Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I was hesitant to use her pie crust recipe, since the one that I've used forever is so good, but I'm glad I did. It was delicious and really the flakiest crust I've ever seen.
I cooked them in ramekins and put pie crust on the inside of the ramekins, I cooked just the crust for 5 minutes before I added the filling and the top.
I cooked them for 25 minutes and they were perfect! Even Paige said these were the best Chicken Pot Pies she had ever tasted. They are a definite keeper.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Dana Thank you so much for choosing the sherried tomato soup I have been wanting to make it for a long time, This time I decided to follow the recipe exactly, I even ventured into a liquor store, After looking all over the place for a bottle of sherry I was informed that it belongs to the wine family and that I can purchase it at any regular grocery store, The guys sort of had this suspicious look on his face, Not sure he believe me when I told him I was going to make some soup with it, He probably though that I was already drunk when I walked in the store since I was still on my work out clothes, sweaty and smelly… Anyhow…… how was I supposed to know that?????
The soup was wonderful, however I only used half of the cream and butter suggested in the recipe….. I PROMISE…. You don’t need all that FAT the soup was wonderful.
We also had the chicken pot pie and it was pretty tasty I sautéed my onion before adding the other vegetables also reduced the amount of butter and cream. I decided to add my peas after turning the burner off along with fresh parsley and thyme from my herb garden, I never had homemade chicken pot pie before so this was a first for me I think that I would like more chicken and less sauce but the flavors were very good, I am making this again tomorrow with the leftover turkey I hope it will turn out good, wish me luck!
The Marlboro Man's Sandwich was a Huge hit we had it Twice , I got some delicious Maui onions at the grocery store and they were fantastic for this dish, I loved using thin sliced beef and just cut it into smaller strips, seasoned (My own version) and set it on the fridge overnight. I toasted the buns on the frying pan along side with the beef on another big frying pan, We had a “build your own sandwich” bar area some of the options were, pickles, lettuce, tomato, sliced avocado, sliced jalapeños, Swiss cheese, provolone, mayonnaise, mustard, etc. Like I said BIG HIT I have a feeling I will be making this again pretty soon.
Cowboy Calzone was pretty good I’m not a big fan of cottage cheese on pastries so I only used half the amount suggested. The dough was very tasty. I decided to use Italian sausage (since calzone is an Italian dish) and that was perfect, I don’t like Monterey Jack so I used a Italian mixture I got at Trader Joes , I also added fresh oregano and parsley. I like brushing the calzone with olive oil after taking it out of the oven it makes it even tastier…hummmmmmmmm
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
I'm a bit behind on my recipes but we just made this the other night. It was really good. I probably will do a few things different next time, like WAY less thyme. Leslee warned me, so I only added 1/4 tsp instead of a full tsp and there were some bites that I felt still had too much! Also, I didn't cook it long enough. It probably needed about 5 more minutes or so. It was still delicious and I will make this again for sure!
Friday, November 19, 2010
I prepared this dish on Monday night for myself, my mom and Sean. The tomato soup was quite easy to make and I was able to let it simmer for quite a while until we were ready to eat. I did omit the Sherry. The ranch dressing was a bit more work with all the slicing and dicing but it came together nicely. I didn’t notice until I was almost done making it that it needed to chill for an hour before serving so I just put it in the freezer to get it cold fast.
All three of us really liked the tomato soup. I am not a big fan of tomato soup, but this was the best I have tasted and I enjoyed my bowl full. My mom really likes tomato soups and thought this one was delicious. She added some goldfish crackers to hers (much to Summer’s delight). Sean was a bit concerned that there was no protein in the soup so he added some leftover meat that we had in the fridge. The ranch dressing was good in my opinion but it had too much dill. This might have been my fault for not chopping it up small enough but if I made this again I would cut back on the amount. These two recipes made a nice little meal!
The Soup (sorry this is my boring bowl with none of the fun add-ins)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I am still at Leslee’s house and this past Thursday night I made the Pot Pie for our meal. We all thought it was pretty darn good! The pie crust is some of the best I have tasted – light, flaky and full of good flavor. I made the pie crust and then chilled it in the freezer for a bit while I made the pie filling. I rolled it out between two sheets of wax paper and it was easy to handle. For the filling I followed the recipe as directed. I used chicken breast for the meat and then shredded it. I will definitely make this pot pie again but I will not add the thyme – none of us cared for the flavor in chicken pot pie. It just seemed like a foreign flavor that didn’t belong. All in all a good, solid, chicken pot pie recipe if you cut out the thyme. I used rice flour for the thickening agent so Leslee could have the filling. She dished her serving out before I added the crust and served hers over rice.
Fresh from the oven:
First slice out lets of peek at the filling:
Served up with a side of green salad and over a bit of steamed rice:
Friday, November 12, 2010
I made these recipes a few weeks ago and don’t think I posted about them yet…
Meatloaf was delicious. Sterling said this is the kind his mom made growing up. I think everyone liked it.
The potato leek pizza was so very very good. It was so great that I made it for a baby shower I hosted this past weekend and everyone loved it. Unfortunately the picture I took of it the first time I made it just looks bad so I won’t post it.
Sherried Tomato Soup ~ Pg. 103
Homemade Ranch with Iceberg Wedge ~ Pg. 168
I thought since the weather is finally starting to change, good ol' soup and salad sounded just yummy.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Pie crust dough.
All dished up!
We cooked up a whole chicken and then used the broth from that in the recipe. Since we had 4 cups of chicken, we decided to make two pot pies. We followed the recipe, except we didn't put in the white wine. It turned out real well. The crust was very tender, flaky and tasty. The veggie and chicken filling tasted really good also. We were very pleased with how it turned out and since we had made two pot pies, we ate the second one for dinner the next night, which was very nice :) We all thought that this was one of the best chicken pot pies that we have eaten. I am sure that we will make these pot pies again. Thanks for the good recipe pick :)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
I thought I would do a quick introduction. My name is Gretchen and I am friend's with Leslee who was kind enough to invite me to join this excellent recipe blog. I am a stay at home mom of one (soon to be 2). I enjoy things like cooking to keep me busy while my husband studies his life away in medical school.
The recipe I chose is the Chicken Pot Pie on pg 126. I am a huge fan of chicken pot pies so I look forward to making this. Happy eating!!
My mom is here visiting me in Texas, so we made this meal together and took some pictures of the process. We didn’t make any changes to the recipe except for adding some pepper-jack cheese to the finished product.
Instead of toasting the bread on a griddle we just broiled them in the oven for a few minutes to get them a little toasty. The finished product was very delicious! We had the missionaries over for dinner that night and everyone seemed to really enjoy them. We ate the sandwiches with chips and fruit. We forgot to take a picture until Sean went back for seconds…