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(a couple in a kitchen dripping with sprayed food, which came from inside an Instant Pot) This might be a good time to review the difference between ‘quick’ and ‘natural’ pressure release.

Under pressure

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If anyone had told me a few years ago that the trendy home gadget was going to be a pressure cooker, I’d have nodded sagely, congratulated them on their out-of-the-box thinking, and drifted quietly toward the exit.

But look at me these days, making lentils, buttered chicken, pulled this, stewed that. And I get the impression the Instant Pot holds a particular appeal for geeks (“It’s a kitchen appliance.” “Pass.” “It has glowing red numbers on it.” “I’m listening.”) Certainly a lot of my geekier friends have snapped them up like thumb drives at a tech conference.

If you’re thinking of diving in, do yourself a favour and connect with some folks who already own one. And if you don’t have anyone like that in your circle, you can do a lot worse than checking out the Instant Pot Community group on Facebook — a thriving, supportive gang of folks as ready to cheer each other on as they are to share a great recipe for daal.

(frustrated parent to teen in kitchen) We've given you every opportunity a kid could want. But have you had even ONE breakout viral hit?"

Pull your weight, kid.

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Let’s be honest. Kids are a pretty big drain economically for the first two decades or so of their lives. It’s the main reason to live well past the age of infirmity: recouping some of that investment.

Someday soon, I’m going to write a guide to the social-media-optimized family, the one geared to maximizing your revenue stream in today’s fast-moving online world. And I’ll spill all my tips: tying allowance to Klout scores, for instance, and how to gently tell an underperformer that they have to either meet this quarter’s targets or find a new family.