One Pot Garlic Parmesan Fettuccini

Had to share this recipe. This stuff is fantastic. The sauce is thick and rich, and  is perfectly seasoned. We usually serve it with grilled chicken and cheesy breadsticks. You can use any pasta you like, but we prefer fettuccini. Enjoy.


Garlic Parmesan One Pot Pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves of garlic

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup milk plus a little more

2 tablespoons of butter

8 oz fettuccine

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Add olive oil to pot with garlic cloves. Brown garlic. Add chicken broth, milk, butter, and pasta to pot. Go ahead and add salt and pepper also. Bring to boil, then lower heat until pasta is done. Stir often. You can add more milk if you need to. Keep covered with lid unless stirring. Takes about 18 to 20 minutes to cook pasta. Once pasta is done, remove from heat and mix in parmesan cheese until well combined. Can garnish with grilled chicken, broccoli or even more parmesan cheese. Enjoy.



Healthy Homemade Doggie Ice Cream

Ice cream for dogs can be bought from retail stores, but have you ever looked at the ingredients in that stuff? Here are the ingredients for a popular brand sold in the big box stores:

water, whey, soy flour, coconut oil, polydextrose, peanut butter syrup (peanuts, corn oil, salt), maltodextrin, sorbitol, monoglycerides, microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, dipotassium phosphate, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), ferrous fumarate, natural flavor, salt, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin

Now we are the kind of dog parents that like to try and watch what our girl eats, just like we do for ourselves. This wasn’t going to work for us, so we went looking for a healthy homemade alternative, and found one we love that I wanted to share. Our ingredients:

Banana, plain yogurt, peanut butter


This super simple and easy recipe took about 5 minutes to make, and is like crack for our dog. We poured ours into a big bowl to freeze, and just scoop out what we want her to have and put it into her food bowl, but you can freeze it in individual cups, or even ice cube trays. You can also put it into a bag and “pipe” it onto a tray covered in parchment paper or baking mats, and freeze into little frozen doggo treats.

The recipe would be 1 ¼ cup of plain yogurt, ⅓ cup of peanut butter, and 1 ripe banana (very ripe, needs to be mushy). Mix all together in a food processor (we used a SELRES_884d2dd8-f321-48d8-b816-2ab64da3e479SELRES_5555e124-4139-4c69-857e-b3976b597d0cSELRES_be971b44-589b-4702-baef-d81e714c108eSELRES_0062358c-bea8-43a5-a3e4-fb2f88e47984SELRES_c9c1c0e3-cca4-4200-b94d-961f7c3587f7Magic BulletSELRES_c9c1c0e3-cca4-4200-b94d-961f7c3587f7SELRES_0062358c-bea8-43a5-a3e4-fb2f88e47984SELRES_be971b44-589b-4702-baef-d81e714c108eSELRES_5555e124-4139-4c69-857e-b3976b597d0cSELRES_884d2dd8-f321-48d8-b816-2ab64da3e479) and pop into the freezer to freeze. Done. Serve as desired.

Instant Pot Lives Up To The Hype

 There has been so many kitchen gadgets come and go that were promised to revolutionize the way we cook, that I don’t even pay attention anymore. Sadly, I couldn’t even tell you what is on the market now a days.

This is why when my wife started talking about an Instant Pot , I had no clue what the thing was. I did a search and of course, same old hype. I filed the thought under the “whatever” tab and that was that.

Well we got one for Christmas this year, and decided to try it out. It worked. OK, so we tried it again, and it worked again. Holy crap, does this thing really cook the same food in half the time? Yep. Does it let you throw a bunch of ingredients in a pot and somehow create dinner? Yep. Everything we threw at it seemed to work great. Now, it has a permanent home on the counter top and we use it 3-4 times a week.

So why is this different? Well people have been cooking for a long damn time. We have pretty much figured out how to do most things. So trying to come up with a new gadget to do this totally awesome new thing, probably ain’t gonna work. The Instant Pot however, is not a new thing. It is a vast improvement on an old thing.

Pressure cooking has been around since 1679 when  French physicist Denis Papin, better known for his studies on steam, invented the steam digester in an attempt to reduce the cooking time of food. In 1939 at the New York’s Work Fair, the National Pressure Cooker Company (now Presto) introduced the modern age pressure cooker with the “jiggler” valve. So, nothing new there. What it does do, it take the often finicky pressure cooker, and slip it into a nice digital sleeve, and add a rather automatic and worry free (read idiot proof) valve. This means you press the button, and the machine worry about pressure and timing. It also builds in a ton of safety features which means you can mess around with pressure cooking and not blow up your kitchen.

I am not going to go out on a limb and say that this is going to do everything they claim it will and change your life forever, but I will tell you we have spent a month cranking out different recipes and it has performed flawlessly. It is definitely work checking out.