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Time Life Books Present: Chicken Pot Pie

Time life books chicken pot pie
At one point this was a full pie. I forgot to take a picture of that.

Did you ever just have a bad day? Have you ever had a bad day and you needed to take it out on your cooking blog? I’m having one of those days. The world can just go suck an egg. Can I say that on the internet? I mean, I know there’s children out there. Somewhere. Anyway, I know I’m having a bad day.

I also know that my dog keeps eating my underwear. It’s just an aside. I don’t expect anyone out there to fix that. If I were to rank the things in my household that I would eat, my underwear would be sandwiched between my complete set of Time Life Books: The Old West and the said dog.

Hmm…speaking of food, that just might damned well cheer me up. I’ve decided to toss on some good old fashioned comfort food. Um..y’all. I have some left over chicken and some taters and my fridge is always stocked with .79 cent bags of frozen vegetables. Oddly enough, I have a ready made pie crust. Maybe, just maybe, the day has cut me some slack.

Pot mother-loving Pie.

I may further blame my immediate predilection towards pastrified meats on Game of Thrones reruns. Long live Hot Pie and Walder Frey.


- One left over expertly cooked chicken breast (It’s Mexican seasoned, no bother) cubed

- 3 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into sugar cube sized dices

- 1 can of cream of chicken soup

- About a cup of whatever frozen vegetable you have. I used peas, green beans, corn and carrots.

- A couple of dashes of paprika

- A dash of cayenne pepper

- A splash of milk

- A large splash of sherry

- Salt

- Pepper

- Ready made pie dough, should be two sheets in the box

- Three beers

First of all, it’s a meat pie. You can put anything you want in it – even your complete set of Time Life Books: The Old West. You know John Wesley Hardin was so mean he once shot a man for snoring? I digress.

Not pictured: The snoring guy

Microwave your diced potatoes for 10 minutes with 3 tablespoons of water. Put your bottom pie crust in the bottom of a pie pan. Start drinking your beer. Preheat the oven 425 degrees. Um..American temperature. I apparently am also having a day where I don’t remember if I’m on Fahrenheit or Celsius. Sorry Ray Bradbury.

Mix everything else including the now cooked potatoes in a bowl. EXCLUDE the beer. That’s just for drinking. I’m country song sad. I’m going to drink a beer and make a pot pie.

Now premade pie dough comes in two sheets. Put the other sheet on top of your now filled pie. Crimp the bottom and the top together like you see in those fancier pie houses. Criss cross the top with some incisions to let some steam out.

Initially bake for 15 minutes. Then, oddly, cover the outer edge of your pot pie with tin foil. Use a pie ring if you have one. Because, I’m sure you have a pie ring. If not, just stick to the foil. That keeps the outer pie edge from burning. Then cook for fifteen more minutes.

Let cool for ten minutes.

Drink more of your beer. Dream of better times. And NASCAR. And Shania Twain in that leopard leotard. You know what I’m talking about…

Also, Doc Holiday was a dentist. Thank you Time Life. Anyway, enjoy.

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