some kind of salad, hard-boiled eggs and chopped veggies to eat with dips or hummus and to top my green salads.

Tomato Soup. Food for the soul.
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Favorite Soup

I can tell you one of my favorites. Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup. Yum-me! Here is my version for the Instant Pot

  • 1 chopped leek
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 tsp. of chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 large can of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. of chicken stock base
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh basil
  • 1 cup half and half

I take the butter and melt it in my instant pot on the Saute setting. I add the chopped leek, celery and garlic and let it soften and brown a bit. Then I add the tomatoes, water, and chicken base, seal the lid and change the Instant Pot setting from Saute to Pressure Cook.

Instant Pot for food
insta pot | by Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr

I set the time for 8 minutes and do a quick release when it is finished cooking. Once it is safe to open the lid, I stir in the half and half and the fresh basil and Bob’s your uncle.

So good! Sometimes if I have extra veggies like spinach or zucchini I will add those to the pot before I seal the lid and then use my Cuisinart stick blender to mix it up (carefully because it’s HOT) once I add the half and half.

What do you like to cook up on the weekends?

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