Chicken Pot Pie

You have to be a masochist to make a chicken pot pie. Honestly. It is such a pain in the butt – so time consuming – exhausting in fact. And although homemade pot-pies are delicious – so are Mrs. Swanson’s and you don’t have to do anything other than buy it and pop it in the oven. I remember when I was a kid my parents would go out on Friday or Saturday night and our babysitter Maria Ceraceda or her sister Agnes (who, by the way, was President of the Davy Jones fan club – FYI) would make us dinner (Chicken Pot Pies, popcorn or hot fudge Sundays – parfait style) and we got to eat on TV trays in front of the TV. Best nights ever. Sometimes Maria would bring her boyfriend Renee over and he would teach us sign-language – that was fun – he was deaf and he was cute and it was so much fun. Anyway…. Those pot pies were delicious. Perhaps as delicious as the one I made last Sunday night.

The last time I made chicken pot pie was about 16 years ago. Maybe even more. Alex was 8 years old or so – I think. Possibly even younger. My wonderful neighbor Lisa organized a dinner cooperative with four families. I think it was four families. I’m not completely sure how it worked but if memory serves me (and often it does not these days) – once a month each family would make dinner for all four families. It was supposed to be a simple meal – kid friendly.

But everyone involved is competitive and of course the meals got more and more elaborate and complicated over time. Everyone was outdoing the previous week’s meal – made by another family. And everyone could cook. Lisa’s recollection was that it was ‘fun.’ It was except if it was your week and you had to work that day. Eventually the thing fell apart – just too much work for working folk on a mid-week night. It was fun and was good community – but I’m telling you that chicken pot pie did me in.

Why then you ask would I make another one? Ever? Honestly I have no idea. I think I wanted to test my memory. I mean…How hard could a chicken pot pie really be? It’s just a pie crust and a bunch of chopping and par-boiling and roux making and putting together.

Oh and cook the chicken.

To add to the day I decided to make a chocolate coconut pound cake – an amazing Bon Appetit recipe AND Spice-Crusted carrots with harissa yogurt – also an amazing looking Bon Appetit recipe. The combo was a lot for one Sunday. I did have a blast cooking all day but it was all day. But it was fun. Nonetheless, I will never make a chicken pot pie again. I am not a masochist. I am not.

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Categories: Baked Foods, Chicken, Dinner, Pies and Tarts, Stews, Vegetarian

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