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Well, I’m back to testing some recipes out of my cookbook collection.

This one comes from a Taste of Home magazine from 1999. While writing this post, I discovered Taste of Home has a great website. Check it out here. I’m sure you already knew that though.

This recipe is a two-fer. For those of you who don’t live in the South—two for the price of one.

Click on the picture below for the full recipe, as seen in the cookbook. Ok, that big gray spot is not in the cookbook. I was just trying to eliminate confusion over which recipe I was referencing.

Naturally, the little pockets would work with your personal favorite pot roast recipe. This sure was yummy though.

You can almost smell it, huh?

Seems like I had a small roast, so I shorted the veggies a little. Next time I will be sure to have plenty of carrots. They are my favorites! Apparently, not everyone feels the same.

My mouth is watering. I really shouldn’t blog on an empty stomach.

Assuming you have leftovers…plan for leftovers….you can make the yummy Pot Roast Pockets.

The recipe is on the same picture as the Pot Roast recipe above. Basically, you just chop up your leftover meat and veggies and mix with leftover gravy. Aaaaaa! (Did you hear the angels singing? GRAVY-Aaaaaa-there they go again!)

You will need some pie crust. You can buy those ready made crusts at the store. My store-bought preference…

However, I usually make my own pie crust. It gets rave reviews. Matter-of-fact, I tend to get scolded if I use store-bought crust.

I use Martha’s pie crust recipe.

You’ll want to use a plate to help you get perfect circles. I used a saucer. I didn’t want my pockets/hand pies/whatever you want to call them to be too big.

Fill the pastry with your leftovers. Avoid the temptation to fill them really full. You will have an exploded hand pie if you do!

Wet the edges a little. I just used my finger. Then fold the pastry in half. Use a fork to seal.

Cut slits in the top—again, to avoid an explosion in the oven. Brush with cream or egg or milk or not at all. I used cream. Bake at 450˚for 20-25 minutes.

Just look at those browned edges, would ya’?!

Aaaaaaa! Gravy Goodness! You heard the angels singing that time didn’t you?

One is NOT enough!

Why have I never done this before?

Well, this won’t be the last time I make Pot Roast Pockets!

Critics’ Corner

Chip: Any time you have gravy wrapped in pastry you’ve got a winner. This was no exception.

Megan: The only flaw I was able to find was the large bites of gravy.

Katie: It’s insane how good it is!

Company’s coming to our house tomorrow! Have you tried any of the yummy recipes you’ve seen here at Pork Chop Tuesday? If you have, give me a little help. If you haven’t, shame on you! Just kidding. Skip over to the post to see the recipes. I have narrowed it down to these two contenders:

pocket inside

Pot Roast Pockets link

layer in chops

Pork Chops with Field Peas link

Just click the links provided to see all about these two comfort dishes. Cast your vote in the comments section, but hurry!

Chip (my husband) — a connoisseur of pulled pork barbecue, chili dogs, and chocolate chip cookies WITH pecans.

Megan (my elder daughter) — she is all about the bread.

Katie (my younger daughter) — two words: Rice and Strawberries.

These are my critics (and my biggest fans). They have graciously agreed to provide their opinions on the topics presented at “Pork Chop Tuesday” — everything from new recipes to what color curtains belong in the bathroom. Their insight is sure to be entertaining and enlightening.

Things the Critics have reviewed so far…

Sweet

Savory

Beverages

gc_givethanks_1Back in October, Mom and I started talking about Thanksgiving. For YEARS Thanksgiving was at my Mom and Dad’s house. Even after my husband and I got married (the weekend after Thanksgiving!) Thanksgiving was still at Mom and Dad’s. (For a long time, my in-laws lived out of the country making a Thanksgiving swap very difficult and costly.)

My sisters and their spouses and all the cousins would come. It was great–crazy, but great!

As the years have passed, things have changed. We no longer head out for Black Friday sales. With demanding jobs far away, we are not able to gather everyone together like we used to do. I wish it could be the same. I guess change is just part of life.

One year we all loaded up and went to Liz and Trey’s in Texas for Thanksgiving. Another year, flying out to Virginia to be with Nana and Bud was fun and different. A couple of years ago we all headed to Laura and Brent’s new house near Fort Smith, AR.

In the 22 years that Chip and I have been married, we have NEVER had Thanksgiving at our house! I’ve never even made much more than mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. So, I asked Mom and Dad if they would come to our house this year and teach me how to “do” Thanksgiving. I invited the sisters, too. Remember those demanding jobs? Too bad they can’t come. : (

While Mom and I sat on the plane on our recent trip to Baltimore, I got all the low-down for Thanksgiving 101!

There will be several blog posts. Most of them will come after Thanksgiving, obviously. Be sure you save your favorites on Pinterest for next year or even for Christmas!

The Pies!

Yesterday I made my pie crusts. Here is the recipe I use. Of course, you can use store-bought if you like.

cubed butter

The hardest thing about making a homemade crust is hauling the food processor out of the closet!

Food Processor

I got to use my fancy pastry mat that my hubby gave me for my birthday.

pastry mat

The dough has to chill. That’s why I made it yesterday. Then it has to warm back up a little before you roll it.

roll pie crust

Perhaps it needed to warm up just a little more!

working hard

Gather all your ingredients–pie helper optional!

pie helper

Mom uses the Pumpkin Pie recipe on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin! Well, that’s easy enough!

Pumpkin Pie recipe

Mix the dry. Mix the wet. Mix together. Follow directions on the back of the can!

dry ingredients

dry ingredients mixed

eggs

add pumpkin

add wet to dry

add milk

Once you finally have your pie crust warm enough to be rolled, make sure it is all even-no lumps.

testing for evenness

Place the crust in the pan and crimp the edges. Of course you can get all fancy with your edges if you like. We chose regular crimping.

pie crust in pan

pie crimping

pie fluting

prepared pie crust

Then fill the pie crust with the Pumpkin Pie filling.

filling the pie shell

pumpkin pie filling

almost there

baking pumpkin pie

I know you will be SHOCKED by this…but this was my first Pumpkin Pie! Had I made one before, I would have known to use the deeper pie pan for the Pumpkin Pie. I also would have known how careful one must be when transporting the unbaked Pumpkin Pie to the oven! Almost didn’t make it!

My first pumpkin pie

Looks pretty good.

The Pecan Pie…well, it was my first Pecan Pie as well.

The Pecan Pie recipe is on the back of the Karo Syrup bottle.

Pecan Pie recipe

Check out this newfangled bottle. There is a measurement mark for one cup right on the bottle. I used it. I didn’t like it. I was afraid I would accidentally use too much. An easy way for less-mess-measuring is to spray your measuring cup with cooking spray prior to filling it with the sticky syrup.

easy measuring

So, we followed the directions on the bottle, mostly.

pecan pie filling

The directions said to stir the pecans into the syrup mixture. Well, we had recently been watching a cooking show where the guy made  lovely rings on top with the pecans. Oooo, yeah! Let’s make it fancy!

fancy pecan pie

That was all well and good and time-consuming, however, we had lots of leftover pecans. I didn’t want my first Pecan Pie to not have enough pecans in it!!!

So, I had the “bright idea” to chop up the remaining pecans and kind of poke them down in those empty spots.

Don’t do that.

more pecans

Our pie went from fancy and beautiful to looking like someone had already chewed it up!

ugly pie

It got a little scorched in the oven even though I covered it with foil. Not sure why part of my crust flopped over.

Fingers crossed that it tastes good!

cooling pies

So how do you make a Pecan Pie that looks all fancy and still has the right amount of pecans in it?!

Stay tuned…more Thanksgiving 101 to come. I’ve already chopped celery and onions and made the cornbread for the dressing.

What is a girl to do?! Be a good blogger and go the event for bloggers she signed up to attend? or Be a good blogger and go to get some GREAT blog material?

Yes, I chose the former.

I recently signed up to be part of a blogger network called Arkansas Women Bloggers.

It turns out, shortly after I signed up, I read that the annual meet-up was going to be in Little Rock soon. I was super excited! The whole reason I signed up on the network was so I could get to know some other local bloggers.

I committed to go.

Come to find out, the meet up was going to be on the same day that Chip had to work. He wasn’t just working working. He was covering the Salsa Party his company was sponsoring with P. Allen Smith, one of our local celebrities. You may have seen him when he was on the Today Show.

So, Chip and the girls went to the Salsa party and I went to blogger party.

The blogger party was held at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The museum even gave us all a 20% discount card to use in the gift shop–which, sadly, I forgot about until later that night when I was emptying my pockets.

These are the folks who came to the event. You know that first one!

Peggy Bayer – http://porkchoptuesday.com
Lisa Mullis – http://www.arkansasoutside.com/ and http://freneticfitness.wordpress.com
Tracy Knight – http://iheart-tknight.blogspot.com
Gina Knuppenburg – http://isogina.blogspot.com
Lindsay Irvin – http://arkansasbride.com
Kelcie Huffstickler – http://thisbeautifulinheritance.com
Blair Tidwell – http://littlerockfamily.com
Anne Weaver – http://crafty.littlerockmamas.com and http://sewing.craftgossip.com
Natalie Ghidotti – http://ghiodotticommunications.com
It was a good time, and I got to meet some really nice folks.
These ladies were our hostesses for the day. They are the ones who run Arkansas Women Bloggers. Left to right you have Fawn from Instead of the Dishes, Natalie Ghidotti from Ghidotti Communications (she was actually our guest speaker not one of the blog ladies), Stephanie from The Park Wife, and Julie from Eggs & Herbs.
I learned some great blogging tips. I hope to have time to test these out soon. Biggest tip, for blog life AND real life, be yourself! Don’t do things on your blog because you see some big-time blogger do them. Make your own footprint.
It was a fun time. I even scored some jam from The Park Wife. That will be in another post.
While I was at the meet up, the rest of the gang was at the Salsa Party. Fortunately, Chip was there to take pictures for the company.
Here are some of the highlights from their event.

You gotta have a piñata at a Salsa party!

Salsa dance instructors, Jeremiah and Mallory form Arthur Murray Dance Studio, were incredible to watch!

They even gave lessons.

Do you recognize the students?

There was even a Mariachi band! Oh, wait, maybe not.

Of course the whole reason for the party was to drum up interest in the company store. What better way than to bring in a celebrity!

P. Allen Smith talked about container gardening first.

The girls really enjoyed this part. They have their own container garden they are trying out this year. They had lots of questions.

I bet my friend, Cathy, had something to do with those Bonnie Plants! You may remember Cathy from my tomato basil soup post.

I had to put this picture in there because I liked the little flags in the background. Kristy and her crew did a great job with the decorations!

Now that everyone knows how to GROW the ingredients for salsa, they can all MAKE the salsa!

Yummy!

The recipe says to grill or roast  the tomatoes first. Interesting.

This is the recipe card that went with the salsa.

Blue Cross passed out these handy cutting mats as well.

Ah, yes, my family loves me. They know I do not care for cilantro. So, what did they do? They took a picture of it for me!

Yes, they do love me! They got me a signed copy of P. Allen Smith’s book, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, for Mother’s Day. They are sneaky!

Mr. Smith was kind enough to pose with the company mascot, Blue Ann Ewe.

I did make it to the Salsa Party in time to see the dancers and do a little dancin’ myself.
It sure looked like a good time was had there.
We all had a great day!