April 14, 2005

The Eating of the Wafer

My 2nd son’s first Holy Communion is next Saturday. My folks are coming in and we’ll have people over for lunch. It’s a big deal and he’s very excited.

I’m such a dope. He has a part in the ceremony. He is in charge of carrying the religion book. Now, he has an actual religion book at school, so I just figured there must be some ‘Master Religion Book’ somewhere.

He has been very agitated about his job. We’ve been talking about how it’s no big deal. Finally I said to the boys one day, “So what is this religion book? What does it look like? How big is it?”

The two eldest ones just stared at me, looking at me as if I were completely stupid. “Mom, it’s the Bible.”

Oh. THE Master Religion Book. The Bible. Makes sense.

Anyway, with about 20 people coming for lunch, I was hoping to have Italian or BBQ, as in I call it in, pick it up, serve it. Some people call it catered. I call it take out. Either way, that was my plan.

So I asked him what he wanted. Do you think he wants Italian or BBQ? Hell no. He wants me to frickin’ cook something. Chicken Pot Pie, no less. Yes, it is true. We will be having my homemade, takes 2 hours to prep, Chicken Pot Pie for his First Holy Communion luncheon. I do believe my husband may be appalled. He expected a big spread. I’ve come to terms with the fact I will be cooking until I run out the door for the Communion.

He asked for brownies for dessert. At first I was going to make special brownies. Now… not so much. I think we may be having brownies out of a box.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Boudicca at April 14, 2005 10:09 PM

While I like your CPP recipe (it's very similar to what I _used_ to make, until I got lazy *s*), it's gonna be a BIG deal with all the folks over and such...

My major modification to mi y own CPP: make a BUNCH of chicken soup, eat that for a while. Thicken it (flour, bread crumbs, whatever) and use that for pot pie on third day. Modding yours by using (serval) crock pots of soup/stew (for the crowd) and doing walkaway-prep/cooking several says before (freeze, refigerate batches in manageable lots) might make it less stressful... maybe.

Unless, by "next Saturday" you mean this upcoming Saturday, as some folks seem to. But if by "next Saturday" you mean the 23rd, then cool. A batch a day for three days... frozen. Thawed in frudge, you know the drill. Pie shells and assembly a snap.

True confession: I've actually used Marie Calander soup, with LOTS of add-ins as a shortcut when making pot pies for 2. Naturally, I just take out some chicken I've pre-cooked and frozen, some more veggies, herbs, etc. LOTSA frozen peas ::heh::

Freezers and fridges are great for planning ahead on things like this.

Posted by: David at April 14, 2005 10:29 PM

Ummm, shouldn't you save the "special" brownies until he gets older... and not after a religious ceremony? I mean c'mon. I don't think having him stoned with all the guests over would be a good thing. :)

Posted by: Contagion at April 14, 2005 10:37 PM

Bou... did you ever think about making a special Chicken Pot Pie for him and grabbing the rest of the spread just like you had thought to do before? I don't know if it's too complicated to put together a single serving pie or not... but it's a thought. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at April 14, 2005 11:14 PM

If there's any leftovers, invite me over :-)

Posted by: Harvey at April 15, 2005 01:08 AM

you can do special brownies from a box too, just add your favs. Betty Crocker has really good boxed brownies.

Posted by: Oddybobo at April 15, 2005 08:30 AM

Bou, if you go to Costco you can get a MASSIVE chicken pot pie that is pretty similar to your recipe for a reasonable price and just throw it in the oven tomorrow. Of course I'm assuming they actually have Costco in your neck of the woods.....

Or you could make it up tonight and throw it in the fridge until tomorrow....

Teresa's suggestion is also a good one and will probably please everyone....

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 15, 2005 11:55 AM

Mmmm... I must make this again :-)

Posted by: Sally at April 15, 2005 04:38 PM