I wrote a cookbook. Four words I never thought would pass my lips: I wrote a cookbook? I wrote a cookbook! I sure did! A Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook! Publishing in September of 2018, with pre-orders available now on Amazon. Can you believe it?!? Here’s the link: The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook
To be honest, there are days I’m still in “pinch me” mode. Since the project began earlier this year (2018), life has been crazy. It may have felt like I wasn’t blogging much and the truth is, I wasn’t. I was developing and testing Instant Pot recipes, teaching Instant Pot and other cooking classes, all while trying to juggle watching the grandbabies and build a business. It’s been a very exciting time! You don’t know how happy I am to finally share it with you!
It all started just over a year ago, when a lovely woman named Kim wanted to offer Instant Pot classes at her store. She and I were talking about different cooking classes and while I had an electric pressure cooker sitting in it’s box in my garage (a very common place to keep them, I’ve learned!) it wasn’t an Instant Pot. I had *no clue* how to use an Instant Pot, much less be able to teach someone else how to cook with one. She graciously handed me her Instant Pot and said “Here you go!” Talk about trial by fire!
So, I jumped in with both feet, excited to try this new appliance! My first attempt at dinner for the family was a total disaster. It’s good to look back now and laugh, but at the time, I was sure this Instant Pot thing was the worst idea ever. Being one for diligently following a recipe the first time, especially with a new cooking vessel, I chose Chile Verde. The recipe said it would cook in just 30 minutes. We normally eat around 6:30 pm, so I started dinner at 5:30 figuring I’d need a little more than 30 minutes to prep and get accustomed to the buttons etc. I mean, 30 minutes for a decent Verde was unheard of in this house!
Long story short, we didn’t have dinner until 8:30 that night. Pfffffff!! 30 minutes? HA!
Number ONE rule of cooking with an Instant Pot (or any other electric pressure cooker): Don’t believe Pinterest recipes that say you can cook something in mere minutes. It’s a LIE.
Next rule of cooking with an Instant Pot (I learned this the very next morning after attempting steel cut oats): Sealing rings retain odors. Having an oatmeal breakfast that smells like Chile Verde is nasty. NASTY!
Yet, in spite of all the struggles, I persisted, determined to master this Electric Pressure Cooker. I’m so very glad I did!
I’m so thankful to Jane, my co-author for bringing this project to my door and believing I should be the one to help bring this vision to life. I’ve learned so much about gluten-free cooking! Developing delicious recipes without using gluten so everyone can have fun with their electric pressure cookers has been a dream! There will be more details coming over the next few weeks. Possibly even a recipe or two. But for now, I just couldn’t wait any longer to tell you I wrote a cookbook. Holy Guacamole Batman! That’s my name on the cover! I wrote a freakin’ cookbook!