Texas de Brazil simply has the best black beans on the planet - and now you can make them at home! Easy, creamy, dreamy black beans!

Texas de Brazil’s Black Beans

Love Texas de Brazil’s creamy, dreamy black beans?  I got you! Whip these up in your  Instant Pot or on the stove! You guys frequent Texas de Brazil? It’s a Brazilian steakhouse where their goal is to give you the meat sweats. There’s one down the street from me and while the plethora of meat is generally considered the highlight, it’s the black beans that’s served on their salad bar that makes me keep on going back. Unexpected, I know. But those beans are ridiculous! Only the first time I went there did I get the meat situation. It’s too much for me and the wife. Too much food. When you combine that super stocked salad bar and then all…

Spicy red lentil soup - hearty, full of veg and totally healthy!

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

Spicy red lentil soup is both hearty and healthy! I may have mentioned before, we have “days” here on our food schedule. Souper Sunday, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, booze OK, (and quite possibly taco Thursday). Friday and Saturday are wild cards, which usually means I’m shooting a video so I’m cooking things that I shouldn’t be. This spicy red lentil soup happened on Souper Sunday. Management and I just basically tossed some things in the Instant Pot and boom! I call it spicy, but if you don’t put the jalapeño, it’s not. We like a little…

Easy, delicious recipes perfect for the beginner Instant Potter!

Beginner Instant Pot Recipes (That’s Not Water or Eggs)

So, you finally got that Instant Pot you’ve been dreaming of! Now what to cook in this thing? Don’t panic, don’t freak out – I have some very basic, very beginner recipes perfect for the newbie Instant Pot owner. Basic yes, boring, no! They are full of flavor with no crazy cream of anythings or packets of whatever. I’m not talking about eggs and water either. No, real delicious food! Here we go… Instant Pot Brisket Quite possibly the easiest. You rub it, you let it hang around a bit, pressure it. That. Is. It 2. Rajma/Kidney Bean Dal Absolute…

Rajma or kidney bean stew - Instant Pot vegetarian dish that is so simple and satisfying. You'll never miss the meat! It's a true dump and go meal. No browning, wilting, sauteing, just put it all in the pot and go!

Kidney Bean Dal – Rajma

Ramja? Kidney bean dal?  Never heard of it?  Me either.  But that’s what I was served for supper one night by Management.  It was so good I wanted to share it with you.   What is it rajma? According to my sources, rajma or kidney bean dal is a popular stew in North India.  Rajma is normally cooked for hours to create a thick sauce saturated with spices. Cool.  I didn’t even know that was gonna be supper.  I was pimping out my Weber Kettle and when I came in to clean up, the smell stopped me in my tracks.  Not…

Alabama sliders - delicious, spicy sliders made straight from Alabama pot roast! Make game day great again!

Alabama Sliders

Alabama sliders are here just in time.  College football season has started and Nick Saban is already getting testy with reporters.  All you need now is game day food.  I got you!  Roll Tide! Even if you’re not an Alabama fan, Roll Tide, you’re gonna be a fan of these sliders.   I used my Alabama pot roast recipe for this to make it super convenient.  Spicy, delicious, and handheld – does it get any better than that? You can shred that old thing, that Mississippi pot roast, but why would you?  I’m on a mission, let’s put this Alabama pot…

Instant Pot St. Louis style ribs - yes, you can have your ribs and eat them too - in less than an hour!

Instant Pot Ribs

Finally, the Instant Pot ribs.  I know, I know, it seems like I’m the last one on that bandwagon.  But…but…I’m committed to my smoker, you guys know that.   And I hate to keep on and on about it, but just as a reminder, it’s freaking hot.  I can’t bear to go out there and fire my smoker up.  So, Whole Foods was having a sale on their St. Louis ribs.  The wife picked some of them up and said, “You’re putting these in the pressure cooker tomorrow and I don’t want to hear any more about it.”  Under pressure it…

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket! No smoker? No problem. You pressure cooker will turn out a bad-A brisket in a fraction of the time. Promise.

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket

BBQ brisket.  In the pressure cooker.  I know, I know.  It’s not low and slow, which is totally how I dig my brisket.  But…It’s hot. And sometimes I just want a brisket – it’s a thing in our family.  You fire the smoker up, you put a big ass brisket on early in the morning, sit around and shoot the horse pucky and have a bit of beer.  I mean, it takes a long time to smoke a brisket so you gotta do something. But like I said, right now it’s just too hot for all that and look! ……

Delicious, tender cube steak in tomatoes, cream, and wine.

Instant Pot Swiss Steak with Tomatoes and Cream

Swiss steak with tomatoes and cream…I don’t know about you, but it takes me back a little bit. Waaaayyy back to my kiddie years. Swiss steak was a thing way back when. My mom used to make it, but not in a pressure cooker and NEVER with wine. I do. I’m a wino. So, the original recipe comes from a book The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book, and it’s just a really simple and accessible recipe. I always have everything on hand except the steak. And you probably do too! Don’t get caught up or click off with the wine…