This recipe comes from February. I came across a recipe for chicken and dumplings that looked interesting. When I went back on my blog to look at the recipe I made before, well, I realized I must have never written about it. I can’t find it! Oops. I definitely made it well over a year ago, so it’s not like I just haven’t caught up to it, I just skipped it, I guess. Well, I had mostly followed a recipe so I looked at it to compare to the new one. I ended up making my own version that we really enjoyed.
Sometimes I bookmark recipes and forget about them. This was one of those. You scroll past “chicken teriyaki” thinking, well, I’ve already made versions of that before so why would I make a different one? But I decided to click on it anyway and sure enough, it needed to be made. It was both simple, and slightly different since you cook the sauce and meat separately. It isn’t the usual method but I decided to see how it would work. We ended up loving the sauce. K said he wanted it on everything. It was sweet without being too sweet, and it had a bit of salt to it, but nothing too crazy. When I used beef teriyaki sauce on chicken it seemed too strong. This sauce is perfect for chicken!
This recipe was part of the beginning for us realizing how much we love dill. And yes, I realize that this post is about grilling and it is November. But give me a break…I ran out of summer weeks to share this. I started adding dill to all the things this summer after realizing how much K liked it, and I always loved it but had forgotten about it. My mom used to cook with it a bunch, partially because we always had a ready supply in our garden. I’ve tried growing it but had no luck. Maybe I need to try again. You know, when warm weather comes around, and maybe when the baby gives me a chance to do it.
Today’s recipe is brought to you by a cookbook I received for my birthday. It was not something I had seen before, and the first recipe I opened to was for cooking kidneys. Hmm. It seemed not quite for me. But then, I flipped through it a bit more and found that almost all of the rest of the recipes were ones I wanted to try. I looked up reviews to see what people said, and someone mentioned these pies as being good. I decided to not only try them, but to double it and make some to take to a friend with a newborn. These were great because I froze the batch for her and was able to bake them fresh on the day she said she would like them. I also made a dessert from this book that I shared with her. She is a big Harry Potter fan, so I knew she would get a kick out of the recipes and the cookbook. But even if you’re not, these are still good pies. I added extra vegetables because that is how we roll. I also had enough extra pie crust and filling that I did a top-only pot pie with a pie dish for the extras. So many meals, and you can do the recipe in stages if you want, like I did.
One of my favorite tips I have picked up from grilling all this past summer has been …. butter!
Apparently I made a bunch of seasonal summery foods this year, and I am running out of time to share them before it is essentially Christmas. I apologize. But at the same time, I don’t. If you’re like me, you might make some recipes immediately upon seeing them, or you might save them for later to get re-excited about them, OR you might even make dishes during the “wrong” time of the year.