Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pan Fried Chicken

This recipe is so easy even for the first-time 'chicken fryers".  The process involved kept the breading on during the entire time it was cooked.  I just felt like taking all the breading off and eating it all myself (but I didn't) :)

Chicken (whatever you like, I prefer the split chicken breasts with skin and bones)
10 oz. box of Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour (The best ever---tastes like KFC chicken and can be found at Kroger)
Cooking Oil
1 egg and water

I used a deep cast iron frying pan which works the best ( I think).   But use any deep frying pan.  Fill up the oil as deep as you need so that the  largest chicken pieces can be more than half covered.   Heat oil about 5 to 10 before you're ready to fry and keep it at around 4 or 5 on your knob on the stove.

Remove chicken from package and rinse thoroughly.   Do NOT dry it, but allow it to be wet enough to allow the seasoned flour to stick.

Depending on how much chicken you're frying, put enough seasoned flour into a gallon zip lock bag.   Place each piece in the bag one at a time so it can be properly covered.   Shake,  shake, shake..   until totally covered.   Remove and place on a plate that has been covered with plastic wrap.  Repeat til all chicken is covered.. 

Then, in a medium sized bowl,  make your egg wash with the egg and  1/4 c. water and mix well until blended.   Take each piece of chicken and put into the egg wash on both sides.  Shake until it's not dripping and place into the bag of seasoned flour again (add more flour if you need to).  Again.. shake, shake, shake til you're done. 
Put them all back on that plate with plastic wrap and cover the chicken with plastic wrap and put into the refrigerator  for at least 20 minutes.   (This is a good time to get your oil going).

To be sure the oil is ready you should see it moving a bit and begin to smell it cooking. (don't get it too hot).   Take a drop of water and put it into the oil  (back up)  and it will dance and pop .  Now it's ready. 

With tongs take each piece of chicken and carefully place them into the frying pan.    Now put a lid on and let the magic begin.

Depending on the size of the chicken (obviously because wings and legs are a lot smaller than the thick  fat breasts), you will watch mainly that the chicken is browning.  Lift up and check it every so often.  NEVER leave a pan on the stove with oil and frying, not a good idea.   When it's a nice golden brown, turn it over and repeat.   Keep that lid on, it not only helps keep the spattering down, it helps the inside to cook well.  Repeat the process, keep checking until golden brown.   I turn it over and do each side a little longer.    

Remove from pan and place on a cookie sheet that has double paper towel on.  Drain and put into a WARM  (the lowest temp on your oven) for up to 1/2 hour.   Turn off oven and let sit til you serve.   No more than a 1/2 hour.  

In the meanwhile, you can make your mashed potatoes, vegetables, etc.  This process (mainly the refrigerator trick) kept the breading on.  I didn't lose any at all. 
Nice and crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.  

Watch out Colonel Sanders.

Saturday, January 14, 2012



We all know that throughout our lives...that special people touch us.....Those people we refer to as FRIENDS!  These friends are there through thick and thin.  Always
ready to lend a listening ear and not being the least bored at what you're saying.  They laugh with you and cry with you.  They don't point out your mistakes. And somehow, they're always there to pick up the pieces.

On this page I would love to share some special poems and thoughts with you about FRIENDS!!!  Maybe you can share some of these with your friend.

There is no blood between us, no common family history.  Yet there are no barriers of background, or even age.  Older, younger, richer, poorer----no matter.  We speak the same language, we have come together in a special
moment of time.. How generous is God that He has given me these men and women I can call friends.

---------Marjorie Holmes

You entered my life in a casual way.
And saw at a glance what I needed;
There were others who passed me or met me each day,
But never a one of them heeded.
Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more,
Or a chance simply seemed to decree it;
I know there were many such chances before,
But the others--well, they didn't see it.

You said just the thing that I wished you would say,
And you made me believe that you meant it;
I held up my head in the old gallant way,
And resolved you should never repent it.
There are times when encouragement means such a lot,
And a word is enough to convey it;
There were others who could have, as easy as not---
But, just the same, they didn't say it.

There may have been someone who could have done more
To help me along, though I doubt it;
What I needed was cheering, and always before
They had let me plod on without it.
You helped to refashion the dream of my heart,
And made me turn eagerly to it;
There were others who might have (I question that part)---
But, after all, they didn't do it!

-------Grace Stricker Dawson
  'Friendship is a word the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm."
....Augustine Birrell

To My Friend

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.  Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.

-------Roy Croft

The Rarest Faith

Friendship takes place between those who have an affinity for one another, and is a perfectly natural and inevitable result.  No professions or advances will avail.  Even speech, at first, necessarily has nothing to do with it; but it follows after silence, as the buds in the graft do not put forth into leaves till long after the graft has taken.  It is a drama in which the parties have no part to act.
 Friendship is never established as an understood relation.  Do you demand that I be less your friend that you may know it?  Yet what right have I to think that another cherishes so rare a sentiment for me?  It is a miracle which requires constant proofs.  It is an exercise of the finest imagination and the rarest faith.  It says by a silent but eloquent behavior: "I will be so related to thee as thou canst not imagine; even so thou mayest believe.  I will spend truth, all my wealth on thee," and the friend responds silently through his nature, and life, and treats his friend with the same divine courtesy.
The language of Friendship is not words but meaning.  It is an intelligence above language.  One imagines endless conversations with his friend, in which the tongue shall be loosed, and thoughts be spoken, without hesitancy, or end; but the experience is commonly far otherwise.
Suppose you go to bid farewell to your friend who is setting out on a journey; what other outward sign do you know that ot shake his hand?  There are some things which a man never speaks of, which are much finer kept silent about.  To the highest communications we only lend a silent ear.. In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not whne there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

--------Henry David Thoreau

When just being together is more important than what you do.. you are with a friend!
"For God so loved the world.. that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him..should NOT perish but have everlasting life.."  John 3:16

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:13

“A friend is a person who goes around saying NICE about you behind your back”
What a friend we have in Jesus..
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry.
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

To my best and most favorite friends of three sisters.. Patty, Nancy, and Sonia... I love you all sooooo much

I have found a friend in Jesus.
He's everything to me
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul
The Lily of the Valley
In Him alone I see.
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole
In sorrow He's my comfort,
In trouble He's my stay
He tells me every care on Him to roll
He's the Lily of the Valley
The Bright and Morning Star
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul

And to my very special friend, Mary, who the Lord gave to me... many many years ago.. I love you, dear heart.


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