Instant pot salsa chicken with cheesy rice (instant pot mini recipe) gas efficient cars 2015

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A few weeks ago, I had a ‘legenDAIRY’ weekend in Detroit, and I’m finally sharing all of the details! If you followed along on m y instagram, you saw so much good food, good friends, good cocktails and good vibes. It was such a fun, refreshing weekend.

The trip was actually a party to celebrate the expansion of Tillamook products in select Kroger stores nationwide. I was invited because I’m a loyal Kroger shopper. I have a Kroger Marketplace near me, and it’s the only grocery store I’ve ever shopped at that always has everything I need.

Seriously, I’ve lived in 4 states in the last 6 years, and I’ve had to shop at multiple stores for years. But not anymore! And, I believe I was also invited because hidden cameras in Kroger captured just how many Tillamook products I buy on a weekly basis. (Just kidding about that one).

Anyway, Sarah, Tessa, Maria, Chelsea, Maegen, Becky, Jamie, Liz, Ashley, Rachel, Heidi, Lena, and Monique and I all gathered for the weekend party. Everything we ate was infused with Tillamook dairy products (from yogurt smoothie bowls, gougeres, ice cream, cheese boards, and even cocktails).

Her beef tartar with frites, quail egg, and Tillamook Cheddar gougeres stole my heart, but then she followed it with a dandelion salad, crab pasta, and mini cake bites with Tillamook Stumptown Coffee Ice Cream quenelles, and I basically had to be rolled home in a food coma.

After a quick sleep in the lovely Detroit Foundation Hotel (a former fire house converted into a beautifully modern hotel!), Liz pulled me out of bed for a morning yoga class. I’m so glad she did, because I needed to stretch my stomach to prepare for the day’s eats!

After yoga, we headed over to make smoothie bowls using Tillamook’s Farmstyle Yogurt, and Lena and I styled a pretty pink yogurt bowl topped with blueberries and chia seeds. And then we ate it up so fast, it was almost as if it never happened.

Then, the fun part began. You guys know I have a background in agriculture, yes? Kroger invited a Tillamook employee to teach us about their practices. Tillamook is a farmer-owned dairy co-op in Tillamook, Oregon that has been making exceptional dairy products since 1909. The dairy products are produced by nearly 100 farm families who run their farm according to high standards and produce high-quality rich milk. She taught us how to pull a cheese sample, and it was harder than it looked!

Lunch was an epic cheeseboard display, where we all practiced styling a cheeseboard before consuming them. Such delicious work! My cheeseboard featured the Tillamook 3-year Aged White Cheddar, and it completely took my breath away with its complexity. I’ll be looking for that one in the stores!

For a fun afternoon break, we made custom candles and perfume at Detroit Rose, which I brought home for Camille. She’s very into lavender lately, and has her own little lavender bush in our garden right now that she sniffs daily. (Side note: I swear the lavender helps tame the terrible twos she’s going through right now, hah!)

I slept so well that night (equal parts amazing hotel bed and full stomach), and woke up to enjoy a final brunch with everyone. Just when we didn’t think we could eat anymore, brunch was perfection. I have to admit my favorite thing was the gochujong-spiced fruit! But, I did love the shakshuka and the pretty rhubarb bakewell tart!

I made this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken with cheesy rice to test the melt on the Mexican blend, and I’m happy to report that it was incredible. I love using my instant pot mini to make one-pot meals like this, and the extra cheese at the end ensures my entire family (toddler included) will eat dinner!