Foodies Events

Again, these are all for the Chicago area.  If you’d like me to include your event, please leave a comment and I will add you to next week’s list!

Taste Of Italy – Mario Rizzotti (one of the judges on Iron Chef America) will be having a cooking demonstration and tasting of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  $30 tonight at 7 pm at Mezzaluna Italian and Cooking Classes in Wester Springs.  Please call for reservations at 708-246-6055.

Just Food – 20 area chefs are participating in the Chefs & The City befits for those affected by HIV and AIDS.  Tickets are $250 and $350 for the VIP event.  It is tonight at 7 pm at The Peninsula, 108 E Superior St.  Call for reservations at 312-948-2785.

Cooking at Green City – Paul LoDuca is teaching a demonstation class at the Green City Market, 1750 N Clark St for free tomorrow morning at 10:30 am.  For more information, please call 773-435-0280.

Tricks Of The Trade – Michael Foly shares menu ideas at a demonstration class at Bloomindale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 Wabash Ave.  It is free and at 2 pm tommorrow.  For more information, please call 312-324-7678.

Cutting Edge – Stephanie Oesligle is teaching a hands on “sharp as a knife” skill class.  It is $53 and takes place August 18 at 6:30 pm at Two Kitchens, 2035 Washington St. Suite 155, Naperville.  For more information, please call 630-717-9630.

Cheese course – Mary Rose teaches a class on cooking with Italian cheeses.  It is $75 and takes place August 19 at 7 pm at Cucina Della Rose Cooking School, 211 Park Ave., Barrington.  For more information, please call 847-650-9463

Healing Foods – Jeannie Burke shares tips in “Foods that Heal – Taste and Learn about Easy Recipes the Fight Inflammation and Prevent Diseases”.  It is $30 and takes place at 7 pm on August 19 at A Movable Feast, 1641 N Alpine Rd., Rockford.  Please call 815-877-8696 for more information.

Culinary secrets – Ramiro Velasquez  is having a demonstration class followed by a 3 course lunch with wine pairings.  It is $65 on August 20 at 10:45 am at Carlos Restaurant, 429 Temple Ave., Highland Park.  For more information, please call 847-432-0770.

Foodie Events

Now, all these events are going to be in Chicago since that’s where I live.  However, if you have anything you’d like me to add in your local area, just let me know!

Veggie Fest 2008 – Its a 2 day festival featuring cooking demonstrations, 40 vegetarian food venders and exhibitors, and discusssions on heathful living.  11 am – 6 pm Saturday at the Science of Spirituality Center, 4S175 Naperville Rd., Napterville.  For more information, call 800-222-2207

Windy City Chili Cookoff – Cooks compete for the best chili in salsa, chili verde, and traditional categories as part of the Retro on Roscoe Street Festival.  The $5 entry fee includes samples of the chili with they last.  The fee also benefits St. Teresa of Avila food pantry.  1 pm Saturday and Sunday at Roscoe St and Hoyne Ave.  For more information, call 773-871-5623

Morel Tales – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is presenting  “Exploring the Wild Mushroom . . . Myths, Flavors, and Facts” at Kendall College in a Chicago Foodways Roundtable discussion.  $3 unless you are a Kendall College student (then free).  10 am Saturday at Kendal College, 900 N North Branch St.  Reservations can be made by calling 847-432-8255 or emailing chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com

Party With Style –  Justin Hall from FIG Catering shows how to host an elegant and delicious dinner party.  Free. 2 pm Saturday at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, 600 N Wabash Ave.  For more information, call 312-324-7678

Fish Tips – Sam Dean grills halibut basted with maple chipotle marinade in a demonstration class for free.  Noon Saturday at Burhops Seafood, Plaza Del Lago, 1515 N Sheridan Road, Wilmette.  For more information, please call 847-256-6400

Brunch Demystified – Keven Hickey and Jonathan Lane of the Four Seasons present classes that explore the hotel’s famous Sunday brunch.  $100 includes brunch.  11 am August 10 and August 24.  120 W Delaware Pl.  For reservations, please call 312-649-2325

Sweet and Savory Grilling – Chefs Pamela Fitzpatrick and Mark Gyure show how to make three seasonal pizzas and desserts on the grill.  August 12 at Fox & Obel, 401 E Illinois St.  For reservations, call 312-379-0133

Swedish specialty – Chef Donna Scheppe teaches how to create a Swedish tea ring in a hands on class for $25.  1 pm August 4 at Two Kitchens, 2035 W Washington St, Suite 155, Naperville.  Register by calling 630-717-9630.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp dried thyme leaves
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots (its about 4 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups frozen potatoes O'Brien
  • 1 jar chicken gravy
  • 1 can Pillsbury Golden Layers refrigerated buttermilk or original flaky biscuits
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, heat oil. Add chicken, sprinkle with salt, ½ tsp thyme, and the pepper. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently until chicken is browned.
  2. Move chicken to 1 side of the skillet. Add the carrots and potatoes; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in gravy and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the vegetables are tender.
  3. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, heat the over to 400 degrees. Separate dough into ten biscuits. Cut each into quarters and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle garlic powder and the remaining teaspoon on thyme over the dough. Toss to coat. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and cook 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Scatter over top of cooked chicken mixture before serving.