3 Things That Work in the Kitchen Feb. 6

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1.  Countertop Cooking Challenge starts today!

You know I love my slow cooker and I’m quickly falling in love with the Instant Pot too.  I’m so, so excited about the Countertop Cooking Challenge that officially starts today.  Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher and I are going to be cooking through Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans for the next four weeks.  We’re using the Slow Cooker plan.  She’s going to be doing Facebook live videos in the morning showing what’s going in her crockpot for the day.  I’ll be doing Facebook lives a few afternoons each week using the Instant Pot.

We’ve added Instant Pot/pressure cooker recipes to Weekly Meal Plans now and I think you’re going to love that option.

Please join us, no matter if you’re a Meal Plan Member or not.  You can use any recipes you like, we just want to encourage you to get dinner on the table as easily as possible this month.

If you would like to become a member, you can get a great discount by using the code EARLYBIRD at check out, now through Feb. 10.

2. Chicken for the Freezer using the Instant Pot

One of my biggest time saving tips in the kitchen is to cook chicken and freeze it so it’s ready for quick soups, casseroles and other dishes. The other day I used my Instant Pot to cook about four pounds of boneless chicken breasts. I set the cook time to 15 minutes, added 1 ½ cups of water and salt and pepper. The IP switched to the “keep warm” setting when it was done cooking, which meant I could pull the meat apart when I was ready.

You can also cook chicken in a slow cooker or the oven with the same results. No matter how you do it, it’s always a bonus to have the cooked chicken handy when you need it!

3.  My husband

While writing this post, I told Jim I needed a third thing that worked in the kitchen.  He said, “Me!”  And that’s true!  He does work in the kitchen.  He was washing dishes when he gave me that suggestion.

Since Valentine’s Day is getting closer and I am blessed with a wonderful husband who takes care of us in so many ways, including washing dishes I’ll sing his praises publicly 🙂

We’ve been married 29 years.  Not many people can say they made a decision when they were 20 years old that had a huge, positive impact on the rest of their life, but I can.  Many people thought I was too young to get married at 20.  They had a point – twenty is very young!  But marrying Jim turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  The fact that he washes dishes is a nice bonus.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?


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  1. Awwww, what a great husband. Still no dishwasher? It’s good to have someone to share the work.

  2. Kathy Ausburn says:

    My husband works in the kitchen also! 39 years for us and the best decision in our lives! We are empty nesters and cooking for two has been a welcome change. I am using the Dinner’s Done menu plans and am enjoying having more variety in our meals. Thanks for all you do!

  3. It looks like you and I both made good choices at age 20! Blessings to Jim. From what I can see, he he taught your boys well, too!

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