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The dining car

contributed by  Keith Baggus

The 1940s and 1950s were the golden age of train travel and also the pinnacle of railroad dining car operations. For many passengers, the ambiance of the dining car was the reason they rode the train. The following recipe is one from that golden age.


Chicken Pie -- Great Northern Style

Cover 3 large fat hens with cold water, add 1 sliced onion, bunch of parsley and sprig of sage. Boil over slow fire until meat is about ready to fall from bones, separate meat from bones, cut up in fairly large pieces. Reduce stock by approximately one-third, then allow to cool off, skim fat off top and mix with 4 heaping teaspoonfuls of flour, and 2 tablespoonfuls of butter, this to be used as a binder, then add to the stock, while cold, yolks of 3 eggs well beaten, with half cup rich cream. Season to taste, then bring to a hot heat again, stirring continually, but do not boil, add the binder and strain thoroughly.

Fill chicken pie dish with layers of chicken, cold boiled potato, duchess shape, sprinkle over all 2 tablespoonfuls of diced, crisp bacon, rendered out in frying pan, with some of the rendering.

Fill dish with roux, described above, and cover all with top crust of pie dough, rolled moderately thick. Bake in a hot, quick oven.


I have not tried this recipe but would like hearing from anyone who does try, and let us know what you think of it, the recipes look like a good one. I just havenít had the time to give this one a try. We are all ways looking for new recipes if you have a favor one please share it with the club.