Comfort Food

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe from simplyrecipes.com


Chicken and stock ingredients:

  • 1 (3 1/2 pound) frying chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken then I didn't do any of this part)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • cover with water and simmer 45 min. Strip chicken from bone
  • and you can strain liquid and use as broth.

Pie crust ingredients: (I doubled mine It was enough for six small and

one bigger one, we did have a little extra and put it on the bottom of the

large one) jess requested more crust and Ella played with the leftovers.

By adding a few extra things and doubling the crust I made 6 small and

one bigger one. Everyone loved it and asked why don't we make it more!

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced into 1/2-inch cubes (best to chill cubes
  • in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before using)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp ice water
  • Combine flour and salt(I had salted butter so I omitted the salt) in food processor. Add
  • the chilled butter(important) cubes and pulse 5+ times to combine. Add the shortening
  • and pulse a few more times, until the dough resembles a coarse cornmeal, with some
  • pea sized pieces of butter. Slowly stream in ice water, a TBL at a time, pulsing after each
  • addition. until the dough sticks together when you press some between your fingers.
  • Empty the food processor. Place dough on counter. Use your hands to mold into a ball
  • then flatten into a disk. Sprinkle with a little flour, wrap and refrigerate for a least
  • 30 min, or up to 2 days, before rolling.

Filling ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk + 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • (I used the 3 cups stock 1 can cream soup and no milk)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry(omitted this you can adjust with stock)
  • 3/4 cup green peas, frozen or fresh(I used a cup)
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley(i used 4 TBL)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • I sauteed the onion carrots and celery in butter I also added 3 potatoes
  • and garlic of course, then added the flour cook a minute more then add milk
  • or use chicken broth which I did. Then I added the thyme I had dried so
  • I used that. I add the chicken and simmered 10 min. Mine was still a little thin
  • so I added 1 can cream of chicken soup. Add the peas and parsley which I used
  • more of salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Divide into separate
  • ramekins or use one large ramekin or casserole dish.
Roll dough on lightly floured surface to a little less than 1/4 inch cut just larger then
the dish you are using tucking under extra dough. fork or press dough against edge.
Cut a 1-inch vent on small and 4 vents on large place on baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees-25 min or till golden and the filling is bubbling.
Let cool 5-10 min before serving.

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
for top of crust


Diners Drive ins and Dives: Metro Diner in Jacksonville, Florida

Our last foody stop on our recent road trip to Florida
to see Heather and the gang We figured we would critique
this place after watching it on the show.

Food critics at the Metro diner
Lila and Holly waiting for the good stuff
Us with the cook/owner Mark Duvoli
We watched this segment on TV while at Heather's house
and decided to go check it out on our way to the airport
it was really good. The cook/owner came around and
chit-chatted with us. Real nice guy, good food and priced
well for your good sized portions. Come hungry! Heather
tried the french toast he demoed on the show, John had
a burrito, and I had an veggie omelet with crab cakes on
the side. All were good. When we were talking to the
owner about good bar-b-que stuff he said I'll bring you out
a smoked pastrami on rye sandwich I make and smoke the
pastrami myself. Well it was very good also. John wished
he had gotten the steak fry salad though, he forgot that was
one of the ones they highlighted. I'm sure everything is really
good though and worth stopping over and trying out if your
in the area.

He said his segment has been airing since september and everytime
it does his business increases 100%


Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins

6 tbsp. butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tbsp.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups blueberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a dozen muffin tin with paper liners. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, and stir in the milk and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, and salt. Stir it into the butter and sugar mixture. Gently toss the blueberries in the tablespoon of flour, then fold them into the batter. Fill the muffin cups almost to the top and bake for 25 minutes, or until light brown. Makes 12 muffins