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December 27, 2010

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Posted by Derek

My company closes down between Christmas and New Year's (or at least it has the last couple of years), and I have to tell you that this is a good thing today. We've had between one and two feet of snow, starting late yesterday, and it's now being blown all over the landscape by 40 mile-per-hour winds. Commuting in to work does not appeal.

Neither does even setting foot outside, actually - I haven't even put my hand on a doorknob today. Instead, I'm teaching my kids how to play table tennis, and they're whipping me at Mario Kart. Dinner last night was a big pot of French onion soup, which I've always considered an excellent response to weather like this, and tonight I'm making a chicken pot pie from scratch. Recipes on request!

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1. John Spevacek on December 27, 2010 3:37 PM writes...

I'm always arguing with my family about making chicken pot pie from scratch - which in our case means that there are no leftovers to start with, so everything including the chicken and the vegetables all are cooked just for that meal.

I am of the opionion that it should be a way to use the leftovers from a roasted chicken and vegetables meal, not something cooked as an end in itself.

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2. Dwight Brown on December 27, 2010 3:49 PM writes...

I would be delighted to see your French Onion soup recipe.

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3. Chemjobber on December 27, 2010 4:05 PM writes...


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4. anon on December 27, 2010 4:30 PM writes...

Chicken pot pie from Scratch? Do you also grind Filet into hamburger patties?

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5. Cellbio on December 27, 2010 5:37 PM writes...

The only Chicken Pot Pie to eat is made from scratch. My favorite is from Julia and Jacque'S Cooking at Home.

Wonder what recipe you use Derek. I've also been in search of a great onion soup recipe. Planning to make it this week.

It will be a perfect fit for the frigid mid-50s we will experience in SoCal.

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6. David Young on December 27, 2010 7:47 PM writes...

Don't feel bad..... my kids whip me at Mario Kart as well.

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7. milkshake on December 27, 2010 8:09 PM writes...

mixed bean soup with ham bone stock also does it in cold weather - and one can make number of jokes about its aftereffects (about paint pealing off the celling)

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8. D.J. on December 27, 2010 9:12 PM writes...

Would love to see both recipes.

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9. Mike on December 27, 2010 9:42 PM writes...

Both excellent choices. I've got a recipe I like for chicken pot pie, but I'd like to hear the prep for french onion soup. I never feel like mine comes out quite right, although it's pretty tasty.

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10. GrrlScientist on December 28, 2010 6:45 AM writes...

i'd like a recipe for the french onion soup, too! (is it really french?)

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11. Paul on December 28, 2010 9:44 AM writes...

I'm constantly amazed at what one can make from scratch. Where do they grow that, anyway?

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12. DevicesRUs on December 28, 2010 10:47 AM writes...

As Carl Sagan used to say "to make an apple pie from scratch means first creating the Universe"

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13. fred on December 29, 2010 11:02 AM writes...

My son has been whipping me at Wii fencing-- which is annoying, as I'm fairly decent at REAL fencing. The games are great fun, but could be more realistic. Guess we have to wait for the Star Trek "holodeck".

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14. Wade Cockfield on December 30, 2010 9:09 AM writes...

Does making a chicken pot pie from scratch means to make do of whatever ingredients at hand? Unless of course, you decide to set foot outside for a trip to the supermarket-in this weather.

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