Summer Simple Fried Chicken
- The Simple Life
Reunions. Food, fun, family, frolicking, and did I mention
food? We've had several in the past couple weeks and you just can't
beat `em, can you? New recipes we can't wait to get our hands on,
and old standbys that we just can't pass up. Once a year we get
together to swap stories from the last year, get caught up on the
newest members of the family, retell stories from our family
histories, and play a few games of volleyball in the hot sun. Funny
thing is, I have yet to attend a family reunion of any family I know
of that doesn't have an undercurrent flowing through the day.
Someone says something to hurt someone's feelings, does
something someone doesn't like, etc. etc., and they bring that
baggage to the gathering. Have you noticed it too? The only sure
thing is that every year there will be an issue about something.
Families mean feelings. Remember the Hatfields and the McCoy's?
Most of us don't even remember what the disagreement was about, but
we know there was a family feud that lasted over a hundred years and
even deaths! It's hard to know what to do, sometimes. Do we take
sides, or keep out of it - speak up, or shut up? Another almost
surety is that we are not going to change anyone by our words or our
actions. Aunt Polly will be as opinionated as ever and Uncle Harold
will still cut into the food line for seconds before we've had a
chance for even one bite. Can we overlook each other's faults? Of
course, there are some things that are better off not forgotten,
too when it has a bad effect on others.
A wise cousin of mine and I were having our yearly
conversation. She mentioned that even though her mother had had a
difficult childhood, she refused to pass that legacy on to her
children. She put a halt to the cycle by refusing to draw her
children into her past hurts. I'm sure it was hard for my aunt
leave the past in the past, but she did so with a heart full of love
for her children. I admire that. There may not always be a way to
bury the past in the past, and sometimes it may not even be a good
idea, but just maybe once in a while we can let bygones be bygones
by closing the door of pain and stepping through a door of healing.
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'Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is
to keep your mind young.' ~~Henry Ford
Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
~~Charles E. Jefferson
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"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and
through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place."
2 Corinthians 2:14
It's apple time here in Michigan, and I just picked my first bag of
transparent apples. They are still just a bit on the small side,
but they will be great in pancakes, applesauce, or apple bread no
matter how I decide to slice `em.
If you have a really good apple recipe that is a bit different from
the norm, please send them in for some variety! How about apple
salsa, or a unique way to preserve apples? Send them to:
If you have another good from the garden recipe you can share with
us, send them in too. We love `em! (New recipes, that is!)
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I made some really good fried chicken this week - by accident! I
was getting over a cold and not overly ambitious, but the chicken
was already thawed out and I was hungry for fried chicken. I was not
raised in the south, so fried chicken has not always been my forte.
My husband loved it! Here's how our conversation went. "Boy this
is the best fried chicken I've ever had!"
"Really!" I exclaimed.
"Well, it's the best fried chicken that you ever made." He quickly
"Aw, come on! That's not saying much. Which is it?"
"It's definitely the best chicken you've ever made."
"Oh brother, that's barely a compliment! Are you sure it's not the
best chicken you ever had?"
"Well, it might be, but I really don't know for sure."
Men! He still doesn't see the difference. Later that night in the
potato patch (looking for potato bugs) - "Honey, was that the best
fried chicken you ever had, or not?" Some subjects are never laid
to rest and never answered! (I think he's claiming the 5th!)
Yummy Fried Chicken
2 cups pancake batter
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
as desired: 1 tsp salt, garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning,
Mix pancake batter according to directions, adding bread crumbs and
seasonings. You want the batter thick. Dip pieces well into batter
and lay on a cooling rack over foil to catch the drips to let the
batter adhere to the chicken for a half hour. Heat oil in skillet
to medium low (about 300 degrees). Fry chicken for 25 minutes,
turning every 5 minutes. Check for doneness by piercing the thick
part of the meat. Juices should run clear. You might have to fry
in two batches. Add some mash potatoes and mushroom gravy and you
just might hear that you've made the "best chicken ever". (But just
don't bet on it!)
Keeping Summer Simple,