On the Menu: Comfort Food for Fall

Foster Farms - Comfort FoodMy favorite season is fall. The light changes ever so slightly and there is a crisp feeling in the air. I turn to my home more than usual – nesting is in full form here! Branches have been brought indoors, new candles are ready to burn, and fresh throw blankets are at the ready for a cool evening at home.

This season I hope to also find new recipes to shake up my usual rotation. We have made it our priority to always sit down for dinner together since Jackson was born. We try to cook from scratch most evenings and I have been searching for some new recipes to shake up our rotation. Chicken is a favorite with my son – he just loves it regardless of how I decide to prepare it.

Foster Farms - Comfort FoodFoster Farms - Comfort Food I have paired up with As Quoted, my favorite café down the street, to prepare a new and exciting twist on chicken potpie. I love comfort food but don’t always love the high calories or ingredients that aren’t always that good for us. So the folks at As Quoted have come up with a delicious alternative to the more conventional recipe. Now you can enjoy this time honored recipe guilt-free with a new version of comfort food. I know this is hard to believe, but it’s gluten free! We used antibiotic-free, fresh chicken from Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken that is raised on a vegetarian diet. Using healthy, fresh, and seasonal food is a high priority at my home and this chicken fits in perfectly with my definition of healthy. The new comfort food is good for you too!

What better way to ring in the new season than to whip up individual chicken potpies for dinner? And your kiddos won’t even realize how healthy these are. Happy nesting everyone!

Foster Farms - Comfort Food

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pot Pie

For the Filling

1 large chicken breast, bone in and skin on
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp medium-high heat oil, divided like avocado oil (butter or ghee can also be used if tolerated)
1/2 cup sorghum flour
4 cups dairy free milk (like almond, rice, or oat milk)
2 cups chicken bone broth, divided
1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste
1/2 tsp finely ground pepper, more to taste
2 tsp minced fresh thyme, more to taste
1 tbsp champagne vinegar
1/2 cup small diced yellow onion (about a half of a small onion)
1/2 cup small diced leek, white and light green parts only (about 1 small leek)
1 cup small diced carrot
5 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 corn on the cob, kernels removed (or 1 cup frozen corn if not in season)
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen and thawed

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Place chicken breast on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in oven for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F or juices run clear. Set aside and let cool.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Whisk in sorghum flour until well combined. Add the non dairy milk slowly, one cup at a time, whisking constantly. Add in the bone broth. Heat mixture until it bubbles, then turn down to a simmer and let thicken whisking occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large cast iron skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion and leeks and saute until onions begin to brown. Add in carrots and garlic until garlic becomes fragrant. Then add in remaining bone broth and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated and been absorbed. Add in corn and peas until warm throughout (unless using frozen peas, then add corn first then peas after corn is warm throughout). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper, adjusting to taste.
  5. Remove skin and bones from chicken and medium dice chicken.
  6. When sauce has thickened and vegetables are cooked, add chopped chicken to vegetables and pour sauce over and stir to combine. Add champagne vinegar, taste and adjust seasoning.

For the Crust

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for brushing
1 tbsp iced water, more as needed
1/3 cup gluten free brown rice flour
1/3 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup potato starch
3 tbsp tapioca flour
2 tbsp arrowroot starch
1 tbsp coconut sugar, finely ground
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place butter in freezer. Ice 3tbsp of water and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together the brown rice flour, sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca, arrowroot, sugar, xanthan gum and sea salt in a medium bowl. Using 2 knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold butter until pieces are around the size of peas or smaller.
  3. In a stand mixer or separate medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: yogurt, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the beaten egg, using a fork to incorporate. Add 1 tablespoon of the iced water and continue to mix. If dough will not stick together when pinched, continue to add iced water 1 teaspoon at a time until sticks. Use hands to shape dough into a ball.
  5. Place dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper and flatten to a disc, 1 inch thick. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough until desired thinness. If the edges crumble, simply push them back together.
  6. Peel off the top layer of parchment and cut into 4 pieces, the sizes of your baking dishes. Fill dishes with chicken filling and cover with dough. Crimp edges to desired design. Poke a hole in the middle of the pie crust (be creative!) to let out steam when baking.
  7. When crust design is complete, brush surface with egg yolk.
  8. Bake pie for around 25 minutes or until warm throughout and nicely browned on the surface.

Serve and enjoy!

Serves: 4

Foster Farms - Comfort FoodIf you’re interested in more recipes that fall are part of the new comfort food, head to Foster Farms.

This post is a partnership with Foster Farms. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming | Recipe by As Quoted

On My Bookcase: Two Must Have Design Books

Two Must Have Design Books

I’ve been anxiously awaiting both of these books to come out for a long, long time. Writing a book is a labor of love and to watch both Rebecca Atwood and Mark D. Sikes go through this process to create incredibly works of art is truly inspiring on so many levels. I’m thrilled to be sharing a little peek into these two gorgeous books with all of you.

Two Must Have Design Books

Rebecca Atwood: Living With Pattern

Rebecca Atwood looks at the world and notices the small details around her. Raised in Cape Cod, there were patterns surrounding her at all times. It’s this awareness that helps to make her textiles some of my very favorite.

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca’s textiles for some time. You can find pillows with her fabric on them scattered throughout my home. They all share one thing in common: they have an earthy and warm sense to them. Their perfection is in their exquisite imperfection.

Now, all of us can learn a great deal from Rebecca’s book Living With Pattern. Not only is this book a visual treat with her hand-painted details, strong graphics, and perfect photographs by Emily Johnston, but it also provides important lessons on how to use textiles as the basis of your home design.

I urge you to look at Living With Pattern. I am certain you’ll be pulled into it, just as I was.

Two Must Have Design Books

Mark D. Sikes: Beautiful

I was nearly giddy when I opened my mail and found a copy of Beautiful, by the talented designer, Mark D. Sikes. I share a deep affinity with Mark: the color blue. But as I sat down to read his book, I realized very quickly, that there is so much more to his decorating than a color he has an affinity for. Beautiful firmly plants him as one of today’s great decorators.

At first glance, you might appreciate the simplicity of a room he has decorated. However, after careful study, you realize there is a depth to the patterns, textures, and placement within a room that is anything but simple. Mark creates traditional rooms that dance gracefully with modern touches, tribal rugs, or handmade tables.

In a world where many call themselves decorators, Mark stands in a league of his own. I only hope to grow into being a decorator of his immense talents.

Two Must Have Design Books

Be sure to check back next month for more book reviews. I’m constantly finding new books – both decorative and nightly reads that I want to begin to sharing with all of you.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

Design & Technology: Creative Changes

HP Spectre I had intended to keep my office in my home for a few more years, but circumstances beyond my control, forced me to rethink this option. Broken pipes and water streaming into my son’s bedroom meant we had to rearrange the entire house. Suddenly, I was left with nowhere to work. The neighborhood café became my makeshift office. Something needed to change if I wanted to find the inspiration that’s essential working in a creative field.

HP Spectre HP Spectre HP Spectre It was time for me to look for a new place to work. While strategizing a location, my temporary workplace became my local coffee shop. Little did I know, that my future office would be just down the street from where I was working (Sacramento Street of course!). Armed with my HP Spectre, I was ready to let my creativity run wild. I’m moving in new directions and HP Spectre is helping me get there. Every once in a while, we need to take a turn in the direction we are heading and move to another path. I love my work with a passion, and I look forward to this new chapter in my ever evolving work life.

HP Spectre HP Spectre hp-spectre-7HP Spectre has made a big difference in my work life. It’s amazing how the right tools can influence your creative process – I know I’ve been on overdrive lately!

To read about my first encounters with my HP Spectre read this post and this post. 

This post is a partnership with HP Spectre. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Layer It: Brunch Date

Layer It - Brunch DateOne of my favorite pastimes on the weekends it to plan a brunch date with girlfriends. There is nothing quite like chatting away about life over delicious food. I’ve been hosting girlfriends at our house while Jackson naps. Since I have to be at home, why not have a friend for brunch to spend a few hours with catching up. I’m hoping that I can continue this tradition this fall – no matter how busy life gets.

Layer It - Brunch Date

The Basics

front tie dress | everyday jacket

The Layers

saddle bag | shades | oxfords | necktie | polish

Do you have any favorite pieces you love wearing to meet your friends for brunch? Also, don’t forget to check out past Layer It posts for outfit inspiration.

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