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Under pressure [May. 21st, 2006|07:26 pm]
spinthemoon
I'm cooking dinner. I know what you're thinking. What's the big deal about that? And you're probably also thinking, Man, this is the most boring blog EVER. 

Well, I can't vouch that you're not correct on the second point, but you'd be way off on the first. Because the big deal is that I am cooking dinner in my new pressure cooker.

Woot! This is my Mother's Day present, and I'm just now getting a chance to try it out. Not only am I trying it out, I'm trying it out on a new recipe. So I'm sitting on pins and needles (not really for all you literalists out there) wondering if dinner will be scrumptious or whatever the opposite of scrumptious is. I'm tired; figure it out for yourself. You're all bright people - I'm sure you've thought of about ten words I could have used already.

I had a pressure cooker once upon a time. I loved it, but it had issues. I never knew if it would actually pressurize or not. Which was, I suppose, fitting, given that I never knew if the oven I had at the time would light. Dinner was always an adventure.

But I loved it anyway, especially when it worked. Stuffed bell peppers in ten minutes. Pork roast in 45 minutes. I was giddy with the power of it. But it eventually stopped pressurizing altogether (I think the lid was bent) and I finally parted with it on my last super fling.

OK, time for the moment of truth - I need to go cut the fire off and let it depressurize and see how everything went. Wish me luck!!
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-05-21 06:15 pm (UTC)
yay you!! I hope it turned out well!

sing it with me, "under pressure *ding ding ding da da ding ding*"
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[User Picture]From: skipperja
2006-05-21 07:04 pm (UTC)

But what did you cook?

 
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-05-21 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: But what did you cook?

I made a chicken cassoulet. At least, that's what it was supposed to be. But for some weird reason, my can of ordinary diced tomatoes turned out to be diced tomatoes with chilis. (That's what I guess for buying cheap store brands, I guess).

It was still yummy - just a little more tex-mex than french.
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2006-05-21 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, whew! It came out all right! Don't leave me in suspense like that, okay? *Snark*
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-22 05:02 am (UTC)
And that my dear, is very so grown up. We used to get excited over the latest outfit or the prom. Now..it's pressure cookers and blinds (HINT).

Misty
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-05-22 05:15 am (UTC)
Just let the blinds thing go, Misty. I know I have.;0)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-22 09:30 am (UTC)
Bought the sheers didja? Sad part is, I don't even really know what a pressure cooker does. I get all excited over new pots and throw pillows. But kitchen gadgets scare the hell out of me.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-05-22 09:45 am (UTC)
No sheers, just two old blinds and one bare window. Someday...

A pressure cooker is like a big pot with a special sealed lid. The pressure builds up inside the pot when you seal the lid, so everything cooks faster. Plus, it infuses the flavors into everything. So what you would simmer on the stove for hours gets done in a matter of minutes. They are way cool.
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From: blissonbliss
2006-05-23 06:57 pm (UTC)
Sigh. Now I'm going to have to get a pressure cooker! One more appliance! I can't get over having stuffed bell pepper in 10 minutes! I've always been afraid though because of this girl in college who came in one morning with this huge bandage covering the left side of her face. Pressure cooker victim.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-05-27 05:47 am (UTC)
Oh, modern pressure cookers have like fifteen bazillion failsafes on them so they don't blow up. My first one you couldn't even unlatch the lid if it wasn't fully depressurized.
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