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    Mike Nolan

      Today is Pi day (3/14). Any pies going in the oven? I might do some kind of hot water crust meat pie (probably chicken), I haven't done one of those in a while.

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        I baked an apple pie yesterday evening, so we will begin slicing it at lunch today.


          Going to make a raspberry pie here - berries from our garden last summer.


            Sadly, no baking here until we get back in our own home.

            Joan Simpson

              I made this icebox lemon pie but put meringue on top and it turned just like my mom use to make.I'm one happy lady.The only thing I forgot to bake my graham cracker crust for 10 min but my mom never baked her crust so I knew it'd be ok.I cut it just awhile ago and it's perfect..not running out in the plate.Happy here.

              Mike Nolan

                Today's chicken pot pie, using Susan Purdy's hot water crust recipe:



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                Joan Simpson

                  Mike I love chicken pot pie...yours looks very good.

                  Mike Nolan

                    It was a little dry in the center, but I had made extra gravy and just put some on top.

                    Village Inn used to have a decent chicken pot pie, but they 'simplified' their menu during the pandemic and that was one of the things they dropped, along with my wife's favorite waffle combination. So, we've stopped going there.

                    Some notes on the recipe, mainly for me to remember for next time. 🙂

                    I used a 9.25 inch deep dish glass pie pan.

                    I used 20 ounces of frozen boneless chicken breasts, diced and sauteed in butter
                    3 large potatoes (I actually used 4 but I think 3 would be better), diced
                    2 ribs of celery, diced
                    a handful of baby carrots, diced
                    about 8 ounces of frozen peas
                    1/2 medium onion, diced
                    2 cups of chicken stock (for the gravy)
                    1 recipe of hot water pastry (Susan Purdy's recipe, the version in the recipes section is scaled up by 50%), chilled for at least a half hour

                    Boil the potatoes to desired softness, save the water to add to the gravy.

                    Sautee the chicken in some butter (season with salt and pepper), then remove chicken and use the liquid to sautee the onions, celery and carrots until soft.

                    Make a roux with 3 tablespoons of butter and an equal amount of flour, then add the chicken stock and some of the potato water. Season with salt and pepper.

                    35 minutes in the oven at 425.


                      Mike, that pot pie looks real nice. I've never made one.

                      I didn't do anything special for Pi Day this year. It's interesting, if we expressed dates like most of the rest of the world, (day/month/year) there would be no Pi Day.

                      Mike Nolan

                        I prefer year-month-day because then the dates expressed as numbers (without the dashes) are in chronological order. That's why most computer databases store them that way, though they may have the option to display them in dd-mm-yyyy order or Mon dd, yyyy order.


                          We also lose Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you.


                            The pie looks great! I think we will make a late, fruit pie this weekend. I took my pie dough out of the freezer too late for actual Pi Day.

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