This is a series of posts I'm going to do about good gift ideas for the lunch packer - or for the follower of my blog.
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A great way to spend less time in the kitchen, and still end up with "You must have slaved over this all day" flavor, is a pressure cooker.
My mother-in-law got me this fantastic Cuisinart Pressure Cooker for Christmas last year, and I couldn't be happier with it. I was always scared of pressure cookers before. I'd heard horror stories about pressure cookers back in the day blowing up and injuring people.
This one won't do that - it's electric and has all sorts of safeguards. If the pressure valve isn't right, it will simply turn itself off.
You can make soup in it in minutes. You can cook beans from dry to soft and delicious quickly. It also has a browning function, a simmer function, a saute function.. it's really versatile.
This one looks particularly nice.