Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

My mom made us take home so many left overs for Thanksgiving. I was trying to think of something comforting to make with them. I love Thanksgiving food afterall, but I've had my fill. I thought about making a pot pie because I had frozen veggies, left over turkey and a can of cream of chicken at home. The only thing I needed from the grocery store yesterday was a pie crust and an onion. I don't know about you but I love potatoes, the more potatoes the better.

2 pie crusts ( I used a regular 9 inch from Pillsbury, next time I may get a deep dish)
1 1/2 cups (approximately) of left over turkey or chicken
1 can cream of chicken
1 medium onion diced
1/2 cup diced potato
1 1/2 cups frozen veggies ( I used lima beans, green beans, corn, carrots, and peas)
1 tablespoon of butter
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup of milk
1 egg
chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly poke holes with a fork in the bottom and sides of one pie crust and bake for about 9 minutes or until lightly golden. set aside.

Saute onions in butter and rosemary until just translucent, add diced potatoes and cover with chicken broth. This was probably about 2/3 of a cup for me. Use enough just to cover the potatoes. Once potatoes are fork tender add frozen vegetables and cover with chicken broth. Once veggies are heated, add chicken or turkey and cream of chicken soup. Add 1/4 of milk to the empty can of soup and whisk with a fork and add to the pot. At this point if you may need to add a little more chicken broth to even out the mixture but you don't want it to be too runny. Season with salt and pepper to taste and fill the pie crust.

Top with the second pie crust cutting off any excess. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and brush on to the crust. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Voila! Easy left over chicken or turkey pot pie.

Melba's Chicken and Dressin'

'Round here we don't call it "stuffing" we call it "dressin". Always have and probably always will. My fondest memories of my grandma are of us in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day making her famous Chicken and Dressin'. I helped her with it one last time in 2007. I've been wanting to try to recreate this dish for a few years, but was always afraid that I wouldn't remember how and that I would somehow be disappointing her if it wasn't correct. This year I threw caution to the wind, and once I got started everything started coming back to me. It's actually a really simple recipe.

2 pans cornbread crumbled
6 slices day old bread cubed
1 white onion diced
3 stalks celery diced
3-4 hard boiled eggs diced (optional)
6 cups of chicken broth
1 tablespoon sage (approximate)
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning (approximate)
1/4 cup of butter
1 tablespoon of butter
1 pound of shredded chicken, white and dark meat
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425.

Saute celery and onion in one tablespoon of butter until translucent, set aside. Make 2 pans of cornbread according to the instructions, once cooled crumble into a large bowl. Add cubed bread, onion, celery, eggs, sage, poultry seasoning, salt. pepper and shredded chicken reserving some pieces for the top. Stir in chicken broth a cup or two at a time until you reach your desired consistency. I like my dressin' sticky so I use all 6 cups, but feel free to play around with it and use what you like. I left the eggs out of mine because I don't really use eggs unless absolutely necessary ha ha. They're gross. You can also add more or less sage/poultry seasoning, taste as you go.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter and grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish, if you have butter left over stir it in to the dressin'. Pour the mixture in the pan and top with remaining pieces of chicken. Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the top is browned.

Voila! Melba's dressing can be yours. It's pretty simple but extremely delicious. My family loved it this year and it looks like I get to make it every year from now on. I should have taken a picture of the finished product but I didn't, so here are some pictures of my lovely granny instead.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Easy Corn and Potato Chowder

A few weeks ago I came upon this recipe for corn and potato chowder made in a crock pot. I made it and it was amazing. I'm always up for easy crock pot recipes. I love coming home to the smells of something simmering and delicious all ready to be ladled out into a big bowl. Yesterday I had completely forgotten that I planned on making this recipe for supper. So I got home after a flat tire fiasco, to find my crock pot empty.  I figured I could still make the chowder but instead, I would just make it on the stove. Easy peasy right? Right. I hate to brag on myself but what I made was much more flavorful than what spent all day the crock pot last week. For reals.

Also, I learned a new trick to cooking bacon. I've always made bacon on the stove and as is in my nature, I cook it up way too hot and end up burning myself on bacon grease. ha ha. shut up. Thanks to the wonderful place of Pinterest, I learned you can just bake bacon in the oven, it's the same thing! I laid my bacon out on a cookie sheet lined with foil, put it in the oven and turn the oven on to 400 degrees for about 22 minutes. You don't have to preheat the oven. Boom. Easy. I baked up my bacon and then set it aside for later. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I pepper my bacon, I always have. I love bacon. While adding the broth to this recipe, I added just a bit of the bacon grease. I couldn't help myself.

Let's get down to bidness. This recipe is enough for about 4 servings or so.

1 tablespoon butter
1 onion diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 large red potatoes cubed (any kind of potato would work probably this is just what I had on hand)
3 cups of frozen corn
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
6-8 slices of cooked crispy bacon crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter over medium high heat in a stew pot. Add minced garlic. Once garlic begins to sweat add onions and sautee until translucent. Add chicken broth, potatoes and corn and bring to a slow boil. Once potatoes are fork tender, approximately 15 minutes, add bacon (reserve 2 slices for topping) and cream. Remove pot from heat. With an immersion blender, blend about half of the mixture until you reach a desired texture. Salt and pepper to taste.

Then basically what you're gonna wanna do it spoon it up and top each bowl with the remaining bacon and eat the hell out of it. You can thank me later. I accept cash and Sephora gift cards. Thanks.


This picture really doesn't do this dish justice. I promise to take better pictures soon.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Novembre.

Dudes. It's cold, and I want to buy everything. I've gotten a head start this year with this cable knit skirt thingy from ASOS. I kind of love it, kind of hate it but I'm gonna wear the shit out of it as soon as I get some appropriate shoes. Fuck the booties I have now, those mothers hurt my feet.


My favorite part of being an adult is having to buy a baller dress for the Christmas parties I have to attend. The Christmas party for my job usually only consists of dinner at a fancy type place where the only coworker I really get along with and I drink all of the wine and laugh louder than anyone else on the planet. I'm quite looking forward to it. My husband's company is a crap shoot every year, sometimes it's dinner, sometimes it's dinner and dancing, but there's always drinks and that's what the holidays are really all about right? right bro. So this year I have a few dresses picked out but I need direction on my stupid hair and shoes, as always, shoes lose me. I hope someday I can be a real girl. 

First there's ASOS, who never ever fails to disappoint me. I love this brand. 


Next up The Limited has a new line for big bitches called "eloquii", and I first saw this dress on the beautiful Gabi of www.gabifresh.com and I kind of want it. Yellow looks weird on me though.


I'm pretty much leaning toward the black tutu from ASOS. 

So basically, that's what I'm twerkin' with this holiday season. However, I may not be able to get any of these dresses if I don't slow my roll on eating everything in sight. I got all emo on the planet last week and basically gave up on everything. Things really came to light for me yesterday when I spent almost $30 at Sonic for lunch for myself and Matt. It was pretty bad. I won't get into details but I ate a lot.  ha ha. 

Hope y'all like the new layout :) Holler.