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Paleo Instant Pot Cowboy Chili

A couple of weeks ago, we finally hired a professional to come investigate, treat and seal our house against the mice that seem to have taken residence in our walls and attic. It turned out, they had also made themselves comfortable inside the insulation of our oven range. Gross! Plus, all of their nesting and rummaging around in there, broke the gas pipe connections in the range.

So, we bought a new oven! Something we’ve wanted to do but were putting off until the “right time.” Well, that time suddenly became now. Meanwhile, though, we couldn’t use our oven range. This week’s recipe ingenuity was born out of necessity. Thank goodness for our Instant Pot!

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Braised Ethiopian Chicken Thighs

Once upon a time, in seventh grade, I had a friend from Ethiopia. Dinners at her house were the most flavorful and spicy I had ever experienced. She recently found me on Facebook and I have daydreamed a few times about the delicious meals we had together as children.

This recipe was inspired by that experience. It also came about because I was in the mood for chicken and stew a few weekends ago, but didn’t want to wait hours on end for a chicken stew to cook. We had experienced chilly, rainy weather for a few days straight and I needed comfort food.

Braising allowed me to get some aspects of a hot, rich stew without all the wait-time. I hope you’ll find this Ethiopian-inspired meal as comforting and enjoyable as I did!

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Pad Kra Prow Beef

This recipe is one of our favorites at the local Thai restaurant. Initially, I was hesitant to even try it because it smelled incredibly spicy. Brent continued to encouraged me, and I finally tasted it one day he chose to order it without the “extra spicy please” request. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

Our version came out a little less saucy than our Thai place, but the flavor is just as rich and delicious. Plus, it comes together rather quickly—in 15 minutes or less. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

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Baked Buffalo Wings

No offense to apple pie, but in my mind the most American food of the 21st Century has to be buffalo wings. Not just buffalo wings, but anything buffalo flavor. It’s almost the PSL (pumpkin spiced latte, for those unfamiliar) for a large portion of the country. I’m not above this trend, and love wings that are borderline painfully spicy. Heather doesn’t like to intentionally eat foods that make her cry, but we both love these wings.

I wanted to put together a wing that would have the flavor I like without the intense heat that turns off a lot of people. These buffalo wings have the flavor, with almost no bite. There is some heat, but after eating a dozen you won’t be crying—at least neither of us were. We have made these wings each weekend throughout the playoffs, even with the devastating Packers loss to the Seahawks. We’re still a little sour over the way that game ended; nevertheless, we will be watching Superbowl XLIX with friends and these wings.

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Tom Kha Gai ต้มข่าไก่ (Thai Coconut Soup)

This weekend we had the pleasure of doing some cooking, and hanging out, with our friend Russ of the Domestic Man. We cooked for almost a solid 5 hours, and came up with some great recipes to share with you all as a result.

This first piece is a Thai soup based off of what I had ordered from a local Thai restaurant, Tom Kha Hed (ต้มข่าไก่). This soup, sometimes also known as Tom Kha Gai, Kai or just Tom Kha, is literally “chicken galangal soup.” We forwent the chicken itself, but one could easily add chicken and or prawns for a heavier soup.

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Fancy Homemade Burgers

Are you ready for fancy homemade burgers? We hope so! We love burgers, all kinds of burgers. Regular beef burgers. Salmon burgers. Bacon burgers. Matt and Stacy’s 50/50 burgers. Bison burgers. I could go on, but you might get bored. So, instead, I’m just going to tell you about our latest experiment so we can get down to business: sharing with you a recipe for fancy homemade burgers!

A couple weekends ago, I was hankering for burgers but Brent was simply not in the mood for more beef. (Admittedly, it had been a week of steak, chili and roast beef.)  So, we were staring at the selections of meats available at our local Whole Foods, hungry and indecisive. Finally, he grabbed ground pork, ground veal, and ground lamb. My eyes lit up. I couldn’t wait to get home and put them together.

This recipe seems “fancy” because, growing up in my house, veal and lamb were special foods for special occasions. But these fancy homemade burgers are actually quite simple to make! We hope you’ll enjoy this casual and delicious new twist on an old favorite.
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Golden Apricot Ribs

We love ribs.  They’re great on the grill and in the oven, and are something you can make nearly year round.  It’s always a little awkward for me to eat them at my desk, but it’s worth it.  These ribs were inspired by the leftover apricots we had in the house from our cooking at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s Baconpalooza.  Our apricocity didn’t take the prize, but it was an awesome time with new and existing friends.

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