I am going to take some time away from writing next week. I have been hitting the research hard these past few weeks. I feel the need to step back a bit and allow my brain to absorb some things before I move on. I’ll be back on-line in a few days.
Before I do that, I want to share a couple of things.
First, our newest kitchen tool, a Power Cooker electric pressure cooker. It has quickly become a favorite at our house. We had planned to buy another crock pot to use during the summer months–I am learning very quickly that temperatures in Texas are too hot to even think about baking. We debated going the crock pot route or venture into the newer technology. The Power Cooker was more expensive but gave us many other cooking options, one option being using it as a slow cooker. We read the reviews but could not come to a definite decision. So, off we went to a store near us so we could see and feel the different types of cookers available. The Power Cooker won our vote. It was a good size for storage space we had, it offered the most options, and the inside pot was well made with clearly marked liquid measurements.
We are still learning and fine tuning our cooking techniques. Our comfort level rises with each use. It is easy. The “quick use” guide really does take you step-by-step through the cooking process so your first meal is successfully and fast. There are many recipes on many different sites, from appetizers to desserts. Most recipes are prefaced by the words, “I was afraid to use it because of the old pressure cooker my grandma used to use….” I was also hesitant but the directions were well written and the recipes included are ones most of us would use often. If you need a new cooking option for the summer, check it out.
Secondly, I watched Anne Lamott’s Ted Talk last night: 12 Things I Know for Sure. Anne has been one of my favorite authors since I read her book, Bird by Bird. If you are looking for a quick and entertaining source of enlightenment, check this out.
Of the twelve things she presented, the one that rang truest for me was #2: Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes–including you.
I saw that as a thumbs up from Anne for some down time.
Once again, timing really is everything.