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fruits of labor:chicken pot pie

October 16, 2009

nothing better on a crisp, rainy or otherwise fall night than a homemade chicken pot pie. here is one thats easy and a great way to use up leftovers, perhaps from that sunday roast chicken, which is what i did.

1 chicken breast plus about 1 cup of minced chicken. i was able to acquire about this much after i boiled down the left over chicken to make stock.
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut on the biased into 1/4″ rounds
2 stocks of celery, cut into 1/4″ slices
3 small/medium potatoes peeled and cut into bite sized pieces. potatoes should be about palm sized to start.
1/2 cup of frozen pearl onions
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1 large cooking onion
1 clove of garlic
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
2 cups of 2% milk at room temperature
2 tbsp of cooking sherry or Bermuda pepper sherry
1 sprig of rosemary minced as finely as possible
7-9 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/3 cup fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
one premade pie crust (i used pillsbury store-bought crusts)
salt and pepper

preheat oven to 375
begin by boiling potatoes until they are just fork tender, when they are remove them from boiling water with a slotted spoon and add celery and carrots to boiling water. boil until they are just tender and remove from boiling water. discard water.
while the veggies are boiling – begin to make your white sauce. dice large onion and one clove of garlic and minced rosemary and gently saute over low heat in the 4 tbsp of butter until the onions are soft and translucent. once onions are done slowly whisk in the flour a little bit at a time until it is all combined. you may need to add a tsp of milk or so towards the end to avoid clumping. whisk continually and cook the rue until the flour taste is cooked out, approx 4 minutes. once the flour taste is gone begin to slowly whisk in the milk until it is all combined. once all of the milk is added stir in your chopped parsley and thyme (hold sprigs between thumb and forefinger and slide leaved off into the sauce) and cooking sherry – continue cooking over low heat until the milk is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (at least 10min) – do not boil. season with salt and pepper to taste. once sauce has thickened fold in minced chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery, peas and pearl onions. stir to combine making sure all items are well coated and mixed in with the sauce. transfer mixture into an ovenproof dish.
on a floured surface roll out the dough – from the center towards the edges until it is desired thickness (i prefer the crust to be thinner) and make sure it will cover your dish leaving at least a 1/2 around all sides. if the dough is more than 1/2 inch on each side trim around with a knife until desired width. then roll dough up and under itself just at the edge of dish. place index and middle finger on the edge of the dish and push dough with opposite index finger toward the other two fingers to make a nice little skirt around the edge of the dish. brush a bit of milk on the top of the dough. it will help it get nice and brown
cook at 375 for approx 35 minutes or until the top is brown and the filling is bubbly.

a modern farm table

September 14, 2009

so im fantasizing today about not living in a tiny studio in the city, but about a big old farmhouse in the country – especially one with a long, long scrubbed wooden dining table – so that i could cook for all my friends, eat, drink wine and make general merriment – here are some images so you to can share in my little country dinner party fantasy!! ive found some lovely things to keep you occupied while your at the table too! check out these hand designed linens by elisabethbentz
as usual im loving the combinations of modern, traditional, rustic, formal and above all simple – and im finding that i just cant escape blue and white as one of my favorite combinations, it always looks fresh, crisp and clean, but there are so many possibilities! guess thats why its been a favorite for centuries –

from the home of designer darrylcarter

moving to the country – chapsal france

August 28, 2009

have you ever had the experience of going to a place you’ve never been before and feeling really and truly like its home? that was my experience in this little country village buried deep in the heart of france, this village of chapsal, in this house of julliard – right at home, and from the pictures below you’ll probably see why!

this house is at least 300 years old but it has belonged to the family of my friend for so long that no one really has any idea when exactly it was built – but they do know that at least 8 generations have been on this ground – how romantic is that! there is the big house, and the one i will be focusing on in this post, but there are also multiple out-buildings including a bread oven and the petite maison (little house, where my friends 93 yo aunt lives) and another house in the middle of construction (an old structure with a new roof and guts).

a giant fire place that dominate the first floor – its so big that there are actually chairs inside where you can sit! its so cozy and you would also imagine a necessity in a house this old in a climate that gets snow at in the winter – cant you just picture all the gatherings, activities, dinner parties that would take place in front of this magnificent focal point! and the paneling around it just to give it a bit of added rustic detail –

i tried really hard to get a picture of the fabulously modern light fixture that seems more than at home in its rustic setting – its sooooo great – mounted on the corner of the colossal bookshelf it provides lighting for the living room and eating nook- note the totally great and untraditional use of fabrics on the furniture too! i love it – its sleek and super chic and manages to tie everything together – just the way the mod. chairs did at the beach house – im working to find out the designer of this lamp – ill keep you updated on what i find out – an im so sorry i couldnt get a better picture – but maybe ill find a great product shot somewhere instead –
and how amazing are the benches at the old farm table – all smooth and shined from years and years of bums sitting there! i think this table and benches were my favorite part of any of the houses – its totally what i want for my kitchen someday!!

the bread oven – which was used a few weekends before for a bread festival in the village – imagine all the loves of bread made in here – its huge inside and would make any us wood-fired pizza place so jealous!
below i just included a few shots of the outside of the house and grounds around it – and the neighbor anthoni and his pooch bandi!!