Yali Jin, a good friend, arrived from London this afternoon. I decided to make some comfort food for her first meal with us so I made some chicken pot pie. It was a bit chilly outside and this is the time of year for meals like that. If you need some comfort food for your company, here is what you need to do…

Just for the record, I use a recipe from an old standby, the Betty Crocker Cookbook. Start by cooking 1/2 cup of chopped onions and 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms with 3-4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan until tender. Then  stir in 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of marjoram and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add 2 cups chicken broth and 3/4 cup of milk. Continue to heat this mixture over medium heat until the sauce  become thickened. Stir in a can of drained peas and carrots (or a cup of chopped carrots and a cup of frozen peas), 3 cups of boneless chicken that has been cut up into bite size pieces. We usually use rotisserie chicken since that is even easier. Mix everything together.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish and cover it with pastry crust. Paula makes the crust using a standard pastry crust recipe. Mix 1 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in medium bowl. Cut in 1/3 cup of shortening, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture forms coarse crumbs the size of small peas. Sprinkle with 3-5 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until all flour is moistened. Roll out to a size that will cover the dish and form the crust. Bake the dish at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until the pastry crust is golden brown and the inside is bubbling.

It was delicious! Everyone enjoyed the meal and it was a great way to welcome Yali to our home…

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