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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Muffin Tin Pot Pies

This comes from Rachael Ray's site.

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bay leaf
1 medium onion, halved, divided
1 tablespoon EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus a drizzle or cooking spray for oiling muffin tin
A handful mushroom caps, sliced or chopped
1 small rib celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup defrosted frozen peas and carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour, plus a sprinkle to roll out dough
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh dill or thyme, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
8-ounces sheet frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted
1 egg, beaten with a splash of water


Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Place chicken in a pan with 1 half of the onion and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Gently poach chicken until cooked through. Remove from liquid and dice or shred with forks in a mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and brown 5 minutes. Finely chop remaining 1/2 onion and add to the pan along with the celery. Season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, a few minutes more. Add frozen veggies and heat through, a minute or 2 more. Add veggies to bowl with shredded or cut chicken.

Return the skillet to the heat and add butter. Melt butter, add flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in stock and let thicken a minute or 2. Stir in cream and heat through. Add Dijon, dill or thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat and pour over chicken and vegetables, and stir to combine.

Wipe a large, 6-cup muffin tin with oil or spray with cooking spray. Roll out dough and cut into 6 squares. Place each square in a cup, fill with chicken, vegetable and gravy mix. Pull in all four points of the crust over the filling so they meet in the middle, forming 6 individual pot pies. Brush pies with egg wash and bake 25-30 minutes until crisp and deeply golden. Let stand a few minutes before removing from the muffin cups. Serve with a green salad or other leafy green vegetable alongside.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tortellini Soup

I love this soup. I like to make the broth and let it simmer for most of the day to really enhance the flavor. Plus, it makes the house smell so good. I double this recipe and freeze half, or give half to someone who has recently had a baby, illness, etc. It's so easy, too!

1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
2 cloves To 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 cans (14.5 Oz. Can) Crushed Or Diced Tomatoes (Or 1 Quart Home Canned Tomatoes)
2 quarts Chicken Broth (or Vegetable)
1 pound Tortellini, Frozen Or Fresh
1 bag (6 Oz.) Fresh Baby Spinach
½ cups Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Preparation Instructions

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add tomatoes and broth. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions. When tortellini has about a minute left to cook, add the spinach. Once spinach is added, salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

from the pioneer woman

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wagon Wheel Taco Pasta Salad


1lb wagon wheel pasta

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 10oz package frozen corn (I don't even bother thawing it, because I always make this at least a few hours before serving, so it plenty of time to defrost)
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
8oz shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
1/2 cup olive oil
3-4 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp cumin
1-2 tsp chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
freshly ground salt & pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 avocado, diced


Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a large bowl, combine the black beans, corn, tomatoes, salsa, and cheese. Add the cooled pasta and mix well.

In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin and chili powder. Pour over the pasta salad, add the cilantro, and mix well. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Just before serving, stir in the diced avocado.