Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Leigh's Turkey Pot Pie

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  Specifically, turkey pot pie.  We just polished off the rest of the one I made Sunday and I forgot to take a picture of it for the blog.  Mostly because I didn't even think about blogging about that.  So, instead here's a picture of another pie I made.  Just imagine it with turkey and veggies inside, instead of what's really in it (apples).The only recipe I follow is for the pastry, and I use the one for a 2 crust 9" pie from my trusty Fannie Farmer Cookbook.  After making the dough, refrigerate it before rolling it out while you prepare the filling, as follows:

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 or 5 carrots
  • a couple stalks of celery
  • about a cup of broccoli (I hate peas)
Chop those up into bite sized pieces and put them all into a steamer until al dente (just barely fork tender).  Make the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter (not margarine!)
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • about a cup of chicken broth
  • about a cup of heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
Make a roux by melting the butter and adding the flour, whisking until smooth.  Gradually add the broth while whisking, then the cream.  Keep whisking and adding more broth (or cream), until the mixture begins to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Once it begins to thicken, turn down to simmer, and roll out the bottom crust for the pie. Fit the crust into a 9" pie plate.  I used a 9 inch square and 2 inch deep pan for this one.  If the sauce gets too thick, add more liquid but don't worry about it being too thin, the potatoes will thicken it when you cook the pie.

Chop up into bite sized pieces about 2 cups of your leftover turkey.  Put the turkey and the veggies into the pastry filled pie plate and pour the sauce over.  Roll out the top crust and crimp the edges.  Decorate with bits of shaped dough, and brush the top with egg if you want it shiny.

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 degrees and continue cooking for about 30 minutes until the crust is golden brown.  I have no clue how many calories are in this and I don't care.  It's really good.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trois Fleurs Lace Bookmark

I finally got down to typing up the chart I made for the new bookmark.  It has three lace flowers surrounded by eyelets around the edges.  The fun bead I picked for the tassel echoes the flower shape of the lace.  I found out that the Windows version of CET Knitting Symbols font works almost perfectly with Apple's Pages.  Almost.  I just could not get any of the alt-codes to work, so had to improvise a "t" for the more commonly used knitting symbol for a twisted stitch.  You can find the finished charted pattern here.

I love the part where I get out the pencil and graph paper and draw the design.
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The finished bookmark looks great with this color-way of Mini Mochi yarn.  Blocking:
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Fueled by homemade turkey pot pie, I was able to get through the frustration of (still) learning Apple's Pages version of working with tables as opposed to Word.  The pot pie is to die for.  I'll share my recipe next blog.

Monday, November 8, 2010

trading wheels

It's perfect bike riding weather.  While I prefer two wheels without a motor, Wayne likes something with a bit more power that makes a lot of noise.  His motorcycle had been sitting in the garage gathering dust for years, when he recently decided to take it out, dust it off, rebuild it and start riding again.  Here's the old Harley-Davidson Shovelhead in all it's current glory.  I do like the sound of it running.
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Saturday morning, he took it out for a ride around the neighborhood.  He stopped to talk to some neighbors and while they were chatting, Wayne spotted a unique bicycle in their garage.  He came back to the house and traded the Harley for the Huffy beach cruiser and rode back to the neighbor's.  It turns out that the neighbor had bought a bicycle at a yard sale for $20 for his wife.  His wife didn't really like riding it, so Wayne offered to trade for the Huffy.  She loved the Huffy.

Wayne found the Huffy sitting out in front of another neighbor's house a couple of weeks ago.  It had a "FREE" sign on it.  Apparently not a bicycle mechanic, someone got frustrated trying to fix it.  Wayne easily fixed it (he can build a motorcycle, after all), cleaned it up and we went for a couple of bike rides together.  This is the beach cruiser all cleaned up, with my bike in the background.
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The new bike is a Jesse James West Coast Chopper Bicycle.  Even trades are so cool when everybody's happy! 
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It's a lot more comfortable than his other bicycle...
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