Archive for March 19, 2013

Geeder’s Chicken and Leek Turnover

Suzanne and I (and my two daughters) visited our parents in Yuma, AZ last week.  While we were there, my dad was talking about Giada, but he couldn’t remember her name and called her Geeder. We had quite the laugh about that and now we will always affectionately call her Geeder.  Recently on the Food Network channel, Geeder was making a Chicken and Leek Cornish Turnover.  It caught my attention because two of the ingredients were leeks and Yukon Gold potatoes.  I had two leeks and Yukon Gold potatoes that came in my Bountiful Basket (if you don’t already know, we LOVE Bountiful Baskets).  Other than noticing that leeks and potatoes were part of the ingredients, I got distracted (squirrel!!), until Geeder was cutting into this beautiful golden brown chicken turnover and wished then I had paid more attention to how she made it.  I looked it up at and found that I had all of the ingredients on hand with the exception of mushrooms.  And as fate would have it, my daughter wanted to run to Walmart to buy some makeup and they had sliced mushrooms in their produce cooler, yippee.

This turnover was sooo delicious.  It it what every chicken pot pie aspires to be when it grows up, but with leeks, and mushrooms and parmesan.  The filling was creamy and rich.  The crust was crispy and flaky and buttery. A perfect combination.  Thanks, Geeder! (You’ll notice I doubled the recipe and made two).


1/4 C olive oil
1 large leek, white and light green parts only, sliced   thin
1 carrot, sliced thin
2-3 small yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1-1/2 C white mushrooms, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 T. fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

2 C. bite sized pieces of cooked chicken (to make things easier, use a store bought rotisserie chicken – Costsco’s are the best and cheap at around $5!, or cook two chicken breasts rubbed in olive oil and salt and pepper in the oven at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes)
1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
1 beaten egg


2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 C. milk
1/3 C. grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg (use a fresh nutmeg and grind your own, it is so much better than the preground stuff!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I lined my baking sheet with a Silpat – a silicone baking sheet).

For the filling:  heat the olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven (LOVE my Lodge pot!). Cook the leeks until slightly soft, about 3 minutes.  Add the carrots, mushrooms, potato, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and cook till tender, about 12 minutes. At this point, my chicken breasts were done cooking in the over, so I poured the juices from the pan into the vegetables, chunked up the chicken and added it to the vegetables, too. I dumped all of this into a bowl, so I could reuse the same pan to make the sauce, which was great because it picked up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

For the sauce:  Melt the butter over medium heat, add the flour and whisk till smooth, about 2 minutes.  Whisk in the milk and simmer, whisking constantly till nice and thick, about 10 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Now give it a taste, and do your best not to stick you face in the pot, this sauce is fricking awesome!  Dump in the veggies and chicken and give it a big stir to combine with the sauce.

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured board or table till you have a 10 by 10 inch square.  Transfer the dough to your baking sheet by rolling the dough around your rolling pin, then unrolling right onto the sheet.  Spoon the filling onto half of the pastry and using a pastry brush, brush the beaten eggs along the edges.  Fold over the dough and crimp the edges to seal in the filling.  Brush the top with beaten egg and cut a slit to release the steam.

Bake until golden, about 30-35 minutes.  Cool for 15 minutes before slicing into 4 pieces.

Another thing I want you to know, is that most of the ingredients I bought when they were super cheap and had in the freezer or fridge (chicken, puff pastry, and butter, leeks, carrots, potatoes, thyme from my herb pot, and eggs from my chickens).  That’s what we’re talking about when we say in our coupon class to build meals out of your stockpile.


Buying off season is the best way to save big bucks

Now is the time to shop for space heaters, coats, and winter gear. You can save tons of money by buying products at the end of the season. I buy all my summer gear in fall. I buy my winter gear in spring. 

 I saved $2,000 on an outdoor patio set last year by waiting till fall to purchase. I bought my pool in December! I waited to get a huge off set umbrella at 90% off at Ace Hardware last year for $19.99!!
Stock up now for next year or Christmas! I shop year round and have a gift shelf ready to go for any occasion. You save a ton of money not running to the store to buy something full price
Right now is the time to buy heaters, coats, gloves, and winter gear.
Cabellas has this fleece coat for $14.99 reg. $39.99 with free shipping
Perfect for our chilly spring mornings or sitting around a campfire
I have several guys in my family who would appreciate a warm fleece jacket next year
They also have a fleece vest for $9.99
Bonton has this cute scarf set for $3.90
-25% off with promo code GOODWILL13M $2.93
Shipping is free with promotion code FREESHIP

Looks like a cute Christmas gift for next year


Car loaded and ready to drop off

Shelley and I went to Safeway last night and loaded up on breakfast foods for the food bank:  cereal, oats, apple juice and fruit snacks.

The grocery Manager was super nice and told us if we wanted even more he would special order it for us. They had a lot on the shelves and a big display.

We took advantage of the Buy 4 Save $4 sale and used additional coupons.  We spent $100 and saved $300.

(Pay no attention to the crazy woman in her bath robe in her driveway reflecting on the car.)


IKEA- March 9th – Bring your own friends for free breakfast, a blue bag and more

Saturday March 9th head to Ikea for their BYOF (Bring Your Own Friend) Day for special deals and activities.  You can get a  FREE Ikea blue bag. They’re huge and greet for towels or blankets when you’re heading out to the beach or on a picnic. They also will be offering a free breakfast, a $5 off your purchase of $25  in the Swedish Food Market, an Ikea Gift Card giveaways & more.

  • At IKEA, we think the best part of improving life at home is sharing the experience with friends. So on March 9th, we want you to bring your friends to a local IKEA store near you for a day of special perks and rewards, including:

    – Food Specials: Bring coupons for free breakfast and special offers in the Swedish Food Market. Plus, deduct the cost of your meal in the restaurant from IKEA merchandise purchases over $100 with our Eat for Free offer!
    – Gift Card Giveaways: We’ll be giving out $1,000 worth of IKEA Gift Cards throughout the day, so enter for a chance to win.
    – Free Blue Bags: Once you RSVP, bring your coupon to redeem a free lightweight and reusable IKEA blue bag.
    – Life Improvement Seminars: Interactive life improvement seminars offers tools, tips and inspiration for building a better life at home.
    – Ask a Home Furnishings Expert: Get real design and decoration advice from our experts.
    – Twitter Picture Hunt Sweepstakes: Enter to win additional prizes on BYOF Day. Follow your local store’s handle on March 9th for details.

    View this store’s BYOF Day agenda at

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