I meant to tell y'all
I've been cooking away....
throwing mustard in an egg pan.
However, I really have been cooking a lot....
This is me, in my kitchen, making Chicken Pot Pie....
I can't fool all y'all.
You KNOW I recoil from doing dishes,
and this is really how I roll in da kitchen.
Frankly, I don't mind living with a week's worth of dirty dishes...
This next picture should prove that I have been cookin' and sweatin' away with the recipes....
Here, here's the correct picture....
Just haven't had time to write about them.
And some were downright blechy.
Now I am aware some of the not-so-great ones were most likely the cook's ineptness (raising hand, giving a holla, big shiny arrow pointing to me)
and not the actual recipe.
But HEY! I made this and it was awesome!!!!
I haven't made it "in real life" "outside of my dreams"
if you want to get all "technical" about it, but I know it will be awesome when I do.
I should probably share real quickly that I got new dining table chairs though...
how'd that happen?
Actually the chairs below are my kitchen/dining chairs...they are not quite as "elegant" as my dream chairs up there *drooooooling* but they were cheap-a-rooni.
Came right smack out of the summer kitchen...vintage 70s chairs.
Here's a better picture without all the crap around.
Not bad, huh?
They are in mint condition and I do like the silver framing.
as much as I do love them.
Know what kind of dining I would LOVE to have
in my house, though?
Yup, I would love to have a vintage railroad dining car in my house,
just like this 1970s Amtrack dining car.
We could all sit down at those dining car tables,
and I would whip out this menu from an actual Amtrack passenger train in the early 70s, and we could all feast on the food...
providing somebody else made it all up for us ahead of time, of course :)
What about you?
Now I'm not too picky about the size of the railway dining car...it could a 1950s railway dining table,
like this one,
from a scene from White Christmas.
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You know this scene, yes?
I'm getting goose bumps right now just seeing these opening credits.
Okay, I love every scene in White Christmas,
but in particular this one. Don't know why.
Could be because they're talking about sandwiches, though.
Here's the stage for the outside of the Columbia Inn...
....and the interior.
...and when it FINALLY began to snow.......
Cue the music!!!
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I used to know...
Okay, okay, I'll stop yammering about silliness and get to the seriousness of what I really want to share....
Chicken Pot Pie.
Yummy, tasty, let's-have-this-every-night Chicken Pot Pie.
This is Pioneer Woman's recipe and I've made it probably 12 times in the last three months. Yup, about once a week.
So here's the fixins for this easy, tasty Pot Pie. The wine is not necessary, it can be omitted.
Now it calls for three cups of shredded chicken or turkey.
This particular night I pulled out what I had in my freezer. Other nights I will boil up some chicken or often, I'll use a grocery's Rotisserie chicken.
I buy these organic Whole Wheat pie crusts.
Tim is sensitive to white flour so I try to use other grains as much as possible.
And look, very few ingredients in this one: Organic whole wheat flour, organic palm oil, water, organic cane sugar, sea salt. That's it!
Anyway, let's get started...
Melt the butter up...
Add those colorful veggies in and saute for a few minutes, until the onions get translucent.
Add the shredded chicken....
Lookin' good all together now!
Turmeric is a healing spice, it's been used for centuries. It's also one of the main ingredients in curry.
One of my most popular posts that gets a ton of hits every single month is the post I did on turmeric, curcumin and curry.
Click here for the link.
The mixture should thicken up a bit at this point.
If it thickens up too much, just add in a splash or so of additional chicken broth. I've had one be not thick at all and another time I made it, it was too thick.
Pour the mixture into a casserole dish...
Okay, now let's take this nice earthy, whole wheat pie crust and whip it out of the tin very quickly...
don't overthink this...
Flip it right on that dish!!
Okay, now this is what I mean by don't
overthink this part.....
Two weeks earlier I made this same dish but decided to ROLL OUT the pie crust before setting it on the dish....
DON'T DO THAT!
Okay, let's go back to the correctly applied pie crust
and brush an egg/water mixture on top. Also poke fork holes in the crust so it doesn't turn into a big Jiffy Pop popcorn bag on ya.
Bake uncovered for around 30 minutes or until
Look at this, will ya!!
Can you see the bubbly chicken goodness peeking out of the corners? And that earthy crust!
Scoop out a serving or two...
I have made several pot pies and this recipe is pretty yummy-tummy tasty.
Tim devours it. The adult kids love it. Our little grandson asks for it..."Grandma, you have pot pie?"
Straight outta her website www.thepioneerwoman.com
Angie's Note: You might get 6-8 servings out of this, usually more like 6, tops.
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/2 cup Finely Diced Onion
- 1/2 cup Finely Diced Carrot
- 1/2 cup Finely Diced Celery
- 3 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken Or Turkey
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 3 cups Low-sodium Chicken Broth, Plus More If Needed
- Splash Of White Wine (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- Chopped Fresh Thyme To Taste
- 1/4 cup Half-and-half Or Cream
- 1 whole Unbaked Pie Crust
- 1 whole Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Water
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add the onion, carrots, and celery. Stir them around until the onions start to turn translucent, about 3 minutes.
Stir in the chicken or turkey and then sprinkle the flour over the top and stir it until it’s all combined with the turkey and vegetables. Cook for 1 minute, then pour in the chicken broth (and wine if using) and stir it around and let it cook and thicken.
Once it starts to thicken add the turmeric, salt, pepper, and thyme.
Add the half-and-half or cream, then stir the mixture and let it bubble up and thicken, about 3 minutes. If it seems overly thick, splash in a little more broth. Turn off the heat.
Pour the filling into a 2-quart baking dish. Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface and lay it over the top of the dish. Press the dough so that the edges stick to the outside of the pan. Use a knife to cut little vents here and there in the surface of the dough.
Mix together the egg with 2 tablespoons water and brush it all over the surface of the crust. (You will have some egg wash left over.)
Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the crust is deep golden brown and the filling is bubbly. To prevent the crust from getting too brown, you might want to cover it lightly with foil for the first 15 minutes of baking time.
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Okay, that's all I have for today kiddos!!
I'll leave you with a picture of Little Boy Blue (who is 3 now...3!!!) who insisted on wearing his Grandpa Tim's
1965 childhood Batman helmet before bedtime.
Okay guys, have a great week and we'll talk at ya soon!!!