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Pot-Pie, Revisited! (Seafood Pot Pie)


You read that right! It’s fall, so it’s time for my yearly check-up on our favorite recipe, the Chicken Pot-Pie!

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I have been making, working on, and perfecting this recipe for 7 years now, and it’s just better and better every time.  Yesterday, Mitchell and I decided to make one to welcome fall.

We are now pescetarian, which means the only “meat” we eat is seafood. We mostly follow a vegetarian diet, with the exception when we eat out, and the occasional splurge where we make seafood at home.

So, when I had the idea to make a Veggie pot pie for the blog, as we were gathering the ingredients at the grocery store, we decided to try making one with shrimp and cod! The end result was amazing, and I had to share it with you!

(Also, if you were curious, the pot-pie recipe is still amazing, still easy, and still my favorite.)
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This recipe makes 2 pies.

Ingredients:
2 Medium or large carrots – washed and chopped to your liking.
2 stalks of celery – washed and diced.
1/2 an onion, diced.
A very small pinch of Thyme.
2 Medium or larger potatoes –  chopped, not peeled.
2 dozen small shrimp, precooked.
1/2 pound of cod (Or however much or little you prefer).
1/4th a cup of butter… make sure it’s real butter, SmartBalance will not work.
1/4th a cup of Flour.
2 cups seafood broth.
1/2 a teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon pepper.
2 boxes pie crust.

Directions:

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Pre-heat your oven to 375
Put your chopped carrots & potatoes into a medium/large pot with water & cook for about 10 minutes until cooked just enough that you can poke them, but still firm.
While your potatoes and carrots are boiling, wash and pat dry your cod. Season with a little salt and pepper.
Place your cod in a frying pan that has been warmed with a little bit of oil.
Cook thoroughly, take off heat and set aside.

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Once you’re carrots and potatoes have been cooked, strain them & set them aside.
In that same pot, melt your butter.
Once it’s melted, add your flour & stir until mixed.
Now add in your seafood stock, Thyme, salt& pepper, (I added my celery now too) boil for 2 minutes. I added my shrimp one minute in. The photo below is after I started adding the carrots.

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Now it should look like a saucy soup, or stew.
Next, you’ll want to mix all the ingredients into the sauce. Stir well.

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Take your pie crusts & place in your pie plates, pour your ingredients into crust, cover with remaining crust & tossed into the oven for roughly 30 minutes until the crust is a beautiful golden brown.

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Let the pie rest for about 10 minutes (it’s actually best to let it sit about 15-20 minutes) before cutting into pieces. Serve, and enjoy!

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Vegan foods and a .com?!


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While we were in Colorado visiting Lauren we ate a little healthier than we normally do. Actually, during our entire stay, we only had a couple meals that weren’t vegetarian. Since we’ve been back 90% of our meals that I’ve made here at home have been vegetarian. For no reason other than it’s easy, cheaper, and healthy. We aren’t big meat eaters, so it really isn’t that big of a change.

Tonight, I decided to experiment a little. I made a vegan pasta dish with meatless “meat” and it turned out amazing.

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The only thing Mitchell noticed was the noodles not being the “normal” noodle. These were pretty good in my opinion! I used the brand Ancient Harvest, and their pasta was on sale, so I only paid $2.50 for the box, which for gluten free is super cheap! I probably should have grabbed a couple other boxes, but I wasn’t sure how the texture would be. Really truly there wasn’t much difference, though I know picky people would notice the difference.

Next, I used the Smart Ground Original. This stuff,  was SO delicious! The texture was spot on, and it added great flavor. I will definitely be buying their products again!

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first I boiled the noodles, and strained them. Sat them aside. Then, I sautéd the meat with some garlic, and spinach,  once it was heated and the spinach had the right amount of wilting, I added the sauce, You can use whatever pasta sauce you prefer, mine was just a classic tomato sauce. heat, add the noodles and voila! Ready to consume!

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Oops! I forgot to add, you can now locate my blog by visiting therealkk.com!

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S’more cupcakes (my own recipe!)


So I took my “Little helper” to the store and we were both hungry (big mistake!) She talked me into buying a box of cake mix… once we got home I looked in my drawer at work to see if I could take a normal box cake and turn it into my own creation… that’s when I created this masterpiece. I’m sure others have made this but I’ve never had one and I didn’t snag this from anyone.

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Tasty Homemade Apple Turnovers


I’ve said it time and time again. I LOVE AUTUMN. Something about the cool air, the rain, the colors… the FLAVORS! Everything about autumn is beautiful… A couple weeks ago I bought all the supplies to make Apple Turnovers… I don’t know what got into me but I haaaad to make them.

It’s really simple. These turned out really really tasty. I was too worried and embarrassed to share these with EverSoLightly’s family, even though I had intended them for his dad’s birthday. I saved them and EverSoLightly and I ate them the next day & he raved about them!

Home Made Apple Turnovers

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Ingredients:

Apples, I used 4
Apple Peeler, corer, slicer
1/2 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Allspice to taste
(crushed) Cloves to taste
Decorative sugar
1 Egg (for egg wash at end)
Puff Pastries

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First, you’ll want to use your apple peeler corer slicer (assuming you washed your apples first.)
I had two bowls next to me, one for the bits of the apple that I wasn’t going to keep, and one for the pieces for the turnovers. I was raised to EAT that delicious skin that comes off with the apple peeler corer slicer. If you don’t want to you can use them as compost or put them in your yard waste bin.
Once all your apples have been peeled, cored, sliced… Dice them up to the size you want. This is YOUR recipe, so nothing is “wrong.”

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Once all your apples are cut up and your mess is cleaned up, toss those slices into a pot, pour in your apple juice, and spices to taste… cook cook cook, you want those apple slices to be soft and beautiful.
IMG_3993Once your apples are soft, and they taste the way you want, get your puff pastries ready.
I cut mine into 6 pieces (though only took a picture after I made the first two.) Grease your baking sheet now.

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Once yours are divided up the way you want, fill them with your delicious apple filling. Close them according to your preference. In a separate bowl, mix one egg with a bit of water, mix. Brush this mixture over the turnovers, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in oven according to Puff Pastry box. Once done, move to a cooling rack & enjoy!

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Do you have any extra filling? Toss that into your blender, food processor, or whatever you use and turn it into YUMMY apple sauce!

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theREALchef: Chicken-Pot-Pie


Happy Hump-Day! Today I’m going to share with you, a wonderful all time autumn favorite.

Chicken Pot-Pie.

This recipe has been 5 years in the making… I have been trying and trying to prefect it. It’s one of EverSoLightly’s favorite dishes, so it was a big deal for me to be able to make it anytime. A few years ago (3! yikes!) I went over to his parent’s house and his mom (Urbanterra) gave me a lesson in how to make her pot pie. Obviously, this recipe isn’t exactly hers… It’s now mine 🙂 I made some changes, because no matter what I did it never turned out exactly the same (according to EverSoLightly.) 

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My adaptation of her classic recipe was a HUGE hit. He had more than one helping and it was super easy to make! So I figured, why not share it with others! Without further ado, here is my recipe!

Katie’s Yummy chicken Pot-Pie

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Ingredients:
2 Medium or large carrots – chopped to your liking (I prefer NOT to peel them, but thats up to you.)
2 stalks of celery – chopped to your liking.
3 Green onions – chopped.
A pinch (or 1/2 a teaspoon) of Thyme
2 Medium or larger potatoes – again, chopped to your liking. (I don’t peel these either.)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked. (about 2 cups once chopped up.) You could also take the route I used…Buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store… This is a great idea if you’re making 2 pies, or if you’re going to have chicken for dinner later in the week.
1/4th a cup of butter… make sure it’s real butter, SmartBalance will not work.
1/4th a cup of Flour
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 a teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 box pie crust (or, if you dare, homemade.)

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Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 375
Put your chopped carrots & potatoes into a medium/large pot with water & cook for about 10 minutes until cooked just enough that they won’t mush up in the pie.
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Once they’ve been cooked, strain them & set them aside.
In that same pot, melt your butter. 
Once it’s melted, add your flour & stir until mixed.
Now add in your chicken stock, Thyme, salt & pepper, (I added my celery now too) boil for 2 minutes.

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Now your sauce should be…well a sauce 🙂 Now you’ll want to mix all the ingredients into the sauce. Stir well.

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Take your pie crust & place in your pie dish, pour your ingredients into crust, cover with remaining crust & tossed into the oven for roughly 30 minutes until the crust is a beautiful golden brown.
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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have! It’s perfect on a rainy autumn day. 🙂

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“Love means never having to say you’re sorry. However, it is with sincere regret that I must now kill all of you.”


Today I’m here to share with you, an amazing apple breakfast bread recipe!

I passed a loaf of this along to Mitchell’s parents, and gave some to my neighbor, I don’t know what the Smith’s thought, but our neighbors LOVED it.

It’s REALLY EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS. It makes a GREAT breakfast loaf. I think I’ll make this for Christmas. It’s great the day off but even better the day after, heated with butter. Yummmm.

What you’ll need:

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup apple cider
2 1/4 cups chopped apples (Obviously cored, and peeled)

Pre-heat oven to 375 and grease your loaf pan. I managed 2 loafs out of this recipe, but it depends on the size of your pan.

Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves) in a bowl. I suppose most people would tell you to sift, but I never do and it turns out fine 🙂

In a large bowl,  cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs. Add in flour mixture alternately with cider- I did mine in thirds. Mix until everything is combined, but don’t over mix.

Next gently toss in and stir the apples.

Pour batter into loaf pan(s) and place in oven. Bake until toothpick comes out clean. About 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool (about 20 minutes) then remove from pan, place on wire rack to finish cooling and either enjoy or wrap up for consumption the next day.  I’m warning you now, it is AMAZING. It wont last long!

 

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Yay for Traditions!


 

Yesterday, we continued our tradition of carving pumpkins with one of my oldest, and one of our dearest friends, Thomas. It’s been 3 years now of us carving pumpkins together, and though other people have come and gone from the equation, and moved on with their lives, we’ve always managed to get the three of us together for a few awesome traditions.

I made chili, which I’ll post the EASY recipe at the bottom of this post, and my VERY first home made apple pie, made from scratch without any help! Yay! I haven’t tried it yet though, but I heard it was pretty good.

Onto the DELICIOUS chili recipe!

I made this up on my own, so you can always change it to however you think you’d like it best!!

1lb ground beef, ground turkey, chicken or tofu, or whatever you prefer
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato SAUCE, the small cans.
2 cans Bushes CHILI beans, Medium trust me. I’m a wimp when it comes to spices and medium is the way to go, never get mild, at least get medium haha
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 package chili seasoning (or home made)
1 cup diced onion (I just use minced onion you buy in the seasoning section!)

Cook meat, until brown/done. Drain fat
toss meat, and all the other ingredients into a large pot.
heat until hot
top with cheese, sour cream, onions or whatever you prefer!
Eat then enjoy!