I have been flu-ridden the last few days, and concurrent with my illness has been a craving for a good old-fashioned pasty. This is a dish of Cornish origin, and which spread into American mining areas like Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the nineteenth century. The pasty is sort of like stew in a pie crust, not dissimilar to pot pies, but more in the shape of a calzone.
My efforts to find a local purveyor of Yooper pasties led me to try out Crikey's Original Australian Pies, which coincidentally are produced here in Toledo. While not a match for the pasty, Crikey's makes an excellent pie with a flaky crust and delicious fillings.
Crikey's Pies retail for $3.99 here in Toledo at the local Kroger, and since they are quite a bit larger than a frozen pot pie, they are worth the price. Now, if I can only find a true-blue pasty, especially without winding up with a case of plantar fasciitis from pounding the proverbial pavement.