I am not sure how my Dear Cousin and her delightful offspring are tackling this food of the day thing. Myself? I’m not a very adventurous eater. I like to be able to identify my proteins. The only thing I want to eat that tastes like chicken is chicken. In fact, in our house we do all kinds of things with chicken. We bake it, broil it, bar-b-que it, marinate it and grill it. We make chicken spaghetti, chicken fajitas, chicken salad and chicken burritos. Believe me Forrest Gump’s friend Bubba and his shrimp have nothing on me and my chicken.
The favorite around our house though is fried chicken.
Maybe it’s because we live south of the Mason-Dixon line. There are many theories about fried chicken. Southern cooks will tell you that the key is to fry it in lard. Others will tell you it is best in peanut oil. The truth is that we like it to be crisp and crunchy and that way we can fool ourselves into forgetting that it just took a grease bath for thirty minutes before we started eating it. We tell our selves that the chicken didn’t absorb all of that oil. It may actually be good for us. That’s why we serve it with wholesome and delicious fresh green beans. Of course, we pour bacon grease into the beans to make them taste better, but that’s not too bad for us, right? Since vegetables are so good for us we may as well chop up some okra. It’s a little slimy but once we bread it and fry it, it will be delicious. Yum vegetables!! What the hell! While we’re at it we may as well slice up some pickles, bread ’em and throw them in the hot oil too.
Now, before you think we just fry up everything and that is how we get our greasy food intake, let me correct that misconception. Macaroni and Cheese! Not boxed, with the powder stuff. That is no where near greasy enough for us. We like it homemade with plenty of butter and cheese. Baked so that the cheese-y goodness leaves a greasy mark on your plate long after the last bite has slid down your throat to coagulate neatly in your stomach next to the chicken and veggies.
While it is hard to pass up delicious treats like a deep fried twinkie or fried snickers bar, there are plenty of other ways to get that essential greasy nutrient that we all crave. BUTTER!! God’s gift to all foods. Its great on melted on vegetables, herb butter really adds a little kick to a steak, butter pecan ice cream is a delightful treat. There is nothing that a little butter can’t make better. There is no food that we can’t make a little more greasy and delicious.
I’m not sure what your favorite greasy food is but you’re seriously cheating yourself if you are not enjoying it on a regular basis.
To answer Cousin Carla question: “I’m not sure where Dear Cousin and her delightful offspring are tackling this food of the day thing?”
We are going all the way….
Thanks for musing Cousin Carla! Cole and I will swear you make mighty fine fried chicken!
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