Are you all dressing up for Halloween this year? Normally, I don’t really do anything but this year we were invited to a Halloween party. Cue the frantic search for a costume! I’ve never done a couple costume before, so I asked Will if we could do something together. Since we are big nerds, we wanted to do something along the theme of the tv show Dr. Who. Do you know it? Will basically has the wardrobe of this Doctor, so his costume was easy. I debated about trying to dress up as one of the girls from the show, but none of them seemed to fit. After some googling, I found this cute costume for the tardis (i.e. Dr. Who’s time machine). I may feel a little ridiculous, but it should be a fun time!
On a different note, did you notice my new blog logo?! After hearing great things from a few other local bloggers, I got in touch with Lindsay from White Oak Creative here in Chicago to work on rebranding my site a bit with a new logo. Behind the scenes I have been struggling for over a year to try and put something together on my own in Photoshop. Everything I came up with was soooo bad! Learn from my mistake and just invest in the professional from the beginning. It has totally been worth every penny!
Finally, let’s talk about these pot pies! I was craving some kind of comfort food and had been wanting to make homemade pot pies for a long time. I picked up these 5″ round ramekins at the store over the weekend, just so that I could experiment with these vegetarian pot pies. This recipe makes about 6 cups worth of filling so you may be able to fill more ramekins or bowls if you use smaller ones. Those ramekins were definitely a worthy investment because I have a feeling I’ll be making this recipe on repeat over the winter. These pot pies are hearty, filling, and chock full of vegetables. To make things a little more interesting, I used a chopped rutabaga I picked up at the farmers market instead of potato. Rutabagas have an interesting flavor that is just a bit bitter, but works well in a mixed dish like this one. If you can’t find any rutabagas as your local store (or you aren’t feeling very adventurous), feel free to substitute with a large peeled potato.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, quartered
- 6 ounces mushrooms chopped (button and/or shitake)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 rutabaga, chopped in ¼" pieces (Can sub a potato)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2½ tablespoons flour
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Dash of salt and black pepper
- 14 ounce container of puff pastry
- Two to three hours before you plan to make this dish, put the puff pastry into the fridge to thaw.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large stock pot, melt the butter. Add the onions, carrots, and mushrooms. Stir and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and mushrooms begin to shrink.
- Stir in the minced garlic and cook another minute. Add the rutabaga, peas, and celery and stir. Let cook another 2-3 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over the vegetables in the pot and stir to coat. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a gentle simmer. Let pot simmer for 7-10 minutes. The liquid in the pot should begin to thicken.
- Stir in the oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Allow to simmer another 1-2 minutes and turn off the heat.
- Arrange 3 or 4 small ramekins onto a baking sheet. Cut the puff pastry into squares that are the diameter of your ramekins.
- Evenly divide the vegetable filling between each of the ramekins. Top with a sheet of puff pastry. Poke 4 small holes into the middle of the puff pastry to allow steam to escape while cooking.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and the puff pastry is golden brown.