Elene Johnston’s Instant Pot has been sitting in her cabinet for three months. Unused. But after attending an Instant Pot book author’s cooking class Tuesday in Second Harvest’s television-quality kitchen, she’s ready to fire up her pressure cooker.
The Instant Pot is a popular new kitchen appliance and holiday gift. But do you know how to use it? Laurel Randolph can help. She’s the author of “The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook” and joins The Spokesman-Review Northwest Passages Book Club and local venues for a series of cooking events this coming week.
The Liberty Lake brewery just signed a lease for space at Washington Street and Sharp Avenue to house a larger brewing system and a taproom. And next month, it heads to the San Francisco Bay area for collaborations with a pair of well-regarded breweries and an appearance on the Brewing Network online radio station.
Spokane chef Chad White thought it would be fun to try to prepare a four-course, fine-dining experience using just an Instant Pot. So he’ll do it, with help from best-selling Instant Pot cookbook author Laurel Randolph, in a Dec. 5 event from the Northwest Passages Book Club.
The evening’s guests will savor a gourmet feast cooked right in front of them and displayed on three large video boards across the room. They’ll also learn tips and tricks for using an Instant Pot at home.
Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, and one that truly keeps on giving. And by that, I mean giving you leftovers for days. But instead of just piling them on a plate to zap in the microwave, how about transforming them into a hot, juicy dip? Think French dip, but with that celebrated holiday bird.
As we march toward Thanksgiving, it’s time to start gathering wines for the big feast. One bottle you should consider making room for is riesling. The reasons are many. Germany’s noble white grape is versatile and offers crowd-pleasing flavors. Many of examples come loaded with the acidity that will help it pair well with everything on your table. Washington and Oregon both do riesling particularly well, so it’s a good hometown choice.
Craft breweries continue to grow at a staggering rate. According to a report last week from the Brewers Association, the number of breweries nationwide has climbed to 7,082 – a full 1,100 more than at the same time last year – with another 2,000 in planning.