Chicken Pie Time

Welcome to another week! Tuesday is Groundhog Day. We’ve had such a mild winter thus far that I doubt anyone will mind if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow.

Fallowfield United Methodist Church will be making chicken pies Saturdays February 6 and 20. All net profits will be divided amongst missionaries and charities. It’s a much smaller undertaking than our Crawford County Fair pie project. Unlike the Fair project, volunteers from our church typically make all the pies. I don’t believe we could pull off the Fair project without help from friends in our community.

Chicken pies are altogether different from fruit and cream pies. We make the crust with whole milk instead of water, for one thing. Whereas each fruit or cream pie filling has a totally unique recipe with at least three ingredients (some have as many as five), the chicken pie has two ingredients: shredded chicken and homemade gravy.

We make chicken pies assembly line style. To use the Medieval guild terminology I employed last summer, master craftsmen bakers make the crust from scratch. Journeyman roll the crust. Apprentices fill the pies with chicken and gravy, seal the lids on, and flute the edges.

We sell each pie with a container of gravy. It’s a great, hearty meal on a cold day. I recommend exercising or working outside before eating chicken pie. Otherwise you might feel like you ate a bar of lead. It’s very, very rich. Think of it as a reward after a hard day’s work.

Have a wonderful week. Blessings!