My mother used a pressure-cooker a couple of times a year to steam artichokes. It made a loud hissing sound and the pressure indicator knob jangled at a furious, nerve-grinding rate as steamed poured out. It was effective in cooking the artichokes, but was a casebook example of a pressure cooker that looked and acted like a culinary time bomb.
I wasn’t opposed to using a pressure cooker, but I’d heard enough stories about exploding lids and bad steam burns to be wary enough not to purchase one. Then I got the call from a client who was dying to learn how to do short ribs during his cooking class. Short ribs, while delicious, are tough cuts of beef that benefit from low and slow cooking. They aren’t hard to make, but they do require a couple of hours to cook making them less than ideal for a cooking class or a weeknight. Not wanting to disappoint, I decided to give pressure cookers another look and was surprised by what I found.
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Wings are a weakness of mine. As a child, my family use to frequent Wings n’ Rings in Tallahassee. Curly fries, hot wings, and a Shirley Temple were better than pizza in my book. Greasy and hot, they were accompanied by slightly desiccated carrot and celery sticks that were perfect for dipping in chunky blue cheese. Paper towel rolls were conveniently located on every table along with packets of wet wipes (a slightly more humble version of the hot towel presented in many a fine dining restaurant). The nature of the place was such that once dinner was over, my brothers and I would amuse ourselves by how far we could skid in our shoes over the greasy floor while my parents finished their pitcher of beer, chilled down nicely by a plastic bag filled with ice.
I vividly remember the first time I tasted red bean ice cream. My now husband and I were sitting at a sushi bar having just eaten far too much sushi when he suggested we get red bean ice cream to end the evening. I had never heard of red bean ice cream and was a little wary of it. I mean, can you blame me? Ice cream with beans in it doesn’t just scream delicious to me. But as my husband went on and on about how much he loved it, I decided to give it a try.
If you’ve never tried red bean ice cream before, the taste is unusual. When I first tried it, I couldn’t tell if I liked it or not, but found myself going back again and again for one last bite. Even after scraping up the last bit of ice cream, I was still on the fence and it was only later, when I found myself wishing for another bowl, that I decided that I actually liked ice cream with beans in it.