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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

We celebrated Valentine’s Day a week early because one of our children was driving past and stopped in for dinner.   That is even fun to think about the second time around.

This event seemed to just make me laugh right out loud, as it was quite a comedic undertaking.

Gluten Free Pie Crust is challenging so I thought that making Pie would make the day special.

I try to always speak LOVE in my cooking. It is the main ingredient of every recipe.

Our menu was Chicken Pot Pie from the Harvest Potluck Cook book for UNICEF , blueberry fruit salad and then Jesse’s Chocolate Chip Pie for dessert.  I was making myself Chicken Noodle Soup for my suppers this week and Tuna Noodle Casserole for GF lunches.

Chocolate Chip Pie

Chocolate Chip Pie

I started several days ahead with the chicken preparation by cooking down the whole organic, pasture fed chicken and creating the stock I would need.  By evening time, had boned the chicken and was carrying the 5 gallons of stock out to the extra refrigerator we have in the garage to cool and for skimming the fat.   I got to the right spot in the garage to balance the tray of stock and use my foot to push open the door of the refrig………
Oh NO!

The lid popped off the middle container and the tray caught the door frame and down went nearly 5 gallons of warm stock onto the floor of the garage.   It filled my shoes after a wild attempt at catching something, I stood watching it wander and weave around the tires of the car, soak up into the cardboard stacked for recycling and exit by the downhill slope.

Bucket brigade of hot water and suds.  Big push broom in action.  Partner coming home to move the heavy stuff and his wood scrapes.   I was not laughing out loud yet!

There was still enough stock left for the Chicken Pot Pie – Thank goodness.  I had created a”together” project for my partner and I to accomplish.   And it was just the stock – not the chicken in the pot!

Next morning 2 GF tuna casseroles made and ready for baking; one was for the child to take home for dinner.   Pie dough is chilling in the refrigerator.  Remaining stock skimmed.  Another joint project ahead of us,    I made the GF Cream of Mushroom soup for the sauce on the pasta and used a new thickening agent recommended by the Gluten Free Pantry

Some of this flour had created a paste on the bottom of the saucepan, and now I had burned on grief to patiently remove from my best pan.

Morning of the dinner, tuna casseroles baked and Chicken Pot pie ready to go into the over.  A small over flow casserole was set on the burner to cool.   I had been cooking and preparing all morning and just needed to sit and have a cuppa tea….filled and turned on the kettle …What is that smell?

Wrong burner – I had just burned up the small overflow casserole dish!   Black smoke puffing out of a bubble.

My partner is attempting to save this little bowl.

In the door came the travelling child – we sat down to a  magnificent feast and added the stories together of all the amazing cooking feats we had enjoyed and how partaking in such a feast now was just the best part of the adventure.

We are laughing out loud and hugging; it is a celebration of the loving spirit and activities which draw us together and defines our treats and joys.  Communication and Communion.

A tuna noodle casserole and chocolate chip pie are 2 hours down the road now….I am addressing the envelopes for my valentines and sharing with you my funny story….One just must have a sense of humor and a smile.   Maybe lovin’ works best that way?

You have any feast stories to share?  Food and love stories?   Laugh out loud cooking events?

By the way, have you tried the recipes in the cookbook? Dot Did.  It is a collection of Food Love and wow I have enjoyed everyone I have made so far.  UNICEF reports that it is still bringing in donations.

Chocolate chip walnut pie

Chocolate chip walnut pie

Thank you.
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14 Responses to “LOL Loving Pie, Pie Fest”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – Awash in chicken stock! Oh no, indeed! What a glorious mess that must have been. Your meal together sounds lovely and joyful, despite the mishap. And that is the way Valentine’s should be!
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..The Magic of Collaboration =-.

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. how often have we spilled something – usually when we’re rushing out. So glad you rescued all the bits and had an excellent time regardless of the impediments .. burnt pots – oh oh oh. I guess it’s more haste less speed.

    Love the menu and the picture of the hearty topping .. such fun – ahve a good week .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..The Law of Unintended Consequences and Post Boxes =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    I am so glad you didn’t get burned, Patricia! Everything looks scrumptious! I don’t like walnuts, but that pie is still calling my name!

    It sounds like you had a beautiful time.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Look up…way way up… =-.

  4. Dot Says:

    Sounds like you may have taken on too much at once, but it all turned out well. Glad you had such a good time with one of your kids. The chocolate chip pie is making me hungry!
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on The Blizzard, Day 2 by Barbara Swafford =-.

  5. Dot Says:

    PS – Thanks for the link!
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on The Blizzard, Day 2 by Barbara Swafford =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    It turned out to be a wonderful day and a loving feast. I also learned that chicken fat is a quite a fabric softener for my socks and slacks!

    Spilling the stock just added about 6 hours too much preparation and clean up to the feast….it turned out to be nice to have the company to share the experience :)

    Because there is nearly 0 flour in this pie filling the nuts are necessary. I have used pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts…those are a bit over the top too rich. I have used potassium stock (brocolli) and tofu in the chicken pot pie for my veggie foodies….I am still trying to figure out how to make the mushroom soup without burning onto the bottom of the pan? I did stir for 20 minutes as suggested – maybe whisking instead or cooking in the MW would save the burn?

    You are welcome….I have been reading your blizzard updates…too bad the Olympic Parks do not have that snow?
    I think I have reached an age where the kids need to assist with more of the cooking – and I know my partner does, because he eats most of this food I prepare…..I had chicken salad and greens for my feast.

  7. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    It all looks amazing. You are a fabulous cook, aren’t you?
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Post Baby Body: Stop it Already! =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your kind words…I would take healthy cook…when I try to do fancy …well I am quite the klutz!!!

  9. Jannie Funster Says:

    Umm, um, um. Both those pies look heavenly. Made with such beautiful love.

    Not so great about the spilled chicken broth, oh no. And burned dish. I was amazed the other day I actually had a replacement burner cover in the cupboard. I’d say I go through a full set of 4 a year, from turning on the wrong burner. Smartly, I only buy the plain white ones now which are pretty cheap a set.

    Sounds like a great time for an early Valentines!

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Gratitude =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    It was a great feast and fest…I have a gas range and I don’t know why I am klutzing up so much right now…but it is kind of hard to take. What did you fix for Jim’s Birthday ?

  11. J.D. Meier Says:

    Sometimes, life really tests us :)

    Whenever one of those moments happens, the ones where we just can’t believe something went wrong that just shouldn’t … I remember a poster I used to see on the wall of my Dentist’s office as a kid. The poster showed a baby duck and it read, “It’s easy to be an angel when nobody ruffles your feathers.”

    Congrats on a great looking chocolate chip pie.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..10 Ways to Go from Good to Great =-.

  12. Mark Says:

    Quite the adventure! Good news is you still celebrated with love in the end. Thanks for sharing. This made me hungry, time to go forge for a snack.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..It’s Okay When We Don’t Understand or Remember All The Wisdom That Comes Our Way =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Yep a loving adventure! and wow does the garage still smell yummy!

    Have you downloaded the free cookbook? Harvest Potluck…I also make the Chicken Pot Pie for the vegetarians with tofu…or brocolli as the main ingredient.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review: THE HELP ~Kathryn Stockett =-.

  14. Patricia Says:

    For some reason your comment went to moderation – sorry but you are here now. I think it would be fair to say “Life is really testing me right now”…. The dinner turned out quite lovely and loving…but I need to slow down my life and routine right now….healing myself is supposed to me my #1 task and I think this post and experience was me losing sight of my goal and the outcome.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review: THE HELP ~Kathryn Stockett =-.