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Modern Kitchen

Wellness Feature

Written by Kelli Terpsma 

New technology makes our tasks easier, so modern culinary devices can be great tools to have in the kitchen when you want to tackle those seemingly scary dishes. Here are three recipes made simpler by using certain kitchen gadgets. Give ’em a whirl and who knows? You might just find a tool you can’t live without! 

Sous Vide Pork Chops 


• 4 pork chops, about 1½ inches thick

• 2 teaspoons dried rosemary

• Salt

• 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

• 1 tablespoon butter


Clamp the sous vide to the side of a large container. Fill with water until the water line is between the min. and max. lines on the machine, and then set the temperature to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. On a cutting board, prepare the pork chops by dusting with rosemary and heavily salting both sides. Add them to a gallon-sized bag and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Submerge in the water with the bag unzipped so that the pressure from the water pushes the air in the bag out and acts as a vacuum seal for the meat. Then close the bag and use clothespins to secure it to the container. Be sure the meat is suspended. Then set the timer for 1 hour and 30 minutes. When finished, remove the meat from the bag and pat dry. Heat a nonstick sauté pan on high, and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sear the meat for one and a half minutes on each side, baste with butter and serve warm.


Bread Machine Rosemary Olive Oil


• 1 cup lukewarm water

•  cup lukewarm milk

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• 1½ teaspoons salt

• 3¾ cups King Arthur’s unbleached all-purpose flour

• 3 tablespoons sugar

• 2 tablespoons dried rosemary

• 1¾ teaspoons instant yeast


Layer the ingredients in your machine’s loaf pan in the order recommended by your machine’s manual. Make sure to keep a layer of flour between the salt and the yeast, as direct contact will kill the yeast. If using a flour different from King Arthur’s, make sure the gluten content is similar (11.7%) as it affects the bread’s rise. When all the ingredients are in the mixer, close the lid and select the basic setting on your machine. If available, also select the light crust feature and then press start. If the dough is sticky after the first kneading process, add an additional tablespoon of flour. If it appears too hard, add one tablespoon of water to soften. Then close the lid and allow the machine to continue the baking process. When the timer goes off, immediately remove the loaf pan from the machine using oven mitts. Turn the loaf out of the pan onto a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes before slicing.


Instant Pot Chili


• 1½ cups dry mixed pinto, kidney and black beans

• 3 cups water

• 1-ounce pack taco seasoning

• ½ teaspoon garlic powder

• ½ teaspoon red chili powder

• Salt and pepper

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 pound ground turkey

• 1 small white onion, diced

• 1 orange bell pepper, diced

• 1 jalapeño pepper, diced with seeds removed

• 2 cups diced mushrooms

• 3 cloves of garlic, minced

• 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes

• 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes

• 4-ounce can green chilies, mild

• Hot sauce, if desired



In a strainer, rinse the beans; then add them plus three cups of water to the Instant Pot. Close the lid to turn the machine on, and select the Bean/Chili setting. Set the timer for 30 minutes, select high pressure, no delay, and turn the warming feature off. Press start. When the timer goes off, release the steam. This may take several minutes. Then place the beans and remaining liquid in a bowl; set aside. Rinse the inner pot before returning it to the machine. Mix the spices together in a separate bowl and set aside. Select the sauté feature on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil. Cook turkey for 5 minutes using half of the seasoning mixture before adding onions, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, mushrooms, garlic and spices. Shake in a few drops of hot sauce if desired. Continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add crushed and diced tomatoes, green chilies and the beans with the remaining liquid. Cover and select the Bean/Chili setting again. Set timer for 18 minutes. When finished, release the steam again and season to taste. Serve warm.

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