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  •  I would love to have the recipes! That looks (10+ / 0-)

    wonderful. And yes, may the weather forecasters be wrong!

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:00:52 PM PST

    •  Thehy are cheater pies (8+ / 0-)

      I bought the pie crusts - Pillsbury brand, but I suppose any brand will do.  The rolled up refrigerator style crusts - they make 8 pies.  You have to re-roll the dough a couple of time to get the final 2 sets of crusts.

      For the many berry pies, it takes 2 tablespoons of pie filling - either canned store bought pie filling or home made.  Wilderness makes the best canned pie fillings in my opinion.  Oooh - looking for a linky, I found Wilderness now makes a berry medley that looks almost as good as my homemade many-berry pie filling!

      For the chicken pot pie, I made a cream of chicken soup.  Again, 2 tablespoons fills the pies I made.  These should really be large enough to hold 1/2 - 3/4 cups of soup, but I don't have pie tins that size.

      Cream of chicken soup:

      4 pound chicken
      1 leek
      2 whole cloves
      6 ribs of celery with tops
      4  large carrots with tops
      1 small yellow onion with top (add 2 scallions if no onion top)
      3 sprigs fresh thyme
      3 bay leaves
      2 tbs butter
      6 egg yolks
      2 cups heavy cream
      1 cup English peas
      1 1/2 gallons cold water or chicken stock

      Press the cloves into the well scrubbed leek and place it and the chicken in the stewpot.  Place the veggie tops,  thyme, and bay leaves in with the chicken and leek.  Add 1 1/2 gallons of cold water or stock. Simmer uncovered for 2 hours.

      Remove the chicken and discard the tops and herbs.  Keep the stock simmering as you prepare the rest of the soup.

      Peel and dice the onion, carrots, and celery.  Saute them in butter until the onion and celery are transparent - about 5 minutes.

      Debone the chicken and save the bones for more stock-making. Mince the chicken

      Place half the chicken and some stock into a food processor or blender and puree.  Stir this and the rest of the minced chicken into the simmering stock along with the vegetables. Bring back to a simmer and cook until the carrots are tender.

      Scoop out some of the stock and use that to temper the egg yolks.  Beat the yolks in the stock, then stir into the simmering soup.  Turn off the heat.  Stir in the cream.

      OR

      You could cheat and use 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of chicken pieces (liquid and chicken stirred into the soup) and 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots.  Heat this together until the peas and carrots thaw, then scoop into the pie crusts.

      Bake the pies at 400ºF for about 10 minutes (if the pies are 3" mini pies - longer if you have larger pie tins) or until the top crust is well browned. On larger pies, you may need to place a crust shield on the pies to prevent the edges from burning.

      I do have an electric pot pie maker, and use it extensively in the summer, but in the winter, when I want the oven on for warmth, I use my mini pie tin., except mine are 3" pies, not these 5" pies.

      The 3" pies, you need 2 pot pies for a single serving, but a 5" pot pie would be a single serving.  I may have to save up and invest in the 5" tin - mine doesn't have the pop out bottom, and that could be very useful.  Of course, I have the nifty pie lifter...

      And if you really like mini pies, these books are excellent ones.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:26:24 AM PST

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      •  Yummy! We used to love pot pies as a go to (1+ / 0-)
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        christ al mighty - I don't wanna cook tonight. But the prepared ones are sooo salt heavy. Something we could bake ourselves and freeze for those I don't wanna cook tonight evenings is great! Thank you for sharing and skritches for itzl.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:54:35 PM PST

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