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We’re Thankful For Jennie-O’s Turkey And Thanksgiving Menu Ideas.

November 4th, 2015 No comments

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Wow, it was a perfect Turkey that went from the freezer directly into the oven without effort — It’s the Oven Ready Whole Turkey from the Jennie-O Turkey Store.  It’s ready to be cooked in a bag.

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It’s true what the package says — The Turkey browned in the bag, was tender and tasted great.

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I didn’t know Jennie-O sold such a Turkey.  I didn’t have to remove the giblets, yay!

Turkey and Corn Dish

Since the Turkey was so easy to prepare, I made a complete, early Thanksgiving Dinner.

Brussels Sprouts Side Dish

I got several ideas and inspiration from the Jennie-O website, especially the Holiday Sides page.

Turkey Bacon

And surprisingly I discovered that I like Turkey Bacon, though I wasn’t even sure I wanted to try it. It looks quite different than Bacon in its raw state. It feels like Bologna, kind of looks like a surfboard and fake Bacon with a line running down the middle, but it tastes pretty good, like Bacon.

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Turkey Bacon cooks up nice and crisp, but it’s a little harder to tell when it’s done.  I accidentally burnt the first batch, but the second batch (below) turned out well.  There is a fine line between burnt and nicely crisp.  Turkey Bacon is in a few of the Jennie-O Thanksgiving Side Dishes.

Cooked Turkey Bacon

I will definitely buy Jennie-O’s Oven Ready Whole Turkey and Turkey Bacon again.  I appreciate the coupons they sent us.  I gave away a couple of them.  When purchasing Jennie-O’s Oven Ready whole Turkey, a lady in line in front of me, expressed her love for Jennie-O products and had never seen their Oven Ready Whole Turkey, so I gave her one of the Jennie-O coupons to try it too.

Thanksgiving Dinner with Jennie-O

Thank you Jennie-O!  I tried a couple products I never thought to try before and actually really like ’em.  I have a better appreciation of Jennie-O’s products.  They offer much more than we thought.

Recipe Photo Contest Reveals More About Food Than Photography.

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

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From a Potato Contest I’ve learned to appreciate Ground Turkey, and other dishes I wouldn’t choose to make — At least there’s that, since my photos haven’t produced many wins.

* The pictured is not an official entry in the contest. The chosen ones are much better, I think.

Right Place At The Right Time For A Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit.

March 26th, 2014 No comments

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I tried one of these Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches one day while having lunch at Chick-Fil-A.  They were offering samples.  I couldn’t believe how good it was and I’m not a Biscuit person.

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Ever since then, I’ve wanted one for breakfast, but rarely seem to be near a Chick-Fil-A, while it’s open and still serving Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches (until 10:30 and not on a Sunday).

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When nearby, it’s a must and always a treat.

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I’ve liked Chick-Fil-A’s Original Chicken Sandwich for several years and now highly recommend their Chicken Biscuit Sandwich.  It’s surprisingly almost better than the original.  Try it and see.

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It’s buttery, flavorful and delicate, and compliments the Crispy Chicken well.

Staub Enameled Cast Iron: The Best Chicken In The Best Pot.

March 21st, 2014 No comments

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We received this Staub Cast Iron Cookware as a gift for our wedding.

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It’s from one of the attorneys I work for as a paralegal — His family swears by it.

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I’ve given away Cast Iron Pots in the past — I generally thought them to be unattractive, to rust easy, and be too heavy to use.  Well… This one is NOT unattractive.  In fact it’s so gorgeous I can’t stop staring at it.  I want to keep it nice forever.  It’s still pretty heavy, but I greatly appreciate its enameled surface and think it would be less apt to rust.  Thank you!

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The first thing I cooked (several times already) is a Whole Chicken.

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This one is seasoned with Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and Paprika — Each has been different.

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And was simply placed a-top roughly chopped Onions and Carrots.

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I include Fresh Herbs if I have them.  Dill and Thyme (my favorite) were added to this Chicken.  I add most in its cavity and some to the Carrots and Onions, since I later puree all with a little Chicken Juice and Chicken Stock to make a Sauce to serve with it — A quick alternative to Gravy.  Cook Chicken covered in the oven at 325° for approximately 3 Hours.

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Put it in the oven and forget about it until the timer goes off.  It’s a great meal and our house smells good too.  I’ll experiment with a different pot to assess the difference in Chickens using the same cooking method and report back soon, if I can give up this pot for a bit.  Staub is made in France and this one has a self-basting system, you can read more about here.

La Palma Chicken Pie Shop Restaurant And Bakery In Anaheim.

September 9th, 2013 No comments

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The La Palma Chicken Pie Shop Restaurant and Bakery has been in existence longer than I’ve been alive — Yelp reviews will tell you more.  I’m new to this old establishment.

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I love the prices — They’re old school, like the waitresses who may be original too.

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I’m told (and have read) that the Chicken Pie is the best item to order, so it’s what we had.

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With Dinner, the Chicken Pie comes with Soup and Salad, a Roll and Dessert.

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I got the Ranch Dressing, which isn’t good (tangy) and I’ve since read their Roquefort is best.

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Dinner also comes with a choice of Potato — We got the Mashed Potatoes.  Gravy covers it all.

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I like smothered Gravy — The Crust was still crunchy and has a good flavor and texture.

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It is loaded with big pieces of real Chicken, dark and white — You can order it with all White Meat too.  I may do that next time, just to be on the safe side.  No Peas or Carrots are inside.

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Peach Pie for me and Matt had the Chocolate Pudding (not pictured).

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The interior is old too and filled with decorative Chickens and long-standing booths.

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Is that a flower pot on Matt’s head and a Chicken on his shoulder whispering in his ear?

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Come back, says the Chicken.

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It’s also a Bakery, as identified — We were too stuffed to try anything.  Next time.

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The Baked Chicken Pie Lunch ($5.00) and Dinner ($6.75) are cheap, satisfying meals.

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant At Knott’s Berry Farm.

September 5th, 2013 No comments

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If I’ve ever had Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken before, I don’t remember.  I should have, since I’ve probably been to Knott’s Berry Farm a hundred times.  I grew up nearby.  Most of the time there’s a long line and I don’t like long lines.  This day it was free and clear.  We walked right in the very day we resolved to stand in line for it — At Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

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In one of several dining room areas — It’s fairly large inside and often full.

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I came away thinking it could be the Hot Buttermilk Biscuits they stand in line for — WOW, they are good!  They’re warm and something special.  And I’m not one to get excited about Biscuits.

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Soup and Salad is served with all Chicken meals — Mrs. Knott’s Famous Fried Chicken for us.

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It also comes with the choice of Cabbage seasoned with Ham or Sweet Kernel Corn.

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Though the Cabbage with Ham looks basic, it’s flavorful and rich — I’d get it again too.

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We split a meal, like others often do, we’re told — It’s a lot of food for one.

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Prices have changed in 70+ years — Today all is $16.99, and the same was only $0.85 in 1940.

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We upgraded to all White Meat — It’s $3.59 more, perhaps $0.15 back in the day?!

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We like the STAR with longevity too — Fried Chicken.  Okay, I’ll stand in line for all.

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Shouldn’t they be offering Knott’s Jellies, Jams and Preserves?!  What’s up with the Smucker’s?

You Never Know Who Is Going To Show Up For A Blind Date.

August 29th, 2013 No comments

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Not sure it’ll work out — There may be laws against it too.

Light & Healthy Califoriental Cuisine At Ho Sum Bistro: Combo Salad.

August 26th, 2013 No comments

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“You’ve got to try the Combo Salad at Ho Sum Bistro” I’ve heard (and read) over and over.  It’s like… “You’ve got to see the baby” on Seinfeld — Well, I finally tried it aka saw the baby, and it’s not breathtaking.  In real world terms, it’s okay, better than the TV reference.

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The Combo Salad is the Ho Sum Chicken Salad (Roasted and shredded Chicken Breast with Lettuce and Red Ginger Dressing) and the Sesame Seed Chicken Salad (Romaine Lettuce tossed with Sesame Seeds, Almonds, shredded Chicken and a Sesame Oil and Vinegar Dressing) combined.  It’s good, but next time I’d try a few Dim Sum dishes I saw on the menu.

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It’s a lot of Salad.  Pictured is the 1/2 Combo Salad to go — Two can share it.

Doing Over-Hard Time In A Shell: Chicken Runs Off With The Fair.

August 13th, 2013 No comments

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The OC Fair has left the county with a few FOOD stats to report — After the last pickle was wrapped in Bacon, Corn Dog deep-fried, piglet petted, carnival plush won and concertgoer rocked, 1,374,579 Fair-goers had heeded the OC Fair’s invitation to “Come & Get It” in 2013.

For the 2013 season, which ran from July 12-August 11, the OC Fair saw its second highest attendance. Plus the Pacific Amphitheatre saw its top-grossing summer concert series which included 11 sold-out concerts. Here are more fun facts about the 2013 OC Fair:

Food at the 2013 OC Fair:

  • Chicken Charlie used 7,500 gallons of vegetable oil to fry up 24,000 Bacon-Wrapped Pickles, 100,000 Deep-Fried Oreos, and other wild concoctions like 25,000 balls of his top-selling Deep-Fried Cookie Dough.
  • Biggy’s Meat Market sold nearly 2,000 Big Chics on a Stick and 4,500 The Big Ribs, and used 13,500 pounds of potatoes for orders of giant Curley Frys.
  • Bacon A-Fair used 20,000 pounds of bacon around turkey legs, inside chocolate, wrapped around cheesy bombs or sprinkled around chocolate peanut butter bananas.
  • Tasti Chips used 23.75 tons of potatoes and 690 gallons of cheese sauce.
  • Juicy’s sold more than 75,000 smoked turkey legs and used 300 gallons of ketchup and 250 gallons of mustard.

Source: Partial Press Release from the OC Fair & Event Center and Photo Credit.

Greatest Food Mystery Soon To Be Solved: We Keep Chicken The Mail.

July 29th, 2013 No comments

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Ultra-Cool Hot Gadget: How To Grill A Hip Chicken.

March 6th, 2013 No comments

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This Chicken plans to cross many roads — Don’t ask why.  He’s already on the other side.

Carl’s Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich And Jalapeno Turkey Burger.

February 26th, 2013 No comments

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Carl’s Jr. just can’t seem to leave sex alone in advertising — It doesn’t make me want whatever they’re selling, but a free coupon does.  Though I call it as I see it, Carl’s Jr. still sends coupons to try new menu items, and this time we tasted two Sandwiches we’d again.

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Jalapeno Turkey Burger — The Santa Fe Sauce (also on the Charbroiled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich), Jalapenos, Pepper Jack Cheese and Wheat Bun make this Burger flavorful.  It’s light and satisfying combined with the Turkey Burger, Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onion.

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It’s not the good looking guy eating the Jalapeno Turkey Burger that makes me want to try one (but if taking that route, glad it’s realized that women eat Burgers too), nor does a bikini model cause me to want a Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich.  Interesting correlation.  More than anything I value creativity and humor in advertising, combined with a good deal and tasty meal.  Spare us the overplayed sex-sells sales approach — Make us laugh Carl’s Jr.

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Regardless of all, I would’ve tried the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich anyway.

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Though ours wasn’t as thick as the one on TV, it’s a Sandwich I’d buy with my own dime.  The Atlantic Cod was all white with good seasoning and it’s perfect on a soft Honey Wheat Bun.

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Two of us gave four thumbs up to both — Soon to be customers in line for these Sandwiches.

The Taste Awards At The Vibiana: Yes We’re RED-dee To Eat More.

January 19th, 2013 No comments

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At the 4th Annual Taste Awards with Cat Cora, an award presenter and recipient.

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This year I was one of numerous Judges — Award Winners were announced in December.

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Medals were handed out at The Taste Awards Ceremony at the Vibiana this January evening.  Flipping Out won for Best Home Decor and Design Program, as represented by Jenni (above).

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P. Allen Smith presented a few awards — A fine fellow we just met.

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All went well, no one slipped or tripped, but the sound could’ve been better.

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The Vibiana is grand and gorgeous — Inside it glowed in RED, pink and purple.

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Outside there was little food — We liked what we ate, but hoped for more.

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Can you guess the meat?

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It’s Goose for Goose Tacos — Plain looking and simple as can be, yet quite tasty.

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Above is a Potato/Chorizo appetizer of some sort from the Idaho Potato peeps.

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Plates with a hole for a drink glass (above) may be cooler than the people below.

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Champagne? Tequila? Thanks for offering.

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Too much Tequila for our Idaho Potato Guy — Had to chill on the bench for a while.

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Below:  Me on stage pretending to present an award after the show was over, and with my friend Michelle, pretending others are taking pictures of us — In between are Caramels by Amella and the address of the Vibiana.  Thanks for the invitation.  It was a good experience.

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I’m hungry, but happy.  Tommy’s or Pink’s sounds good.

Backyard BBQ Rules: One Beer For Every Ten Minutes Of Grill Time.

October 3rd, 2012 1 comment

A gift from the Grandkids (Kids in the Kitchen) who know their BBQ’ing Grandpa (aka Mad Dog) well and it’s definitely Budweiser in between his grilling.  Always marinate and never use a recipe it also states — I concur with that.  October still feels like July in Southern California.  The ten minute rule seems doable in this record heat.  Pop open a Stella for me, sorry Dad.

Kids In The Kitchen Dressed Up For Cow Appreciation Day At Chick-Fil-A.

July 20th, 2012 No comments

Dress like a cow and get FREE Chicken — Bailee of Kids in the Kitchen recently stayed up until 3:00 a.m. with a friend laughingly making cow costumes for Chick-Fil-A‘s 8th Annual Cow Appreciation Day.  I’ve loved Chick-Fil-A for years (especially their Original Sandwich with extra Pickles, Coleslaw and/or Nuggets with Chick-Fil-A Sauce), but I think the girl’s experience was worth more than the free Chicken.  Check out The Best Cow Costume Contest here.

Panini Cafe: The Chicken Shish Kabob Is (A Must) Indeed!

June 2nd, 2012 No comments

The Chicken Shish Kabob Mediterranean Entree is A MUST, as noted on Panini Cafe’s Menu and verbalized by friends.  Four of us recently had lunch on their patio in Irvine to celebrate a couple birthdays.  My original sights were set on Lamb, Mousaka or a Panini, but had to try the Chicken Shish Kabob due to the hoopla.  We all ordered the same plate, not a food bloggers dream, but WOW is the word — It’s beautiful, extremely flavorful, tender and juicy baby.

It’s the Best Chicken Kabob we’ve ever had — My friends go to Panini Cafe for it as often as possible.  Their office is within walking distance and now I wish mine was too.  It’s superb.

The pictured dessert isn’t served at Panini Cafe.  It was made by a dear friend and amazing baker for our birthdays — A tasty lunch indeed.  Let’s meet back here soon for another Kabob.

Eat Chow Part Deux: The Best Turkey Burger We Ever Had.

May 22nd, 2012 No comments

Part Deux on Eat Chow’s second location in Newport Beach — See our first report here.

A surprising thing happened at this gathering to celebrate the opening of Eat Chow II…

A few of us (especially me) think we had the best Turkey Burger ever (above), and I usually don’t care for them.  Eat Chow makes them with Shredded Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onions, House Made Pickles and 1000 Island Dressing, and Cheddar Cheese on a Brioche Bun.

One cool server delivering Turkey Chili Cups to sample — Merci.

Truffle Parmesan Fries and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Media at this celebration to taste, photograph and tweet about the well crafted offerings.

Earlier posted photos are of the Spanish Style Roasted Chicken Salad and Curry Salmon Tacos.

Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding.

We’ll go back to Eat Chow for the Turkey Burger — Can’t believe I think that, but it’s true.

Happy Mother’s Day To All You Muthas From Nibbles Of Tidbits.

May 13th, 2012 No comments

Chicken samples from the backyard grill on Mother’s Day — Anticipated and appreciated.

Bouquets of flowers and fruit flourish.

Tortilla Roll Ups with Smoked Turkey, Ham, Peppers, Cream Cheese, Chives and more.

Specific recipe for above to be posted soon — A past similar recipe is linked here.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!  Thanks for ALL you’ve done and who you are.

I’m blessed and lucky.

Could This Be The New Trend In Chicken Sandwiches?

March 27th, 2012 1 comment

Just kidding — It’s not recommended.

Be Careful What You Work As: It Could Be Your Last Day At The Office.

February 28th, 2012 1 comment

I’m considering this Turkey for employment — Photo Credit.

Pure Merry Employment: EPL, Homemade Apple Juice & Chocolate.

December 24th, 2011 No comments

A surprise at the office on Friday made my day — Walked in to a pile of presents on my desk and a box of Donuts nearby.  A couple days a week at EPL’s corporate headquarters (as a Paralegal, Consultant) enhances living.  Before and after will always be tasty grilled Chicken.

You’re lucky to like your job, or in some cases just have one — I thankfully enjoy a few.

And now keen on 2 Pounds of See’s Candy, Homemade Apple Juice and candles — Sounds like a party.  I never had 2 Pounds of Chocolate.  Is it really Apple Juice or Moonshine?  I won’t tell.

I feel bizarre — What’s in there?  JK, lovin’ the freshly juiced Gala and Fuji Apples with the Nuts & Chews, at a pace to avoid chaos.  Thank you!  I’m very grateful for all.  The little things and big picture matter most.  Merry Christmas, love and feast on earth.  Pass the Moonshine.

Chicken Is Always Better Pounded If The Timing Is Right.

November 30th, 2011 No comments

Does the Chicken Breast above look like Opie or the guy on Mad Magazine or a Sock Monkey, or is it just me?  This is the Chicken Rorschach Test, a psychological test you can eat. 

Kitchen Exercise: Pounding Chicken — It’s all the rage for even (and faster) cooking.

I’m learning it’s best not to over-attend to certain things.  Simple is truly best.

The Chicken was flipped once after turning golden brown — I cannot put forth the process better than A Sweet and Savory Life, who helped me really get the best stove-top method.

Grateful For Turkey Skin, The First To Go On Thanksgiving.

November 23rd, 2011 No comments

Turkey Skin, it’s not the healthiest of Thanksgiving Day appetizers, but oh-so-good when extra crispy, with a little Salt — It’s become a family tradition to graze a comely Turkey homely.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Count your blessings today and every day.  We sure do.