Senryu : Pot Pie

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?




photograph by M. LaFreniere

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

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