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Snow Days and A Chicken Pot Pie, A Love Story!

Snow Days and A Chicken Pot Pie, A Love Story!

Some of you may have noticed that driving, walking, and just general living are a lot more difficult than they used to be, I'm not dissing the snow FYI, if it wasn't for the snow it would just be dark and wet with NOTHING to talk about. But when it's cold outside and your stuck inside the best thing you can possibly eat is a chicken pot pie!!! If you can't make it in to Bread and Honey Café for our chicken pot pie, I will give you the recipe and you can make it yourself.

Just in case anyone was worried about Bread and Honey being open on snow days, don't!! I will always risk my life and that of my employees to be a warm friendly place to go in a storm, plus with no one else open, we get all the neighborhood business.

Now lets get to the recipe.

First, start with two pounds of chicken, poached in salted water with half an onion, and 3 sprigs of tarragon.

While the chicken is poaching (about 20 to 30 minutes), fine dice a pound and a half of each: celery, carrots, and onion. Start sautéing your vegetables in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat with a table spoon of oil, sauté at least 10 minutes before turning down to low and adding a table spoon of butter.

Sweat your vegetables down until you can see oil on the bottom of the pan, when that happens add 3 tablespoons of flour until it gets absorbed in the fat, you are basically making a roux, slowly add 4 cups of the tarragon chicken stock to the sautéed vegetables until it looks like chicken gravy.

While your gravy is simmering on low, dice the poached chicken and add it to the gravy, cook on low for 20 min stirring frequently.

For your crust, use any recipe you want, I like galette dough because it has cornmeal and I like cornmeal. Don't forget to omit the sugar, and don't forget to roll out enough dough for the top crust.

Roll out your dough and line your baking dish, put into the fridge while you finish the pot pie filling, adjusts the seasoning with salt and pepper and add 1 cup frozen peas.

I make this extremely easy delicious pot pie filling more often than any other savory pie recipe, because it's everyone's favorite.  But, just so we're clear, I've never measured any of my ingredients, so consider this “recipe” more of a rough guideline than anything written in stone.

Bake on 350 for 25 minutes, let cool and enjoy

Feeding the Beast. What You Should and Should Not Eat With PMS.

Feeding the Beast. What You Should and Should Not Eat With PMS.

Bread and Honey Café is largely staffed by women, and because nature is cruel, all of our pms happens in the same week (poor Trevor). I've  done some research that I wanted  to share with my readers, this is for you mom.

Quinoa, whole wheat and oatmeal all are complex carbohydrates which will boost serotonin, the feel good hormone.  Even though I've never noticed the feeling of Euphoria after eating a bowl of oatmeal, it can't hurt, plus everyone should eat more fiber.

Grilled salmon, chia seeds, and avocados are all  high in omega-3 fatty acids which have also been called nature's antidepressants by Harvard researchers. So next time your husband is standing in front of the closed refrigerator, asking if you still have almond milk, rather than opening the door and looking inside like a normal person, just take a deep breath and a big swig off that bottle of extra Virgin olive oil and maybe he'll think you're crazy enough not to bother  with stupid questions for the rest of the day.

Turkey, chicken and lean red meat have vitamin B12,  which will give you a boost of energy to help you get from work to your couch,  so you can binge watch New Girl, I obviously don't have kids, and when your husband comes home from working 11 hours and the house is a mess and you've eaten all the chips and not made dinner, you can remind him that this is not the 1950 and that being a feminist means having choices, and I can choose to lay around in my own filth if I want!!!

Moving on, kale, spinach, and romaine are high in vitamin A, which help acne.  Because, being bloated, tired, and bitchy aren't enough, we also get breakouts from our periods, and the worst part is, when it’s finally over and we're too old to even have periods any more, instead of frolicking around in white shorts any time we want, we grow beards.

This wraps up the foods to eat, now let's move on to the foods to avoid.

Okay, this is really important, do not under any circumstances consume tequila!!!

I once through my husband (but then boyfriend) out of my apartment in a tequila pms fueled rage, and woke up alone and confused as to where he went.

So after consulting my menu, I've determined what the best lunch is, for feeding the beast, the one salad that uses all the ingredients we talked about is the mediterranean quinoa salad, with chicken. We have romaine lettuce for acne, quinoa for that feel good hormone serotonin, and chicken for vitamin B12 which gives you energy, plus  the olive oil  in the tahini dressing for omega 3 fatty acids, nature's antidepressant… enjoy!