Category Archives: Food

Austin Food you can Enjoy Anywhere (no matter where you live)

Austin is a great destination for foodies. There’s an abundance of great BBQ, Mexican food, hip restaurants and cafes, food trucks, and bars in the capital Texas. But what if you don’t live close enough to try out the best places to eat in the ATX?

No worries… Even if you’re nowhere close, you can still get a taste some of the delicious foods Austin has to offer from the comfort your very own home, no matter where you live in the US.

Find out how to order Austin foods anywhere in the US!

Great Restaurants and Bars on South Lamar: Walkable Austin Nightlife

Austin, Texas has seen incredible growth over the last decade, in both the number of new residents and new businesses opening their doors. In particular, the area on South Lamar within walking distance of the Alamo Drafthouse has seen an explosion of hip bars and restaurants. I’ve witnessed this first hand, since moving to the neighborhood in 2009 and seeing something new and exciting pop up every couple of months.

Now with so many things to eat and drink on South Lamar, you no longer have to go downtown to 6th street, the warehouse district, or Rainey Street to get your nightlife fix. If you want a low-key night out, you can park once on South Lamar, then walk to more than a dozen restaurants and bars within 2 blocks of each other. What’s better, all of the parking is free and you don’t have to deal with huge crowds.

Discover great food and drink on South Lamar in Austin, Texas!

Best Pressure Cooker Recipes: Instant Pot Favorites

So you have your hands on a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot, but aren’t quite sure what dish you should make next? An electronic pressure cooker is an extremely versatile kitchen appliance equally capable of roasting meats, making delicious stews, making perfect rice, or even baking breads.

And because a pressure cooker can speed cooking times greatly when compared to a standard slow cooker, you can put a huge number of delicious, healthy meals on the table in no time. Ready to get started? Below is a list of our favorite tried-and-true pressure cooker recipes that we’ve made several times in the past.

Chicken adobo made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker

Discover more than a dozen pressure cooker recipes!

Moka Pot: Make espresso without the machine… at home (like an Italian!)

You don’t need to go to Starbucks or your local hipster coffee shop to get your caffeine fix. To get strong coffee, you don’t even need to buy an expensive espresso machine that hogs limited kitchen counter space either.

If you want to make really eye-opening coffee that’s like espresso without the machine, make it like the Italians do… quickly and very cheaply at home, using a moka pot.

Learn more about how to make great coffee at home with a moka pot!

Secrets to the perfect steak: Cooking sous vide

Want to make the perfect grilled steak? Sous vide is a great method to cook steak exactly how you want it, but most sous vide steak recipes on the internet lack a critical steps that make all the difference between mediocre meat and a perfectly cooked, mouth-watering masterpiece.

Many sous vide enthusiasts get frustrated when they can’t replicate the perfect steak they see on blogs, videos, or Instagram. I was in the same boat for a long time. You know what it looks like, the perfect steak has a uniform, pink color on the inside and a thin, beautifully caramelized sear on the outside. And a great sous vide steak looks so invitingly juicy and tender.

But contrary to popular belief, it’s pretty easy to mess up a steak when cooking sous vide. In my years of cooking sous vide, I’ve made all of the newbie mistakes.

Learn how to cook the perfect sous vide steak

Healthy Homemade Dog Food… Fast (with a pressure cooker)

Healthy Dog Food Pressure Cooker

When our Boston Terrier Jack turned 10, we started to think more about his health, especially with the low-quality, dangerous dog food causing illness and even death in some pets. We didn’t want to feed him mass-produced dog food, even from previously well-trusted brands.

We decided that cooking quality, human-grade food made of chicken, veggies, and grains was the best way to ensure he’s eating well. And our recipe was a hit with Jack, a notoriously picky eater. Additionally, since feeding him this fresh dog food, we get lots of compliments on how shiny his coat is and how young he looks.

When we started making the recipe below, we were cooking with a crock pot, which required 8 hours of cook time. While we were happy with the result, it was far too time consuming to make.

Healthy Dog Food Pressure Cooker

When I adapted the same recipe for my Instant Pot electronic pressure cooker, I could cook everything in 1 hour. Also, the quality of the dog food I made was much better than with a crock pot, results were more consistent (it’s easy to control precisely how long each ingredient cooks), and cleanup became much easier (no more burnt on food on the sides of a pot).

Check out our recipe for healthy dog food

Coffee Subscription Services: Are they right for you?

coffee delivery service

Subscription services are everywhere now. You can get groceries, clothes, pet toys, wine, and even ammo delivered to you in the comfort of your own home. Why not coffee? If you’re even a minor coffee lover (coffee liker?) like me, you have to buy it from the store anyways… right?

I’ve recently tried a couple of coffee subscription services (some call it “coffee of the month”) that deliver craft coffee to see what its is all about.

Learn if coffee delivery services are for you

Buying an induction burner: 12 things you need to know

What are induction stoves? Some might argue that they’re the best thing since sliced bread, myself included.

Induction burners (also known as induction hobs in the UK) use a magnetic coil to excite electrons in any magnetic pot or pan, which leads to heating food quickly, efficiently, and with a great deal of digital control.

What’s so great about induction stoves? What do you need to know before you start using one? Here are 12 things I’ve learned after using them (and loving them) for over a year.

Read more about fast and efficient induction stoves in the full post

Instant Pot Review: Are they worth it? Your important questions answered!

Is a pressure cooker worth it? And what are the pros and cons of an electric pressure cooker? I too once wondered these things before falling in love with my Instant Pot IP-DUO60 pressure cooker.

It’s undeniable that the cooking world is fully mixed, stirred, and folded together with modern technology. At my house, the kitchen is packed full of time-saving kitchen gadgets, and the pressure cooker is probably my favorite one. I’ll tell you why…

The Secret to cooking fast = pressure cooking

An electric pressure cooker can cut cooking time on stews from 8 hours to just one, and it makes it easy to perfectly steam veggies and prepare fall-off-the bone meats in no time.

Read more about electric pressure cookers

Blue Apron vs Plated: Home Meal Delivery Review & Comparison

Home meal delivery services… are they worth it? And which food delivery company is best?

Thanks to quick, inexpensive mail delivery, by now you know someone who’s used a home subscription service for groceries, clothes, shaving supplies, makeup, dog toys, or movies (remember when everyone got Netflix DVDs mailed to them?).

In the last year or two, home meal delivery subscriptions have picked up steam (pun intended). Services like Blue Apron and Plated promise high quality, easily-to-prepare dishes with recipies designed by chefs… all from the comfort of your own home.

Click to find out if Blue Apron or Plated is better!