Friday, January 1, 2010


wow, it sure has been awhile since ive posted something worthwhile on here.  i apologize for neglecting this blog for so long.... let me try and make it up to you! :)

ok, lets see.  its 2010 (crazy) so that means the holidays are over!  woo hoo!!  im not a big fan of the holidays.  i hate cold weather.  i dont like the crazed shopping (or shoppers) and all the typical holiday stress that comes along with this time of year.  but i will say, the past few months havent been too bad and i have actually enjoyed it.  so, whats been going on you ask?

... lets start with thanksgiving.  i stayed in town instead of going to my moms like i usually do.  richards bff, bobby, came down from cleveland and stayed with us for awhile.  there was a massive amount of cooking going on and it was awesome!!  bobby is a chef so it was a lot of fun.

this is most of the food that was made for thanksgiving dinner.

i made a very excellent pot pie-ish type dish.  it was basically a pot pie that wasnt pie shaped and i used biscuits for the crust.  it was awesome.  so awesome in fact, i made it again for christmas :)

not the greatest picture in the world but i promise you... looks are deceiving.  it was sooo yummy!!

i used a recipe from my friend johanna and made my own modifications.  this such a simple dish and it is so versatile.  and simple and versatile are two of my favorite words in cooking :)

so, i cut up green, yellow and red bell peppers.  (nicer dicer style)  i also used some frozen veggies i had like green beans, corn, broccoli, carrots... probably some other stuff that i cant remember. i put all of that in a baking dish and threw some olive oil and a little seasoning on them.  i roasted them for about 15 mins or so.  now, the sauce is really the best part.  i think there are a million ways to make a sauce/gravy but this is how i made mine.

i melted a little over a half a stick of butter in a cast iron skillet.  i added some flour until it was kinda pasty.  i added about 2 cups chicken broth (veggie) and some shredded cheddar cheese.  after mixing all of that i added quite a few different seasonings and that is what made it so good.  a little salt, black pepper, oregano, rosemary, basil, garlic, thyme... no set amounts, just adding a little here and a little there.  once you have that all mixed in you have to make sure it is a good consistency.  i usually add more flour or broth depending on how thick it is.

i like pot pies with a crust on top and bottom.  so on this one i used biscuit dough in the can.  i had to stretch those out to cover the pan and honestly, that was probably the worst part about making this dish.  next time i will know better...
so, once i had the dough spread out i covered it with the veggies and then covered those with the sauce.  i threw some cheddar cheese on top and then once again, stretched out more dough to cover the top.

i did make two of these but only because i had too much to put into one dish.  (i froze the smaller one for later)

i put them in the oven for about an hour at 350.  just check on them every once in awhile to make sure the "crust" isnt getting too brown.

well... there you have it!!  i guess it is a pot pie casserole :)  i also made a pumpkin roll, blueberry lemon cheesecake bars, mashed potatoes and gravy and a few other goodies.  but, those will have to wait until another time... i feel the wii calling my name :)

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