There is nothing better than a chilly Fall evening at home. Ever since Jon and I moved to St. Louis we have appreciated this season even more because the summers here are dreadfully hot. I thought this wonderful recipe would be great to warm up the homes of anyone who wants a gourmet meal that is easy to make and absolutely delicious.
When I was growing up I was obsessed with Julia Child. My parents tell me that when I was a baby I became hysterical every time her show came on PBS. Even though I don't quite remember loving her so much, it is apparent in my cooking. I have had a passion for cooking my whole life, and it's great to be able to share it.
This recipe is an adaptation from one of Ina Garten's. I first cooked it several years ago, and have since changed it around a bit and given it different options. Small changes such as substituting the small frozen onions in the recipe with celery will completely change the dish, giving you a little diversity.
Some people don't like eating the same thing every time. Of course my Homemade Chicken Stock recipe is the base for this whole dish, but you can even experiment with your own.
Ina has been one of my biggest inspirations, she has a great talent for cooking, and she does it with so much love. My favorite part of her show is when her husband Jeffrey comes home from business travel and they enjoy great meals together. It also gets pretty fun when she cooks for her 2 gay friends.
There is a vegetarian option for this dish that is just as delicious as the chicken version. Jon doesn't eat meat and as such, every time I cook this meal we always prepare a few without. All you need to do is replace the chicken with an imitation chicken (Gardein makes the best), or some seitan.
Instead of chicken bouillon cubes and chicken stock, use a vegetarian equivalent (not-chick'n from Whole Foods is great). These substitutions give you the opportunity to accommodate everyone. Who says vegetarians are missing out!? If your planning a dinner party, or a date with a partner, this Chicken Pot Pie will put a smile on everyone's face.
It's wholesome, fresh, and perfect for warming up on a sleepy, cold night. We suggest making the full recipe even if you're cooking for 2. Just skip the last baking step and freeze any extra. It will taste just as good, I promise.