I have done the important "Test Drive" of my pressure cooker which gave me some confidence. This involves boiling some water and then keeping it under pressure for ten minutes. Then, I tried making one chicken dish which was a bomb and went to the trash. (Did you see my confidence just go out the window?) Although it probably would have tasted good, I was using some admittedly freezer burned chicken, and then I had some difficulty deciding if the pressure cooker was up to pressure. As a result, the chicken was grossly overcooked.
Ever hopeful, I'm going to give my pressure cooker another try. It's one of my many culinary goals for the summer. I may even try making my own hummus again, this time starting out with dried chickpeas cooked in the pressure cooker.
This Week's Dinners
Monday - Porcupine Meatballs with Egg Noodles (pressure cooker recipe from Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes)
Tuesday - BBQ Ribs and Rice (pressure cooker recipe from Lorna Sass: Pressure Perfect)
Wednesday - Grilled chicken with Orzo & Feta Salad. I'll marinate the chicken in lemon juice, olive oil, and a little basil and oregano.
Thursday - Grilled Mini Pizzas * see below
* Pizza with Watercress and Fig Jam (for me)
* Pizza with Cheddar, Granny Smith Apple, and Bacon (for DB)
* Pepperoni Pizza (for son Griffin)
* Pineapple Pizza (for daughter Julia)
If the pressure cooker recipes come out well, I'll post the recipe. Wish me luck!