Meat á la Mode by Kristina Von Kroug

Inspired by family traditions as well as by historical recipes and cooking techniques, Meat á la Mode puts a new twist on classic comfort food. My meat pies and savory ice creams explore the flavors of more rarely used game meats such as rabbit, oxtail, or alligator in addition to serving up childhood favorites like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese -- all in pie form! Meat á la Mode strives to create a journey of taste encased in a golden, flaky crust.

Meat á la Mode's unique meat pies entice the discerning carnivore with mouth-watering flavor combinations, two types of pastry, and a decadent edible gold topping.

Keep watching -- I'm working hard to build a little emPIEre...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

At The Jack London Bar Grand Opening Tonight...

MeatCake frosted in potatoes and cheese with radish roses, basil, and a sun-dried tomato filling -- YUM!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hungry Hiker? From Dust to Dinner, This Pie is a Winner!

As a child I was fascinated with freeze dried food. I was a weird kid. Anyway, over the years I have picked up my share of camper's food packets, astronaut ice cream and dehydrated beer powder (yes, it exists!). This week at New Seasons I picked up a bag of chicken pot pie -- how could I NOT?!?

It was one of the best dust-to-dinner meals I've had the pleasure of eating while pretending to be lost in the woods (I am a weird adult too).

If you are a hiker, camper, survivalist, don't own a refrigerator or you are just putting together your survival box for the 'End Times', check out Hungry Hikers Chicken Pot Pie meal. It is a lightweight, dehydrated meal that only requires some boiling water to make a convenient bag-o-pie (okay, it's really not a pie, so much as a dinner made up of the flavors of the innards of a chicken pie... but, you'll get the picture):

The potatoes are rehydrated to reveal that they are actually garlic mashed potatoes! The garlic flavor isn't too strong though, once that herbed chicken gravy hits it, it smells pretty freaking good.

Pour that chicken on top with the veggies and gravy and you've got yourself a colorful meal loaded with protein (ok, it's also loaded with sodium and some MSG, but c'mon people, it's the End Times, we're surviving, this is the freaking wilderness! Would you rather have a balanced meal or keep picking up that hot dog you've been toting around in your cooler that looked a little green before you dropped it in the fire a couple times and pulled it out with a stick to eat it anyway?! Okay, that sounds kind of good to me too! Geez! But the Hungry Hiker packet is mucho classier so stop being so cheap!!!! Oh yeah, these aren't cheap @ $8.99, but they feed two and last for a darn long time -- GOOD DEAL). Remember, we are camping/hiking/surviving the apocalypse in this scenario...

This meal is super tasty! The sweet corn, peas, and carrots come back to life with ease. It makes me want to be friends with the ladies that created these little packages of heaven -- I have some great recipe ideas for them!

side note: I would have maybe eased up on the herbs and seasoning and given the Hiker a packet to season as they wish, but there is a convenience level they are trying to achieve, I get that...

So, head to New Seasons and pick up one of their many varieties of Hungry Hiker meals and build a fort under your dining room table to eat them in!

Monday, June 6, 2011

...And now a word from the other side of the world!

As many of you know, meat pies are amazing, versatile, and delicious. No one knows this better than those lucky enough to live in a magical place where meat pies are available in every convenience shop, each bakery, and around every corner. My New Zealand Correspondant, Nicole Andrews, has just sent me the fruits of her research on a variety of tasty meat pies! Read, drool, get inspired...

This is from the Arrowtown Bakery which is just outside of Queenstown (where I used to live the last few years). This is the Hot and Spicy pie, which basically is just a chicken pie with like a tobasco-ish flavor. I seriously love it though. It's simple and good. Kiwi pies are usually very simple.

This Mushroom Pie is also from Arrowtown Bakery. The tops always peel off on the kiwi pies for some reason. I think its so they can shove ketchup in it. That's a big Kiwi thing.

This is a store bought Potato top and mince pie (Like a shepherd's pie!)... This one is just a generic pie that you can get from a convenience store (like a lot of pies). Mince is ground meat, usually beef here.

Here's another mince pie (ground beef) with beef gravy and cheese, which has a layer of fake cheese on top. This is called "Cheese and mince."

Another Mince and Cheese pie. This one had real cheese in it...

Another store bought heat lamp pie. Not fancy at all, but this is a good brand. Pies here are like burritos in America. They are everywhere, everyone eats them, you can get them frozen, you can get them in a nice restaurant, and you can get them in convenience stores and gas stations. There are many varieties but usually the same old flavors are the favorites.

This is a case from a cafe in town. There are some seriously awesome pies in the cafes here. These pies are probably about $10 though, so I rarely get one. All the pies earlier in the email are more like $2.50 or $3.50.

Here is a Chicken Tikka Masala Pie. The brand is from a local Indian restaurant chain. Apparently Brad Pitt ate there once or something, but despite that rumored endorsement, the pie was not so good. I've had Thai yellow curry, chicken, and coconut pies in Queenstown before and all were really good. This one not so much, but its probably the brand...

There you have it, folks! The low down on pies down under! I think I may have just come up with a couple new recipes myself!