Comfort Food with Peaches and Almond Cream

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We had a nice 2 weeks of warmer weather, but this weekend saw us with snow again, and temps below zero. It was a neat phenomenon watching my hair frost over while shoveling snow this morning, but it also left me craving some home made comfort food. Of course when I think comfort food, I think Marie Callender’s pot pies.

As much as I love baking from scratch, pot pies can be time consuming, and you all know how much I love going simple! We had been to Walmart the other day as a family, and let the kids all pick their own pot pie. I figured this way, no one could complain about dinner – sneaky sneaky. I may have also been sick of the immense whining heard this week over my choice of dinners.

The kids definitely thought this was cool – and dinner was met with very little complaints, other than “Wait, I want to try hers!” So we passed plates and forks around the table until everyone was satisfied they really did pick their favorite pot pie. It might not be home made by me, but one of the things I love about Marie Callender’s pies is that the gravy is home made and it’s got a golden flaky crust. That kind of crust is important!

To help remember who had what pie, I used the tip of a knife to carve everyone’s intitials into their pie. My kids love being able to claim ownership over things (as the penned names on the back of doors will prove…), so adding their initials was not only useful, but fun as well.


While we were hanging out at Walmart, I noticed some peaches out. It’s not really peach season, and these peaches could tell – but since I was already thinking about comfort food, peaches and cream came to mind. Is there a better pairing of comfort foods then pot pie and peaches and cream? I don’t think so. While the taste like home made pies baked, I whipped up some Almond Cream to go with the peaches. 

Peaches and Almond Cream

Peaches and Almond Cream
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  1. 1 pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  2. 1 tsp almond extract
  3. 2 TBS confectioners sugar
  4. 1 vanilla bean
  5. 4-5 fresh peaches or 2 cans of sliced peaches
  1. Cut open the vanilla bean, and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Combine the seeds with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Beat on high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Place peaches in individual serving bowls, and add a dollop of Almond Cream.
Home Maid Simple
*The vanilla bean is more for look than flavor. It gives a nice speckled look to the cream.
Marie Callender’s Pot Pies know comfort food. That’s why they’ve started the Comforts From Home program. For every code submitted, Marie Callender’s will make a donation to USO2GO, a group that provides electronics, sports games, books, and more to our troops in remote locations. 
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