Chicken Pot Pie for the Soul

IMG_1299.JPGFood is love. At least that’s what I believe. I’ve found, as I grow older and expand my culinary prowess, I have an inexplicable urge to feed people. It brings me joy and comfort to see someone else enjoy something that I worked hard to create, to hear an irrepressible “mmm” escape from their lips, and to know that they feel loved by me because I have fed them. At least that’s the experience I hope for. Sometimes people are just hungry, and that’s ok too. I guess…
Anyway, one of the greatest expressions of the “food is love” process is that of making a meal for someone who is unable to make one for themself. One such occasion is the reason I made this chicken pot pie, the epitome of comfort food, in my opinion. {recipe at the end}

IMG_1300.JPGA dear friend of ours was in the hospital a few weeks ago for a surgery that although not necessarily routine, we all assumed would be successful. Unfortunately there were several complications with the surgery and for a time everyone, including the doctors, weren’t sure he was going to make it. Feelings of sadness and helplessness weighed heavily upon us as well as thoughts like “what was our last conversation”, “can his wife handle much more this year?”, and “what can we do?”
Obviously since neither of us went to medical school and a well butchered rack of lamb or a batch of cookies (that’s pretty much where our skill sets end) would do him any good, other than pray, there was nothing we could do.
However, to our relief and delight, he pulled through and was released recently from the hospital with a long road to recovery ahead of him. And now, there was something I could do, I could feed him. And feed him I did, because food is love.

Beauty&The Butcher’s Chicken Pot Pie

2-3 chicken cutlets diced
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
2 red potatoes diced
1 can cream of chicken soup
Dash of minced garlic
1 box store bought pie crust
Salt, pepper, & pinch of sage

Preheat oven to 375. Season chicken with s&p. Sauté garlic & chicken in olive oil until no longer pink. Add vegetables and sauté for a minute or two. Add cream of chicken and sage then let simmer for ten minutes. Prepare pie plate by lining with one roll of crust. Spoon mixture into dish and cover with remaining roll of dough making sure it’s securely attached to the bottom crust and sealed. Pinch pastry along the sides to firmly seal and crimp with a fork if you’re fancy. Pour a few tablespoons of milk into a cup and brush top of pie and all along crust with milk, this will give you a lovely honey colored crust! Bake until golden brown & enjoy!!!

*for another variation of this recipe with a few differences check out this post


One thought on “Chicken Pot Pie for the Soul

  1. And feel loved we do! It was so yummy, and the one if the best things about it: LEFTOVERS!!! Thank you so much, you’re a great cook and a dear friend.

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