Chicken Pot Pie

Posted: 15th November 2014 by doomthings in Dinner, The Foodening
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We wanted comfort food and we wanted meat pie.  The first homemade chicken pot pie we’ve ever had is what happened.  We’re feeling fat and sassy.

Chicken Pot Pie

Goo Ingredients (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, uncooked and cubed
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 4 yukon potatoes, cubed (or about 1 russet potato)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • splash of white wine
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes, or to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • ~8 tbsp cold water

How to Make the Pie Crust

  1. Combine flour and salt in a food processor.
  2. Cut butter into cubes and process with the dry mixture until large crumbs form.
  3. Slowly add water until soft dough forms.
  4. Press out onto flat surface as far as possible.
  5. Fold dough in half, cut dough slab into 2 equal pieces, and roll out both pieces to larger than the size of your dish.

Directions

  1. Make the pie crust, place one rolled-out piece in an 8- or 9-inch dish.  Set the other piece aside.
  2. Place chicken in a saucepan and fill with water, just enough to cover the chicken.  Boil for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat, then add the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Add chicken and flour, stirring until combined.  Let cook about 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken stock and wine.  Stir until starts to thicken.
  6. Add turmeric, thyme, parsley flakes and cayenne pepper.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until combined.
  7. Add cream and stir until thickened and bubbly.
  8. Pour mixture into pie dough-lined dish.
  9. Place other dough piece on top of dish, folding under the bottom edges and pressing to seal.
  10. Cut small vents into the top crust.
  11. Brush top crust with an egg- or milk-wash if desired.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly.

p.s.  This makes a killer leftover.

iCreate

Posted: 28th October 2014 by doomthings in Painting, Random, Zazzle
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As one can tell from the Doomshop, I really like Zazzle.  I always get my holiday cards there, I’ve gotten t-shirts, playing cards, mouse pads, and even an apron from them.  The quality is always amazing and if you don’t like it, their return policy is the best.

I like phone cases.  I purchased a pack of 10 silicone cases (in different colors) for my HTC One Mini because they’re pretty awesome.  And yes, I change the color.  I change the color to match the season.  It’s good stuff.  When Zazzle came out with cell phone cases, I knew I would never get to buy one because there are SO MANY ANDROID DEVICES out there, that it’s nearly impossible for them to cover them all.  They do, however, keep up with the iPhone.  Which makes me insanely jealous of iPhone users.  A custom designed phone case is always neat because they usually tell you something about the person who owns it.  Lego?  Awesome.  Unicorn?  Awesome and maybe girly.  Zombie Unicorn?  More awesome.  I guess I’m saying it’s just awesome and makes you more awesome by association.

While I may not be able to buy myself a custom case to make myself more awesome, I can make some so others can feel awesome!  I only have one design (for now…) and I know its not the best representation of everyone’s awesome.  Zazzle has more of that.  Check out THESE cases and THESE cases.  You can find pretty much anything you can think of to make your iPhone 6 more awesome (or iPhone 5, or iPhone 4).

Now to find more paintings to make more things.  I WILL MAKE ALL THE THINGS.  And now back to our regularly scheduled food posts…

Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

Posted: 13th October 2014 by doomthings in Dessert, The Foodening

I must begin by noting that I am unapologetically opposed to vegan dishes “because it’s healthier”.  If you need to supplement your food with weird things to get the taste and texture of animal products, you should probably just eat the animal products, because many of them were meant to be eaten.  If you’re philosophically opposed to eating them, eat organic/grass-fed/whatever makes you happy.  Humans need animal proteins.

That said, I tried this recipe because it was by far one of my most re-pinned pins.   I’m not sure why this is such a popular recipe.  It’s kind of bitter, some of the ingredients are mega expensive (and I won’t use the leftovers), and it’s definitely not good for you (remember, vegan does not necessarily equal healthier).  All the people who tried mine said they’d eat it if it was there, but wouldn’t make or request it.  They figured if they were going to have a cheese-cake style dessert, they’d go for real cheesecake.  Now, if you are lactose intolerant (as one of my taste testers is) and want something cheesecake-like, this is definitely for you, so I say go for it!!  Let’s put it this way:  there are a lot of leftovers and I can’t get rid of them.

Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake | doomthings

This recipe uses a 8- or 9-inch spring form pan.  The original recipe is half the amount and made in half-pint mason jars.

Ingredients (adapted from The Bojon Gourmet)

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Filling

  • 2 cups soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Topping

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Crust

  1. Process almonds until fine.
  2. Add in maple syrup.
  3. Press into bottom of spring form pan.

Filling

  1. Soak cashews for at least 4 hours, drain and rinse.
  2. Process syrup, cashews, vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, and lemon juice.
  3. Drizzle in water, then oil, process until well blended.
  4. Spread on crust.

Topping

  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl.
  2. Place over simmering water and whisk until oil is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto case, swirl w/toothpick.

*Cover and chill overnight.  Let stand at room temperature for around 15 minutes before cutting to serve.

The Kids Are Alright

Posted: 25th August 2014 by doomthings in Charity
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Gaming is awesome and so is saving lives.  You already know that I’ve done a 26-hour movie marathon for charity (coming soon again this year in October).  In addition, this year I’m embarking on a 24-hour gaming epic to benefit Children’s Hospitals all over the country.  The hospital my team has chosen this year is the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.  Please consider donating or setting up a team yourself and join the hundreds of teams already raising thousands of dollars for the kids! 

extralife 2014

 

Doom-ception

Posted: 24th May 2014 by doomthings in Random

The Doomthings mobile site is live!!  Now you can keep up with doomthings on your phone without all that scrolling side to side to just attempt to read the stuff.  I know how annoying that is.  I usually just stop reading when I can’t, well, actually read the thing.  I don’t want to lose you as one of my 5 followers, so, while I’m pretty sure I should have gotten to this about a billion years ago… BEHOLD:

I mean, there’s nothing to click, this is just a screenshot for you viewing pleasure.  The mobile site doesn’t work if you don’t read this ON a mobile device, which would be pretty meta if you are actually reading this on a mobile site right now.  DOOM-CEPTION.