I now understand everyone’s obsession with the Instant Pot. It’s definitely not your grandmother’s pressure cooker.
I am not Inspector Gadget in the kitchen, more of a traditionalist. Some things I have begrudgingly come to own because they make life easier- like my Breville blender. Or my crockpot.
But as much as I love fooling with my crockpot if you don’t have time for low and slow, well it boils stuff to death.
Anyway, people I know kept buying the Instant Pot so I started watching it and the prices have stabilized recently, so I splurged.
It sat in the box and stared at me for a week. And then I got sick, so I was not cooking much of anything.
I was craving plain chicken and chicken soup as I started to feel better but knew I wasn’t up to much in the kitchen- so out of the box came the Instant Pot.
Yes, I literally cooked a nice plain chicken simply prepared with just salt and pepper and Herbes de Provence in about half an hour!
I then turned around and took the chicken off the carcass and made bone broth in 35 minutes using the soup setting – real gelatinous bone broth.
I also made a pot of chili for the rest of my house yesterday using canned beans and ground beef in 10 minutes on the Instant Pot chili setting after browning the ground beef and onions using their sauté setting. Next time I would reduce the liquid as the chili came out thinner and darker like Texas chili. (I like a thicker chili)
It took a while to read the manual and then I will admit I watched a few YouTube videos on using the pot and cooking with it, but when you are sitting in bed getting better, there is the time to do that.
For years I had avoided pressure cookers. The old stovetop ones would create one hot mess when they exploded. I remember a food on the ceiling incident at my great aunts’ when I was a kid- the pot lid flew off. But this is so different with so many safety bells and whistles- it practically speaks to you.
Anyway, I don’t gadget very often so I thought I would share!
There is no place left to hide for Pat Meehan and his fellow moderate Republicans. They can thank President Donald Trump for that. Rep. Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, has been riding the fence concerning the Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the GOP American Health Care Plan.
As late as Wednesday afternoon, the Delaware County Republican indicated he had still not made up his mind and was continuing to hear from constituents and review the legislation. It was the smart political move. Meehan is not likely to show his hand on health care until he absolutely has to; it's a no-win situation for the moderate. He's guaranteed to take fire regardless which way he votes. He'll earn the scorn of Trump and conservative Republicans with a no vote; be crucified by many constituents who do not want to see the ACA overturned should he cast a vote in favor. Those folks have been a steady presence in protests outside his Springfield office. They were back out there again yesterday
and already are vowing to show up again today. So he stayed in the middle, despite his longtime opposition to ACA, and his vote in favor of moving the GOP plan out of the House Ways and Means Committee. At first yesterday, it appeared Meehan and others riding the fence might get a break. Republican leaders said they were delaying the vote, a sure indication they did not have the votes for passage. That wiggle room has now evaporated. President Trump last night issued an ultimatum - he wants an up or down vote this morning or he is moving on to other issues. So what will it be, Congressman Meehan? We're about to find out.
His was the voice that roared. Often.But there was a method behind the bombast.Dallas Green knew what was inside the 1980 Phillies. He just had to find a way to get it out of them, to shake up a complacent bunch of under-performing superstars.
Luckily, Green had just the tool he needed.A voice that could peel paint off the wall.Dallas Green was a no-nonsense baseball man.Maybe that's why he had such a connection with Philly fans. They unabashedly loved him.And maybe that's why his passing this week, just as the Phils prepare to head north for another season, hits us so hard, similar to the way we felt about other Phillies icons Harry Kalas and Whitey Ashburn.We used our editorial page
today to pay homage to a local hero.Why?That one's easy.Dallas Green made us winner.
The Daily Numbers: 82, age of legendary Phillies manager Dallas Green. 6 decades, how long Green spent in baseball, almost all of them in Philly. 1980, year Green willed a bunch of under-achieving Phils to their 1st World Series championship.1 color gown for all grads to wear, what Haverford High School students are petitioning for.500 dollar shopping spree won by an Aston man.10 million dollar deficit still looming in Upper Darby School District budget.150 cities being visited by SAP in their Reimagined Tour.3 teens who had been on the run after fleeing a juvenile detention center 300 miles away.1st Steps Treatment Center now up and running at Crozer-Chester Medical Center to help in the war on opioid abuse.215 votes needed by Republicans in the House today to pass their repeal of the Affordable Care Act and replace it with their own American Health Care Act. Right now it looks like they still don’t have votes.87, age of ‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris, who died this week. 2 rival female teen gangs that engaged in a nasty street fight in West Philadelphia, including 1 girl having her hair set on fire. 35th triple double for Kevin Westbrook in leading the Thunder to easy win over the 76ers last night.0 shots missed by Westbrook, the so-called ‘perfect’ triple doubleCall me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Joel Embiid is now scheduled for knee surgery. Two months after first injuring his knee. Yep, the Process is still working. I Don’t Get It: I’m betting the House never votes today on the GOP health care plan. They don’t appear to have to votes in their own ranks to get it passed. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the memory of a person who truly was larger than life - Dallas Green. Quote Box: “The Phillies didn’t fire Danny Ozark, you guys did.”Green addressing the Phils after taking over for the departed skipper Ozark.
It was the voice the Phillies heard in their dreams - or maybe their nightmares. No, not Harry Kalas.Harry's dulcet baritone likely eased the players into lullaby land. But it was the booming bravado of Dallas Green that jarred them from their reverie.
The person who coined the saying that some people are larger than life probably had Dallas Green in mind.Green was a giant - figuratively and literally - on the Philly sports scene.He took a team of chronic underachievers, stuck his boot firmly in their posteriors, and dragged them kicking and screaming to the team's first World Series championship.For that - meaning his no-nonsense approach to the game and demand that his players bust it every night - he earned the undying respect of Philly fans. That parade in 1980 wasn't bad either.Green, who made his home for years on a farm in West Grove out in Chester County, died Wednesday at 82. Green made it clear when he took over for the fired Danny Ozark late in still one more disappointing season in 1979 that things were going to be different."The Phillies didn't fire Danny Ozark," Green told his troops. "You did."Green stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall, and his voice matched his physique.He coddled no one, from superstars like Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose, to the last guy on his bench.The players hated him for it. But eventually they turned things around, caught fire in September 1980 after another legendary Green torching, and delivered the city its first championship since the Flyers captured back-to-back Stanley Cups in the '70s. Green spent six decades in baseball, all but a few of them as part of the Phillies organization. He came out of Delaware as a pitcher and compiled a 20-22 record. That led to one his classic quips: "I'm a 20-game winner, it just took me five years to do it."But he made his real mark on Philly off the field, where he coached and managed in the minors, then took over the team's farm system, delivering home-grown talent such as Schmidt and Bowa to his mentor, Phillies GM Paul Owens.When Owens and Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter decided to make a change late in that 1979 season, they turned to Green.The Phillies likely heard him coming long before they saw him.Green's voice shook up a Phillies clubhouse that badly needed it.But it did more than that.It made them - and us - winners.Thanks, Dallas. * CLICK HERE
for a look at Dallas Green's legendary career.CLICK HERE
for Jack McCaffery's look at the man who reshaped the Phillies.
It's crunch time - and arm-twisting time - in Washington. The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may or may not come to a vote in the House.Whether or not President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have the votes to pass their American Health Care Act remains in question, despite some serious pressure being applied by the president.
Mr. Trump has made it clear that he will be keeping score when it comes to the vote, and those who don't toe the party line likely will face his wrath.It's unlikely that any Democrats will vote in favor, so this is something of a Republican showdown. Conservatives continue to fume that the GOP plan is not what they campaigned on, and not what they promised voters. In short, they see it as Obamacare Lite, far short of the repeal they promised voters.And some GOP moderates have indicated they cannot support the changes and the hardships the GOP plan would place on many of their constituents.Here in Delaware County, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, who voted in favor of the measure in passing it out of the Ways and Means Committee, said yesterday afternoon he remains undecided as he continues to review the legislation.One thing you can count on: If Ryan and the Republican leadership feel they don't have the votes, don't look for this thing to make it to the floor.That could take Meehan and others riding the fence off the hook and not have to take a stand one way or the other.You can read our editorial here.
Nobody knows better than I do the feelings of the residents of Chester, many of whom believe the Daily Times is always picking on their city. I heard it again this week after we published a story with data from a Pittsburgh lawyer indicating Chester was the most dangerous city to live in Pennsylvania.
What we did not hear from was Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland. We did not get a response when we asked for reaction to the label while working on the story.Of course, I heard from the mayor after the story hit the street Tuesday morning.As you might imagine, the mayor was not pleased. And as I always do in these instances, I offered him the opportunity to respond.You can read that response on our op-ed page today.
There is a lot of good things happening in the city of Chester.It has a vibrant arts scene that is sparking a renaissance in the downtown sector. It has a majestic waterfront, home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, where 20,000 fans routinely come and go without incident.It is very easy to get a skewed image of the city.That's why I am always looking for positive stories from the city. This week we published a story about a job fair being held at City Hall. We pay close attention to what is going on in the city's arts scene. Our Friday religion pages are filled with events at Chester places of worship.I strive to present a balanced view. I'm sure there are a lot of people who believe I fail miserably at that job.To them I make the same offer. I am an equal-opportunity publicist. Write a letter and I'll run it on our op-ed page.
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The Daily Numbers: 3 applications from Delaware County submitted to the state for operations under the state’s new medical marijuana law. 2 marijuana-growing facilities in Aston & 1 dispensary in Sharon Hill. They now await word from the state.20, age of Sam Jenkins, a popular Swarthmore College student who died of injuries he suffered in a skateboard accident on campus.3 foot pole used to assault a SEPTA bus driver near 69th Street, according to police.3.5 million dollars in Community Development Block Grants received in Delco last year. Those are on the chopping block in the Trump budget.15 percent boost in median price of homes sold in Delco in February.2 percent dip in total of homes sold.100,000 dollars worth of gifts and lavish trips accepted by Philly D.A. Seth Williams, according to federal indictment.175,000 dollars a year, how much Williams made as Philly’s top law enforcer.23 count indictment lodged against him by the feds yesterday.2 liters and 12-packs of Pepsi being eliminated from Philly by the soda giant in wake of new tax on sugary drinks.3.7 billion dollars tied to Marcellus Shale liquids such as ethane and propane that will travel through that controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline, according to report released by Gov. Wolf.Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Looks like another year out of the playoffs for the Flyers. They lost last night. And the finger-pointing is starting. I Don’t Get It: Looking for downside to Route 322 construction? How long do you think it’s going to take to get through that light at Cherrytree Road now? Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chris Domes. The longtime Wisconsin educator will be arriving in Delaware County to succeed Dr. Rosalie Mirenda as the president of Neumann University. Quote Box: “I’ve always been of the mindset that trailblazers are what we need.”- Sharon Hill Mayor Harry Dunfee, on his support for proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in the borough.
Call it the cloud that accompanies every silver lining. I was struck by the reaction of many readers to news that after decades of talk, the state is finally starting work to fix
what is often referred as the "Killer Conchester," the stretch of Route 322 that runs from I-95 in Chester to Route 1 in Concord.
Yes, most residents were relieved that this white-knuckle ride, which is still two lanes in a couple of sections despite the high volume of traffic and number of big rigs that rumble down that expanse every day.Still, several readers sounded a couple of downbeat notes.First, I talked to two older residents who took umbrage to tagging the route as the "Killer" Conchester. They wanted to point out that the Conchester doesn't kill anybody; reckless drivers usually do.It's a little bit like the class gun-control argument, that guns don't kill people, people do.The other lament was about what you'd expect.While they welcome fixing Route 322, many readers openly shuddered at what traffic in this already clogged route is going to look like once they start shutting lanes down.Actually, from the sounds of it, much of the work will be done in off-hours and will take place off the main route.But, yes, I can imagine that there are going to be delays built into this two-year process.Should do wonders for the long wait to get through that light at Cherrytree Road.If that's not the worst traffic light in Delco, I'm not really sure what is.Anyone have any other suggestions?
On our editorial page today, we note that Greg Gerson informed the residents of Chester something they have known for a long time.
They live in a very dangerous city. In fact, according to research Gerson has compiled, they live in the most dangerous city in Pennsylvania.It's time for that to change.The residents of Chester deserve better.Read our editorial here.
The winter of our discontent continues. Even into the first week of spring.
No, I'm not talking about the weather - for once.I'm talking sports.The Flyers lost last night
in Winnipeg, leaving them 7 points out of the playoffs with 10 games to play. Yeah, it does not look good. And things got even worse after the game when goalie Steve Mason appeared to question the effort of some of his teammates.The big story surrounding the Sixers these days is Joel Embiid's commercial for Jolly Ranchers. Yeah, that pretty much gives you an idea of where how their season is winding up, despite the development of Richaun Holmes and the recently acquired Justin Anderson.Even the Delco high school season is now barren.With that loss Monday night by the O'Hara girls, there are no Delco teams still alive in the PIAA hoops playoffs.The Phillies can't start soon enough
Consumers who have complaints can contact the FTC online at FTC.gov or use the toll-free number for the FTC Consumer Response Center at 877-382-4357.
I am so sick of these calls that I have opened a complaint case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has been fighting these MedAlert scammers for a few years now. (See 2015 USA Today article for example.)
These calls are a total pain in the neck and they come up on your caller ID as a seemingly legitimate number. Today I have had two calls so far, and the call that came in at 12:13 PM actually belongs to a real person who still has that phone number – their number was spoofed.
That’s what these med alert call-center people do. They spoof a seemingly normal looking number in your area and they call you. You pick up the phone and it’s a Robo call telling you that you have been selected to receive a free medical alert device. You can hit the number one to get a live person which I had done every so often to keep requesting the do not call list.
The do not call list never happens with these people because they are spoofing phone numbers it’s hard to figure out where they are coming from but research indicates Florida is the origination point.
A couple of weeks ago when I couldn’t take it anymore because the calls are so frequent I called the FTC – the number is 1-(877)-FTC – HELP or 1-877-382-4357. I was assigned a case number and now whenever the calls come in and I am home I write down the phone number the time and date of the call and I call the toll-free number back and update my file with the FTC. It only takes a couple of minutes and that’s how cases are built against these horrible scam robo call people.
Here are the numbers which have called recently which are different from today:
All of these calls are originating out of the call center in Central Florida. I get gals name Alexis and Tabatha and Ashley who want to sell me MedAlert devices.
I will note the FTC says do not talk to these people just hang up. That’s what I do now, but at first I kept trying to pound through to get somebody to put me on a do not call list.
These people generally speaking like to target senior citizens in particular.
I have been getting in the neighborhood of 2 to 3 of these Robo calls per day Monday through Friday.
There is a Consumer Watchdog reporter who works for the Morning Call in the Lehigh Valley who has written a couple of great articles about this in the past – here is one:
Feds say company is behind medical alert scam
Paul Muschick Paul MuschickContact Reporter/The Watchdog
July 15, 2015
We may finally know the driving force behind those annoying, deceptive robocalls that hounded area senior citizens by offering them “free” medical alert systems that weren’t really free.
Authorities say Lifewatch, a New York company that sells the devices, orchestrated the illegal telemarketing campaign. The Federal Trade Commission and Florida attorney general’s office sued that company, its president and related businesses a few weeks ago and are seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the calls.
I know I am not the only one who is receiving these calls. I have been receiving them for give or take a month about 18 months.
It would be terrific if media local to us and/or in the Philadelphia region took an interest in this, but thus far they haven’t.
It would be great if our elected officials on a state and federal level took an interest in nuisances like this that cost unsuspecting people money from Harrisburg PA to Washington DC I’m not really sure what any of them are doing these days are you?
Today we signed up for NoMoRobo . For landlines thus far it is free:
Anything that helps reduce the volume of these calls is a GREAT thing as far as I am concerned! Because is it just me or are the state and federal do not call lists somewhat of a joke these days? You sign up, you verify periodically that it’s still active, yet the calls keep coming.
Granted you can’t stop the fake charity calls because they are registered as nonprofits even if they are using professional for profit call centers, but it would be really nice to cut down on these calls!
I am guessing there are more than a few people in Delaware County who took one glance at yesterday's front page and said, "Yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see it." Believe it.
They are finally fixing the Killer Conchester.I know, you've been hearing about them doing this for decades. This time it's for real. Work started yesterday.I actually had a call from one reader taking me to task for our description of the road.The 85-year-old woman was more than willing to tell me she disagreed with our characterization of the road that stretches from I-95 in Chester and Route 1 in Concord."The road is not the problem," she informed me. "The Conchester is not the killer. It's the drivers." She's right, of course.But that doesn't change the fact that a road that became obsolete not long after the day it was opened is finally going to be fixed.It's on our editorial page today.
You never really know in this job how you are going to connect with readers. Yesterday, in my weekly Letter From the Editor print column,
I wrote about a recent visit to the Flight 93 Memorial outside Shanksville. I wrote specifically about the sky, how it seemed different in this vast expanse of open space, how it seemed so much closer, almost constricting.
That did not surprise one reader and she should know.She grew up in that area.And she wanted me to know that I was exactly right about the sky.She related a story about how her parents grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and that even after they moved away as he father looked for work, they would return for a week each summer to visit relatives.She talked about those visits warmly, clearly relishing a trip down memory lane.You could almost hear the joy in her writing as she described sitting on the porch of a house, sandwiched between her mom and her aunt, staring up at the wondrous sky. She would be cloaked in a blanket, because even on the most scorching summer days, it always cooled off at night.Then she talked about the real reason she emailed me, the same thing that I came away with after my visit.The sky."We felt like we could reach the sky, along with the millions of stars we would see so close and bright," she said "We would stretch our arms thinking we could touch the moon to give it a hug. Every sense I have, but especially a smell, could bring back memories flooding my mind and heart, of my Aunt Mary and all our family. Her house had a smell I still long for and when I smell it, I wish I could bottle it. "Anyway, you are correct! That sky in Western Pennsylvania, seems like you can touch it. As a kid, I thought I did many times."I'm not sure I've ever received a nicer compliment.
I'm on a mission. I'm looking for good news. Upbeat stories, ones that can provide balance to the stream of often troubling headlines that pour out from our website and the pages of the newspaper.
That doesn't mean I'm giving up reporting on these so-called "negative" stories. Unfortunately, as I tell everyone who asks, that's what people read.But a gentleman who called me yesterday to tell me how much he liked my column on my visit to the Flight 93 Memorial got me thinking. He was clearly touched by what I had written and went out of his way to not how it differed from the usual fare he encounters in the newspaper.Granted, you might make the argument that the reasoning behind the Flight 93 Memorial is hardly upbeat, but I assure you there is something very positive and uplifting about the site.For today, well, it doesn't get much more update than this story.A Haverford couple decided to throw a luncheon to thank the local EMS guys who came to their aid and helped deliver their baby. Yep, I think that classifies as upbeat.Kudos to all involved. Read the story here.
Someone asked me about half an hour ago which meeting in East Whiteland was featuring Bishop Tube this week. I said I thought only the Planning Commission and they asked me WHERE it was on East Whiteland’s Planning Commission agenda.
So I looked and lo and behold there is an AMENDED agenda…and Bishop Tube is postponed until the April 26th meeting.
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe it is just me, but could it be the shiny spotlight of public attention and outcry caused this?????? Or is it just a scheduling thing?
Recently we had Maya K. van Rossum opine in her professional capacity as the esteemed Delaware Riverkeeper. She has been a powerful and unexpected blessing to the concerned residents of General Warren Village. She showed up at East Whiteland Zoning a couple of weeks ago and then last week. (Other post found here “calling erin brocovitch”)
Interior of Bishop Tube 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page
Over the weekend Maya contacted residents to encourage them to write Dinniman and Milne’s offices ASAP (see instructions here.)
So as residents are busy writing letters and calling the PA DEP and so on, East Whiteland Planning Commission pulls Bishop Tube from the agenda? (Bishop Tube was discussed at recent Supervisors’ meeting – CLICK HERE.)
We may never know but keep writing those letters and making those calls, right?
I have to be honest that while I have issues with the density of the development plan (even if it wasn’t being built on a toxic waste dump of a land parcel), where the issues never abate and concerns continue to grow is with the Pennsylvania DEP. They are the constant from day 1 with Bishop Tube, and I think they concern me most of all (they are being so Limerick here aren’t they?)
So that being said, residents need to keep on going to meetings and call the DEP (717) 783-2300 is the main number in Harrisburg. (484) 250-5900 is the number to the Southeast regional office in Norristown. And keep calling State Senator Dinniman’s and State Rep Duane Milne’s offices too.
Bishop Tube is a site that could be redeveloped, but in my personal opinion with much less density AND after MORE remediation than is currently being discussed because of those buried vats or whatever that the former employees talk about and who can argue with that???
I am guessing it is stay tuned on Bishop Tube, yes? But apparently Wednesday, residents get the evening off. For any questions of why they are no longer on agenda please call East Whiteland Township.
Final questions to leave everyone with: what does the EPA think of this site ? You would think they knew all about it, right? And what role or roles does politics play here and not merely local, but shall we say a larger scale?
Interior of Bishop Tube 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page
Interior of Bishop Tube 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page
Somewhere on Bishop Tube site 2017 – photographer unknown – found on a community page
Read this old Washington Post article about what TCE and other contaminants did to a town years ago:
WASHINGTON POST: FORGING A ‘COVENANT OF SILENCE’
By Benjamin Weiser March 13, 1989