Sometimes, a little comfort food just makes everything better.
It was after paper night, and I was standing in the kitchen making chicken pot pie, which is my standard go-to recipe when making a meal for someone. For one thing, it's easy to make and I can send it to someone and they can bake it themselves so it's fresh. That, and it just tastes good.
I don't have any idea how many I've made over the years, but it's long been a favorite in my family.
It's one of those handwritten recipes in the notebook from my mom, though the recipe itself came from my godmother, Helen Cox, who used to babysit for my brother and I on paper nights. It was always one of our favorites when she made it for us.
I have so many fun memories when Grandma Helen would watch us on Wednesday nights. We loved watching Wheel of Fortune with her, because she was so good at knowing the answers to the puzzles. She was forever helping us with homework and we just enjoyed the time we had together.
But it was always a good night when she made chicken pot pie.
I'm not exactly sure how it came to be that it became one of our go-to family recipes, but I figure that mom probably just asked her for it one time. And we've used it ever since. Although I always modify it a little and don't use mushrooms, because much to Kyle's chagrin, I don't like mushrooms.
Over the years, Kyle and I have been blessed so many times with generous people bringing us food to eat, especially since Grace's diagnosis. After Charlotte was born, our church arranged two weeks of meals, and it was such a blessing.
I always tell people that one of the very best ways you can help others in times of need is to make them a meal. Because it sure has been a blessing in our lives.
I don't have the chance to reciprocate as often as I would like, but I do enjoy making a meal for friends when I have the chance. And chicken pot pie seems to be my go-to. I do make a few other things, but this one seems easy to transport and share.
And even though it's not the fanciest meal, I know it's a well-loved family tradition and will be a blessing in someone's life.
So, the next time you're looking to help out someone special in your life, I hope you'll remember Grandma Helen's chicken pot pie.
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-3/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 cups cooked chicken, cup up
1 10-ounce package of frozen peas and carrots
1 4-ounce jar of mushrooms
2 ready-made pie crusts
Heat margarine over low heat until melted. Blend in flour, onion, salt, pepper and mushrooms. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.
Stir in broth and milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Stir in chicken and frozen vegetables. Pour in crust. Cover with second crust. Cook in 425-degree oven until crust is brown, 30 to 45 minutes.