52 Dinners - Week 7: Iceberg Lettuce is for Everyone (So Is Pot Pie)

52 Dinners - Week 7: Iceberg Lettuce is for Everyone (So Is Pot Pie)
We’re really fortunate to have such wonderful neighbors in Kris and Karen.
Karen actually grew up on our farm (we bought the property from her mother), and the couple lives just down the road with their two teenage sons, where Kris has a sizeable maple operation and Karen operates a salon.
We see them fairly often; Karen cuts my hair and Kris and the boys hunt on our back pasture. Before we got our tractor, Kris was always happy to bring his by to help up move things around. We’ve been saying “we should get together for dinner sometime” for nearly five years, and last night it finally happened.

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We started with a good old-fashioned wedge salad, for which I made a creamy buttermilk and blue cheese dressing. I served it with cranberries, pear, toasted almonds, and red onion. I know that a lot of folks don’t like raw onion, but I love it.
When I was a freshman in college, I was at the dining hall salad bar one day with an acquaintance. As we filled our plates, she turned to me and said “iceberg lettuce… is for poor people." She’s incorrect, obviously. It’s for everyone. And I think of her every single time that I enjoy the delicious crunch of iceberg.
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Chicken pot pie is a favorite in our house, always in a big cast iron and always with a thick lattice top. I don’t have a recipe, but simply switch into autopilot and make the magic happen.
The fat in the crust was 70% butter and 30% lard.
And in addition to the shredded chicken thigh, mirepoix, salty boiled potatoes, peas, herbs, etc., I added a pound of crispy bacon, a generous splash of bacon fat, and apple cider vinegar. I served the pie with a pile of roasted broccoli.
Dessert was fun boozy root beer floats with ginger root beer, vanilla bean ice cream, and bourbon. If it weren’t for this dinner party project, it would have probably been five more years before we got around to scheduling last night’s really special neighborly dinner. 
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This is why we’re doing this. I’m so excited to continue to cultivate relationships in the coming year.

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