Mushroom Stout Skillet Chicken Pot Pie (with vegan option). One pot, thirty minutes, lick-the-pan-good.
What I learned in 2015
- If you lower your rates to accommodate someones budget they won’t appreciate you, they will devalue you. You’ll automatically be a bargain item, you’ll be on sale and worth less to them.
- I learned how to brew on a commercial brewing system. My main life lesson take-aways were: listen to the guy who went before you, trust your gut, take great notes.
- If someone tells you they are an asshole, believe them the first time. They will inevitable prove it to you and you’ll be on the losing end of that lesson. If you’re a person who dates the bad boy or the bitchy girl, figure out how to break that. It’s worth it.
- Broken down cardboard boxes make better drop cloths than those thin plastic sheets from Home Depot. Also, painting sucks and I hate it. But I’ll do it again, probably within the next six months.
- There are “have stuff” people and there are “do stuff” people. You’ll inevitably prioritize one over the other, general budgeting requires it. I’m a “do stuff person,” the new couch can wait when there is a passport that needs stamping.
- Immersion blenders fix broken sauces. I’ve known this about cheese sauce, but I’ve also found that when you’re trying to bourbon up a chocolate sauce and it seizes, the stick blender can turn it back into velvet.
- I love citra hops the most. Especially with fresh hop beers. Don’t get mad, hops aren’t children, you’re allowed to have favorites.
- If you’re not happy now, you never will be. Circumstance doesn’t make you happy, it’s a choice. Feed the right wolf, the wrong one will eat you alive.
- Making bread from scratch is worth it, making sausage from scratch isn’t. Just buy the sausage, it’s an art that takes years to perfect. Make bread from scratch at least once a month, the smell alone is worth it.
- Michael Pollan was right: plant food is the best food. “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” —Michael Pollan. Although I’ll always eat meat and dairy, I find myself eating more and more vegan food and loving it. I seek it out, and eat plants with more frequency than ever before. Plants are amazing.
- 2 tbs (26g)olive oil
- ½ cup (63g) sweet white onion, diced
- 2 ribs celery (52g), chopped
- 1 large carrot (63g), peeled and chopped
- 8 wt oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup (70g) corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- 1 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into cubes (for vegan, see note)
- ½ tsp (.5g) rosemary, minced
- 4 sage leaves, minced
- 1 tsp (6g) salt
- 1 tsp (3g) black pepper
- ¼ cup (32g) flour
- ½ cup (118mL) stout
- ½ cup (118mL) chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegan)
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
- egg wash (1 large egg, 1 tablespoon water, beaten) (for vegan, see note)
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- Heat the olive oil in a 9-inch cast iron skillet. Add the onions, celery, and carrots, cooking until vegetables are softened and the onions have started to brown, about ten minutes.
- Add the mushrooms, cooking until dark and softened.
- Stir in the corn, cook until warmed.
- Move the vegetables to the side, add the chicken (or potatoes for vegan). Sprinkle with rosemary, sage, salt and pepper, cooking until chicken is mostly cooked through (or potatoes are fork tender.)
- Sprinkle with flour. Add the stout, scraping the bottom to de-glaze the pan. Add in the chicken broth, allow to simmer until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
- Roll the puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface, transfer to the skillet, making sure the entire top is covered and the pastry is hanging over the sides.
- Brush with egg wash. Slit a few holes in the top with a sharp knife. Bake until puff pastry is golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve warm.
—For vegan pot pie: omit the chicken, double the mushrooms and corn, add 1 russet potato, peeled and small diced. —In place of an egg wash, use 1 part (about 2 tablespoons) almond milk plus one part maple or agave syrup. —Not all stouts are vegan, some use animal products in processing. To check if your beer is vegan, visit barnivore.com