Grandma’s Crispy Fried Chicken Circa 2012

I remember eating my Grandma’s fried chicken as a kid…we would wait for Sunday dinner and it would take all day.  The Crisco was out, the deep fryer was cooking away and it seemed like it took hours for her to finish, but it was well worth every last crunchy fried goodness that you licked off your fingers (you know what I mean! It was that good!).  The crispy pieces crunched at first and then were melted fried heaven in your mouth. Mmmm, I literally can still taste it.  I also had the metabolism of a jack rabbit then, so it didn’t matter what I ate.  Fast-forward to 2012, a little older (haha) and a little wiser to the effects of trans-fats on the body.  But I digress, I was searching for a way to mold the two worlds and I think I found something that has all the juiciness of a good fried chicken with as much health as you can possibly get with the word “fried” in it. [Read more...]

Quick Gluten Free Spaghetti & Organic Meatballs

So as you’ll come to see, I love the old comfort foods of my childhood. But with a 21st century twist, i.e. I am more conscientious as to what goes into my mouth. With that, I discover ways to improve the dishes I like. My son was begging for spaghetti and meatballs for the last 2 weeks so I figured it was time to honor the request now that the weather turned a little cooler.  As part of my gluten-free attempt in my household I sneakily pull out the old pasta box with the new gluten free version in an attempt to trick the mind that it tastes exactly the same!

Gluten-free pasta

Gluten-free pasta

I found that this version is probably the closest thing to the old taste buds…and guess what it mostly worked! [Read more...]