Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Easy Delicious Fried Chicken

Here is a Paula Deen recipe that I changed a little. My changes are noted.

3 eggs
1 cup hot red pepper sauce (I used only a little b/c I wasn't sure if my fam could take the spice)
2 cup self-rising flour (notice it says self-rising and not all purpose!)
2 1/2 lb chicken, cut into pieces
Paula Deen's House Seasoning ( I just used garlic salt and pepper)
Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil (I used crisco)
1/2 cup of milk or buttermilk (this was an idea from my Mum)


Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with milk. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange (about 1 cup). Season the chicken with the House Seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour. Place the chicken in the preheated oil and fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. Approximate cooking time is 13 to 14 minutes for dark meat and 8 to 10 minutes for white meat.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 14 minutes Difficulty: Easy Yield: 6-8 servings

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Another Hint: My mum told me to dip the chicken in the egg wash with one hand and the flour with the other hand. It worked perfectly with minimal mess.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thanks Trillia for posting. Life has been a little crazy here with a new baby! For our family, all meals are easy right now.

Here's our easy meals
1. Tacos - with black beans and corn - yum yum!
2. Spaghetti - I make a big batch of sauce - nothing special. I use a large containger of store bought sauce and add ground beef, onions, green peppers, garlic and other seasonings. I freeze the sauce in freezer bags and then just thaw them when needed. I usually get four meals out of one container. I'm sure as our three boys grow up, we won't get that many servings out of one big container.
3. Frozen Lasagna - ok I said it, FROZEN lasagna. The Wal-mart brand is just as good as the leading national brand.
4. Petro's. - This is the meal that my friend, Zerita, brings to others when she's blessing them with a meal. For those that aren't familar with Petros, It is an East Tennessee company started after the 1982 World's Fair where Petros were first introduced. Click on the link for a description of what a Petro is and see just how easy it is to make!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Easy Dinner Meals

Sorry it has been so long since anyone has posted. I think the title rings true for most of us "busy moms".

Thinking about Honey's great list of foods for kids I started thinking of meals that were easy for dinner. Some of the recipes may already be on here so I will just post the titles of the meals rather than a full recipe:

1. Spaghetti, bread, and salad
2. Shepard's Pie! (meat and potatoes and peas on the side)
3. Crock pot beef stew
4. Beans (like pinto beans) and cornbread (This is not a staple in my house but my friend makes it and enjoys it because it's easy and cheap!)
5. Pot Roast (with veges in the roast)
6. Salad for dinner (add some unique veges like artichokes and a meat like tuna or chicken)
7. Black beans and rice (add salsa and cheese to spice it up and broccoli or other vege on the side)
8. Pizza! (OK so take out may not count but it sure is easy! Ha!)

Any others?