Pressure CookerLately I’ve been interested in pressure cookers, which are becoming trendy again since they’re a good green way to save fuel and cook inexpensive foods. After I wrote about pressure cookers at BlogHer, I ordered one, following the advice of my friend Susan V. from the beautiful blog Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, who told me she loved her Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker (affiliate link).

I chose a relatively small 3.7 quart model since I’m not usually cooking for a lot of people, and I want to use it for things like beans and brown rice. I got this from, and it was definitely expensive, but I’m old enough to have learned to buy the best and keep it a long time. You cannot imagine how delighted I was when I opened the box and saw that the top was blue, perfectly matching my kitchen.

(And obviously, anyone who could have photographed this at night, using lights, and not gotten that reflection, is a much better photographer than I am. I’m trying to learn, so suggestions are welcome.)

Since I’m a bit of a sucker for those “if you like this you might like this” deals at Amazon, and because I love Lorna Sass’ book Whole Grains, Every Day Every Way (affiliate link) I also got her book Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure (affiliate link).

There’s only one problem with the pressure cooker coming so soon, and it’s that I’ve been frantically busy all week writing blog posts and lesson plans so I could go to BlogHer Boston, which is where I am now. Obviously I won’t be doing any pressure cooker cooking until next weekend when I get back home. But if any readers have pressure cooker tips or pressure cooker recipe ideas I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

And finally, of course this plant didn’t come in the mail the way you see it here, but what a nice surprise when Cheryl from Gluten Free Goodness offered to send me some lemongrass starts, after she posted her recipe for Parchment Tilapia and I told her I’d never grown lemongrass or seen the plant in Utah.

They came in the mail with roots wrapped in wet tissue, inside a plastic bag, and I quickly planted them inside, since Cheryl said they didn’t like frost. It remains to be seen whether I can keep this plant alive inside through an entire Utah winter, but I’m certainly going to try. Thanks Cheryl.

So that was a pretty exciting week of things coming in the mail, wouldn’t you say? Did anything interesting come in the mail at your house?

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