Sunday, November 30, 2008

All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders

From Martha Stewart's Everyday Food. So tasty and very easy - also, hopefully slightly more healthy than standard buffalo wings!


Serves 4

  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet, and transfer to oven. In a medium bowl, stir together blue cheese and 1/2 cup buttermilk. Season dip with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Place flour and remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk in separate medium bowls; season with salt and pepper. Set out another rimmed baking sheet alongside. Dip chicken in buttermilk (allowing excess to drip off), then in flour (shaking off excess); place on sheet.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Working in batches, fry chicken until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to rack in oven to keep warm.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together hot sauce and melted butter. Add chicken, and toss to coat. Serve tenders with blue-cheese dip.

Helpful Hint

To keep mess to a minimum, use one hand to dip chicken in buttermilk and place in flour; with the other hand, toss, pick up, and place on sheet.

to do

I really like this wall treatment. I'm filing it away for possible future painting projects.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My thanks for this year:

  • An adorable (but bratty) dog
  • A husband that puts up with me
  • A family that isn't perfect but is still pretty perfect
  • A roof over our heads and a chicken in the pot
  • A safe and successful move cross-country
  • A better work/life balance
Hope everyone has a nice Turkey day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Could you swim to the edge of Victoria Falls and just chill out?  Me either.  See the original post for more terrifying photos.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

From here.

I think I need this.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I was never much of a JT fan, but his appearance on Weekend Update on SNL this weekend was pretty entertaining, n'est ce pas?
Photo of Ladu, the French Bulldog taken by Jake

Polaroid photos have such an interesting quality, don't they? As the film is getting harder and harder to find, technology is allowing us to fake it. For those Mac users out there, this looks like a really fun program - the Windows version is supposedly coming soon!

More houses

This house is emerging as an interesting possibility. Huge, wooded lot in a pretty, established neighborhood. Nice lower level with a finished rec room and separate workshop. I really like houses built in the '60s. They have a solid feeling that's just lacking in newer construction.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

What can brown do for you?

Sunday, November 2, 2008