Monday, February 23, 2015
Here in the South (I have only lived in the South and in France, so I cannot speak for other regions), when there is a tragedy, we cook. I made dozens and dozens of cookies when three of our basketball team members were injured in a car crash a month or so ago. Many of my family memories revolve around food after a death. Southerners bring casseroles, fried chicken, pies, cakes, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and any number of other specialities. Church families arrange dinners for the bereaved. It is what we do when we don't know what else to do to help out. We cook. And we cook comfort food. By the time I left my mom's house on Saturday, the food had started arriving. My cousin made a delicious beef stew (and told me that her secret ingredient is dry onion soup mix), the mom of one of my brother's friends made a chicken casserole and a chocolate pie. The funeral home sent over a tray of sandwiches. My grand nephew, who is learning his way around the kitchen (I hope that he goes to culinary school one of these days), made chicken salad while waiting for us to come home after my brother died. My sister and his mom, my favorite niece, fussed at him for messing up the kitchen, but it was only half-hearted fussing. I shared with him that I clean up as I go along and then, after dinner, there isn't much to do. One of my very good friends called today to ask if she could bring food over. I told her that she and I can go out for dinner later in the week while her husband and the Ex-Ex are out of town. No dishes to wash that way. We both stay at school late anyway, so we can have a nice quiet evening after a not so quiet day with middle schoolers.
So what is in that beautiful blue pot? A recipe I found on the King Arthur Flour website. It screamed comfort food so I decided to make it for our dinner tonight. The Ex-Ex ate two servings. I think he liked it.
Turkey and Dumplings
I made it all in my blue pot. The recipe says to cook it in one pot, then transfer it to a baking dish. My blue pot is ovenproof so I didn't see the need to dirty another dish!
pot pie filling
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in the herbs, if using. Cover and refrigerate this mixture while you're making the pot pie filling.