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warm run & hot chicken

Things went downhill fast this morning.0223160626dWell, not too fast. It’s kind of hard to control your feet when you’re flying down such a steep decline! Anthony and I made it to the bottom of the hill, looped around the park, and then climbed back out again.0223160646It’s kind of a glum day in Nashville, but it’s still shorts weather so I’m not complaining. Perfect timing, actually, because my favorite Aerie leggings (back when Aerie made workout gear… RIP) finally bit the dust after five years and I had to toss them out last week. It was a sad moment — I’ve had so many good runs and races in those babies. Flashback to when I totally wiped out on the ice in them last year:0218150614-001Does anyone else get weirdly emotionally attached to running clothes/shoes? I also have a strong bond with my Garmin. Six miles, done!0223160704Moving right along to food… get ready for some country cookin’. On Saturday we made a Southern feast! I went a little overboard and picked out SEVEN recipes to make in one day. I blame it all on this cookbook I got for Christmas.0216160819aSince our friends Tracee and Tony are total foodies I knew they’d be into a fully themed (and mostly deep-fried) meal :) We kicked off the night with two dishes from the appetizers/snacks section of the book. Pickapeppa-roasted pecans:_DSC0323and “devilish” eggs._DSC0333Then it was time to put on my apron and get frying!!_DSC0336The main event of the night: Nashville hot chicken. We double-floured the chicken so it had a nice crispy skin and basted it with a cayenne-paprika-oil blend after frying. Can you handle the heat?!_DSC0339I also made three sides from the book: Classic buttermilk biscuits, heirloom tomato salad with buttermilk dressing, and mac ‘n’ cheese with Virginia ham. Lots of cheese and butter going on, y’all. And we even got to cook with animal lard (which you can buy at Porter Road Butcher, by the way) — a first for me! Big win._DSC0342Everything turned out really well, except for the biscuits which didn’t rise as much as I’d hoped. I think my baking powder was too old? Luckily there was way too much food anyways :)_DSC0349-001And dessert! It wouldn’t be a Southern dinner without a bowl full of banana pudding. The Southerner’s Cookbook put a little twist on the recipe by including a peanut butter whipped cream topping. Don’t mind if I do._DSC0352If you’re looking for a deep South food experience, I’d recommend The Southerner’s Cookbook! (And btw I’m not paid or sponsored for writing this post just so you know. I just love fried chicken.) I really enjoyed making the recipes and reading the history behind each one. Of course, my butter/cream/lard intake hit an all time high in less than two hours, but it was totally worth it. :)

BYE Y’ALL!

  • Favorite Southern food?
  • One item of running gear/clothing that you’re emotionally attached to?
  • Cookbook recommendations? Another favorite of mine is Cook’s Illustrated of course!

7 thoughts on “warm run & hot chicken

  1. WOW! I can’t believe you did all of that in one day, but what a Southern feast! I’ve never made Nashville hot chicken, but I love to eat it! The weather has been super weird in Memphis too and it was hard to have such a cold and dreary day yesterday after such a beautiful weekend, but I enjoyed a cold rainy run last night anyway!

  2. I will never ever part with my old stopwatch, which I had before I got my Garmin. It reminds me of cross country days. :)

    I highly recommend Irish Bread Baking for Today by Valerie O’Connor. Soda breads are a great way for me to use up buttermilk and also give me more instant gratification than yeast breads.

    • OH I have a lot of buttermilk left over from the weekend! fabulous idea. I’ll check out that book. Thanks Rina!

  3. Thanks for the cookbook rec! Also, side note on the lard, it makes the best flour tortillas. Definitely give it a go. It’s not that time consuming and tastes amazing.

    • haha, okay you get a pass because you ARE southern fatty! my feast will never measure up to your buttery, fried concoctions

  4. Can we have a repeat of all the recipes for our visit in May. All the dishes look really delicious. Good job!!
    We can help as much as you like as long as we can taste that chicken!