Saturday, September 27, 2008

My first ever cooking post

This post is dedicated to my mother-in-law whose birthday was last week. For my wedding shower years ago, she made me the cutest scrapbook cookbook with all of Matt's favorite foods. Every page has a picture of him as a child and most of them are of him eatting the food from that recipe. You won't believe how covered in flour it is because we use it all the time. I'm a horrible scrapbooker, so I'm so impressed with her creativity. I thought I'd share one of our favorite cold-weather recipes: pot pie!

The caption there is "chicken pot pie would warm me up!" Haha.

First, you melt 1/3 c of butter, and then add 1/3 c chopped onion. After the onion is tender, you add 1/3 c flour, 1/2 t salt, and 1/4 t pepper. Stir until well blended and thickened. Gradually stir in 1 and 1/2 c of chicken broth and 2/3 c milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly.

Add 2-3 c cooked chicken (I actually used leftover smoked turkey here and I've used canned chicken as well) and 3-4 c mixed vegetables. My mother-in-law would chop up fresh veggies, but I usually throw in a big bag of mixed frozen vegetables and then maybe a little of whatever else is in the fridge, including spinach sometimes. Remove from heat.

Spoon mixture into crust-lined pan. I always use the kind that is pre-made, but my sister taught me that the refrigerated, roll-out kind is way better than the frozen-already-in-the-pan kind. Also, with the fridge kind, you can use the excess to make cute little cut-outs for the top like Mom Harris would do. I've never done that before, but the kids were making pumpkin-shaped cookies while I was doing this, so I borrowed the cookie cutters to make it more Mom Harris-ish. Put the top crust on, flute, and cut a few little slits. Bake 35-45 minutes at 425 degrees until golden and bubbly.

Ta-dah! This dinner has been taken to almost everyone having a new baby, and it's one of the dinners that my whole family included. Except Sammy says "I mainly like the chicken and crust." Typical.


Urban Mom said...

OMG, this is great! I did a post last winter about a completely disastrous attempt at pot pie. God, what a mess. This looks much more manageable. And your daughter is, indeed, absolutely gorgeous!

ramona said...

thanks for the recipe! i made it for my family tonight and it's gone!!! which is not entirely unusual around here (even though there's just my husband and i and our 2 year old) but it was definitely lick the plate good! someone brought me a chicken pot pie when lydia was born. it was the best meal we received, and i determined to make it for others who have babes since, but haven't yet (hopefully i will now that i have this recipe)!

thanks also for your blog. i am so encouraged to find it. i too live in chicago's nearwest side (love this city, but long for a farm). am a sahm. a jesus follower. and hope to home school combining a waldorf method (without the funky spiritual wierdness) with a classical education approach. i've been doing some reading lately in these two methods and wondering how i would combine them. i have some years ahead of me, before *formal* education starts, so i will be following your blog and learning from you!!! ha pressure! ;)

chicago_mom said...

Ramona - Are you a real person? How could you possibly exist? You're too much like me and you live on the near west side???? Can we be best friends? Seriously?

ramona said...

ha ha!!! well...after finding your blog and spending a day reading some of your posts, that's what i wanted to ask you! but my husband thought that would be weird, so i thought i would reign it in, and just let you know i'm around! :) it would be fun to get together sometime though! we live in the university village area.

ramona said...'s my email address!