Instant Pot Holiday Desserts and Events

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Before the year is done, I’d like to share a couple of festive recipes and some fun coverage of my events in the Spokane area. Most importantly, I’d like to wish you and your’s a very happy holiday and a fantastic new year!

I shared my recipes for Instant Pot Eggnog Rice Pudding and Spiced Chocolate Flan with the Spokesman-Review. You can find the recipes and read an interview with me here. Both of these recipes are holiday variations on recipes in my book, No-Pressure (it makes a great Christmas gift!!).

And here’s some fun coverage of the Top Chef Meets Instant Pot dinner I did with Chef Chad White (a 4-course gourmet dinner made entirely in Instant Pots!) and the class I taught at Second Harvest:

Top Chef Meets the Instant Pot (photo gallery)
Instant Pot Class Boosts Second Harvest Kitchen

Happy Holidays!

Instant Pot Holiday Desserts and Events

Instant Pot Cranberry Apple Cider

cranberry cider
Photo by the Spokesman-Review (recipe below)

Last week I was in Spokane for a 4-course, gourmet dinner with Chef Chad White that we cooked up entirely in Instant Pots. It was a whirlwind, because in addition to prepping and and executing the dinner, I had four other appearances while I was there in a little over two days! Phew. More on that later.

One recipe from my book The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook that I served while in Spokane was Cranberry Apple Cider. It’s quick and easy and perfect for the holidays, and the recipe is below.

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

From “The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook” by Laurel Randolph

6 cups apple cider
4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 orange, sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1 handful fresh cranberries (optional)

Add the cider, cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange to your Instant Pot. Secure the lid. Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes and use a natural release. Remove the whole spices by straining or using a slotted spoon. Add brown sugar to taste and serve hot garnished with cranberries (if using).

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Cranberry Apple Cider

Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show

Spokane onstage

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I had the pleasure of being a featured guest author at the Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show this weekend in Spokane, WA. It was a great event put on by the Spokesman-Review and is sure to become an annual tradition! Don’t miss it next year and check out all of their Northwest Passages Book Club events.

spokane signing

Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show