Sunday, February 10, 2008

Comfort Food!

So, when we were planning our homebirth my mom said she'd cook us a meal to have ready for us right after the birth and she asked if I wanted anything in particular. If you ask a pregnant woman what she wants to eat generally she'll have some kind of preference, and believe me, I did. Immediately I said I wanted my mom's homemade chicken pot pie. Its always been one of my favorite dishes that mom makes. It is not a secret family recipe or anything, its Betty Crocker's (but I checked and I could not find this particular recipe on their website). I think I ate it for every meal the first day after Josiah was born. I LOVE IT! So, while its still this cold yucky winter weather (here in the midwest it is anyway) you should try this out and let me know what you think.

Chicken Pot Pie
1/3 cup margarine, bitter or chicken fat
1/3 cup all-purpose four
1/3 cup chopped onion (optional - my husband doesn't eat onions so we do without)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 3/4 cups chicken or turkey broth
2/3 cup milk
2 cups cut-up cooked chicken or turkey
1 package(10oz) frozen peas and carrots
*we usually add some frozen corn also

Heat margarine ove rlow heat until melted. Blend in flour, onion, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in chicken and frozen vegitables; reserve.

My Grandma's Pie Crust Recipe - maybe its from a cookbook, I don't know - but its so flaky.
- cut in the following ingredients:
5 cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups shortening
- add all at once
1 egg (beaten) in a measuring cup - then fill cup with water to equal 1cup
Mix until even consistency. Roll out and put into pie pan 9x9x2 in; pour chicken filling into pastry-lined pan. Roll remaining dough into 11in square; place over filling. Roll edges under; flute. Cut slits in center to allow steam to escape. Cook uncovered in 425degrees oven until crust is brown, 30-35 minutes. 6 servings - give or take


Cindy said...

I have had this chicken pie before. It was amazing. It's one of my favorite comfort foods. Hmmm, what's your mom doing right now?

prettysparrow said...

thanks for the comment... i have run into a ton of women online who are saying the same thing you are... that said, here's a question (i couldn't find your email addy): what would you say to the christian friend who heard (from your mouth) that you were considering a homebirth with a certain midwife that you trust and promptly told you that she had heard horror stories about how this woman handled emergencies at the hospital she worked in? i was polite, and careful... but i also was transported to the hospital by the midwife that she is bashing... i am so confused by all that everyone is throwing at me... any suggestions?

btw... the pot pie looks awesome. i have to make that sometime soon!!

Big Doofus said...

I'm sick today. Can you make the pot pie for me and bring it over? Wow. That looks SOOOOOO good.

Sniz said...

Hey, you know how we were talking about how Isaac can't stand onions and I love them? Well, I've been noticing for a couple of months now that raw onions don't agree with me...they are my favorite, but I never feel well after I eat them. Tell Isaac I think I'm going to have to give them up. I think cooked onions are OK, though! I can't wait to try this recipe!