Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken Pot Pie

This is a very quick and easy chicken pot pie made from scratch.  Delicious!

  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 (9-inch) unbaked pie crusts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas and celery.  Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent.  Stir in flour, salt, pepper and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk.  Simmer over medium-low heat until thick.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust.  Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough.  Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Braunschweiger Spread

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Braunschweiger Spread

I remember eating braunschweiger sandwiches when I was a kid.  Then it was kind of a forgotten food.  The other day, for some reason, I got hungry for braunschweiger.  This is what I came up with for a snack.  It is really delicious.

  • 8 oz. braunschweiger
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream

Mix all together with a mixer until smooth.  Use any cracker of your choice or use tortilla chips, which are very good also.  Store in refrigerate.

Makes 1 1/2 cups dip.

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Fresh Peach Pie

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Fresh Peach Pie

I love peaches and I couldn’t wait for the fresh peaches to get here so I could make this delicious pie.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cups peeled and sliced peaches
  • Pastry for double-crust 9 inch pie
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

In a large bowl, combine sugars; add peaches and toss gently.  Cover and let stand for 1 hour.  Line a 9 inch pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with edge.  Set aside.  Drain peaches, reserving juice.

In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; gradually stir in reserved juice.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter.  Gently fold in peaches.  Pour into crust.

Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust.  Trim, seal and flute edges.  Cover edges loosely with foil.  Bake 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Remove foil.  Cool on a wire rack.

Yield:  6 to 8 servings

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Pimiento Cheese Spread

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Pimiento Cheese Spread

This will disappear really fast!  The last time I made it, it was gone before I could get a picture of it.  Serve as an appetizer with crackers or make pimiento cheese sandwiches.  Or try it on a hamburger.  Or fill celery with it.

I didn’t process my pimiento because I like to see the pimiento in the spread.  But if you make sandwiches with it, you might want to process it smooth.  For sandwiches, use white bread and cut the crusts off.  Spread on bread and cut in triangles.

This also makes a large batch, but very easy to cut in half.

  • 3 (4-oz.) jars canned, diced pimientos, drained
  • 2 (16-oz.) pkgs. sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Place the drained pimientos in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  (I didn’t do this.)  Using an electric mixer, combine the cheese and pimiento, beating until smooth.  Beat in the mayonnaise.

The spread may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  Remove the spread from the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before serving.

Makes 4 cups.

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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

This is a really quick meal to make.  And so yummy!

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (3 1/2 lbs. or larger)
  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2-oz,) shredded Swiss cheese (or any cheese you prefer)

Halve squash lengthwise; discard seeds.  Place squash on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down; microwave on high until tender, 15-20 minutes.  Cool slightly.  Separate strands with a fork.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.  With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels, reserve drippings.

In same pan, heat drippings over medium heat; stir in butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper until blended.  Add squash; toss and heat through.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese.  Top with bacon.

4 servings.

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Bacon Tomato Mac and Cheese

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Bacon Tomato Mac and Cheese

This is a copycat recipe from The Corner Bakery Cafe.  We order this just about every time we go there to eat.  I think this is spot on perfect.

  • 12 oz. (3 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni (use anything you like)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) American cheese, shredded or cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 medium (1 cup) tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 4 slices (1/3 cup) crisply cooked bacon, crumbled (I used bacon crumbles.)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley, opt.

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

Melt butter in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat until sizzling; stir in flour, salt, nutmeg and red pepper.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1-2 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and very lightly browned.  Add milk, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes or until mixture is thickened.  Add cheeses; stir until melted and sauce is smooth.  Add cooked macaroni, tomato, 1/3 cup crumbled bacon and parsley, if using.  Garnish with addition crumbled bacon, if desired.

8 servings.

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Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

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Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

This is so easy and no-bake!  It is creamy, dreamy and chocolaty.  I wanted this to be more fluffy than it was, but I used light whipped topping and it just didn’t have the structure that I wanted.  You can use light if you want, but I will definitely use regular next time.  Serve with any berries you like.  I guarantee everyone will love it!

  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 packages (8-oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (12-oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Place almonds in a small food processor; cover and pulse until chopped.  Sprinkle into a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside.

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth.  Cool completely.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Beat in melted chocolate, fold in whipped topping.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into prepared pan.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  Remove sides of pan.

Serve with a little whipped cream on top and berries.

12 servings.

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