Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Pimiento Cheese How the Kids Like It

Oh, my gosh, I 'most forgot to post here today!

Okay, when I met my husband, he was a widower with three little girls. Their blessed late mother (cancer--DAMN cancer) had spent hours, he told me, writing down her recipes so the girls would have them.

When we got married, I used those recipes to cook dishes the kids were familiar with. They had enough to deal with, losing their mother and being saddled with a Wicked Stepmother.

This is how their mother made pimiento cheese, so this is how I learned to make it.

Pimiento Cheese How the Kids Like It


  • Velveeta, or a comparable day-go orange, squishy, cheese-like substance
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • pimientos
  • salt to taste

Cube the cheese. Dice the egg(s) and cut it and the cheese together (works best if the egg is still warm). Add mayonnaise and continue cutting until the mix is the consistency you like. The kids like it kind of chunky. Taste and season, if necessary.


Some don't use eggs, some use "real" cheese, some add Worchestershirecher sauce. This is how our kids like it.

I'm posting at my blog today about a book called What Does It Mean to Be American? Also, an American Indian bread recipe.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lentil and Wild Rice Soup in the #InstantPot #vegan

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about some almost-instant lentil soup I made with canned lentils. This week, I made soup from dried lentils and wild rice.

Now, when they tell you about the InstantPot, they tell you it cooks much more quickly. Well, sometimes it do and sometimes it don't. What they don't do when they're telling you the times is include the time it takes for the pot to heat up and get to pressure. Sometimes that makes it take longer than regular stovetop or oven cooking.

But wild rice is a bugger. Wild rice takes For. EV. Ver. Not in the InstantPot.

Besides, soup in the InstantPot is AMAZING. The flavors are so rich and deep, it's worth any little extra time. You just have to allow for it, that's all I'm sayin'.

Lentil and Wild Rice Soup in the InstantPot

  • olive oil
  • lentils
  • 4 times as much water as lentils
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • sliced carrots
  • diced onion
  • diced celery
  • vegetarian bouillon cubes
  • seasoning to taste

Turn the pot onto Saute, heat the oil, and cook the vegetables until the onion goes translucent. Add the water and bouillon cubes and continue on Saute until the cubes are dissolved. Cancel the Saute. Add the lentils, wild rice, and seasonings, put on the lid, set to pressure, not vent. Press Beans or else press Manual and set it for an 40 minutes.

Looked like this.
I might have some mushrooms in there, now that I look at the picture. I love mushrooms.

SO GOOD!

I'm posting at my own blog today about a vegetarian low-carb feast.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Split Pea Soup in the #InstantPot #Vegan

Love my Instant Pot SO MUCH!

I had a hankerin' for split pea soup, so I hauled out the Pot and got to it. Here's how I made it. You make it the way you like it.

Split Pea Soup in the Instant Pot


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • chopped celery
  • thinly sliced carrots
  • pearl onions
  • smoked paprika
  • 1 cup dried split peas
  • 4 cups vegetable bouillon
  • bay leaf
  • herbs to taste 

I can't remember what herb blend I used, or if I just tossed in some thyme.

ANYWAY, turn the Pot to Saute and put in the vegetables (not the peas) and paprika and cook until the vegetables are a little tender: a few minutes. Press Cancel. Add the rest of the ingredients.

Put the lid on the pot and set the cock to seal. Press the Manual Button and select--Well, the recipe said 8 minutes, I did 10 minutes and some of the peas were still a bit crunchy, so next time I'll do 15.

Let the pressure come down by itself for 10 minutes, then vent it manually.



The soup will be a little thin at first (my husband, who likes broth, said it was thick), but it thickens as it cools. If you like your pea soup really thick, make it a day ahead of time.

I'm posting at my blog today about the tamales I made in my Instant Pot. NOT vegetarian, but could have been.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Easy-peasy Lentil Soup #Vegan

It doesn't get any easier than this:

Did you know lentils come in cans? Well, they do! 

So I opened a can of lentils into a saucepan, added onion powder, garlic powder, water, marjoram, and vegetable bouillon, and BOOM! we had soup.

Hit the spot, and oh, so quick.

I'm posting today at my own blog about bean soup I made in my Instant Pot. Not quite as quick and easy as this, but purty durn quick and easy.