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all about the pot pie

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-01-20 19:21

Yes yes…continuing my quest to get vegetables into a teenager.

I make pot pies all the time. They aren’t that complicated. It’s basically meat, vegetables, gravy and the crust. Today I just didn’t feel like doing a double crust and a pie pan, so I opted for the crust on top kind of pot pie. A biscuit topping.

Preheat your oven to 350°.

First I made the filling. I used leftover roast beef that I had cubed into bite-size pieces and frozen for just this purpose. I would say probably about 2 1/2 cups was what was in the bag. I had let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

I also used a container of leftover beef au jus I had made with mushrooms. This has been in the freezer in a container as well. I let that also thaw overnight in the refrigerator.That was also about 2 cups. I turned that into a traditional gravy after creating a rue with a little bit of flour and maybe 2 tablespoons of butter in the bottom of the pan.

As for vegetables it was a combination of fresh and frozen. One cup each frozen peas and corn thawed, one sweet onion diced, three smaller but not mini carrots diced small, and a handful of fingerling potatoes sliced thin. (You may wish to slightly parboil potatoes first. )

I mixed that together with a little salt and pepper to taste, paprika, garlic powder and rosemary, and put into a good-sized baking dish that I had greased- a 12″ x 9″ baking dish that is a little over 3 inches deep.

The biscuit topping was really simple. Get out another mixing bowl.

One cup of buttermilk, 1 1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 generous teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 cup melted butter, a 1/4 cup of grated Italian blend cheese out of the shaker (Parmesan and Romano blend), and fresh ground pepper.

Mix biscuit ingredients all together and it will be goopy and not the kind of biscuit dough you roll out. Put it on the top of your pot pie mixture in your baking pan evenly. Bake at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes depending on your oven.

Allow to cool slightly when you remove it from the oven because it will be really hot.

Enjoy!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Lafayette College student sentenced to probation for role in Main Line drug ring

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 17:15
NORRISTOWN – A onetime Lafayette College student who once had a promising internship with an investment firm will be under court supervision for several years for his role as “an underling” in the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” pot peddling ring.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lafayette College student sentenced to probation for role in Main Line drug ring

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 17:15
NORRISTOWN – A onetime Lafayette College student who once had a promising internship with an investment firm will be under court supervision for several years for his role as “an underling” in the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” pot peddling ring.
Categories: Lower Merion

10 Jobs in Ardmore: Aramark, Sunrise Senior Living and More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-01-20 13:16
Employers in and around Ardmore are hiring a care manager and a dental office manager.
Categories: Lower Merion

Volunteer firefighter describes chaos on Blue Route

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:48
Joe Bardroff was heading home from work in the King of Prussia area Sunday morning when icy roadways turned deadly right in front of him.
Categories: Lower Merion

Replay: Follow the Main Line Morning News Feed

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:26
Beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. the Main Line Media newsroom will go live for a new morning live blog, aimed to keep you informed on Main Line and regional news for the day ahead. 
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line drug ring 'sub-dealer' sentenced to probation

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 09:17
NORRISTOWN – A onetime student at Haverford College who prosecutors identified as a “sub-dealer” involved in the so-called “Main Line Take Over Project” pot peddling ring in Montgomery County will be under court supervision for several years.
Categories: Lower Merion

One Ardmore Place: Temporary parking plan accepted for Cricket Lot construction period

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:50
ARDMORE >> After several iterations, Lower Merion commissioners have accepted a plan for temporary parking in Ardmore’s downtown during construction of Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place project on the township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.
Categories: Lower Merion

Harcum College community looks ahead in celebrating centennial

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:16
What’s white and purple and proud all over? The campus of Harcum College.
Categories: Lower Merion

Business: Main Line Delivery expanding to King of Prussia as winter weather chills region

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:16
Ardmore >> For area residents who want to hunker down by their fireplaces this winter rather than running out into the cold and, this week, ice to pick up dinner, MainLineDelivery.com might be good to bookmark.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Jan. 20

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-01-20 07:40
The Daily Numbers: 300 people who took part in the ‘Pieces of Peace’ activities to mark the MLK holiday in Chester.

1,500 people who took to the streets in Philly in a march to focus on the recent deaths of 2 black men at the hands of police.

135 kids from Chester who make up the Chester Children’s Chours. They will perform today at the inauguration of Tom Wolf as governor of Pa. in Harrisburg.

47th governor, take a bow, Tom Wolf. Now get to work.

2 billion dollar budget gap that will greet Wolf when he reports for work tomorrow.

69th Street movie complex that is being converted into one of those dinner and a movie joints.

1.5 million dollars in renovations that will be sunk into the 32,000 square foot venue.

100 percent occupancy in the 69th Street Shopping District once the movie complex opens in April.

21 people who made comments at the recent public hearing on the proposals for Springfield High School.

4 February, when the school board will get down to the key topic in the discussion - how much are all these plans expected to cost?

29 of January, when Aston will hold a public hearing on the expansion plan filed by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit for their campus on Crozerville Road.

17 residents chased from their South Philly homes overnight by a gas leak.

50 percent approval rating for President Obama as he prepares to deliver his 6th State of the Union Address tonight.

4 as in No. 4 team in the nation for the Villanova Wildcats in yesterday’s latest AP college hoops poll.

78-58 drubbing for the Wildcats just a few hours later at the hands of Georgetown.

7-4 ugly loss for the Flyers to the Islanders yesterday.

111-76 loss for the Sixers at the hands of the Wizards.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

The NFL is looking into whether or not the Patriots may have deflated the balls used in their big win over Colts on Sunday in an attempt to get an advantage. The Patriots won, 45-7. Yep, the balls were the key to the game.

I Don’t Get It: It’s expected to snow a bit Wedneday afternoon. All other news will soon cease. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Chester Children’s Chorus. They’re set to perform today at the inauguration of Tom Wolf in Harrisburg.

Quote Box: “I’d never been on a scene like that. It was the worst experience.”

- Joe Bardroff, who witnessed the horror that played out on icy Blue Route Sunday morning.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chester kids make sweet music at Wolf inaugural

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-01-20 07:02
There is a great local connection to the Tom Wolf inauguration today.

No, we're not talking about the parade of former Gov. Ed Rendell cronies who are taking key spots in the Wolf Administration.

We're talking about a group of kids from Chester. The Chester Children's Chorus will be part of the festivities, performing during the ceremony and closing the ceremony with their rendition of "America the Beautiful."

You can get all the details here.

These kids are maybe the best-kept secret in the city. We recently profiled the group.

We'll also have live coverage of the Wolf inauguration. You can take part in our live blog by using the hashtag #WolfForPa on Twitter.

It all starts with the swearing-in ceremony for Mike Stack as lieutenant governor at 10:30 a.m. That followed with Wolf taking the oath of office as Pennsylvania's 47th governor at noon.

Stay with DelcoTimes.com all day for live coverage. And keep your eyes out for a great group of kids from Chester.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Brace yourself for another weather (forecasting) assault

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-01-20 06:36
Brace yourself.

There's a four-letter word in the forecast again. Which no doubt will spark a flurry of other four-letter words from people who hate winter as much as I do.

But there is another reason for my angst this week.

I expect a non-stop bombardment by our TV friends heralding this winter event.

To be clear, as best as I can tell it is expected to start snowing late Wednesday afternoon and we could get anything from a dusting to an inch or so, just in time for the Wednesday evening rush hour. But it certainly does not look like any kind of paralyzing storm.

None of that will likely stop the harangue from the TV types who will do their best to make sure we are prepared for this latest dose of winter weather.

Which brings me to the point. Wouldn't it have been nice to get that kind of warning Saturday night as to what was in store for us Sunday morning?

Look, I realize weather forecasting is an inexact science. But I don't recall hearing much of anything Saturday night in terms of the ice event that turned local roads into skating rinks. Multiple car collisions shut down the Blue Route and Schuylkill Expressway. Several lives were lost.

Here's what happened. The call was for rain to move in later Sunday morning, after temperatures had risen above freezing.

What happened is that it turned colder earlier than expected Saturday night into Sunday morning. And the rain arrived sooner than expected. When it hit those cold surfaces, it froze. With deadly results.

I have to give a tip of the hat to local weather guy John Bolaris. He took to Twitter to admit this was a bad miss on the part of the weather forecasters.

Good for you, John.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Not great times for Philly fans

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-01-20 06:19
I suppose things could be more dismal for Philly sports fans.

I'm just not sure how.

Actually, I guess we could be Green Bay fans. Yeah, that might be worse. It got me to thinking, would you rather miss the playoffs all together, as Chip Kelly and the Birds just did, or face the agony of coughing up what certainly appeared to be a sure thing trip to the Super Bowl, as the Packers managed to do?

In the meantime, the Flyers got walloped yesterday afternoon by the Islanders. They continue to be going nowhere fast.

We already know the Sixers are actually trying to lose. They did that again yesterday, getting blown out by the Wizards in D.C. One thing we did not expect was for Villanova to join the bandwagon.

Just a few hours after being elevated to No. 4 in the country in the AP poll, the Wildcats came up flat vs. Georgetown. They were never in the game as they got drubbed, 78-58.

The Phillies? They report to Clearwater exactly one month from today. But they're still considering dealing ace left-hander Cole Hamels.

What's a local sports fan to do?

Call me when it's time for The Masters.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf’s Agenda is Popular

Keystone Politics - Mon, 2015-01-19 20:06
Hopefully the Fresh Start PAC will stick around to remind southeast Republican lawmakers’ constituents about this, since so many of them ran as liberals on this stuff: Voters are generally...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

LIVE at 8 a.m.: Follow the Main Line Morning Briefing

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 12:52
Beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. the Main Line Media newsroom will go live for a new morning live blog, aimed to keep you informed on Main Line and regional news for the day ahead. 
Categories: Lower Merion

Harcum College community looks ahead in celebrating centennial

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:58
What’s white and purple and proud all over? The campus of Harcum College.
Categories: Lower Merion

Business: Main Line Delivery expanding to King of Prussia as winter weather chills region

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:36
Ardmore >> For area residents who want to hunker down by their fireplaces this winter rather than running out into the cold and, this week, ice to pick up dinner, MainLineDelivery.com might be good to bookmark.
Categories: Lower Merion

Urban designer with public art focus named Lower Merion Conservancy chairman

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:36
Todd W. Bressi, an urban designer with a special focus on public art, is the new chairman of the board of directors of the Lower Merion Conservancy, as of Jan. 1.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police: Pickaxe found near burglary at Tiffin

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:36
Burglary>> Lower Merion police are investigating a burglary at Tiffin Restaurant, 50 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood that occurred sometime between 2 and 4:08 a.m. Jan. 6.
Categories: Lower Merion