Happy New Year!
This year, we resolve to spend more time eating, drinking, and conversing with like-minded friends. And by like-minded, we mean people who like to eat, drink and be merry. And talk about food.
So today took us to the canyon where we contributed to a New Years Day potluck lunch. Because I am the proud recipient of a brand new FryDaddy (thank you December ugly sweater holiday party, white elephant gift exchange, and impeccable steal!!!), I brought it with me to fry a batch of chicken wings.
I first tried the buttermilk fried chicken recipe from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home a few years ago, and I loved it. It was hands-down, the best fried chicken I had ever had. (Yes, I’ve been to Roscoe’s, and Bruxie’s… and N’awlins.) But for whatever reason (maybe it’s that we don’t fry a lot), I hadn’t made it again… until now.
There’s a note from Mr. Keller on page 16 that says this: Fried chicken is a great American tradition that’s fallen out of favor. A taste of this, and you will want it back in your weekly routine.
And I hope you do too.
Because I was only trying to serve 12 people, the modified recipe posted below significantly cuts down what Mr. Keller writes in his book. I also used my backyard Meyer lemons because it was convenient, and I stuck with chicken wings instead of using the whole bird. (Better meat to crust ratio, in my opinion.)
Below, a few more photos from the afternoon.
1. Backyard Meyer lemon and tangerine haul. 2. The men babysitting the rib roast. 3. Priscilla’s Hoppin’ John salsa. 4. Roast beef sandwich with bread that Anita brought from the OC Baking Company. 5. Mr. RGBistro sneaking a piece of fried chicken. 6. Meyer lemon cake and freshly churned ice cream for dessert. 7. The making of ice cream, with Grand Marnier and tangerine zest. 8. Fried chicken! 9. A post-meal view. 10. The picnic table at mealtime. 11. The fireplace during a round of “Foodie Fight.” 12. Austin’s lunch plate.
It was a beautiful, beautiful day. I’m so looking forward to more of this in 2013.
Bistro Eats is a collection of recipes we think could work in a bistro setting, i.e. the brick and mortar Rustic Garden Bistro. Click on this category to see a snippet of what the menu may look like.