Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chicken Pot Pie!

We just got our very first good batch of rain for the season this past weekend! More than 2 inches where I was and some hefty winds at one point. I'm hoping this will be a good sign for the coming winter. California has been in dire need of some nice rainy days to make up for past 3-4 years of drought. Fingers crossed!

Sometimes rainy season can be a pain, its wet and muddy everywhere, but when you have nowhere to go and nothing to do, it's the best! Needless to say, most of my weekend was curling up in the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and movies! 

Weekend movie marathon, mini movie review
X-Men Apocalypse|| I've always liked the X-Men movies, there's a nice balance of story-line and action with a touch of comic relief that's not too cheesy and this one was no different. The movies have been consistent with each other as well. Only inconsistent character is Quick Silver...this character appears in X-Men and Avengers/etc world but the character is played by different people, Scarlett Witch is nonexistent in X-Men and supposedly Quick Sliver is dead from the 2nd Avenger movie...so okay....it's all Marvel, it makes me wonder if its because they have so many movies, they forgot some details...
Captain America Civil War|| To be honest, didn't care if I saw this one or not but decided to watch it anyways. Not as bad as I had imagined but the story-line is a little choppy and dragged out... I got a little bored and started to wonder when the movie would end. It's nice that they included some of the other Marvel characters but the introduction for Spider-man (seriously another remake!?) was weak at best, it was so lame and ill fitting. Okay we get that he gets his own movie in 2017...but let's wait for Spider-man grow up a little bit, his character was annoying, it was like watching a little boy who had no concept of how incredibly serious the situation is... I think the movie makers were trying a little too hard with this one. Just because its star studded does not make it good.
Central Intelligence|| Kevin Hart and The Rock, you can't go wrong if you're looking for a light hearted action comedy. Have to give it to them, usually plots to these types of movies are easy to predict but I was thrown for a loop, couldn't quite figure out which way it was leaning because they did such a good job. Not too shabby. I had a good laugh 

So back to the kitchen, nothing like a good old chicken pot pie to warm your tummy when the weather is starting to cool.


Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits  
Ingredients: 
  •  1 lb of cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • 3 cooked small Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery (optional)
  • 2 cups of thawed/fresh peas and carrots  (corn kernels optional)
  • 2 1/2 cup chicken stock (I usually end up making my own when I boil the chicken breasts)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • Optional: white pepper, Italian herbs, cayenne, paprika
Procedures:

  1. Lightly saute onions, celery with a little butter, salt, and pepper. Set aside
  2. In a large pot, make a roux by melting the butter and adding in the flour. Cook the flour a little on medium heat until it looks like mushy dough.
  3. While stirring, slowly add the chicken broth. Cook until broth thickens.
  4. Stir in veggies and chicken and season with salt, pepper, and other seasonings as desired. Simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, scoop pie "filling" into a baking bowl/dish. Top with biscuit dough (other options can be pie or pastry dough)
  6. Bake in oven at 400F for 10-15mins or until dough is cooked and golden brown.           

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