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FRAHED chicken

Last night I made frahed chicken. It was really good! And really easy, too! Messy, and fire-alarm-setting-offy, but easy! Though I don't know if my apartment will ever not smell like fried chicken again.

Rather than buy the chicken pieces separately, I bought a whole chicken and cut it up. My mom happened to call last night and I mentioned this to her and she said, "Whaaaat? What did you do that for?" And I replied, "well, that's what my cookbook told me to do!" And it did! I mean boviously I knew I could buy the pieces separately, but I figured it would be a good learning experience for me. And one of the ways my cookbook rules is that it explains everything, so it had illustrated step-by-step instructions for how to cut and trim a chicken.

Man, I'll tell you what though, that shit's creepy. Which is the reason my mom doesn't like to work from whole chickens. It was kind of difficult, but not too bad considering I had absolutely NO experience in chicken mutilation. [And I apparently need a meat cleaver, in case anyone was wondering what to buy me for no reason. They're actually kinda pricey, like $25 for a mediocre-grade one.] But . . . man, those ribs. Those ribs remind you that this is an actual animal you're eating, y'know? And when I lifted it out of the bag, I lifted it under its "shoulders", and it felt like lifting a baby or something, just very heavy and muscley feeling. Mm, but frahed baby is gooooood.

Oh, I also made roasted red potatoes, and THEY were really good too, and I tried to make Manning's Hominy, but it turns out that hominy is grits, so I made Mitchell's Shoepeg Corn and that was really good. And there is still a bunch of chicken and potatoes left over, so amen to that, brother.

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qed
Mar. 28th, 2002 08:15 am (UTC)
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Mm, but frahed baby is gooooood.

That's very James of you. You need help.
quba
Mar. 28th, 2002 09:12 am (UTC)
My momma makes some dayum good fried chicken. But she can't make fried chicken that tastes as good in New York as she can in Missouri.

It's a east coast conspiracy.

petit_chou
Mar. 28th, 2002 10:44 am (UTC)
HOMINY IS NOT GRITS! THEY ARE DIFFERENT THINGS WHICH ARE OFTEN EATEN TOGETHER! RAAAAAARRRRRRRR!

Hominy -- very very large corn that's all swelled up cause it's been soaked in lye. No joke.

Grits -- like a warm mushy cereal made from ground hominy (with the hulls and germ removed) - i.e. cornmeal mush.
littlewashu
Mar. 28th, 2002 10:47 am (UTC)
still weird and inappropriate for dinner!
Eh.
petit_chou
Mar. 28th, 2002 10:52 am (UTC)
Re: still weird and inappropriate for dinner!
Sometimes, Washu, you're so wrong it hurts.
littlewashu
Mar. 28th, 2002 11:29 am (UTC)
AN AGGRESSION!
I didn't dispute your distinction, I'm just not all that interested because I don't eat grits or grit-related products. Don't get all uppity with me in MY own journal here, young lady. You don't know me well enough yet.
petit_chou
Mar. 28th, 2002 11:53 am (UTC)
A CLARIFICATION!!!
But corn is a grit-related product (and you ate that happily)! That's all I'm saying here! Hominy isn't mealy or gritty in any way, it's just giant corn! Oh man, it's so good...I just want you to see the light. No offense was, of course, intended.

Man! "Young lady?" I'm really in for it...
counterfeitfake
Mar. 28th, 2002 11:20 am (UTC)
Wait, so you're saying they're not the same, but one is made out of the other?

...

Judge Eric has reached his verdict: SAME THING.
petit_chou
Mar. 28th, 2002 11:51 am (UTC)
Apparently food prep doesn't factor into your world...
So...
Houses and Lumber are the same thing.
Salsa and Tomatoes are the same thing.
Computers and Plastic are the same thing.

I'm beginning to like this logic...
counterfeitfake
Mar. 28th, 2002 12:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Apparently food prep doesn't factor into your world...
Do not to play the analogy game with me, FOR I AM ANALOGY MAN.

Crumbled walnuts are still walnuts (despite throwing away the shells)
Ground beef is still beef (even if you season it)
Sand is still rock (even if it took a million years)
illscientist
Mar. 28th, 2002 02:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Apparently food prep doesn't factor into your world...
PS: FUCK GRITS
snowman
Mar. 28th, 2002 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Apparently food prep doesn't factor into your world...
You win.
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