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Zealous Zucchini

Is your garden currently in that state of overabundance of zucchini and underabundance of just about everything else due to the “drought” that we’ve been in?  If so, check out The Pioneer Woman’s food blod, Tasty Kitchen for over a hundred recipes (both savory and sweet) inspired by this ubiquitous fruit!

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The Way to a Man’s Heart

Jackson 20According to my husband, it’s with homemade fried chicken that one can steal a man’s heart.  After a month of eating out in St. Louis while thinking about this incredible meal that we had at Jackson 20 (see photo),  he came home on Friday, begging for a dinner of nothing but fried chicken.

Here’s my how to…

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

4 tbsp Kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
2-3 pounds of chicken drumsticks and thighs
3 cups nonfat buttermilk
3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Oil for frying (I like to throw some bacon fat in the mix)

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Shoestring Frizzled Onions


If you’re not familiar with The Pioneer Woman, and you like my blog, you should be.  Ree describes herself by saying, “I’m a thirty-something ranch wife, mother of four, moderately-agoraphobic middle child who grew up on a golf course in the city. I attended college in Los Angeles and wore black pumps to work every day. I ate sushi and treated myself to pedicures on a semi-regular basis. Then, on a brief trip to my hometown, I met and fell in love with a rugged cattle rancher. Now I live in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch. My days are spent wrangling children, chipping dried manure from boots, washing jeans, and frying calf nuts. I have no idea how I got here…but you know what? I love it. Don’t tell anyone”

One of my favorite recipes from The Pioneer Woman is her Onion Straws.  They’re out of this world, and if you don’t believe me, make them, then complain.  I betcha no one will be complaining after eating these suckers!  I’ve only made a couple of changes in my revised recipe below, most notably, adding one more onion (I can’t get enough of these things) and throwing some chili powder in the mix.  So, run, don’t walk home from work tonight to add these to your dinner table… Just like bacon, they go with just about anything!

TDD’s Shoestring Frizzled Onions

2 large onions
3 cups buttermilk
3 cups flour
1 and a 1/2 tablespoon salt
Lots of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
canola oil

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