Plated + Served: Chicken Pie with Parmesan Mashed-Potato Crust


Today is Π-Day. That’s PI-Day… the Greek letter that’s often shortened to 3.14 when you want to find the circumference of a circle. Today is March 14… and, you guessed it, 3/14.

Are you still with me? Hope so, because I’ve whipped up a delicious savory PIE to celebrate Π-Day.

Could have made the Cherry Pie or the Peach Ice Cream Pie… but wanted to try something different.

And frankly, this recipe is so easy and flavorful, you’re going to want to circle back to it when you’re in a hurry.

Sorry…I couldn’t resist.

Pie 2



Plated + Served: Puff-Pastry Straws


Here’s a fun and familiar recipe for your weekend celebration.

But first, a question: Are Puff-Pastry Straws a light snack to enjoy before dinner? Or do you serve them with the meal as the bread pairing?

Regardless, this Puff-Pastry Straw recipe is so easy to make you should enlist one of the older kids (or a volunteer) to do the honors. (I will admit that these directions are very detailed because Mama ALWAYS has issues making any kind of bread and I want to spare you that pain.)

But who ever is tasked with making the Straws, you might ask them to double the recipe… everyone seems to devour these right out of the oven, before they ever get to the dinner table!



I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: