I talked before on my old blog about Jr. League cookbooks.. When I was younger and my kids were little, my husband and I were busy with a growing business. We were also busy accumulating things for our home and we were "feathering our nest". I began to cook a lot more. Mostly out of necessity but also because my love for cooking began to grow. Friends and family began to bring me cookbooks for my kitchen. This was the early 90's.
My friend and neighbor Joyce always brought me "sussies" or surprises from trips she'd go on. I got cookbooks from all over the U.S. and because I loved cookbooks, I began to get a lot of them as gifts. This period of time also seemed to just boom with regional cookbooks. Up until then it seemed like cookbooks were mostly written by distinguished and credentialed chefs. These regional cookbooks made cooking seem a little less intimidating. They were written by regular people and were recipes that were usually just passed around to friends. To me, it's very much what food blogging is about now. Some of the Jr. Leauge cookbooks I collected had some really great recipes!
Fast forward to now. My kitchen isn't very big. I don't have a lot of shelf space for books and so I've kept a few out but have put most of my cookbooks in a storage box. Every now and then I'll go look for a book or a recipe but most of the time it's out of sight, out of mind. The other day I was going to find a recipe so I could give proper credit for a recipe I was blogging about and ended up dragging out several of my old cookbooks. The one that caught my eye this time was "The Best Of The Best From Texas" It's a compilation of recipes that were favorites from all of the local Jr. League cookbooks in Texas. I began to dog ear pages immediately! I don't know why I'd never really used this cookbook very much. One of the first recipes I came across that I really wanted to try was called Chicken Ole'. I turned the page and there was an almost identical recipe except it had a couple of differences- but it was very much the same. The two recipes were from different Jr. League cookbooks. I could just imagine how that whole situation came about. Who's recipe should they choose? Can't make either lady mad... so they published both.
I noticed yesterday that both methods of dredging the chicken were the same. They used butter first then dipped it in the dry mixture. Butter? I can honestly say I've never used butter before for coating chicken. I just couldn't do it. I ended up making an egg wash. The recipe was delicious and I'm going to share it with you today. We could call this a "high carb" recipe. haha! It's not something you would want to make every week but it was delicious and definitely worth trying! I have lots of other recipes in this book picked out, and I can't wait to make them. Meanwhile, I'm going to heat up some Chicken Ole' for some breakfast. ;)
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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