Branching out

In case you missed it, here are my first impressions of the new pot pies from Mrs. DeLish’s Cupcake Boutique that appeared in Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

Mrs. DeLish’s has cultivated a rabid following around town for her cupcakes available at local farmers markets or a retail shop in New Monterey. But now she’s come up with something new — something savory — for local foodies to covet.

Mrs. DeLish's Cupcake Boutique now offers pot pies at the Pacific Grove and Old Monterey farmers markets.

Last week, Mrs. DeLish’s owner, Mary Font, and new pastry chef, Erika McDonnell, introduced new “Posh Pies” at farmers market.

Hallelujah! For more than a year, I’ve been waiting for the day when the humble pot pie — a classic comfort food — got the celebrity treatment.

Mrs. DeLish’s pot pies are available in four flavors — rosemary chicken, beef and vegetable, yellow curry chicken, and harvest vegetable (with whole-wheat crust).

The pot pies are $8 apiece and available hot and ready to eat, or you can pack it up and reheat in the microwaveable container back at home.

The chicken pot pie--packed with chicken and veggies--was my favorite on the menu.

The rosemary chicken pot pie was my favorite. The pie was nicely seasoned with hints of rosemary and herbs. I liked the mix of vegetables with the chicken — the brussels sprouts were an especially nice touch giving extra “meat” to the pie, so to speak.

The crust was buttery — a nice accent to the savory pie filling and arranged elegantly as leaves atop the pie. (I do recommend eating the pies fresh at market, when the crust is freshest and flakiest.)

The new Posh Pies are available at Mrs. DeLish’s booth at the Pacific Grove farmers market on Mondays and the Old Monterey farmers market on Tuesdays.

Mrs. DeLish’s Cupcake Boutique is at 800 Lighthouse Ave. in Monterey. 612-1884. www.mrsdelishs.com.

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