Summertime Fried Chicken Day

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from the kitchen, of course. After all, today is National Fried Chicken Day. So with the exception of vegetarians and chicken pet lovers, the rest of us are cooking up some wonderful pieces of chicken.

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Down On the Ranch Supper

In 1954 at a dude ranch outside Santa Barbara, California Ranch Dressing was born. By 1992, Ranch Dressing outsold all other dressings, including Italian. Yet if you aren’t from America or Canada, Ranch Dressing just might be unknown to you.

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Twelve Drummers Drumming. We have reached the Twelfth Nigh of the Christmas Season. Tomorrow is the Epiphany of Our Lord, also knows as The Feast of Three Kings. In some parts of the world, children will fill there shoes with straw or hay and put the shoes outside in the hopes that the Magi take the straw for their camels and leave gifts for the children tucked inside the shoes. There was a time when giving gifts were not a part of the Christmas celebration. When you think about it, it makes sense since the gifts to the Christ Child came with the visit of the Magi.

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Care to Guess What Day It Is?

Yep, it’s National Chicken Boy Day. I gotta tell you, I never had the opportunity to eat at his restaurant. In all my travels to Southern California, I’ve never seen the giant Chicken Boy and until recently, had never even known of him. But now that I know he exists, I find Chicken Boy strangely fascinating.

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Sheet Pan Fried Chicken with Biscuits

Who doesn’t like Chicken and Biscuits? Talk about homey-comfort food! While we didn’t always have mashed potatoes with our fried chicken, you can bet there were biscuits on the table. But then, my Pops made the best biscuits on the planet, hands down.

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Great Men Believe in the Power of Dreams

Today America celebrates MLK Day. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Like so many National Holidays, his birthday is celebrated on a Monday, rather than his actual birthday, creating that beloved Three-Day Weekend. While some folks have the day off, the rest are working in the retail and service industries. After all, MLK Day is a good excuse to buy a new mattress or dining room set. And all that shopping works up an appetite.

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Corn Flake Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken

So, how is your July thus far? Too early to tell? Yeah, I hear you. July is a special time of the year for us. Kiddo gets another year older every July. And we do something special together as a family every July. Last year, it was 8 days in our nation’s first National Park, Yellowstone. This year we are Oregon-Washington bound.  Kiddo has always been interested in earth sciences, so we plan to spend two days exploring Mount Saint Helen. I am so excited about this trip. My sister and her husband live in eastern Oregon. We are meeting on the coast for a little sisterly R and R. I cannot tell you how excited I am!

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Taco Baked “Fried” Chicken

Growing up, Fried Chicken – as in real fried chicken – was a stable in our house, especially on Sundays during the summer. Dad cut up the chicken, dredged it in flour and usually fried it in two big, black cast iron skillets filled with melted shortening. I can see him now in my mind’s eye, a kitchen towel draped over one shoulder.

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Southern “Fried” Oven Chicken – No Lie!!

Like most of us, I’ve got my collection of oven “fried” chicken. These are good recipes, but they all seem to fall just a little short of that true “fried” chicken texture. One morning, while I was making my spice rubbed picnic chicken, (Let’s Pack a Picnic!) it occurred to me that the problem with oven fried chicken was the pan.

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