Trial & Error – Grilled Cheese

So the other day, Merryweather and I’s watched a little too much Good Eats Reloaded. We had seen an episode on Grilled Cheese. We made some nice grilled cheese with mom’s chili for dinner.

We got to talking about grilled cheese modifications. We actually used Dubliner Cheese for dinner. Merryweather went multi-cheese, mayo, mustard, paprika?. If Merryweather doesn’t learn how to tame if down about 20%, I am going to start calling him Squirrelly Dan. We had a nice dinner. To be clear.

Standard Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • Three unwrapped American Cheese slices. Pre-sliced American Cheese that was never individually wrapped. Probably from costco, maybe store brand, rarely Kraft.
  • Two slices of wheat bread probably from Aldi.
  • Butter

Directions

  1. Butter a slice of bread
  2. Slap it on a warm skillet butter side down.
  3. Add Cheese
  4. Add another slice of bread, butter side up
  5. Cooked on a non-stick skillet at medium until brown.
  6. Flip it brown other side
  7. Plate & Consume

The experiment.

We had six slices of bread left. A large chunk of Velveeta block. Various Condiments. We split the cheese into equal portions.

  • Wheat Bread, Butter, Velveeta
  • Wheat Bread, Mayonnaise, Velveeta
  • Wheat Bread, Butter, Dijon Mustard on the inside, Velveeta

The Results

Velveeta is inedible, chemical tasting trash. It might have been better if we just hadn’t had nicer cheese for dinner. I love it. I use it for queso dip all the time. We cut the experiment short. We didn’t finish any of the sandwiches. Bleah.

Also

Mayonnaise spreads more smoothly than room temperature butter, so it looks more uniformly browned. I don’t eat mayonnaise, but it didn’t radically change the taste which was gross, because we used block Velveeta.

Mustard… I like mustard, but this wasn’t a fun new way to enjoy mustard.

Lazy Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • Six Chicken Breasts (thawed) (like in the package from the store)
  • 2 cans of Rotel
  • 2 cans of Water

Directions

  • Put in a trivet
  • Place chicken on top of trivet neatly
  • Pour two cans of Rotel on Top
  • Add a can or two of water in the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on Poultry for 14 minutes
  • Quick Release

The Back Story

I had some chicken breast and basically nothing else in the fridge. Didn’t want to go out to dinner. So I searched Google for “Chicken Breast Instant Pot”. That is where I got the 14 minutes on the Poultry setting. I don’t know what it means. I checked the breast with the thermometer when I opened it. Thickest part – 190+ degrees Fahrenheit. It’s pretty good. I have used it in tortillas twice.

The Tip

I am a proponent of the Costco Chicken Breast Sous Vide in two hours. The instant pot is a neater. You can pour off the fat and water. you don’t want.

The Poultry Button

According to TasteOfHome.com <== Shadiest link I have visited in years, but the first quote I picked from another site was incoherent.

Poultry – This can make your favorite chicken recipes in a simple 15 minutes! You can adjust for “More” for 30 minutes, or “Less” for 5. This is actually great for when you need a quick batch of shredded chicken for a recipe.

Spaghetti in the Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of Ground Beef
  • 1 package of Spaghetti
  • 24 Ounce Jar of Prego Roasted Garlic & Herb

Directions

  • Brown Ground Beef on Saute’
  • Pour in Sauce and mix well with ground beef
  • Break Pasta in half and spread it out nicely on top of the sauce.
  • Cover with water.
  • Cook for 8 minutes on high
  • Quick Release
  • Serve

Baked Spaghetti

Do everything above then sprinkle with cheese before serving

Pro Tip

I don’t always drain the ground beef. I suspect that a little fat is probably makes you feel full sooner.

Today’s Word. Saiety

Satiety (Noun) – sa·ti·e·ty – The feeling or state of being sated.

Spaghetti in the Instant Pot.

I had stopped doing spaghetti in the Instant Pot. Last night, I had a request for baked spaghetti. I also had FOUR pounds of ground beef to cook. So tonight was the night.

I got home from the grocery and dumped the whole FOUR pounds of ground beef into the instant pot on Saute’. I thought I had covered this before. I couldn’t find my own link. So let’s add “search” to the web page updates.

So I Googled someone else’s spaghetti recipe.

This one from the Kitchn by Meghan Splawn
https://www.thekitchn.com/instant-pot-spaghetti-264230

Lot of wisdom in there.

  • So I split the ground beef in half,
  • Poured a 24 ounce jar of Prego Roasted Herb and Garlic on top of it.
  • Stirred the ground beef and sauce well.
  • Broke the spaghetti in half. and layered it on top.
  • Poured about 24 ounces of water on top
  • Cooked it for 8 minutes in the instant pot.
  • Quick Release
  • Bowled.
  • Sprinkled six cheese Italian cheese on top for Mrs. I want baked spaghetti.
  • Dinner

Next Time

I might cook it for nine minutes or take more time layering in the noodles.

My iPhone hates me

I use Apple Music on purpose about once every six months. Usually, I am listening to a podcast or Amazon music or Audible.

When I plug my iPhone into the car, “ABC” by the Jackson Five comes screaming out. I don’t hate the song. I own it it, but fuck “ABC” by the Jackson Five when I am trying to get on the road to somewhere.

It’s annoying.

There isn’t an iPhone option to choose default apps for music or what happens when it gets plugged into a car. So today I went old school, I copied some songs and renamed them so they precede “ABC” alphabetically.

I am not a total monster. I kept the original versions, but hopefully the next time I hear Michael Jackson consent will be involved.

See that playlist? “ABC” by Jackson Five isn’t on the phone. What kind of monster app is downloading a song to play just because I plugged the phone into a car? Hubris? Satan?

This is only been an issue for about five years. I am excited/thrilled/disappointed/sad that it took me this long to come up with a solution.

#bruteforce

Save that cooler!!! Igloo 100 quart cooler remodel

Ingredients

  • 1 broke ass Igloo cooler
  • 1 Igloo replacement parts kit

Directions

  • Replace the broken and missing parts.
  • Profit

And now… the rest of the story.

I found a Igloo 100 quart cooler in the trash on Friday. The hinges were broken. The latch was missing. Today I have a good as new Igloo 100 quart cooler.

It cost $10. I got the replacement hardware from Amazon. Replaced the broken and missing parts.

Done.

It’s like printing money.

Notes

The factory hinges are NOT designed to fold all the way back. There is a strap on the inside that is designed to hold open the lid. If the strap is missing, the hinges are going to break.

If the strap is missing, the hinges are going to break.

There is an aftermarket hinge made with hose material that might be better if you need hinges open all the way. I did it with factory parts for you, gentle reader. I plan on returning the cooler to the people who tossed it. I left some notes in Sharpie to whoever goes on this adventure next time.

Alternatively, you could live without the hinges. Or use metal hinges with cotter-pins so the lid is remove-able.

Save that cooler!!! Igloo 100 quart cooler remodel

Ingredients

  • 1 broke ass Igloo cooler
  • 1 Igloo replacement parts kit

Directions

  • Replace the broken and missing parts.
  • Profit

And now… the rest of the story.

I found a Igloo 100 quart cooler in the trash on Friday. The hinges were broken. The latch was missing. Today I have a good as new Igloo 100 quart cooler.

It cost $10. I got the replacement hardware from Amazon. Replaced the broken and missing parts.

Done.

It’s like printing money.

  • Notes

The factory hinges are NOT designed to fold all the way back. There is a strap on the inside that is designed to hold open the lid. If the strap is missing, the hinges are going to break.

If the strap is missing, the hinges are going to break.

There is an aftermarket hinge made with hose material that might be better if you need hinges open all the way. I did it with factory parts for you, gentle reader. I plan on returning the cooler to the people who tossed it. I left some notes in Sharpie to whoever goes on this adventure next time.

Alternatively, you could live without the hinges. Or use metal hinges with cotter-pins so the lid is remove-able.

Curry rice in the Instant Pot

Merryweather asked about curry chicken today. I looked up curry rice and went from there. I did it one pot. It took about 20 minutes. The results were edible.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Olive oil for sauté’ing
  • 1 cup rice.
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Large handful of mini non-hot peppers chopped
  • Tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of turmeric
  • One cup of water
  • One bag frozen peas
  • One bag frozen corn

Recipe

  1. Put the Instant Pot on Sauté.
  2. Add oil, dry rice, onion, peppers in the instant pot. Sauté it.
  3. Once everything is sautéd, Onions are browned, soft, etc, add in the curry powder and turmeric
  4. Mix well
  5. Add a cup of water, cancel sauté, then Set the instant pot to rice, put the lid on it, etc
  6. Get out a bag of frozen peas and frozen corn. Cook them per instructions in the microwave.
  7. Drain water
  8. Add them to the finished rice
  9. Stir well
  10. Serve

Results

It smells amazing, but the flavor is pretty neutral. Kind of bland.

We had it with grilled chicken. Should be great leftovers, but it was kind of boring. The rice was clumpy. I wanted to dump some hot sauce on it. I don’t know anything about hot sauce for “Indian” food.

Next time, I would do a couple of things different.

  • Wash the rice
  • Cook the rice with the seasoning in the instant pot
  • Saute’ the rest of the ingredients in a wok and then mix in the cooked rice.
  • Add some hot pepper.
  • Merry weather thought it needed marsala sauce.

Chicken Enchiladas… Not from my oven

Mrs. Jon Bruce Entertainment sent this recipe to me. I made it. It was excellent. I substituted jalapeños for the mild peppers. It was one of the hottest things I have ever made. Really good too.

Without further ado…

Chicken Enchiladas by Hot From My Oven

https://www.hotfrommyoven.com/chicken-enchiladas-with-sour-cream-white-sauce.html?epik=dj0yJnU9bXNULVlIZzZ3bm53Zy1iZGNDa0NJZUNCaGJEVko1bmkmbj1qMEhzSFNrZ2h0OEJRWjJDdUR2ZERnJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjA4emN3

Why?

I got to make a white sauce. Butter, flour, beef stock, sour cream

Once again, I substituted jalapeños for the recommended peppers. It was spicy.

I am going to have my kid try making the white sauce.

Instant pot hard boiled eggs 4 minutes

Quick

Eggs, a cup of water, 4 minutes

Use an ice bath or tap water to cool the eggs and peel them.

Long version

Use the trivet or a basket or layers, like an ogre.

Put a cup of water in the bottom

Stack eggs

High pressure 4 minutes

Rinse the eggs and peel them

4-4-4

The generally accepted cook time for hard boiled eggs is 4-4-4.

4 minutes high pressure

4 minutes natural release

4 minutes in an ice bath

It works great for my pot.

4-71-1

My last batch went like this.

  • 4 minutes high pressure
  • 71 minutes natural release
  • 4 minutes in an ice bath

I started eggs and left them to sit for an hour and eleven minutes. I got to play Fortnite for an hour. The eggs are edible. They are not pretty. The white is off white. The outside of the yolk has changed color. It’s green. These are over cooked. The world did not end.

Notes

The eggs will continue cooking as long as you have heat on the eggs.

They peel really easy. I usually make eggs for use at a later date. I just burn my fingers peeling them and throw them in the fridge.

Putting them in an ice bath or running some water makes your fingers burn less. Cold water makes the eggs easier to peel.

Simple syrup for your sizzurp.

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Heat

Technique

  • Measure equal parts water and sugar
  • Heat the water up to around boiling
  • Pour in the sugar
  • Stir to dissolve
  • Cool
  • Put it in a container to use
  • Why?

  • Simple syrup is for bar use. Today I was making emergency Mint Juleps and decided to make simple syrup.
  • I also made a totally amazing lemon shake up. Shockingly amazing.
  • I now think I am some sort of bar tending genius.