a couple of years ago, i had the chance to review a cookbook that offered recipes that clone signature dishes of chain restaurants from coast to coast. i've actually made a handful of recipes out of it since that first try, too. there's all sorts of good stuff in there from appetizers to dessert.
so when i got an e-mail from the publisher that offered me the chance to review a new version of the book, i jumped right on it. and i was excited to receive my copy just two days later.
i thumbed through it, made mental notes of things that caught my eye, set it aside, and promptly forgot about it for about two weeks. heh.
and then i got hit with a craving for some fried chicken. i love homemade fried chicken, but it's such a mess and a pain in the ass to make. but then i remembered seeing a recipe for KFC in this book, and it was baked - so it'd not only be easier, but healthier too. bonus!
i gathered all the spices that the recipe called for:
yeah, there's only 9 there. the colonel's recipe has a magical 13, but there were only 11 listed in this one. i didn't have any marjoram and didn't bother to take a picture of my pepper shaker. i threw everything together and marveled at the sheer volume of spices in my bowl.
after soaking my chicken in an egg & buttermilk mixture and then rolling it in the spice mixture, i sprayed it with a little pam and baked it for about half an hour or so.
while it wasn't exactly like the original, it had a great flavor and was super moist (yes, i do despise that word, except when it's being used to describe food). i saved the leftover spices, too, because i'm thrifty like that. i even remembered to label the ziploc i stored it in, so i wouldn't forget what was in it. i have a handful of mystery baggies in the cupboard that i can't seem to remember what they're for. you'd think i'd just toss 'em and get it over with, but i hate the idea of wasting stuff. although i suppose they're going to waste just sitting there, unloved and unused. hmmm.
in any case, i'll be referring back to this cookbook for more yummy stuff - i've bookmarked a recipe for potato soup and reese's peanut butter cake. there's a significant difference in calories vs. the first version of the book, so the hub will be happy that i'm trying to keep us healthy.