Melissa Clark’s Instant Pot recipe for Fresh Coconut Yogurt

Makes 3 ½ cups

Note: Fresh young coconuts — not to be confused with mature coconuts with brown husks — are available at Whole Foods and Asian markets.


2 13.5-ounce cans full-fat organic coconut milk (not the refrigerated nondairy beverage)

2 tablespoons store-bought nondairy yogurt

Meat from 1 young coconut (optional)


In the pressure cooker, stir together the coconut milk and store-bought yogurt. Cover it and turn on the yogurt function, set for 24 hours with the steam vent open.
After 24 hours, stir it gently. At this point, you can transfer the yogurt to a sealed container and refrigerate it; the yogurt will be thin and will thicken up as it chills. However, if you want an even thicker yogurt, transfer half the yogurt to a blender and process it with the coconut meat; then stir in the remaining yogurt and transfer the yogurt to a sealed container. Either way, the yogurt will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

— Melissa Clark, “Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker + Instant Pot” (Clarkson Potter, $22)

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Instant Pot recipe: Quick Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Gorgonzola

Serves 6 to 8


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound mixed mushrooms, thickly sliced

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1½ cups Arborio rice

½ cup dry white wine

20 ounces low-sodium chicken stock, room temperature

¼ cup heavy cream, room temperature

2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Press the saute button to preheat your Instant Pot. When the word “hot” appears on the display, add the olive oil, then the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have released their liquid and most of it has evaporated, 7 to 8 minutes.
Add the onions and cook until they’re opaque and softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and rice. Cook about another 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour in the white wine to deglaze the pot and allow most of it to absorb into the rice. Press “cancel” to turn off the Instant Pot.
Pour the chicken stock into the Instant Pot, and close and lock the lid. Press “manual” and adjust the timer to 6 minutes. Check that the cooking pressure is on high and that the release valve is set to “sealing.”
When the time is up, open the Instant Pot using “quick pressure release.” Stir in the cream and Gorgonzola, adding more cheese to taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you like pepper, go a little heavy here; it works well in this dish.

— Kristy Bernardo, “Weeknight Cooking with your Instant Pot” (Page Street Publishing Co., $20)

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Film fests, burlesque and other S.F. Bay Area events, Feb. 17 and beyond

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2018: Through Feb. 28, various venues, San Jose. This eclectic jazz fest features some of today’s most distinguished artists performing alongside emerging musicians at a variety of venues. $5-$40; Fest pass, $260.

2018 Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting: 1:30-5 p.m. Feb. 17, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco. Learn more about wine and fine food at this public tasting of award-winning wines drawn from the world’s largest competition of American wines. More than 7,000 wines were entered in this year’s competition. $70-$95.

Burlesque Extravaganza: 8 p.m. Feb. 21-24, Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco. Featuring more than 30 performers. $20-$60.

Wine Bar 107 Testarossa Live Music: 5;30 p.m. Feb. 22, Paul Kent; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Kid Anderson, John Boy and Lisa Leuscner; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24, La Mandanga, 300-A College Ave., Los Gatos.

Face-Off 2018: Creatures of Impulse Improv: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24; 2 p.m. Feb. 24; preview show, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Bay Area teen improv teams “compete” against Creatures of Impulse in this pro-wrestling themed run of shows. Enjoy five performances and five different bouts, with an interactive format that gives the audience a chance to win prizes. $5-$10.

Escape from the Cursed Forest: Feb. 22-25, 701 N. First St., San Jose. This escape-game event sends teams of 5-6 people into a cursed forest on a mission to solve puzzles, wake a princess and escape. If you do not have a full team, you will be added to another partial group. $30 per person.

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival: Feb. 23-25, Chabot Space and Science Center, 1000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Enjoy award-winning films in a wide range of formats including animation, documentary, shorts and features. $7-$25.

Bacon and Beer Classic: Feb. 24, Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara. Enjoy more than 100 local beers and 30+ bacon dishes from local chefs, as well as a blind beer taste-test, the Hormel® bacon-eating contest, lawn games, music and more. $69-$125.

This One’s For You: The Songs of Barry Manilow: 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. A cabaret tribue to a pop legend. $17-$27.

Cinequest Film and VR Festival: Feb. 27-March 11, San Jose and Redwood City. This festival showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough …read more

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