Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cold Weather Comfort Food

All seasons have their own special comfort foods, but none more than the long, cold winter months.  This winter has been particularly long and particularly cold ,so I have found myself reaching for my beloved local cookbooks a lot, searching for something to take the dreary away.  This week my DH had a cold, so to help him feel better I made his favorite Homemade Chicken Pot Pie. 

I have been using this cookbook consistently for over 20 years (can't you tell with all the stains and worn cover?).  It has served me well, with the secrets of the wonderful cooks of Hartsville, SC. I love local cookbooks! I feel like I am getting tried and true recipes that are reflective of the heart of the area. 

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 This is truly the easiest of recipes. *The only change I make is that instead of 1 can peas and carrots, I use one can of mixed veggies (i.e. Veg all).  The crust is to die for and simple.  It is also an easy one to double for a larger crowd. This recipe generously feeds 5-6. 
I serve it over white rice (a great frugal way to stretch the meal even further). Serve with a green salad and you have comfort food at it's best!
Yum...this will keep the chill away!
Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Even though I'm full from my morning bowl of oatmeal, this dish really sounds so good to me. I know we would love your version of Chicken pot pie. I would never have thought to serve over rice.
    Thanks for sharing!


  2. I love local cookbooks too! I have one from a fundraiser at my high school I use often.

    Homemade Chicken Pit Pie is the very best in comfort food! I made some last week, and my husband turned to me and said "This is the ebst thing you've ever made". Well, that is one of the nicest things he's ever said! :) I'll have to give this recipe a try, as the one I made was a little complicated for a weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Princess reheats really well also for a left over lunch or dinner! Hope you enjoy!

  4. Michelle, this is my favorite comfort food. I actually look forward to the Friday after Thanksgiving more than the holiday so that I can prepare a turkey pot pie. Yum, I'll give this recipe a try.

  5. It does look scruptious! Will try it soon. Great photography too! :)

  6. Wow, can I come to your house for dinner, lol?
    Hope your husband is feeling better...A cookbook with stains is the best kind -- the pristine ones may be nice to look at, but they are probably not getting used, or their recipes are not very good!

  7. I adore community cookbooks like this one. Chicken pot pie sounds like a perfect winter dish for this cold weather that we've been having.

  8. mmmm...chicken pot pie. I really LOVE good comfort food! I've been cold all week. This looks really yummy.

  9. That looks so good! I love pot pie, but never thought to put it with rice, yum! Have to try that sometime:) Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments:)

  10. Michelle,

    Thanks for planning dinner for us tonight! We've already done chili and stew, time for some chicken.
    This is my first visit to your sweet blog via Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Reading party but I'm adding you to my daily reading list.


  11. Yum! Sounds good.

    I just found your blog through one of the blog hops. Have a great weekend!

    Amanda @

  12. This looks yummy! I have never seen one with a hard boiled egg added - I bet it is good!

  13. Bella Michelle,
    You are not going to believe this, but I'm making chicken pot pie tomorrow. The recipe is similar to yours I think, but I'll have to look at them. Thanks for finding me. Leigh

  14. Actually, your chicken pot pie may be more labor intensive than mine. I bet it's good. I may share mine sometime. I'm making two tomorrow. One to take to a neigbhor battling cancer right now.

  15. Love chicken pot pie and local cookbooks too. It's great to meet you Bella! I followed you over from the blog hop and am now your newest follower. I hope that you will stop by and visit my cottage soon.

    Susan and Bentley

  16. Darn you and your comfort food taunting me!! ;) At least tomorrow is Super Bowl day and I can use that as an excuse. ;)

  17. I love these kind of cookbooks. They have the best down home cooking in them. The chicken pot pie looks and sounds delicious.


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