I am supposed to be doing work right now, but I am really not interested so I figured it would be a good time to catch up on my blog.
We’ve had some very random meals lately. Many were not at all bad, but just not really worth mentioning. Here are some of the highlights (some good and some not so good).
- Chicken Pot Pie. I originally wrote about this recipe in this post. I love this recipe. The thyme is very tasty and the wine adds a very nice flavor. I made this one day last week when we were stuck home in the snow. I decided to switch it up in a few ways. First, I made it in the crock pot. I made up the sauce on the stovetop and poured it over 2 large chicken breasts in the crock pot. I added carrots, celery and onions and cooked it on low for about 6 hours. Once the chicken was cooked through, I removed it from the crock pot and shredded it up with a fork. While I was shredding, I added a cup of frozen peas to the sauce in the crock pot and let them heat through. I mixed the chicken back in with the sauce and put it in an 8×8 baking dish. Now – here comes the special trick that made it extra tasty – a few Sunday’s ago, Ross made homemade biscuits for breakfast. He makes awesome biscuits and I always beg him to make them for me. I think this was the second time, so hey, I can count on them once every couple of years or so. Anyway, he froze extra dough. I thawed it out and rolled it into an 8×8 square. I placed it on top of the chicken mixture and baked it at 350 for about 25 minutes. It was awesome. I don’t know his recipe for biscuits, but any recipe would work. It is much tastier than a pie crust, I promise you that!
- Tonight, we had another crock pot meal (I’ve been on a crock pot roll lately). I was in a hurry this morning, so I just put some chicken in there and poured Lawry’s Caribbean Jerk marinade over it. It was horrible. I hardly ate any. It was the saltiest stuff ever, so salty that I couldn’t even taste any of the flavor of the sauce. I will definitely never buy that again, or probably any Lawry’s marinade. It was that bad.
- In addition to the chicken (thank goodness we had something else with it) we had a Southwestern Corn Chowder. I didn’t make it; this one came in a box. Yes, a box. It was a V8 soup. Who knew V8 made soups? I don’t think I could force myself to drink a V8 juice, but soup I could try. It was great! As advertised on the box (looks like an overgrown juice box) there is a full serving of veggies inside. That along with a great flavor and hearty, thick texture, you can’t go wrong! Apparently there are several other flavors. I want to try the Butternut Squash and the Garden Broccoli!
- I have one other random note, and I add this only because Amy Burns of Amy’s Confection Company isn’t making cakes so much as her other sweet treats anymore. After finding out that Amy couldn’t make my wedding cake, I went on a long and difficult search for someone to do the job. We ended up going with Once in a Blue Moon Bakery in Cary. I am pretty sure that other than “congratulations”, the comment I heard most on my wedding was “where did you get that amazing cake?” Not only did it look beautiful, but it was the best tasting cake I have ever had (again, only saying this because I’ve never tasted one of Amy’s!). I mention this because I just ordered another cake from there for a gathering I have this weekend. I ordered the same flavor as my wedding cake, chocolate with hazelnut mousse and cream cheese frosting. I can’t wait to eat it. They are also super cool because you can place your order online if you do it 72 hours in advance. If you ever need a great cake for a special event, I highly recommend them! They also have a really cute little cafe where they offer breakfast treats, lunches and other sweet treats. Check them out!
This isn’t the best picture of our cake, but it was the most convenient one for me to put here.
OK, now I am off to go do my work! Yay for tomorrow being Friday!!!