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Pot Pies and Car Trips

November 27, 2007

I’ve had pot pies on my menu since Lawrence first went out to the coast several weeks ago. The crust has been causing me to procrastinate in their preparation. It’s not that I can’t make a crust; I can and it’s not too bad. I don’t like to make crusts, so I put it off. I was going to make them last week then I thought, wait…we will have turkey leftovers in a few days and then I can add that in. (A dish Lawrence would double hate-potpies with turkey leftovers.) Then Thanksgiving came and went and the turkey leftovers were getting scarce, so I decided to go ahead, give in and buy some crusts. I used Angelina’s recipe for pot pies with the following changes: store bought pie crusts, added turkey and used chicken broth rather than vegetable broth. They turned out very well, except I should have read the recipe correctly for the amount of salt to add, because they were slightly under-salted. I just guessed on the amount of salt because it was getting late, the girls were getting cranky and I was using the tutorial she posted online and I didn’t want to go back to read it. I bought two sets of crusts thinking it would be enough, but I had filling left for one more pie crust so I ended up making some crust yesterday morning for the last of the filling.

After the crusts yesterday I whipped out some of Lawrence’s favorite oatmeal cookies because we were going out to the coast with some clothes, supplies and love for him.

We watched the stormy weather for a bit then headed over to the restaurant that the girls call the creme brulee place. The creme brulee place (aka Hawk Creek Cafe) not only has wonderful desserts, they have awesome wood oven baked pizza. We had some great warm, spicy artichoke dip to start and then a scrumptious pizza. The Athena has pesto, grilled chicken, feta, garlic and copious amounts of cheese. It was perfectly done. Then came the piece de resistance. The black bottomed creme brulee. There would have been mutiny if we hadn’t gotten some. The girls were just humoring us with the pizza and all the while pining for the custard.

Afterwards we headed to the grocery store to stock up since Lawrence will be there at least another few days. We detoured and stopped at a Goodwill for some leisurely browsing on the way. Maddy scored a mint Life game for $1.99 and Lawrence found a few things that interested him. After a stop at the grocery store, we drove him back out to the house where he is staying and said our good-byes. Lawrence was worried about me driving back in the storm and dark. I wasn’t too worried. All was uneventful until we reached the city limits and went over a bridge where I was shocked to have the van start slipping and sliding because there was ice! I never expected that because the temperature was well over freezing at the coast and no traces of frost anywhere along our drive up to that point. Luckily it righted it’s path and we got home a few minutes later with no further incidents and also clean pants. There was ice on our stairs, however, so obviously it got colder here than I had anticipated.

PS I spruced up my mom and sister’s blogs recently, you should go check them out.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Angelina permalink
    November 28, 2007 1:23 am

    That is so scary!

    That’s really a bummer that Lawrence is having to stay out there to finish the job. It must be hard on all of you.

    Your pot pie looks gorgeous! You did the egg brushing trick huh? Lawrence hates pot pies? seriously? He’s a man of many mysteries.

  2. Laura permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:43 am

    The pot pie looks great. Glad you got home safe. Thanks again for my blog updating.

  3. Evelyn permalink
    November 28, 2007 3:44 am

    Oh, your pot pie looks wonderful. I can hardly wait to try that creme brulee. The pizza sounds yummy too, even though I am not a big pizza lover. I am so glad you made it home safe. Driving on ice is very scary. Mom

  4. Lisa permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:04 pm

    Angelina-Yes, egg wash is a magical thing. It makes baked goods so golden and shiny.

    Laura-You’re welcome.

    Mom-We will have to go there sometime then.

  5. Evelyn permalink
    November 28, 2007 9:14 pm

    I will certainly look forward to that! Mom

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