Yesterday I made another batch of seasoned chicken wings and small drumsticks. My mom used to prepare them as appetizers for her fancy dinner parties. I don't know if women entertain the way she did anymore. That was a different era. People would get dressed up, and go to each others houses for drinks and supper. She would cook the poultry with butter, salt, and white pepper. It tasted amazing! The flavor was perfect, and the chicken parts developed a lovely brown color on theirskin.
I basted this batch in olive oil, and seasoned the meat with garlic salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, and white pepper. I used the spicy olive oil that was left in the pan as a sauce on a few baked potatoes. Yum! Absolutely delicious! It really makes a difference to cook food that you love, and to choose the spices and flavorings that excite you. It also feels good not to waste. Normally, I would have poured the chicken drippings into a grease pan, eventually freezing it, and dumping it in the trash. Using them on the spuds gave them an entirely new and a delightful flavor. My family has a long history of heart disease, so I felt better about substituting the olive oil for the butter.
This morning I made my mother's tuna and noodle casserole recipe. I wanted to get my cooking done early, so that I didn't heat up the cottage. We are expecting a heat wave. I even prepared my dinner salad before noon. I ate half of it for lunch, with the leftover chicken from last night's dinner. Cold chicken is one of my favorites.
Have you been cooking or baking lately? What's happening in your kitchen?
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