Community is not everything. Community is not everything, but it is necessary for a full life. Community is not easy, but is hard work. Nay nay, it is extremely hard work. It is hard work to fall short, to be humbled before others, to live so closely in the presence of others that we cannot hide our deepest, darkest selves. It’s easy to give up and walk away instead of face our inner selves with others.
Community is something that is formed, it is molded, and it changes over time. Community welcomes joy and celebration over jealousy. Community welcomes suffering and empathy over self-centered thinking. Community prioritizes the choosing of love. It calls us out and tears us down, while also lifting us up.
Community is made. It is made with those whom we chose to make it. Community is a two-way street. It is not always gentle and sometimes it is a downright pain in the ass that you kind of want to punch in the face; it is seemingly unworthy of the suffering it may cause.
Community is created in our homes and on the streets. It establishes itself in parks and on city streets, in public and in private. Community is a recipe made for a slow cooker. Community is read about in books, but seldom lived out. It’s too hard; people don’t want it. Not truly. We are selfish. We get caught up in the things of this world; we get by just fine living our lives, never embracing our deepest selves.
Community is shaped around the table, in conversation, in getting to know one another, in living alongside one another, in choosing one another. Community is doing one another's dishes before we go back to our own dwelling. And not to force this horribly obvious transition, but what a joyous occasion when those dishes can be kept to a minimum.
I love this meal I’m going to share because it does just that. This meal is like community. It’s simple, yet profound. It is a dish full of grace, which let’s be honest—all communities need to be. This dish looks at it’s own imperfections instead of pointing out the imperfections of other dishes. To top it off, it has all the necessary pieces of a well-balanced meal while sticking to one casserole dish and maybe a bowl or two. It has the veggies, the meat, the potatoes, and the bread. In my eyes, it is truly the perfect community dish. And now, I share it with you to share with your community as it was once shared with me.
Chicken Pot Pie:
1. Set the oven to 375 degrees.
- Sauté 1/2 cup of chopped onion.
- Add 1 cup of butter—Usually two sticks.
2. Once melted, add dry ingredients:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- ½ tsp-1 tsp. pepper
3. Stir in wet ingredients:
- 3 cups chicken broth (or veggie!!)
- 1.5 cups of milk (or non-dairy sub)
4. Stir until thickens
- 1 bag of frozen veggies. I usually do Trader Joe’s Organic Foursome
- Shredded chicken (leftovers are GREAT for this!!)
6. As those ingredients are combining, I place those little frozen, garlic potato pods (also from Trader Joe’s) along the bottom of a large casserole dish with a splash of milk).
7. Pour the blend from the pan over the potatoes.
8. The Topper: in a medium sized bowl, whisk the following:
- 2 cups of your favorite biscuit mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk.
The consistency should be a little thick, but not too thick. This part may take a little practice. You should be in love with the topper. If you’re not, try the recipe with halved, uncooked biscuits instead.
9. Put in oven for 30 minutes:
10-15 minutes in, put slits in the topper. I don’t know if this does anything to the meal itself, but it sure does look pretty!!
Enjoy this meal. Love one another deeply. Pray for and with one another.
For dessert, I recommend a round of Ticket to Ride :)
Overall shopping list:
- 1 onion
- milk (or non dairy sub)
- chicken broth (or equivalent)
- salt, pepper, and thyme
- 1 bag frozen veggies
- frozen potato pods
- biscuit mix
OH YEAH! One more thing: This is a great recipe to take to people's homes if they are sick, just had a baby, lost a loved one, etc. I suggest doing so in a throw away tin dish so as to not burden them with cleaning and keeping track of dishes afterwards.