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Julie and Julia have nothing on me!
One of the MANY Christmas movies my daughter and I have enjoyed over the past few weeks was "Julie and Julia".

I loved that movie on so many levels. I love to cook, love to eat, love to blog and love the complicated and painful world of book publishing.

ALL of those levels are emotionally and visually tapped in this movie.

The entire time that I watched it (all 4 times actually) I wished I had thought of what Julie thought to do. It was so clever and challenging and fun!

In any case, after getting the new Pioneer Woman Cookbook for Christmas, I have been pretending to be Julie (definitely NOT Julia). Don't worry, I won't be blogging through the whole cookbook although I WILL be cooking it through and through.

Tonight was "Chicken Pot Pie".

After announcing it on Facebook I was asked for the recipe so here goes (with my abbreviations included)

3 Celery Stalks
3 Chopped Carrots
1 Chopped Yellow Onion
1/2 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
2 Cups cooked Chicken (dark and white) cut into bite sized pieces (I used leftover Honey Baked Turkey)
1 Cup Flour
2 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Chicken Bullion Cube
1/4 Cup White Wine (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt

(Kicker here....I perfect pie crust---Her recipe is in the book. I used refrigerator pie crust. NOT nearly as good)

Basically, mix all that together and pour into pie crust. Put another pie crust on top and seal.

Bake for 30 minutes in 400 degree oven.

Honestly, her wonderful step by step photos are what make this book so great. That PLUS her amazing stories about life on a ranch. I recommend the book highly.


I will be doing this one again using her pie crust and fresh cooked chicken.


Blogger mjm said...

I have already made several of the recipes from the cookbook...can't wait to make many of the others.

Blogger Meems said...

I LOVED that movie... and I LOVE the Pioneer Woman! Her friend Hyacinth has the best recipe for chicken stock I've ever used. Who knew? I've always done chicken stock but she adds a few ideas that crank it up a notch.

Let me know how that pie crust turns out.

Blogger Pat said...

Jane...I KNOW, you have an autographed copy! Go girl!! What all have you made?
What did you like?

Thank you for this! It is so fun. I have read all the story part and love the recipes. As for the Chicken Pot Pie, I cut way too many corners. I will be trying it again!

Blogger Joyful said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that movie!!! I saw it at the theatre, but want to rent it now and watch it again. I related to it on so many fronts.

Your chicken dinner sounds delicious! I quite honestly am like a foreigner in my kitchen. No talent there at all. Regardless of how hard I try, I rarely get anything to turn out like the picture in the cookbook. Thankful for a patient, understanding husband :)

Blessings to you for the new year,

Blogger TRUTH SHARER said...

I love to cook - love to EAT [way too much] and LOVED the movie, Julie and Julia which I saw in the theatre with my oldest daughter when it first came out.

Sounds like a great recipe here for the CPP... but I do use the refrigerated pie crust [roll out] have never once had anyone say they could tell - and I'm a picky crust eater myself - because I love the crust on pies and it better be good. The roll out kind is as good as my own but a whole lot easier.

Thanks for stopping by my blog tonight.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
JESUS ONLY in 2010!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

Let me tell you what is crazy..I bought 6 of these to give as gifts and still don't have one for myself. I have cooked several things from PW's website and they are all fantastic.,,- not because I'm a great cook but because she's a great teacher!

Blogger Pat said...

Hi Girls, I do love to cook but have traveled so much this year that I am a bit "rusty" shall we say. I ended up throwing this out and making soup!!

NOT PW's problem. Just had an off cooking night. I will be trying again :)

Thank you for the blog visit,

Blogger Pat said...

I AGREE Lisa...I LOVE her pictures and the step by step instructions. EVEN I can do that!!

Blogger Debbie said...

Pat, I go to so few movies but I saw this one. I loved "Julie & Julia". My hubby bought me the DVD and I've seen it several times now. It's going to be one of my favorite movies. I love cooking and blogging.

I read Pioneer Woman too. I don't have her cookbook though. I almost went to a book signing she had when she was in the Phoenix area for her book tour. But I read the next day that the crowds were out the door.

She has a social network called Tasty Kitchen that I joined. I even wrote about it on Heart Choices last week. It's a great place to find and share recipes.
The pot pie sounds great.


Blogger Pat said...

Debbie, I would love to see you WIN a cookbook!! Share a dream with me at Then YOU will become a proud Pioneer Woman groupie like me!!

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