Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie. In a pumpkin.

Don't be mislead by this post. I'm not morphing into a food blogger. However, if I were to morph into a food blogger, what type of blogger would I be morphing out of? A running blogger? Blah. Running blogs are boring. Even for runners. How about "Variety Blogger." Yeah, that's it! I wanna be a Variety Blogger. Like the variety shows of old. Remember Carol Burnett and the Smothers Brothers? Good times were had on variety shows. I'm sure there was some running on the Carol Burnett and Smothers Brothers shows.

Now back to our previously scheduled program in the which is titled:
Chicken Pot Pie. In a pumpkin.


About 6 years ago, while possessed by the Pregosaurus Rex of Yahoo #2, I made Chicken Pot Pies. In pumpkins. It was a deliciously, fantastic crapload of work. Being as I'm fresh these days (with the added adrenaline of the approaching vacation), I figured I'd make the Chicken Pot Pies again. In pumpkins. This is something special because it takes all day. ALL DAY. I don't know when (or even if) I'll feel this fresh ever again (my bones and whatnot are getting older you know).

Therefore it is with great pleasure and digital imagery, that I present:

Chicken Pot Pie. In a pumpkin.


Step 1: Gut the pumpkins

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Step 2: Slime pumpkin innards with butter. Sprinkle with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

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Step 3: Bake at 375. Set timer for 30 minutes so you don't forget.


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Step 4: Begin pastry with butter and flour.

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Step 5: Finish pastry with thyme, salt and water.

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Step 6: Don't drop thyme on floor while positioning props for photo.

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Step 7: Let dog out 'cause he asked nicely.

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(See. He asked nicely.)


Step 8: Prepare taters, onions, mushrooms and carrots by chopping them.Be sure to make hi-yah! noises. Don't peel potatoes because you'll loose loads of nutrition. That and you're lazy like me.


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Step 9: Welcome Yahoo #2 home from school.


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Step 10: Boil chicken and shred - like Shaun White shreds.


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Step 11: Cook taters and onions in butter for a few. Sprinkle with flour.


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Step 12: Add carrots and shrooms, then cook a few. Add milk and chicken stock.


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Step 13: Simmer for a few.


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Step 14: Welcome Yahoo #1 from school. Commend for starting homework all by himself. Ask if red junk on left sleeve is a 3rd-grade hickey.


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Step 15: Roll pastry and shape into pumpkin tops. (Trust me, that pastry is good enough to roll.)


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Step 16: Load pumpkins with chicken and veggie goo. Top with pastry.


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Step 17: Bake at 375. Set timer for 45 minutes so you don't forget.


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Step 18: Remove from oven. Take picture.


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Step 19: Voila! (Over the top delicious by the way... and worth the work.)


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12 comments:

rookie cookie said...

Well look at you... I'm impressed. I am so not into doing lengthy food like this due to my grabby, curious Van. Someday...

Speaking of Carol Burnett, I am gifting you with a link to her "Gone With The Wind" skit. I adore her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aRMZ4ePmMM

megan said...

Wow...I was almost too lazy to even post a comment, but I figured since you "threw down" and throw down you did...I could at least give you the blogger thumbs up and say that I am WAY way way impressed. Wow. I'm going to heat up the Chef (boyardee) right now :)

rabidrunner said...

Megan, just throw that boy-r-dee in a pumpkin and call it gourmet. The kids won't notice the difference.

meg said...

What--you couldn't just dump some canned chicken soup in those orange-colored, pumpkin-shaped bread bowls from the grocery bakery?

tom lindsey said...

Wow!

I am far too lazy to use your hot dog man recipe-- this has no chance at my house. If I did make it the kids would not eat it and the night would end with the yelling and the crying and the picking of pumpkin off the draperies.

rabidrunner said...

Oh Tom, Tom, Tom. Major Tom. Next cooking episode at rabidrunner.com will be the hot dog men. Thanks for the reminder.

Next year I'm just gonna cook the pumpkins with butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper on one day. That's yummy. Just by itself. Then on another day I'll open a can of chicken stuff and pour it into the pumpkin bread bowl.

Winder said...

And you didn't even invite us. Oh, wait we live 30 min. away and due to the hubby's work we always say no. Someday I will move back...someday.

Julia said...

Amazing creation! It exhausted me just reading it. Maybe I'll attempt in 5 or 10 years.

Staci said...

I have to say that I would have been exhausted after step one. That's how lazy I am.

And by the way, I have been touting the non-peeling of potatoes for years but everyone just thinks I'm lazy. Sure it's a lot easier but come on!

I want to know if the kids liked this? I think my kids would have been all ecstatic because of the novelty of it but then would have eaten three bites. That's just how they are.

Ryan said...

Help!

I have been working on this all day but have been stuck on Step 9 for hours. Step 7 took a fair amount of time in its own right, but Step 9 is proving to be my undoing.

Making matters worse, our one-and-only has been outside since getting home from school and doesn't understand what I mean by "it's not time for Step 14 yet, and I'm NOT starting over now!"

Please, PLEASE tell me that substitutions are allowed, and recommend an alternative for Step 7?

Ryan said...

Er, please, PLEASE tell me that substitutions are allowed, and recommend an alternative for Step 9?

Please?

The last "please" came from outside...guess it's getting cold out there.

rabidrunner said...

Life is all about finding suitable substitutions. For example, the fireplace in my basement is a motorcycle substitute. (Sadly it was financed by selling my motorcycle.) The motorcycle substitute fails to provide the same rush, but is much safer.

In your case, I believe a pause of some sort might be okay. If you're a drinker, have a drink. If you're a smoker have a smoke. If you're a cusser, have a cuss. Cooking is not an exact science. Anyone who tells you differently, is blowing some serious smoke.