now, on to an actual craftyish post. one of my favorite things to make (and eat) is chicken pot pie. i use a recipe from a favorite cookbook, the big book of casseroles by maryana vollstedt.
when i was learning to cook, i tried a lot of recipes in this book. the chicken and black beans is great. but the pot pie is my hands down favorite.
make my own pie crust using this recipe:
2 cups flour
1 stick crisco (butter or reg)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup water
i'm sure there are other recipes that work great too - this one works pretty consistently for me, although it doesn't brown as nicely as i'd like. i use a pampered chef pastry blender and a fork.
and i also use a bottom crust,
which the recipe doesn't call for. for chicken, i usually cook 6-8
chicken breast at a time in the crock pot with a can of tomatoes, then
shred and freeze it for use in future meals. and someday, i will learn
how to make my crusts look like they do in magazines, all perfectly
crimped, but i'm usually to excited to get to eating it to worry much
recipe is loaded up with veggies like corn, carrots, onions, and
celery, but i also add in a can of diced potatoes as well as frozen peas. i
love that our kids eat this so well, but if i were to pile all those
veggies on a plate, they'd whine and moan and have to be bribed to eat
them. kids, sheesh.