Happy New Year 2021, Bad Chicken, Bubble Baths and Impeachment.

During the final days of 2020, I was dying for fried chicken. I really like to cook, so I found a recipe online—the top secret recipe for the KFC original. I’ve tried copy-cat recipes before and it’s usually hit or miss. But this recipe had a great backstory—something about a disgruntled nephew or employee… or it fell from the Colonel’s coffin just before they lowered him down. I don’t remember, but regardless—I was jonezin mighty for some fried chicken. I did some recipe research and I found a few sites that said to use rice flour. Supposed to be lighter… crispier? Hmm… the magic word for fried chicken. Crispier. It even sounds sexy.

Yummy chicken in a plastic basket

That beautiful color of golden brown is probably one of the most beautiful colors in the world. Fried chicken speaks the universal language—it’s the great uniter… spreading love to all brothers and sisters, everywhere. And by the end of the shit-show known as 2020, I was in need of some of that.

OMG

I have never made fried chicken.

I marinated my drum sticks in a combination of buttermilk, hot-sauce, a few spices including salt and pepper, and let them soak that night and into the next day. I even bought a thermometer to assure the correct temp of the oil. Long story short—they sucked. They came out burnt. Like crispy crap. I had followed the directions, adhered to the temp, and they began browning fast. I finally pulled them after 15 minutes of 350 temp oil and they were pink in the middle. Yep, pink in the middle—and charcoal on the outside. That was one time when the color pink was not cute. That color was not uniting anything… fuck 2020.

Hello 2021.

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12 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2021, Bad Chicken, Bubble Baths and Impeachment.

  1. I have a wonderful fried chicken recipe. Works great every time. The secret is that you only fry it to get it crispy and then you bake it in the oven until it’s completely cooked through. Maybe try that next time?

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      • Here you go! Let me know how it turns out! 😉

        Crispy Fried Chicken

        Ingredients:

        1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
        ½ cup cornmeal
        ¼ cup cornstarch
        3 tsp salt
        2 tsp paprika
        1 tsp dried oregano
        1 tsp rubbed sage
        1 tsp pepper
        2 eggs
        ¼ cup water
        2 broiler fryer chickens (3-4 lbs. each cut up)
        Oil for frying

        Directions:

        1. Combine all dry ingredients.
        2. Whisk eggs with water.
        3. Dip chicken in egg mixture then cover
        in dry mixture.
        4. Fry in deep fryer or electric skillet for 3-
        5 minutes.
        5. Place chicken pieces on two greased
        cookie sheets and bake uncovered at
        350° for 30-45 minutes.

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  2. I swear you had me crying laughing with this blog. Of course, not laugh AT you, but WITH you.

    Sometimes, I have an inkling for fried chicken and so I have a couple of places that actually make really good fried chicken which I covet. When frying, however, I would never use rice flower unless you intend to cook chicken strips or tenders because the fry time for that size meat is more conducive for frying with that flower. Fish for example would be nice in rice flour or shrimp, scallops, etc. Small and quick frying = rice flower. Next tip would be to get a deep fryer, peanut oil. When it floats, it is done. That is my usual rule. You can also use a dish with deep side to make your own flyer. I use my cast iron skillet for this type of frying. It always turns out well and is preferred to shallow frying in your standard skillet.

    When it comes to politics, like you, I also shy away from it as much as possible. I will say that it is a lesson well learned that one must vet information for yourself and not simply listen to someone. What is the source? People are not infallible. You must make decisions for yourself based on information that is based in facts, not hearsay, opinions, or feelings. Facts and reality. Democrats or Republicans should exercise this more often than they do. We the people have the responsibility to call them out on this since we are the ones who vote for them.

    Religion is a different subject entirely, but that is why there is a separation of church and state in this country. It is better this way so that all religions are freely worshiped in the US. and stay out of politics. So with that said, the constitution should be the divining rod as it were to keep us on track with the other sections of government offering the appropriate checks and balances. No matter what direction we take then compromise is made between all bodies. Not everyone gets what they want but the best solutions moving forward would be realized to help everyone. This all or nothing or dismissal of a difference of opinion mentality would cease so that needed work can be done to help those who need it in the short-term and work toward a future that provides hope and advancement.

    Ok, enough of that, I much prefer to talk about chicken. Much more tasty, crunch and as you say, sexy than politics which leave me with a sour smacking. Give me juicy, tender, fried chicken any day over it. 🙂

    Take care and hope your next adventure of frying chicken turns out better! If not, just tell us about it anyway.

    Amy

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  3. Hi Amy! Glad you liked my post. I dumped my deep fryer a few years ago. It’s such a big greasy messy oil and space hog I had to let it go. I figured, if I can’t deep fry it in a skillet than I won’t make it. Had I know your expertise, I’d probably consulted you first 😉 Actually, you and M. I’m just saying, I don’t know how all these people were able to fully cook their drumsticks in a skillet. Some type of black magic? I tried all night long after I realized it wasn’t working—lowering the temp—raising the temp—standing on my hands, turning sideways and doing the hokey pokey. In the end, it may have been the rice flour? Not sure, but my self esteem went out in the garbage with the chicken. Lol.

    I agree with you about checking information. It’s one of the things that drives me insane about social media—one person spreads a misleading meme and the next thing you know it catches like wildfire. I have always tried to seek the truth, keep my cool, until all facts are known. I’m not saying I’m the worlds smartest guy, cuz I’m not. But when I hear some of the things that fall out of other peoples mouths…. I’m wondering if were all on the same planet.

    After reading what you wrote about religion and politics… you’re a very smart gal Amy, that was pretty damn good and nicely written. (and I agree)

    But ya, I’d rather be talking about sexy chicken, even if mine… ummm… wasn’t so sexy. Lol. However, the world will know soon that I have redeemed myself with a wicked shrimp boil recipe. 🙂 Thank you for your comment.

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