Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My world lost one of those remarkable ladies this week. My Granny, Nellie Grace Dees, passed away on Sunday. She was a special lady who had a knack for baking that has influenced generations. I have so many memories from her kitchen in Mississippi. I will always remember the way her house smelled and the flavors of the food she served. My favorite recipes of hers are the family favorites I serve Drew now (every now and then): mac and cheese, cheese enchiladas, cherry pie (I ate an entire pie when I was 8 or 9), banana nut bread, just to name a few. I am so thankful that I got to spend summers at her house when I was young - what a blessing she was to me!
While thinking about her this week, I have been desiring to make her banana nut bread. A little comfort food to comfort the weary.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Tonight, we had the privilege of hosting some of our friends for dinner. I had the special privilege of trying a new Pampered Chef recipe with my very own Pampered Chef! Becky and Daniel came over and as soon as Becky got in the kitchen, we got to work on PC's 29 Minutes to Dinner 2 Skillet Phyllo Pot Pie.
I would describe this dish as classy with a comfort food feel. I think it is definitely good enough for company, but it has all the flavors that remind you of fall (Thanksgiving, in particular). This dish, as promised, goes together very quickly. We served this with a "green salad." On the technical side: I would definitely recommend making sure the vegetables are thawed completely before adding them to the pot pie mixture. If you do not, the finished product can be a little less thick than you may desire. Additionally, you could make a little roux before putting the rest of the ingredients in for a thicker result. I enjoyed the phyllo dough "crust." I think it is definitely worth the time it takes to work with such a delicate ingredient. Drew thought it was good and I think Daniel and Becky enjoyed it too.
We had a nice long conversation over dinner, then the guys went upstairs to play video games, while I cleaned up and talked with Becky. Becky brought over some Mocha Hazelnut sweet rolls (yum!...and so easy) and we took them up to the guys for dessert. A great night with great friends! Looking forward to lots of friend dinners as we get geared up for fall!