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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Ultimate Comfort Food...Chicken Potpie!

This is how I make my chicken potpie. We love it!

2 1/4 cups self rising flour
2 COLD sticks of butter (cut into squares)
8-10 Tbsp ICE water
Place flour in bowl to mix with stand mixer. Add squares of COLD butter. Mix until mixture resembles wet sand. Slowly add water. Do not overmix. That and the cold butter are the key to a good crust. Divide dough into 2 balls and wrap separately with plastic wrap. Place in freezer to chill.

In the meantime, mix together:
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups chicken stock
Frozen carrots, peas, and corn
Shredded chicken
Pepper to taste

Spray dish or pie plate with cooking spray.

Flour work surface and take one ball of dough out of freezer. Roll to desired shape. Place in dish.

Pour chicken and veg mixture on top.

Roll second dough ball out. Place on top of mixture. Make it as pretty or plain as you like. I had a helper with mine tonight. :-) Poke holes on top with a fork.

Whisk one egg in a bowl and brush on top to make it golden brown.

Bake at 400 for 30 - 45 mins until bubbling and golden brown.


Give me the rolling pin!

You can have those frozen dumplings, canned biscuits, and bisquick! Just give me the rolling pin! I like doing it the hard way and as many try to convince me to simplify things in the kitchen, I just don't believe there's a substitute for the REAL thing. Now I'm not saying I've never cut those corners, but I'm not happy when I do. It's worth the little extra effort for truly homemade crusts, dumplings, biscuits, etc. We're having chicken potpie for supper tonight. I decided to switch out a couple meals this week. Stay tuned for the tutorial with pics after I make this meal for my family tonight. We are having another snow day here in the Carolinas and what better comfort food to feed my family than chicken potpie? Yummy. I can't wait!


Monday, January 10, 2011

Menu Monday

We have enjoyed a lazy snow day at home. We played in the snow, made snowcream, watched a movie, ate popcorn, and now a big pot of chili is simmering on the stove. I will make a pan of brownines too. I love SNOW DAY traditions.

Here's our menu for this week.

Sunday: BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, and salad
Monday: Chili
Tuesday:Jambalaya, slaw, and cornbread
Wednesday: Chicken potpie
Thursday: Lumpia and wild rice
Friday: Date night
Saturday: Spaghetti and salad

Here's how I make my chili.

1 pkg of ground beef, turkey, or deer meat
1 green pepper
1 jalapeno (seeded)
1/3 onion
Minced garlic
Place in a pan to brown meat and saute other ingredients.
Dump in:
2 cans rinsed pinto beans
2 cans rinsed kidney beans
1 can rinsed black beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
water to desired consistency
Chili powder
Frank's Red Hot
1 Tbsp Cocoa powder

Simmer for several hours or place in crockpot on low all day. Top with crackers or tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Yummy!

Well, I'm off to make our bowls of chili!