Friday, December 28, 2012

Betty Crocker's Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie

I use to love chicken pot pie. It was one of my favorites of the pre-gluten-free "era." I loved the crunchy-ness, gooey-ness, and the fact that it was a one-pot dinner. Now that I am gluten-free chicken pot pie seemed totally off limits.

I was curious if there was such a way to make chicken pot pie gluten-free and went about doing a Google search. It came up with plenty of gluten-free chicken pot pie recipes, of course, but most of them were crazy convoluted with hard-to-find ingredients and 20+ steps until done. I did find one gem, though, a Betty Crocker recipe featuring their gluten-free Bisquick.

This recipe had simple ingredients, just a few steps, and most importantly - was delicious! Many of the ingredients can be substituted and its open to add-ons. I fell in love. I'm not kidding when I say this either. I made this three times in one week.

I am currently not a fan of chicken. This is kind of a problem when making chicken pot pie. I'm simply sick of it and sick of the ways its farmed and I don't like contributing to this process. Anyway I substituted free range ABF turkey because while I don't care for meat, some people do.

There are several steps to this recipe but they're all pretty straightforward. To make the biscuit-y crust you use the Bisquick as seen below.

Then you make the slurry for thickening purposes, using naturally gluten-free corn starch. Corn starch is such a useful ingredient! Much better thickening properties than regular flour and if you have tons you can make Oobleck

Once you cook the chicken, onions, and veggies, you add stock and let cook. I added a little more veggies than the recipe calls for because I love them. You then add in the milk and corn starch slurry and watch it turn from soup-ish into straight chicken pot pie goop (for lack of a better term.) 

After take the goop (it's a term of endearment, really) and pour into a deep baking dish, you scoop the Bisquick mix on top. You let that bake and then enjoy! It's so, so yummy. 

Betty Crocker Recipe can be found here: Hearty Chicken Pot Pie (Gluten-Free).

If you haven't before, take a minute to look through Betty Crocker's other recipes. It is a real resource of tried and tested recipes, gluten-free or otherwise. It's a place that I always check when I need a basic recipe for something I want to make.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

"The wicked thing is, that when we’re really upset, we always take it out on the people who are closest and whom we love the most."
--Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, - except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came."
-- President John F. Kennedy

Homemade Chocolate Turtles

I remember this day vividly: I was in middle school. My father had spent the day helping out a friend re-do a resume. In return, this friend brought us a large box of Phillip's Candy House's chocolate turtles. 

I don't think I had ever had a turtle before that point. But I do know that I returned to that red box with gold stretchy ribbon over and over and over until. I. Ate. Them. All.

Considering how taken I was with them, it is surprising that I have never gone to Phillip's to buy any turtles. This winter though, my thoughts kept returning to how good they were and (seemingly) how easy they would be to make.

I went out and bought a bag of unsalted cashews, unsalted pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and individually wrapped caramels. Using my Silpat (such a great product) I arranged three (isn) pecans and cashews in little clusters. I then placed a whole caramel on top and popped them in the oven at 350 degrees until they melted over the nuts.

Once the caramels were melted I put a bunch of chocolate chips on top of the melted goodness and put them back in the oven until they were just soft enough to spread. They then went in the fridge to cool. Once cooled, they peeled right off the Silpat. Be sure to serve them at room temp though otherwise you'll break a tooth.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Poem of the Day

The Journey 

One day you finally knewwhat you had to do, and began,

though the voices around youkept shouting
their bad advice --though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy was terrible.
It was already late enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little, as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice
which you slowly recognized as your own,
that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world, determined to do
the only thing you could do --determined to save
the only life you could save. 

--Mary Oliver