Do yourself a favor, Instead of purchasing or taking up valuable space with a pressure cooker, slow cooker and/or food warmer- get a Multi-Cooker. It pressure cooks, slow cooks, sautés, steams and warm foods. I have already made butternut ginger soup, black bean soup, and pulled pork several times, but for now I must share a favorite Red and Black Bean Soup.
I can not explain it but the pot seems to encapsulate flavoring- especially that of fresh herbs. These pots make a great gift and are wonderful for almost everyone, especially those who are health conscious, work, entertain, need extra cooking sources, etc. After some research I purchased the Instant Pot because it is made of good quality stainless steel inside and out, steering away from the potential hazards of non- stick cooking surfaces. It is so easy to use.
Be prepared to be asked for this recipe. It is a favorite and we are often asked to bring "the wings" to many gatherings. Crunchy and meaty with just the right amount of finger licking spice. The sauce is really, really good and can be used for grilled meats too!
Have a major weakness for Soft Pretzels? Alton Brown's recipe is my favorite. I've tried many other recipes and even my own. But in this case tampering is not necessary -Alton's is a hit, just Google it.
Some personal notes:
I like Alton's addition of butter (or margarine) to the dough. (tried with oil- not the same)
Alton uses 10 cups of water to gently boil the pretzels. I cut it in half using 5 cups water and 1/3 cup of baking soda and found it easier to manage.
Combine the water and baking soda together BEFORE BOILING- Do not boil the water before adding the baking soda- it can erupt like a volcano-it happened to me- my poor stove, cabinets and floor!!
Using parchment paper works out very well for baking, but for cooling use a wire rack.
Share and let us know your "Most Memorable" dish and why it is so special, where it originated and share a recipe or two if you please. It is fun and comforting to read, not to mention it just might help with planning your holiday menu or thoughts on what to bring to get togethers.