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Reviews:
100 Words Per Minute by Adina Sara
After the Funeral by Edwin Murphy
Andrea by John O'Hara
The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland
Demons Don't Dream by Piers Anthony
Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon
Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg
Ginger by Charlotte Voake Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
Silver Lies by Ann Parker
The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

Miscellaneous
$275 Later...
At the Park
Babies Aren't Dolls
Bitter Herbs
BookCrossing Misadventures
Breakfast Hijinks
Cheerios
Chicken Pie
Coldy and Rainy
Don't 'Lurp Your 'Oup
Easter
Elephants on Mars
Getting Ready for School
Harriet's Teeth
How I Read
Hunting Eggs
In Search of a Wii
A Lazy Day
Magenta
No Sleep and Six Teeth
Owl at School
Painting Again
Period
Return to Normal
Where Have All the Books Gone?
You Know that Burning Plastic Smell

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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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Comments for Chicken Pie

Kerri'sChicken Pie: 04/25/07

Chicken pie has been a big part of my life. When my mom was single she and I ate them almost every meal.

To me they were magical edible presents. I would try to make the smallest hole possible and scoop out the innards a little bit at a time until all that was left was the crust. The crust was then dessert.

My grandparents when baby sitting me knew I liked chicken pies and probably in order to keep me happy and still get out of the house from time to time would take me to Hillcrest for a chicken pie dinner at the Chicken Pie Shop (now closed, although the one in North Park is still open). The Chicken Pie Shop mostly brings in an older crowd (like my grandparents' age at the time) and I was always one of the youngest guests. But man, their pies were to die for.

With moving away for college and then getting married to a man who didn't grow up on a chicken pie diet, the chicken pie became a thing of my past. But then a few years ago I had an epiphany: I could make my own. Yes; I could also buy them frozen but I'm the only in the family who likes the frozen ones but everyone eats the chicken pie when I make it from scratch.

Usually I make chicken pot pie when we have left over chicken (sometimes turkey) and it needs gussying up. Toss in the old chicken, some frozen vegetables (or fresh if they're available), make a quick gravy and of course a pie crust from scratch. Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes and that's all there is to it. Since I usually make the pie from leftovers, the most difficult piece is the crust. But it's worth the effort.

We had chicken pie for dinner tonight. Even Harriet had some peas and carrots from it. There's only a small piece left, just enough for me to have tomorrow for lunch.

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