Monday, March 17, 2008

Full House

Our oldest son, daughter in-law, and grandson arrived Friday afternoon and are spending a couple of days with us before going to our daughter in-law’s parents. On Saturday our second son came for the weekend. Our third son lives in this area so he is always stopping be to pass the time of day. And our daughter was home last week on spring break from college.

I asked the boys if they would make Fried Chicken using a buttermilk double dipped Fried Chicken recipe from the Food Network. To help with the process, I purchased a 5-quart Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven and a couple of splatter screens. After talking to the two oldest boys about the timing issues with frying the chicken, C decided to bring his deep cast iron frying pan with when they came for the weekend. I asked P to buy some chicken legs and thighs and youngest son K, who works at a dairy bottling plant, to bring the buttermilk.

Sunday afternoon daughter K made dark chocolate brownies. She improved them by adding two symphony candy bars to the brownies before baking. After baking the brownies, K baked a pecan pie.

Once the desserts were made and set aside, the real business began. As the boys heated the two cast iron pans of oil and prepared the chicken, daughter in-law K and grandson L made the buttermilk biscuits and mashed potatoes. I sat by the kitchen table soaking up the atmosphere and supervising.

At the end of the day, everyone was full. The chicken was tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes were oh so creamy, the buttermilk biscuits were light and fluffy, and the coleslaw, made earlier in the day, was cool and creamy. Amazingly everyone saved room for either a piece of pecan pie or a piece of rich dark chocolate brownie.

Last night I couldn’t help but remember times when all 7 of us siblings, with our spouses and children, would descend on my parents. However, those stories are for another time.


Blogger Me said...

It is good to see your face. Miss you.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 2:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dot said...

Now that's my kind of meal!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Krawuggl said...

I also made chicken yesterday, a recipe which I never tried before, roasted with potatoes and a lot of garlic and onions. It was good but a lot of preparations needed and your recipe sounds really good, maybe I will try it the next time. What I love most with hilidays is to have a lot of the family here in my home, it´s always so much for fun to cook or bake for a lot of dear people than only for us.
Thanks for your lovely comment, today it is snowing heavy again, really bad because I so much would like to work a bit in my garden now. And to see some spring flowers and green grass.
Have a happy week,
beste wishes, Suzi

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 12:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Tippy, just popped in to see how your doing.
Nice Photo's. its nice to see a photo of you with a lovely smile.
Oh your Dinner sounds so yummy

Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 2:11:00 AM PDT  

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