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Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:28 AM

What's for Dinner? Thursday January 16th....

I'm fixing Chicken Pot Pie.....scratch dough is done and in the refrigerator.

I made the this about 6 weeks ago and froze the extra gravy and veggies. I'll make additional stock with a pack of chicken thighs and of course add the chicken tonight when I get home from work.

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Reply What's for Dinner? Thursday January 16th.... (Original post)
FarPoint Jan 2014 OP
Lucinda Jan 2014 #1
rdharma Jan 2014 #3
FarPoint Jan 2014 #29
cbayer Jan 2014 #31
rdharma Jan 2014 #35
Lucinda Jan 2014 #36
rdharma Jan 2014 #45
Lucinda Jan 2014 #49
locks Jan 2014 #2
cbayer Jan 2014 #7
Lucinda Jan 2014 #38
bif Jan 2014 #4
cbayer Jan 2014 #6
bif Jan 2014 #8
Lucinda Jan 2014 #39
cbayer Jan 2014 #5
Lucinda Jan 2014 #40
cbayer Jan 2014 #50
Lucinda Jan 2014 #53
livetohike Jan 2014 #9
cbayer Jan 2014 #15
livetohike Jan 2014 #21
cbayer Jan 2014 #23
livetohike Jan 2014 #24
cbayer Jan 2014 #25
FarPoint Jan 2014 #30
Lucinda Jan 2014 #42
B2G Jan 2014 #10
cbayer Jan 2014 #11
B2G Jan 2014 #13
FarPoint Jan 2014 #32
laundry_queen Jan 2014 #48
Galileo126 Jan 2014 #12
cbayer Jan 2014 #16
Galileo126 Jan 2014 #17
cbayer Jan 2014 #18
Galileo126 Jan 2014 #19
cbayer Jan 2014 #20
livetohike Jan 2014 #22
FarPoint Jan 2014 #33
Galileo126 Jan 2014 #52
Lucinda Jan 2014 #43
Galileo126 Jan 2014 #51
Lucinda Jan 2014 #54
greatauntoftriplets Jan 2014 #14
Lucinda Jan 2014 #44
greatauntoftriplets Jan 2014 #46
pinto Jan 2014 #26
littlewolf Jan 2014 #27
The empressof all Jan 2014 #28
FarPoint Jan 2014 #34
NJCher Jan 2014 #37
FarPoint Jan 2014 #41
laundry_queen Jan 2014 #47
applegrove Jan 2014 #55

Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:14 AM

1. Sounds delicious!

Not sure here....I have some crockpot roasted beef so I could do enchiladas with it...

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:07 PM

3. Chicken pot pie! Yum!

 

Even the "lazy cheater" version I make is good.

I use 9" frozen pie crusts that I thaw then cut and shape into those little 5" aluminum pie pans (remember to use a light non-stick spray). I then pre-bake the crust (make sure to poke the bottom of the crust with a fork or the bottom will form a bubble).

For the filler, the basic ingredients are chopped cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, and frozen mixed vegetables (no need to thaw). You can add chopped celery, onions, mushrooms..... you name it. Herbs and seasonings to taste.

No top crust needed. IMHO.

Put on the plastic covers and freeze these after filling and pull them out as needed.

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Response to rdharma (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:23 PM

29. You don't put a crust topper on your pot pies?

The biggest treat for my family is the crust mixed with the chicken gravy mix. They would freak out if I didn't add a topper.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:26 PM

31. That was my thought too.

I absolutely love that top crust, even on the ones you get frozen for a couple of bucks.

There is no way I could skip that!

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:12 PM

35. IMHO... Crust on top of chicken pot pie is "overkill"

 

Keep in mind that I make mine in the very small individual pie pans and the ratio of pie crust to filler might be greater than you would get with a big 9" pot pie with double crust.

I'm not sure tere is a















But, I'm not sure there is a "wrong way" to make chicken pot pies!

















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Response to rdharma (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:48 PM

36. How long do you bake when you take them out of the freezer?

And thanks for all the info. ♥
I really should do stuff like this on my good days and then pop them out of the freezer when I don't feel up to cooking. I'd be eating much better if I did!

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #36)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:23 PM

45. About 25-30 minutes at 400f

 

Bake and watch!

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Response to rdharma (Reply #45)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 03:22 AM

49. Tankie!

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:14 PM

2. chicken pot pie for me too

I use Pillsbury pie dough, rolling it thinner and spreading it with butter. Use one roll in bottom of glass or baking pan; bake about 10 min. Make white sauce with butter, flour, chicken broth and half and half. Stew or bake chicken breasts, cube, and add cooked carrots, celery, peas, corn, green and red pepper, parsley, onion, celery, fresh green beans, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Pour into baked crust, top with pie dough. Slit and egg wash. Seal edges. Bake about 30-45 min. at 375 till bubbly and crust is brown.

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Response to locks (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:47 PM

7. You make an excellent chicken pot pie.

Much better than mine.

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Response to locks (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:52 PM

38. Another yum from me! Love your veggie mix.

With pot pies I admit that I usually grab Marie Calendars, but I really should start making my own.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:14 PM

4. Black bead burritos.

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Response to bif (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:46 PM

6. Black beads!?!? You must have some super strong teeth!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:52 PM

8. Good one!

Black beans with onions, spinach and cheese.

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Response to bif (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:55 PM

39. I love been burritos. Black or otherwise. I still think of a place called P&G's

that I found years and years ago when I was still in California. Nothing fancy, just really great food.
Their burritos were huge and sooo wonderfully seasoned. Just tons of beans, a little cheese, and a dark red sauce. Soooo good. I wish could replicate that taste, but I never have...

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:46 PM

5. Warm sweet potato salad with chorizo on top.

And what salad stuff I have left.

Love some chicken pot pie.

Once dumped an entire one due to an oven "malfunction". It was one of the final straws before I bought the new oven, lol.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:56 PM

40. What do you add to your warm sweet potato salad?

Sounds like something i'd love to try...

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #40)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 10:35 AM

50. I pre boiled bite sized pieces, then baked with an orange juice/olive oil mixture.

The recipe then calls for chopped red onion, jalapeño and cilantro, but DH's tummy is having a rough time, so I skipped all of that.

It was nothing special, but still tasty.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #50)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 04:48 PM

53. Thankie for the info!

Seems infinitely tweak-able to a zillion variations. Yum.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:54 PM

9. Mushroom Barley "risotto", Roasted Beet Salad, Kale with dried cranberries

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Response to livetohike (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:57 PM

15. Why do you put "risotto" in quotes?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:53 PM

21. There's no rice in it - that's what the recipe called it though and I haven't made it in a long time

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Response to livetohike (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:54 PM

23. If no rice, what then?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:56 PM

24. Barley! Mushrooms, onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme, a smidgeon of soy sauce, a little wine and water

You cook it uncovered and it gets creamy, like a risotto.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #24)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:58 PM

25. Ah, Barley. That makes lots of sense...

and that sounds really good.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:26 PM

30. I never had barley in my risotto....

Fascinating.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:58 PM

42. I'm not sure which dish sounds best!

Though I love kale and like the sound of that hit of cranberry!

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 04:15 PM

10. Nothing. I'm on strike until

 

someone cleans up after dinner, besides me.

Lazy sots.

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Response to B2G (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:09 PM

11. Lol!! I am 100% behind you.

I have to go on strike from time to time.

Things tend to change pretty rapidly when that happens.

Best of luck

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Response to cbayer (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:30 PM

13. Thank god I travel a lot

 

That usually sets them straight but the past 2 months have them spoiled rotten. Lol.

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Response to B2G (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:27 PM

32. That's what kids are for!

If they want to keep their cell phones....kitchen clean-up is essential.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 01:27 AM

48. That's how it works around here too

well, I have to use other leverage because their dad is the one who bought the phones and pays the bills for them, but basically, it's the same. If they want dinner, they clean up after I'm not a total hard ass though. If I make a big mess, I stick around to help. We have some of our best conversations cleaning up.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:28 PM

12. Going out to dinner tonight

in Pasadena, with friends - including Bill Nye (The Science Guy).

I better get a hotel room for the night, because last time we went out, we all got royally snookered on martinis.

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:58 PM

16. Wow! Bill Nye!

Now that's a dinner I would love to attend.

Have a great time and good for you for getting that room.

Have a martini for me.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:13 PM

17. Will do!

And no, he only wears the bow tie while on camera or public appearances. ( You all were dying to ask, weren't you? )

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:17 PM

18. I hope the fires in Glendora don't get in your way.

Stay safe, have a great dinner and tell Bill Nye that I am a big fan.

Ok, you can skip the last one, but I am a big fan.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:29 PM

19. Glendora is to the east of Pasadena

And I'm approaching from the west, so the fires shouldn't be a problem.

I'll tell Bill "CBayer says hi", and wait for this facial expression... "Who?"

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:37 PM

20. Glad you won't be driving through that area.

You mean to say that you don't think Bill will recognize my DU screen name?

I am shattered… utterly.

We went to college during the same years. We both studied science. We were just two states away from each other. I probably met him at a mixer!!

And he, like me, wears funny clothes sometimes.

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 06:54 PM

22. Wow! Have a great time! n/t

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:30 PM

33. Oh whoooo that is so cool.

It's always a plus having smart friends.

Tell us later about your dining/meal experience.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #33)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 02:37 PM

52. We had a cool night!

We all met at Caltech for a presentation on the 10th anniversary of the Opportunity rover (Spirit died in 2010). All the top scientists and engineers gave their spin on what they found, what the did to overcome issues, etc. Bill gave the closing remarks on why exploration is important to humanity - which was quite freaking funny. He definitely was on his mark last night. Incidentally, Bill got NASA to make the camera calibration target on each of the twin rovers into a sundial as well. The Curiosity rover has one too, using a spare my best friend had in his desk, with him shouting "But...but...that's mine!!"

Anyway, after the lecture, we ended up going to Old Town Pasadena to Sushi Roku for some awesome sushi and a few laughs. We all declined to drink heavily since 3 out of four of us had meetings first thing in the morning. Fine by me, since I had an hr drive back home to the high desert.

Backstage at von Karmen Auditorium, we were deciding where to go to dinner. It was done in whispers so as not to attract an entourage, which I totally understand. Bill had a receiving line a mile long after the lecture. Finally, I said after an hour, "Bill...I'm fucking hungry! Let's jam."

He gave me a ride in his Prius (what else would he have for a car?) to the restaurant, and we played catch-up. I haven't seen Bill in almost 2 yrs.

The sushi was sooo good. I even had my first geoduck, which was awesome!! (I'm a clam lover, fer sher). The eel was fantastic, as usual. We had the requisite yellowtail, spice tuna rolls, crab dynamite, octopus, etc etc. Posed for a few group photos, which I hope to get in email soon.

All in all, a very cool night!! I would have gone just for the lecture itself.

Edit: for spelling

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:00 PM

43. Have a great time! Nye seems like a fun guy

I remember thinking he'd be interesting to meet when I saw him on Ed Begley Jr's show a few years back.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #43)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 02:21 PM

51. Bill and Ed are actually neighbors

They live in Studio City (CA), and Ed is 4 doors down from Bill. Ed's got mini wind turbines and solar panels attached to his house, it looks pretty cool. In fact, Ed got Bill to green-ify his own house with solar panels and tankless hot water system. If I could afford it, I'd buy my own house and do the same!

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #51)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 04:50 PM

54. Yawp. I saw those episodes when I still had cable

I didn't realize that they lived so close, but I knew they were friends. Miss seeing the show, it was interesting. I designed our house with passive solar, but I'd love to do more.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:35 PM

14. Chicken thighs baked with lemon, chives, salt and pepper.

The last of the yellow beans.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:20 PM

44. Those yellow beans really stretched!

We usually do chicken thighs in a large batch, to shred for King Ranch casserole or Mexican food.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #44)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:30 PM

46. The package was 12 ounces and there's only me.

They're gone now.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:01 PM

26. Pizza and a simple salad. Pizza w/ mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, pepperoni.

Blending a smoothie for the morning - Muscle milk (lol, it's a protein drink and I'm hardly the poster boy for muscle), bananas, marzipan, cinnamon.

Almost went for the chicken pot pie though. Tomorrow.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:13 PM

27. grilled cheese burgers with mushrooms and onions.

with spinach. your potpie sounds wonderful. enjoy.
note to self, potpie some time soon.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:43 PM

28. Still living from the Instapot

Today I slow cooked a pork roast with lots of garlic and with baby yukon golds and baby carrots. I will probably serve it with some saurkraut/cabbage.

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #28)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:33 PM

34. Yummy! I was thinking of roasting pork loin

this weekend. I froze a extra pork loin which I bought for New Years Day.....they were on sale. I still have sauerkraut too.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:49 PM

37. lobster tacos

The RG took me to a very nice restaurant that has an expansive view of the NYC skyline. A few glasses of wine and also had calamari.


Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #37)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 09:57 PM

41. The view and ambiance makes the meal.

Sounds enchanting. Have another glass of wine for me.

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 12:50 AM

47. We had pasta with a mushroom sauce, apple & spinach salad...

and camembert-in-phyllo parcels w/cranberry sauce.

Except for the salad they were all new recipes for us (me and the kids) and we were a bit underwhelmed. Everything seemed a bit bland. I'll have to add spices if I make it all again.

And I nearly sliced off a finger matchsticking the apple. It's been 10 years since I've cut myself. I was so pissed off!

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Response to FarPoint (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 07:28 PM

55. Parsley, spinach, ginger, granny smith apple, banana & yogurt smoothie.

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