Monthly Archives: February 2012

Chicken Parmesan Skillet Pot Pie

Source: The Picky Palate, Jenny

Another wonderful recipe made in my wonderful cast iron pan! All the Chicken Parmesan-y goodness, but topped with pie crust! Amazing! If there is one food I love more than almost any other, its pie. Both Corey and I went back for seconds, and I very rarely have seconds.
And, it’s so easy!


Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Shortening (chilled)
4 tbsp Butter or Margarine (chilled)
5 tbsp Ice Water

28 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
3 cups cooked, shredded Chicken (you could use rotisserie)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Egg White
1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp shredded Parmesan Cheese


1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt together.
2. Cut butter into 1/4 inch slices. Using a pastry blender, cut the chilled shortening and butter into the flour and salt mixture until it forms coarse crumbs. The crumbs should resemble tiny split peas.
3. Sprinkle the flour and fat mixture with 3 tbsp of ice water. Gently mix, using a fork. If the crust seems dry, add more water, one tablespoon at a time. Only add enough water to make the dough hold together when a small piece is pinched between the fingers. Mix dough gently and quickly. Gather dough to form a ball, but do not overwork it.
4. Flatten the dough into a 4 to 6 inch disk and place on a cool, floured surface. Starting in the center, roll the crust outward. After every couple of rolls, rotate the rolling angle about 45° until you have rolled all around the crust. Always start rolling from the middle.
5. Check crust frequently to see if it is sticking to the surface. If it begins to stick, dust lightly with flour. Do not use any more flour than necessary. Roll crust until it is approximately 1/8 inch thick and 2 inches larger in diameter than an inverted pie pan.
6. Transfer the crust by partially rolling the crust around the rolling pin and gently lifting the crust onto a large plate or baking sheet. Be careful to center it over the plate without stretching the dough. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Pot Pie:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Pour tomatoes into 9 inch cast iron skillet. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, stirring to combine.
3. Add chicken and gently stir to incorporate into sauce.
4. Top with Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
5. Carefully lift pie crust off of plate and lay over chicken and cheese, pressing the edges around the skillet, or tuck it inside the skillet if you desire.
6. Whisk egg white with 1 tsp water and brush a light coat over crust. Top evenly with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
7. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 – 8 servings.


Grilled Halibut Tacos With Spicy Corn Salsa

Source: The Kitchy Kitchen, Claire Thomas

This recipe is fresh, light and absolutely delicious! Although peak Halibut season is late spring/early summer (May-June), I am spoiled to live so close to Granville Island Market and have access to amazing fresh fish year-round. This meal is great to make in the winter when you are missing the sunshine,  and is also a great quick summer meal to make on the grill.

*for 4 tacos
1 Halibut Filet (about 1/2 a pound)
2 Ears of Corn
1 Jalapeno, finely chopped
3 tbsp finely chopped Red Onion
1/2 Lime, juiced
2 tbsp chopped Cilantro
Crema (runny sour cream or cream fraiche)
Cotija Cheese (any crumbly cheese, I used Feta)
4 corn tortillas
chopped Lettuce to taste

1. Drizzle both sides of the halibut with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Grill on medium high heat for 5 minutes per side. Meanwhile, grill the corn unti lthe kernals blacken a bit (about 1-2 minutes a side).
2. In a small bowl, combine the jalapeno (I only use a pinch, but more if you like a lot of heat), red onion, and lime juice.
3. Slice the kernals off of the corn cob, add them to the bowl with a big pinch of salt and pepper.
4. Add the cilantro and stir to combine.  Taste to see if it need more seasoning or spice.
5. Heat the tortillas on the grill so they’re warm and pliable.
6. Flake the halibut using a fork (or your hands) and build the tacos: Add a heap of fish in the middle of the tortilla, drizzle with crema, top with the corn salsa and a little lettuce, finish with a sprinkle of cheese.

Microwave Gourmet Popcorn

Source: Squawkfox, Kerry

Okay, first of all, I love popcorn! And I love how quick microwave popcorn is, but I’m not a fan of the artificial ingredients and the cost. Popcorn should be simple and inexpensive. This recipe is much healthier and cost effective, $3.50 for about 25 servings (bowls). Plus you can top it any way you like!

1. Get a brown paper bag, your classic paper lunch bag.
2. Add a 1/2 cup scoop of bulk popcorn kernels to your brown paper bag.
*I found when using a 1/2 cup of kernels the popcorn ends up bursting through the bottom of the bag before the popcorn finished popping. Try 1/3 or 1/4 cup.
3. Fold the bag over twice. Don’t use staples to secure the bag — this might spark in your microwave.
4. Stick the popcorn bag into your microwave. I just used the popcorn setting on my microwave.  The original recipe suggests 3 minutes on high. Stop the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second, or it may burn.
5. Pour the popcorn into a bowl and add your favourite toppings!

Topping Ideas:
-Classic: Butter and Salt
-Mexican: Chili Powder, dash of Hot Sauce and Salt
-Hold The Kiss: Onion Powder and Garlic Powder
-Cheesey: Parmesan Cheese and a dash of salt
-Sweet: dash of Cinnamon, sprinkle of Sugar and drizzle of Honey

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Source: Macheesmo, Nick

Growing up my Mum used nothing but cast iron pans, but never like this! Not long ago my parents picked me up a great cast iron pan at a garage sale for like $3! Amazing! My dad cleaned it up and seasoned it for me and now its like new. Cast iron pans are so great because there is truly no way to ruin them, as rusty as you let it get you can always give it a good scrubbing and re-season it and it’s like a brand new non-stick pan!
Anyways, I stumbled across this recipe for Cast Iron Skillet Pizza and had to give it a try. It turned out great! I will definitely be making this again, soon.

2 1/2 cups Bread Flour
1 scant tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Kosher Salt
3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 scant cup Warm Water

Toppings of your choice

1. Mix together water, sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes until yeast is dissolved and foaming a bit.
2. Add in your flour and stir it together.
3. Use a hand dipped in water to work the dough into a ball. As you work the dough, you might notice that it’s too wet or too dry. If it is too dry add a few extra tablespoons of water. The dough should be pretty moist and flexible. If it seems firm let it rest for five minutes, then continue to work it. After about 8 minutes of kneading it, you should have a very soft ball of dough.
4. Coat the dough well in olive oil and place it in a plastic bag. If you’re using the dough the same day, let it rise for an hour at room temperature, then take it out and de-gas it. Reshape it and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Take it out of the fridge at least an hour before you need it.
5. Roll the dough into a large circle and place it in the center of your skillet. You don’t need to oil the skillet. The dough shouldn’t stick to it at all assuming you have a well-seasoned skillet.
6. Once the dough is in your skillet, use a knife to cut off any extra dough, leaving about an inch of dough up the side of the skillet. Then use your fingers to kind of just fold the dough over itself, forming a crust.
7. Top with your favourite sauce and toppings.
8. Cook the pizza over high heat on stove element for about 3 minutes. You won’t notice any change in the pizza, but the pan should be really hot.
9. Move it to a 450°F oven and continue to cook it until the crust is browned and the cheese melted. This took my pizza about 18 minutes.