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Chicken Pot Pie

Not all pies are sweet

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As I pulled this recipe from my file the other day, a thought popped into my mind:

Why is this called a pot pie as opposed to just a pie?


The pot pie seems to be an American thing, a name contrived to distinguish the savory pastry from the sweet variety. In other countries — particularly the United Kingdom — it would simply be a pie, the word having a broader connotation.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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