Hi All...I'm back! Thanks for your understanding while I took some time away from blogging to navigate my first year as a mom. It's been a great year, but I want to get back to blogging (hey - it's a therapeutic outlet for me!) about the things that I'm interested in. Yep, you guessed it, all things food, make-up, and hair. I may even throw in the occasional baby pic....forgive me, I'm obsessed.
First things first - Happy New Year! I trust it's going swimmingly for you all. We started off the New Year at my house with some traditional dishes: pork, sauerkraut, and hoppin' john. I'm going to let you all in on a little secret - I am not good at cooking pork. Nope. Not. At. All. I usually leave that to my husband in the form of throwing it on the grill or smoking it. But this year that just didn't sound good. Does anyone else get tired of grilled food because that seems to be the go-to cooking method for everything? I hear ya. That's why I decided to mix it up and how I accidentally made the best pork roast I've ever made. It's a simple crock pot recipe, but don't knock it until you've tried it. It's wonderful and so, so easy.
Ok folks, I didn't invent this recipe, I just had the good luck of finding it in a sea of recipes on the Internet. I actually found it on one of my favorite recipe sites, All Recipes. Head on over there now to get the recipe for this yummy pork roast: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tangy-slow-cooker-pork-roast/detail.aspx.
If you'd like, you can find me at All Recipes at http://allrecipes.com/cook/18343464/.
Jan 9, 2013
Oct 19, 2011
I'm sure it's noticable that I've been lacking on updating the blog lately, but finding myself getting ever more pregnant as the months go by, sometimes I am just too exhausted to cook a lot in the evenings, and if I do, I find myself going for those quick, easy meals that sometimes aren't the most nutritious.
But last night, inspired after watching Ina Garten the night before, I made chicken pot pie, and let me tell you, it was worth the hour I spent on my feet. Now most of this time is spent peeling and chopping the vegetables that will go in this pot pie, but it is well worth it. The combination of butternut squash and onions are out of this world, and the carrots and potatoes offer that soothing, homemade taste that one looks for in comfort food. I did make a few changes to the recipe, like I skipped the fennel and liquor, added leftover rotisserie chicken, and I subbed in peas instead of asparagus, but in the end it was a scrumptious dinner.
Oh, and I used boughten pie crust...shh! don't tell Ina! Enjoy.
Ina Garten's Vegetable Pot Pie
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 2 cups sliced yellow onions (2 onions)
- 1 fennel bulb, top and core removed, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups good chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon Pernod (a licorice tasting liquor)
- Pinch saffron threads
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups large-diced potatoes (1/2 pound)
- 1 1/2 cups asparagus tips
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced carrots (4 carrots)
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced butternut squash
- 1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions (1/2 pound)
- 1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
For the pastry
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
- Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel and saute until translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly add the stock, Pernod, saffron, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and season to taste. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Lift out with a sieve. Add the asparagus, carrots, and squash to the pot and cook in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well. Add the potatoes, mixed vegetables, onions, and parsley to the sauce and mix well.
For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water; process only enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.