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LONG ISLAND — Chicken Pot Pie by Town and Country Market, Miller Place

Have you ever seen a restaurant, or perhaps a deli, driven by it several times, yet never have gone inside?

This was the case for me when it came to the Town and Country Market in Miller Place. I had driven by it several times, yet had never gone inside. Not because I didn’t want to go in, I just always ended up going to the usual spots.

But not until a few days ago. My dad started going into the market a few weeks ago and now it’s his new favorite breakfast spot. He always tells me how the owner and the staff are very nice, how he always gets an egg sandwich on a whole wheat roll and amazing coffee to go with it, and how he keeps seeing homemade chicken pot pies there that we should try for dinner one night.

So a few nights ago, I ended up going into the market to get dinner for my parents and I.

I’m so glad I did.

The man behind the counter was very friendly, and told me all about the homemade pot pies and how there are big ones, small ones, ones with regular pie crust and ones with cornbread crust. He told me how the small chili cornbread crusted pot pie is “rediculously good” (see last post for reference), and how it’s very filling and delicious. I need to try this one next.

But for now, I got a large chicken pot pie.

I ended up getting a sandwich the first night I went to the market (which was amazing too!). But tonight, since my parents were very won over by the pot pie a few nights ago, we ended up getting another one for dinner again, so I could try it.

After heating it in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees, here is the beautiful, golden brown pie:

This pie, from first glance, looks like a beautiful seasonal fruit pie from the bakery. But lo and behold, this pie is magical. Its warm, buttery, melt in your mouth crust, with its creamy chicken vegetable filling was incredible.

The chicken was fork tender, juicy and moist. It was very flavorful and the creamy filling mixed with the fluffy potatoes, juicy string beans, peas, corn and diced carrots, made for an amazing dinner meal. It most certainly was filling, but like the counter person told me, wasn’t as filling as the chili cornbread crust probably would be.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy meal to bring home and heat up for yourself or for your family, a chicken pot pie like this one (or maybe a chili cornbread pot pie!) would be an excellent inexpensive meal idea.

And if you’ve been curious about that restaurant in your area that you haven’t been into yet, definitely stop in! You may be happily surprised.

Town and Country Market

85 North Country Rd., Miller Place, N.Y. 11764
Phone: (631) 403-4383

MONDAY – SATURDAY
5:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M

SUNDAY
5:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M

FREE DELIVERY SERVICE UNTIL 3PM
CURB SIDE ASSISTANCE

LONG ISLAND — Chocolate Crumb Cake by Farmingdale’s Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company

Just thinking about those delicious morsels of crumbs on the following chocolate crumb cake is making my mouth water.

At the Town and Country Market in Miller Place, you can get countless items to eat or drink, including breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, paninis, chicken pot pies (which will be my next post) and more.

But when I was at the market the other day, I was told by the counter person the crumb cakes by Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company, that were conveniently sitting by the register, were “ridiculously good.” Intrigued, I immediately reached for the chocolate crumb cake. There was also flavors such as original, apple and raspberry walnut, but as I have said, I am a huge chocolate fan.

The crumb cake is a local specialty: Hahn’s is located in nearby Farmingdale. According to its website, you can place online orders for its crumb cakes and pound cakes if you want to buy some yourself.

Also according to its website, all of the cakes are baked fresh daily, made with extra large handmade crumbs and cakes made from their old family recipe, has a rich, moist base with fresh, whole eggs and has a long shelf life. It also says these are kosher too!

The chocolate crumb cake was most definitely rediculously good: moist yellow pound cake with the sweet, large morsels of crumbs with a huge chocolate drizzle on top.

If you’d like to try some and you’re in the Miller Place / Port Jefferson area, you can pick up a piece at the Town and Country Market. Otherwise you can check out its website and place an order.

Town and Country Market

85 North Country Rd., Miller Place, NY 11764
Phone: (631) 403-4383

MONDAY – SATURDAY
5:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M

SUNDAY
5:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M

FREE DELIVERY SERVICE UNTIL 3PM
CURB SIDE ASSISTANCE

Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company

75 Allen Blvd. Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
Phone: (631) 249-3456
Fax: (631) 249-3492

 

LONG ISLAND — NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH – Vegetable Personal Pizza at Miller Place Pastaria

Have you ever had an “a-ha!” moment? That moment when you’re doing something (or eating something), where everything just clicks and you want to burst out and say “A-ha!”

This happened to me while eating pizza with my dad this afternoon.

One thing I’ll tell you about myself and my family: we have a lot of places we frequent in our area where we live. Is it the same for you all, where there is that group of familiar neighborhood restaurants you head to because they are just that amazing?

One place my family and I go to often is Miller Place Pastaria.

Not only does the pastaria have amazing Italian pasta dishes and entrees, but it also has fondue (which is very popular), amazing seafood dishes (salmon francese!), and of course, pizza.

This morning dad told me he was craving a vegetable pizza from the pastaria, so we immediately hopped in the car and headed over to the pastaria. We were greeted by the owner / chef, Charles Zein, who showed us our table.

We decided on splitting a personal sized veggie pizza, as the only other option was an 18″ large, which to us was way too big for two people.

This pizza was worth our wait:

Never have I tasted a vegetable pizza with vegetables tasting so…fresh…not salty…not processed or preserved. It was the perfect size for two, we each had three tiny slices that filled us right up. The broccoli was soft and texturally mixed well with the sweet red onions, tangy and sweet green peppers, and the meaty mushrooms. The sauce was sweet, tangy and flavorful, not too tart and not too sweet.

It was the crust and dough gave me the “A-ha!” moment, though.

The dough was so light, yet had a very slight crisp on the bottom at the same time. The crust was light with a slight crisp too, but it was particularly sweeter than most doughs I had. I actually thought of zeppole’s when I ate it. But I liked it.

“A-ha.”

Besides the pizza, the pastaria has a very warm, inviting atmosphere with the golden yellow hue on the walls, the gorgeous paintings and the soft classics playing on the speakers overhead. There are specials there almost everyday, including prix fixe Early Bird menus, Two-For-Tuesdays and different pizza specials throughout the week. Not to mention the amazing, friendly staff!

If you’re around the MP area, Miller Place Pastaria is a must try.

343 Route 25A

Miller Place, N.Y. 11764

1 631.928.4467

http://www.mppastaria.com

http://www.facebook.com/MillerPlacePastaria

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