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Today I talked about something I have been reading on “the interwebs” about the 2017 solar eclipse. And guess what? We got more chickens!

The Eclipse will Blind your Chickens!? | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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Instant Pot – Roast Beef http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/instant-pot-roast-beef/ http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/instant-pot-roast-beef/#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:37:51 +0000 http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/?p=33053 How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot I’ve been using my Instant Pot more and more lately, and one of the things I have been doing, is converting some of our favorite recipes into Instant Pot recipes. This is an altered version of my Roast Beef recipe that is normally...

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How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot

Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

I’ve been using my Instant Pot more and more lately, and one of the things I have been doing, is converting some of our favorite recipes into Instant Pot recipes. This is an altered version of my Roast Beef recipe that is normally slow cooked in the oven.

To begin, cut a chuck roast in half. This is so that it fits into the Instant Pot well. Sprinkle with some salt & pepper on both sides.


Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Push the “Saute” button on the Instant Pot and add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. (I also use coconut oil for this.) When the oil is hot, place one half of the roast in the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 2-3 minutes. Turn it over and let it sear on that side as well.

Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

When that half is done, place it on a plate and repeat with the other half of the roast.

Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Toss in 4 whole cloves of garlic and an onion that has been cut into wedges. Let them cook until they develop a little color in spots. Scoop them out to a dish.

Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pour in 1/2 cup of red wine and with a wooden spoon, loosen all of the brown bits in the bottom of the pot. Turn off the Instant Pot.

Place the roast halves back into the pot along with the onion & garlic. Pour in 2 cups of beef broth.

Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Add in some thyme, rosemary, parsley and bay leaves along with some carrots that have been cleaned and cut into pieces.

Instant Pot Roast Beef - How to make a delicious and tender roast in your Instant Pot - recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Close and seal your Instant Pot. Press the “manual” button for pressure cooking. Set this to 90 minutes at high pressure. Let it run its cycle along with the cooling/depressurizing time.

When it is finished if you would like to have gravy, ladle the liquid through a sieve into a sauce pan. Mix about 3 tablespoons of corn starch with 2/3 cup of water in a small dish.

Bring the liquid to a gentle boil and pour in half of the cornstarch mixture. Stir and allow it to boil and thicken. If you would like it thicker, add more of the cornstarch mixture.

Enjoy!

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HOW TO MAKE A DELICIOUS AND TENDER ROAST IN YOUR INSTANT POT
Ingredients
  • 1 beef chuck roast, cut in half
  • 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • ½ c red wine
  • 2 c beef broth
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1½ tsp dry thyme leaves)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 1½ tsp dry rosemary leaves)
  • several sprigs of fresh parsley (or 1½ tsp dry parsley)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 6-8 carrots, cleaned & cut into chunks
  • For the gravy:
  • ⅔ c cold water
  • 3 Tb cornstarch
Instructions
  1. To begin, sprinkle the roast halves with salt & pepper.
  2. Push the “Saute” button on the Instant Pot and add the oil.
  3. When the oil is hot, place one half of the roast in the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 2-3 minutes. Turn it over and let it sear on that side as well.
  4. When that half is done, place it on a plate and repeat with the other half of the roast.
  5. Toss in the garlic cloves and onion wedges. Let them cook until they develop a little color in spots. Scoop them out to a dish.
  6. Pour in the red wine and with a wooden spoon, loosen all of the brown bits in the bottom of the pot. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  7. Place the roast halves back into the pot along with the onion & garlic. Pour in the beef broth.
  8. Add in the thyme, rosemary, parsley and bay leaves along with the carrot pieces.
  9. Close and seal your Instant Pot. Press the “manual” button for pressure cooking. Set this to 90 minutes at high pressure. Let it run its cycle along with the cooling/depressurizing time.
  10. For the Gravy:
  11. When it is finished if you would like to have gravy, ladle the liquid through a sieve into a sauce pan. Mix about 3 tablespoons of corn starch with ⅔ cup of cold water in a small dish.
  12. Bring the liquid to a gentle boil and pour in half of the cornstarch mixture. Stir and allow it to boil and thicken. If you would like it thicker, add more of the cornstarch mixture.

 

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How Many Roosters Should You Have? http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/how-many-roosters/ http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/how-many-roosters/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:56:01 +0000 http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/?p=33049 An easy mistake I see many new chicken owners making is having TOO MANY ROOSTERS! I address this in today’s episode.

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An easy mistake I see many new chicken owners making is having TOO MANY ROOSTERS! I address this in today’s episode.

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20 Pumpkin Recipes because… Pumpkin Everything is Coming! http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/20-pumpkin-recipes/ http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/20-pumpkin-recipes/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:06 +0000 http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/?p=24243 Satisfy your pumpkin cravings with this collection of 20 pumpkin recipes. Folks, it is here already. “Pumpkin Everything” season. No joke, I have already started seeing seasonal pumpkin foods showing up at the grocery store. Now I’m not complaining at all, because I LOVE pumpkin recipes. Are you a pumpkin-lover like me? Well you are...

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Satisfy your pumpkin cravings with this collection of 20 pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Everything! 20 Pumpkin recipes to satisfy your cravings this season. | Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Folks, it is here already. “Pumpkin Everything” season. No joke, I have already started seeing seasonal pumpkin foods showing up at the grocery store. Now I’m not complaining at all, because I LOVE pumpkin recipes.

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Are you a pumpkin-lover like me? Well you are in luck! Because today I’m sharing 20 Perfectly Scrumptious Pumpkin recipes from around the web for you to make for your friends and family.

You’ll find everything from muffins to stews to homemade coffee creamer with real pumpkin. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Smoothie from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Smoothie from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

2. Pumpkin Bagels from The Redhead Baker

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3. Glazed Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread from Aunt Bee’s Recipes

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4. Pumpkinettes from Desserts Required

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5. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

6. Quick Pumpkin Butter from Shockingly Delicious

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7. Tipsy Pumpkin Bread Pudding from Noshing With the Nolands

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8. Pumpkin Coffee Cake from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Coffee Cake from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

9. Pumpkin Bread from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

10. Pumpkin Stuffing Bread from Recipes Food and Cooking

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11. Pumpkin Chiffon French Silk Pie from The Crumby Cupcake

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12. Stuffed Pumpkins from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

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13.  Pumpkin Roll Cupcakes from Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate

Pumpkin Roll Cupcakes from Christy Jordan's Southern Plate

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14. Pumpkin Ravioli with Tarragon from Curious Cuisiniere

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15. Pumpkin Streusel Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

16. Pumpkin Eggnog Custard from Simply Healthy Family

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17. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte flavored Creamer from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer with real pumpkin from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

18. Creamy Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup (Dairy-free) from Tasting Page

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19. Pumpkin Pie Dip from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Pie Dip from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

20. Pumpkin and Apples Roasted with Brown Sugar from Food Lust People Love

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So which pumpkin recipe are you going to try first?

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How to Make SLIME! http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/make-slime/ http://cosmopolitancornbread.com/make-slime/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:23 +0000 http://thefoodiearmywife.com/?p=11017 A fun experiment for your kiddos – making homemade slime. Many moons ago I share this experiment on my old blog – it was actually one of my very first blog posts back in my “homeschooling from now on” days. This is Jack & Josh being silly back around that time. I can’t believe how time...

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A fun experiment for your kiddos – making homemade slime.

How to make Slime! A fun science experiment for your kiddos from Cosmopolitan Cornbread.

Many moons ago I share this experiment on my old blog – it was actually one of my very first blog posts back in my “homeschooling from now on” days.


This is Jack & Josh being silly back around that time. I can’t believe how time has flown. Joshua is now married and in the army and Jack is headed to Basic in a couple weeks. Hug your little ones, because they don’t stay that way long!

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If you don’t know, I love science. I actually intended to go to college to become a biologist. But life sometimes takes a detour and God does other things in our lives.

So since I have such a love for science, we took every opportunity to do experiments. Here’s Jen doing an experiment to show differences in density. (She’s also off and married now!)

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Josh beginning a chemistry project, growing crystals.

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My kids loved homeschooling. I didn’t have to drag them out of bed and force them to get started. Here they are working on some spelling puzzles with their breakfast. And this after they had already done the chores!

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And then there’s this. Jack with his own chemistry experiment…..making SLIME!

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Now, how do you make that cool slime?

Here’s what you need:

  • 1½ tsp Borax
  • ¾ c water (divided)
  • ¼ c white glue (Elmer’s, etc)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • ziploc bag

How to Make it:

  1. Take a half cup of water and add the Borax (approx 4% solution). Stir this in a jar or glass until it is completely dissolved.
  2. In another jar combine the remaining water and the glue.
  3. In a ziploc bag, combine the borax solution and the glue solution.
  4. Add a couple drops of food coloring if you like to make this a fun color.
  5. Seal the bag and knead the mixture.
  6. Dig in and have fun! Remember to wash your hands after playing.
  7. Keep your slime in the sealed bag in the refrigerator when not playing with it to keep it longer. Unfortunately it may eventually dry out or grow mold. Just throw it out and start again!

The Science:

The borax is acting as the cross linking agent or “connector” for the glue (polyvinyl acetate) molecules. Once the glue molecules join together to form even larger molecules called polymers, you get a thickened gel very similar to slime. If you’ve tried this recipe (formula) before using blue starch (instead of the borax) with mixed results, you won’t be disappointed with this one. Works every time! If you have access to a chemical supply house, try a 4% solution of polyvinyl alcohol instead of the glue for a less rubbery polymer and one that is transparent showing off the color better.

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