MARIE CALLENDER'S RESTAURANT & BAKERY serves up a wide variety of classic American foods updated with today's flavors, including their Famous Pot Pies, Freshly Roasted Turkey Dinner, St. Louis Bourbon BBQ Ribs and Gorgonzola, Pecan and Field Greens Salad.

And - Cream pies, fruit pies, meringue pies, even pies with no sugar added. And that chicken Pot Pie is to live for...

Each restaurant also features a Salad Bar, freshly prepared home-style soups and signature cornbread, baked fresh and served hot from the oven.

>>> If you want to prepare a delicious meal to impress family, friends or even a hot date - here are Marie Callender's most popular recipes of all time...


--Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie--

>> Filling:

2 cups water

14 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 carrots, peeled and cubed (about 1 cup)

2 ribs celery, sliced (about 1 cup)

1 medium onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup butter

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup frozen peas

>> Crust:

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening

5 to 7 tablespoons cold water

To make the filling: In 4-quart saucepan combine water, chicken, carrots, celery and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add chicken bouillon, pepper and butter. Dissolve cornstarch and flour into whipping cream and stir into chicken mixture. Simmer 3 minutes stirring frequently until thickened. Add peas and set aside.

To make the crust: Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening until particles the size of small peas form.

Sprinkle one tablespoon of water at a time over flour mixture and toss with fork to blend. Add enough water to hold the dough together.

Form into 2 balls. Roll out bottom crust on floured surface to 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

Lift dough off floured surface by rolling onto rolling pin and unroll over pie plate. Ease the dough into the plate loosely and press in place. Trim bottom crust even with edge of plate.

To assemble: Pour filling into bottom crust. Roll out top crust, cut slits for steam to escape. Cover filling with top crust and fold top crust under bottom crust.

Seal crust and flute edge. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes before serving.


--Marie Callender's Corn Bread--

1 (9 oz.) box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

1 (9 oz.) box Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix

Prepare each box according to package directions and gently fold together.

Pour into a greased (with strained bacon fat) 9 x 13 pan. (You can sprinkle with a little crisp bacon.)

Bake according to box directions for the yellow cake mix.

>> Honey Butter Recipe:

1/4 pound BUTTER

1/4 cup strained bacon drippings

4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Beat butter until light and creamy. Add drippings and bacon. Take equal amount of honey (approx. 2/3 cup) and beat into butter mixture until light and fluffy (almost floats out of the bowl.

Can be frozen (will last up to a year).


--Marie Callender's Pie Crust--

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup shortening

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons ice water

1/2 teaspoon vinegar

Beat together butter and shortening until smooth and creamy; chill until firm.

Sift together flour, sugar and salt in medium bowl.

Using fork, cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture has a consistent texture.

Mix egg yolk, ice water and vinegar into dough, then form into ball and refrigerate about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 450.

When dough has chilled, roll it out and press into pie plate.

Press parchment paper or aluminum foil into crust and weight crust down with ceramic pie weight or another pie plate filled with dried beans.

Bake 15 minutes, then remove weight or pan filled with beans and prick crust with fork to allow steam to escape.

Bake another 5-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let crust cool.