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Chicken Gizzard-licious

Nonna started the cooking the gizzards in R2D2 (Instant Pot) and finished one plate in the deep fat fryer and the other plate in the C3PO (Air Fryer). She used spicy pork rinds to season both plate. They were tender, well flavored, and a HUGE success!

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Chicken Gizzards

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    • 1 lb chicken gizzards
    • canola oil
    • canola non-stick spray (for air fryer)
    • 1 large bag spicy port rinds
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/3ish cup milk
    • rosemary
    • oregano
    • DP Texas Style Rub
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • Chicken Shit Seasonings
    • 1 can chicken broth
    • 1 medium onion (chopped)
    • 1/4 cup garlic (minced)


    1. Clean gizzards throughly removing grit. Remove any hard skin.
    2. Put cleaned gizzards, garlic, onion, garlic salt, Texas Style Rub, Chicken Shit seasonings, oregano, and rosemary into Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker).
    3. Use “MEAT STEW” setting on high for 25 minutes. (Check the directions for your specific cooker as settings might be different).
      4 Remove gizzards and let cool.
    4. mix eggs and milk.
      6 Mash up entire pork rind bag so that it is similar to bread crumbs and place on a plate or in a bowl.
    5. Put gizzards into egg mix then into pork rinds. Make sure both egg mix and pork rinds cover the gizzards. One good dip in both should do it.


    1. Spray air fryer pan with canola non-stick spray.
    2. Cover the bottom with gizzards
    3. Cook at 400°F for 6 minutes.
    4. After 6 minutes flip the gizzards.
    5. Cook at 400°F for an additional 6 mins (for 12 mins total).


    1. Heat canola oil in a pot. How much you need depends on your fat fryer’s size.
    2. Once the oil is hot, put gizzards into a frying basket and put into the oil.
    3. Cook 3 minutes or until crispy.
    4. Remove from oil, drain and let cool.

    Note 1: This recipe worked very well. The gizzards from both the deep fat fryer and C3PO (Air Fryer) were tender. That is likely thanks to R2D2 (Instant Pot). Also, the spicy pork rinds added its own flavor which provided the perfect taste.

Pork Loin: Slow Cooked in the Instant Pot

Nonna made her favorite (and only) daughter-in-law’s pot roast recipe. Only problem was Nonna didn’t have a pot roast and she wanted to try the “SLOW COOKER” feature on R2D2 (Instant Pot). Also, Nono had some great seasonings from her herb garden. Watch the video to see how it came out. I’ll give you a hint, Nonna’s son eats as well as a husband and father as he did as a boy!

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Slow Cooked Pork Loin


    • 2 cups Almond Flour (or flour)
    • 1.5 pounds Pork Loin (or pot roast)
    • 1 tbsp corn starch
    • 2 cans beef broth
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • ground black pepper
    • 1 medium chopped Onion
    • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
    • Olive Oil
    • 3 banana peppers
    • parsley (See Note 1)
    • lemon balm
    • basil
    • oregano
    • thyme
    • Rosmary


    1. Mix almond flour, corn starch, garlic salt, garlic and herb seasonings.
    2. Coat the mix over the pork loin.
    3. Add olive oil to the bottom of the instant pot. Set on sautée and brown the meat on all sides.
    4. Remove the meat when it is browned from the instant pot.
    5. Add onions, garlic, fresh herbs, banana peppers and sautée.
    6. Once the onions are translucent, add 2 cans beef broth. Let it heat up some.
    7. Add 1/2 cup almond flour mix (or what you had leftover) and mix.
    8. Add meat (don’t forget to put the rack into the instant pot first).
    9. Slow cook in the instant pot (multi-cooker) for 6-8 hours. (See Notes 2 & 3)
    10. When the meat is cooked, you can thicken the juices if desired, by adding any left over almond flour and corn flour mixture.

    Note 1: Nonna modified her favorite (and only) Daughter in law’s recipe. Here is the list of ingredients DIL used in stead of Nonna’s spices: Marbled Chuck Roast, flour, beef broth concentrate, garlic powder, onion powder, course grained salt, course ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder. Just like Nonna, her DIL doesn’t measure spices and just goes by feel!

    Note 2: Make sure you read the directions on your multi-cooker (instant pot) when you use the slow cooker function. Make sure the appliance vents the steam. You do not want the pressure to build.

    Note 3: As the instant pot is not pressurized, it is easy to check the meat to see if it is cooked through. Check it earlier vice later. If it is not cooked through, you can let it cook longer. Nonna’s pork loin cooked through in 6 hours 45 mins.

Chicken Pot Pie

Nonna made a delicious, super easy recipe for Chicken Pot Pie using the Instant Pot. As always, Nonna’s recipe is easily modified. You can use turkey, beef, pork, or
another meat as you see fit. Just season and cook with the vegetables in the instant pot.
In fact, change up the vegetables and seasonings as you see fit. The key to this recipe is
to thicken the broth using a white sauce, everything else is interchangeable!

Click here for the written recipe!

Instant Pot – Pork Chops

Following a long day at work, Nonna quickly threw together a nice pork chop and salad dinner. Watch Nonna continue to learn the instant pot’s ins and outs, this time using the “sauté” function to quickly brown the pork chops before cooking. Nonna complimented her favorite spices and seasonings with a dijon mustard coating on the pork chops and a little dijon mustard her “quick fix” vinaigrette dressing.

Click here for the written recipe for the pork chops and gravy.
Click here for the written recipe for the vinaigrette dressing.

By all means, let Nonna know what YOU see from your kitchen window!

Instant Pot – Pot Roast

A viewer requested that Nonna prepare some meals using an instant pot. Nonna Snowden was more than happy to oblige! In her first attempt with the Instant Pot, Nonna cooked a chuck roast (pot roast) using Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub and gravy using Dan’s Garlic & Herb Seasoning. She also cooked broccoli and rice in the instant pot, with some lessons learned. Watch the video to learn what Nonna learned.

Click here for the written recipe.

Here are some quick links to purchase ingredients and utensils via amazon.

Instant Pot, Tony Chachere’s, Wooden Spoons, Cajun Garlic Power Sauce, Sauce Pot, Stainless Steel Chopper, Uncle Paulie’s Ghost Pepper Salt, Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub.

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