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Cook like Joanna Gaines: Chicken pot pie, strawberry shortcake, biscuits and more

Joanna Gaines makes comfort food easy and quick with one-pot chicken pot pie, buttermilk biscuits, strawberry shortcake and cheesy scalloped potatoes.
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Lifestyle expert Joanna Gaines is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to share a few of her family-friendly recipes from her cookbook "Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering." She shows us how to make comforting chicken pot pie, fluffy buttermilk biscuits, cheesy scalloped potatoes and easy strawberry shortcakes.

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Joanna told TODAY that she loves cooking because, like design, it allows you to create "beautiful moments" in your home. "The last five years have been so busy, that I've enjoyed creating these moments around the table with our family and friends," she adds.

For Chip, these favorite dishes serve an additional purpose: He's training for a marathon, so biscuits and cheese potatoes are the perfect "carb overload" to fuel up on, without guilt! Joanna spent a year developing the perfect recipe for the biscuits and shared her secret ingredient — eggs to make them fluffy. The biscuit dough can be used as a topper for her chicken potpie, though she says feel free to use store-bought crescent dough if you're pressed for time.

"I've been making this simple twist on old-school potpie for my kiddos since they were toddlers. My version is based on a generous amount of chicken stew with a somewhat soupy consistency that makes it perfect for ladling on top of mashed potatoes."

"Perfectly fluffy biscuits are a thing of pure joy. These light and flaky beauties are perfect for smearing with butter, smothering with creamy gravy, making sweet strawberry shortcakes or as a topping for a hearty stew."

"The sliced potatoes make this a pretty dish, and the cream and cheese mixture tastes like heaven."

"My husband's favorite way to eat biscuits is with jam or gravy, but mine is in strawberry shortcake. This classic doesn't need much of an introduction, but if you've never had sweetened ripe strawberries spooned over soft, buttery biscuits with homemade whipped cream, you're in for a real treat."

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