Slow cooked creamy chicken and mushroom potpie

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With a biscuit on top and the recipe below!

Recipe from Real Simple:
* Note: we used whole wheat flour for the biscuits, and slow cooked the chicken bone-in and with skin.

Serves 4 | Hands-On Time: 30m | Total Time: 8hr 30m

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, mix together the mushrooms, carrots, onion, flour, thyme, bay leaf, and ½ cup water. Place the chicken on top; season with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Cover and cook until the chicken and vegetables are tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total recipe time).
  3. Thirty minutes before serving, heat oven to 425° F. Using a 4½-inch cutter or large glass, cut the pastry into 4 circles. Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Ten minutes before serving, add the peas, green beans, cream, and ½ teaspoon salt to the chicken mixture and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high or low until heated through, 5 to 10 minutes more. To serve, place the chicken mixture in bowls and top with the pastry rounds.

By Charlyne Mattox,  February 2012

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Behind The Scenes: Writing the 2012 State of the Union Address

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I’m a big fan of The West Wing, but it’s cool to see what really goes on behind-the-scenes when Toby Ziegler and Sam Seaborn aren’t involved.

The White House has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the process of writing President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

via Laughing Squid

Insider trading in Congress

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Interesting email from President Obama’s campaign today on banning insider trading by members of Congress. Regardless of your brand of politics, this seems like a no-brainer to get behind. You can sign your name at President Obama’s campaign site here. If you’d prefer to contact your Representative directly and not through President Obama’s site, you can do so at http://writerep.house.gov. Just make sure you do it.

Right now, members of Congress can make personal investment decisions based on confidential information they get in the course of regulating industries and doing their work.

It’s kind of unbelievable that this isn’t already illegal. President Obama wants to make it illegal once and for all — no one should profit from inside information about the very businesses they’re supposed to be regulating.

Today, the Democratic leadership in the Senate voted to move forward on a bill to extend to Congress the same strict rules that apply to anyone else whose job gives them access to sensitive information about businesses. This legislation is expected to pass the Senate with bipartisan support later this week.

But Republicans in the House have yet to move on it.

There aren’t a lot of good reasons to disagree with this bill. So the question here isn’t how many people we have to persuade, but simply how loudly we can speak up to prevent the House Republicans from dodging this issue.

Say you support the President on banning insider trading in Congress:

http://my.barackobama.com/Ban-Insider-Trading-in-Congress