Mini Southwestern Chicken Pot Pies Make Dinner Easy #CampbellsSauces #Client

I made a delicious meal with Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces

Mini Southwestern Chicken Pot Pies | Cooking In Stilettos

What is the first thing you think of when you hear “Chicken Pot Pie”? For me, the thought of a cozy comforting dish comes to mind. Who doesn’t love chicken, potatoes and crisp veggies bathed in a creamy sauce simmering away under a flaky crust, right?

Growing up, chicken pot pie was a family favorite as there was always a stash of pre-made individual pot pies in the freezer. Now that I am older, I would love to serve pot pies more but you know my issues with pie crust – pie crust and I are on barely speaking terms. Eventually we’ll reconcile but to make it from scratch and on a busy weeknight, to quote that classic song, “Ain’t No Way.”

One of my pantry staples are Campbell’s® Sauces and their Chicken Pot Pie Oven Sauce allows me to get home from the 9to9, assemble some ingredients, grab either some puff pastry or pre-made pie crust from the fridge and, in about 50 minutes or so, I have a hot and bubbly pot pie ready for dinner. If I want to customize it, their Oven Sauces give me the freedom to add a bit of spice or change the flavor profile depending on my mood…. 

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Cooking ‘Round The Web – Week Ending Nov. 6th

What a crazy November it’s been so far, and it’s only the end of the first week. Here are a few posts that got my attention and I wanted to share with y’all while I was catching up on my Blog Reader.

One of my fave people on Twitter is @StilettoChef aka Candice Kumai from, you guessed it, Anywhoo, her blog is fab, but even better was this great article that she wrote, Pantry Staples: What To Keep On Hand After Life With Mom, is something I wish I had when I first embarked on my culinary adventures. Moms, please bookmark and give to your kids when they get ready to leave the nest – you will be their culinary hero!

Our gal, Manouschka from SingleServingBytes/Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills not only interviewed Cooking Channel’s rockin’ Nadia G from Bitchin’ Kitchen but also is the Bitchin’ Babe over at Nadia’s site, Bitchin’

Cooking With Amy did a great interview with one of my fave food writers, Dianne Jacob ( on “Why Do YOU Cook, Dianne Jacob?”

Lesli from And Her Little Dog Too did a fabulous write-up on the Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival and her pics – love love love! I went the day prior with Jen from One Curly Fry In A Box Of The Regular and let’s just say there was so much to do and see, one day isn’t enough, imo!

Speaking of Jen @ One Curly Fry In A Box Of The Regular, she just embarked on an Intermediate Pastry Arts course at Philadelphia’s Restaurant School and you have got to bookmark her blog to see how the course goes.  This week: Breads.

Butter My Kitchen had an amazing “Tip for a Day” that I have implemented immediately in my kitchen. God knows, as a recovering entertainment publicist, there is no shortage of Sharpies in my house (hello – do you know how many sharpies one has to bring to a gig “just in case” the fans walk off with them, the artists use them as “chew toys”, etc. – seriously, Staples and I were BFF for a while).

Jewels From The Roving Stove is spotlighting “A Course In Weight Loss – What Have You Got To Lose?” and the comments on this post are a MUST READ!

Some FABULOUS pumpkin recipes that I have bookmarked for future experimentation:

And because every gal needs a little chocolate to round out the week:

  • Sugar Plum’s Deep Chocolate Pudding

What were some of your favorite food blog posts this week – tell us in the comments!

Set The DVR: Kelsey Nixon To Debut New Show On Cooking Channel

Kelsey Nixon has long been a “fan favorite” among Next Food Network Star fans and I, for one, was thrilled to hear that she was getting her own show on the Cooking Channel – Kelsey’s Essentials.

From the Cooking Channel Website:

Kelsey Nixon’s got spunk, she’s got sass, but most importantly, she’s got what you so desperately need in the kitchen: The Essentials. From “Roasting” to “Sauce-Making” to “Quick Breads,” Kelsey shows you — the DIY home cook — the essential techniques, equipment and foolproof tips you need to be the boss of your own kitchen. Kelsey is all about using the basics to create dishes that are anything but ordinary.

Kelsey’s Essentials premieres this Saturday, November 6th at 2:30 p.m. EST and the first episode is geared towards “Fresh Pasta” (Side note, wait – wasn’t that on my 2010 culinary goals list?).

Cooking In Stilettos had the opportunity to chat with Kelsey at the New York City Wine & Food Festival and, from what I hear, this is going to be one show you don’t want to miss.