Senryu : Pot Pie

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hot chicken pot pie
iced lemonade; digging in
thinking of dessert

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

What can I say? I love chicken pot pie.  I realize it’s not what most people typically order at restaurants but there is something to be said for good old-fashioned comfort food.  For the longest time, I never saw it on a menu but it seems like it’s become trendy.

First I started seeing deconstructed chicken pot pie — translation: chicken cobbler — I mean really? A few crumbles of pastry on top of chicken stew is not chicken pot pie no matter how you spin it.  You need a good flaky crust with a hint of crunch to hold the heat in.

Lately I no longer see deconstructed chicken pot pie (thank goodness).  Now it seems places jumping on the pot pie bandwagon have gone traditional but with bigger chunkier pieces of chicken.  I’m on board with that.  I had this at Black Bear Diner but I’ve noticed even KFC has pot pies.

If a fast food restaurant has it, it’s probably passe.  I don’t care.  I like what I like and if it becomes trendy, it just means it’s more expensive but easier to find.  Once the trend starts to pass, prices drop and for awhile it’s everywhere until suddenly it’s nowhere which is too bad.  Until time passes, the trend returns and we do it all over again.  Of course, a person could learn to cook pot pie.  Thinks about it.  Nah.  My typical home-cooked comfy food is noodles or rice. If I’m going to bake, it’s usually roast chicken or cakes.  I don’t really do pies. Except in restaurants.

What’s your comfy food?

 

 

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photograph by M. LaFreniere

Black Bear Diner
6095 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711

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30 thoughts on “Senryu : Pot Pie”

  1. We just watched Anton (from Good Eats) making pot pies. The Quebec pot pie is called tourtiere. It is their tradition to eat this on Christmas Day. So many variations for it. What a cool coincidence on your blog and us watching his show. Hmmm, pot pie sounds wonderful. May have to try my hand at making it

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    1. That would be awesome. You might also try Cornish pasty while you’re making pot pies. I had one in Tempe — they are like pot pies but handheld. Apparently miners in Cornwall used to take those for lunch instead of sandwiches. What’s in a Tourtiere pot pie? never heard of them before. It sounds intriguing.

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      1. Tourtiere is a meat filled pie made of combination of ground pork and ground beef, mashed potatoes, onions, garlic and various spices. As with the pot pie, it has bottom, side and top crust. It sounds like Mom’s Chinese pie but with a crust.

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        1. Tourtiere pie sounds cool. Yeah, I remember mom used to make shepherd’s pie with a layer of ground beef, creamed corn and then mashed potatoes although no spices, just salt and pepper. Mom never did herbs and spices much. Pretty much stuck with soy sauce, salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar — the basic five seasoners.

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        1. lol, here is where English language can evolve differently on different continents. In the United States, a biscuit is a bread, small enough to fit in one’s hand usually with baking powder or baking soda not yeast. I think someone told me that a biscuit in England is what we call a cookie — the harder kind, not the soft kind. So I’m thinking Australian biscuit is like a British biscuit and not a bread but I thought I’d check. Because if you’re munching on a chocolate chip or shortbread cookie, I want one, lol.

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            1. No reason for you to remember. I just was curious as Australians probably have differences in their English from Britain and the USA. I like the way language evolves to meet the needs of people like the way Eskimos have more than 40 words for snow. Thinks about Arizona summer heat. Well, we have hot and then we have hot, hot, hot! We need more words for summer, lol. What kind of biscuit was it?

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  2. That pot pie looks delish. My mother-in-law made fantastic chicken and dumplings…I have tried, but can’t duplicate it. I grew up in upstate New York, now live in the south…what I wouldn’t give for a decent bagel!!

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    1. I love bagels to but don’t know if they are as good as the ones in New York. I’ve never had chicken and dumplings — it’s one of those that I’ve only read of in novels. Is it a Southern dish?

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  3. I’ve never liked pot pies. Ever. Pie is sweet, not with meat and veggies. Just saying.

    Comfort food for me would be pot roast with potatoes and gravy. And some really good bread.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Awww, no savory pies for you. That’s ok. Sweet pies are great too. I love free pie Wednesdays at VI. My dad loved pot roast too. I’ve never made pot roast though — I always thought it must be hard to do. I love freshbaked bread. I’d definitely come over to your house for pot roast and bread!

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    1. oooh, I love hot wings too! Pinkie is like Daisy Mae — very finicky. Midnight’s comfort food is everything — for a cat, he’s a chowhound, lol.

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  4. My comfort food is Thai noodle dishes…Pad Kee Mao or Pad See Ew, green curry and/or mango and sticky rice. Yum

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      1. I goofed on Pad See Ew, it should have been Pad Woon Sen. Pad Thai, here in the U.S. is not as good as in Thailand…they make it way too sweet here (at least in my opinion). I thought of another Thai comfort dish – Khao Soi (basically translated as Street Noodles)…the spices in the curry and the noodles – heaven in each mouthful. (funny I never had it in Thailand, but Trader Joe’s used to sell a frozen version from Thailand that was sooooooo good!

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        1. I’ve noticed that about other food being sweetned here. Like Chinese food in Japan and Hong Kong is not sweet but here lemon chicken and other dishes are very sweet. I think restaurant change the food to fit the local population. Oooh, we have Trader Joe’s here not too far away. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go up and see what they have in the frozen section just in case they brought Khao Soi back. It sounds really good.

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