Friday, December 5, 2014

Week 47 Friday (12/5/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:           Turkey Pot Pie        
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                  Pages: 289 - 291      Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins  OR

I figured out that there are 561 calories per serving, if 7 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

I'm cookin' up the onions, carrots, and celery

I've now added the flour, spices, cream and
broth - a nice thick sauce

I poured it in and added the top crust

Here it is, fresh and steaming hot out of the oven

As usual I have separated it into individual servings

         I am so glad that I made this dish. I ate it for lunch yesterday and it was amazing, no, marvelous, no, the best comfort food I have had in awhile. Yes, that’s it!  The spices add so much to this dish. Of course, I do go a little overboard when it comes to chopping veggies. I cut the celery and carrots extremely small so that I don’t have to endure those flavors. But I know that add a lot to the dish so I ate them in small sizes. I also added about 1/2 cup more turkey than it called for. I am such a meat freak.
         I also cheated on this recipe. I am sorry Ree, but I substituted a store bought piecrust because I needed it to be lower in calories. Of course, Ree’s crust is possibly the best thing in the world, so I gave that up so I could eat more of the dish. I also made this using two pie crusts – one on the top and the other in the bottom.  I love crust!   
         This one is a definite keeper for this girl from Illinois.

Christmas Movies – Special Entry

         I can’t believe that I have now watched eight Christmas movies and it is only early December.

         Crazy for Christmas – this is a dream come true movie. A chauffeur (Andrea Roth) is hired my millionaire (Howard Hessemen) to drive him around while he spreads Christmas cheer to the world.  He gives out cash wherever he goes. Why can’t I run into him?  Could it be because this is a movie??? This is a happy movie and ends happily ever after. Wasn’t Howard Hessemen in some TV show about a newsroom?   Am I delirious?

         The Town Christmas Forgot – starring Lauren Holly (wasn’t she married to Jim Carey at one time?) and Rick Roberts. A family gets stuck in a little town called “Nowhere.” The town is failing because of the closure of a coal mine. The mayor’s wife wants a Christmas pageant and works hard to get her way. Another happy movie.

         A Grandpa for Christmas – this one stars a famous older star – Ernest Borgnine. I used to love him on McHale’s Navy as a kid. In this movie, he plays a Grandfather who takes in his estranged granddaughter when her mother is injured. Some stress and then some happiness.

         Twelve Men of Christmas – this one stars Kristin Chenoweth as a PR executive who takes a new job in, I think Montana to help the town raise money for their rescue team. You know – like recue people in an avalanche or someone lost on a mountainside. Of course, there is a male adversary (Josh Hopkins) who is opposed to her idea of creating a “cheesecake” or is it “beefcake”calendar of the men on the rescue team. Chenoweth is really good in this role.  Is there nothing this talented actress can’t do???

         Set your DVD to these movies as well as the ones listed before and you can sit back and enjoy a day of happy movies.

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