31 October 2008

Halloween Fun

Click the title of this post for a great website with recipes for all sorts of Halloween party foods. There are lots of creepy treats to try! The eyeballs are my favorite.

Cheater's Chicken Pot Pie

Well, we ate the chicken pot pie too quickly to take pictures of it! It's my mom's recipe, and even though I usually try to cook with fresh produce, this is such a quick and easy meal that I have to pass it on.

2 c. cooked chicken, chopped
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 can white potatoes, drained, rinsed, and chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 premade refrigerated piecrust

It's this easy:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the first four ingredients and pour into a pie plate. Top with the premade piecrust. Cut off hanging edges of crust, and press edges onto the pie plate with a fork. Cut air holes into the crust. I use the cutoffs of the crust to make little shapes or designs on the crust. Bake the pie for 20-45 minutes. If your ingredients are room temperature, you will need to bake for less time than if the pie has been in the refrigerator.

If the crust starts to brown before the ingredients inside are heated, make a tinfoil ring to put around the edges of the crust.

*Optional: Scramble one egg and brush it over the crust prior to baking for a golden shine!

This chicken pot pie recipe is so simple - I think it took me 15 minutes to complete the recipe from start to finish. It can be made a day in advance and refrigerated until you're ready to bake it. It also freezes well.

22 October 2008

Bristol Bay Info

You may have heard about Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. It's a proposed project that would tap into a supposed $300 billion reserve of ore that is buried near the delta that feeds Bristol Bay. I've posted links in the past, but wanted to give some more information as we get closer to the presidential election.

Sarah Palin on Bristol Bay

Pebble Pedalers - An amazing group of people about to embark on a truly incredible journey

Red Gold - A film that can make a difference

Take the time to do the research on Pebble Mine and what it would mean to our ecosystem, the Alaskan way of life, and the salmon population.

08 October 2008

It's Been a While...

...Since I blogged last. Things have been crazy at work, but now that it's all settling down, I have so much to share. Even though I haven't been posting, I've definitely been cooking! So check back soon for more updates.