Have I told you about my love affair with my electric pressure cooker? I never thought I'd say this, but I can't imagine life without pressure cooking some of my own homemade pantry ingredients: beans, lots of beans, and chicken broth. I make other things, like risotto, soups, and roasts, too. I adapted the recipe for these Pima "baked" beans from a small booklet of Southwest Indian recipes. (The Pima people currently live primarily on two reservations in south and central Arizona.) It almost looked like a traditional New England baked bean recipe, except that it called for corn syrup.... Read more →

Great for potlucks or picnics, this black bean salad comes with an Asian twist: a sesame-ginger dressing. Make it a few hours ahead, and serve as a side salad with anything from the grill. Read more →

Risotto made with brown rice takes a bit longer to cook, so get your pressure cooker on for this recipe. Asparagus, mushrooms and toasted almonds bring out the flavor of the creamy rice. Read more →

Make this hearty chicken barley soup in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop. It freezes well, so you can have some on hand for quick lunches after a day of snow shoveling. Read more →

The difference between fresh-cooked and canned chickpeas is like night and day. Try this recipe using chickpeas made in the pressure cooker: fast, easy, fresh, with a robust flavoring from gremolata and olives. Read more →