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Happy Fried Chicken Day

Fried Chicken

(Photo courtesy of DougsTech at en.wikipedia)

Did ya’ll know that today is National Fried Chicken Day?

How about cookin’ some fried chicken:

Basic Southern Fried Chicken

Paula Dean’s Southern Fried Chicken

Alton Brown’s Fried Chicken

I fix my fried chicken by soaking it overnight in buttermilk. Next, I mix salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and sage with flour, put the flour mixture in a bag and shake the chicken in the flour mixture. Then I fry it in a cast iron skillet. Yum!

You can learn all about the history of fried chicken at The Food Timeline.

Happy Fried Chicken Day! :)



Homemaking Tip: What To Do About Wet Salt

Do you have wet salt that won’t come out of your salt shaker?

Add a few grains of rice to your salt. The rice will absorb any moisture in the air and keep the salt dry and free-flowing, even in damp weather.



Free ECookbook For A Gourmet Valentines Day Meal

Prepare a gourmet, three course meal for your sweetheart with another free ebook from Hershey Ang at Food Journal of Hershey:

Impress Your Friends/Ladies With A Three Course Meal: Red –Bruschetta, Pan-Roasted Pork Belly in Strawberry Coulis with Butter Potatoes and Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries in Chocolate Sauce!

Ebook is 35 pages with step-by-step instructions and illustrations for each dish.



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Free Ebook For Homemakers

Lisa, at Homestead Originals, has a free ebook to help all of us “Keepers at Home”:

Homestead Simplicity: A Primer –Learn about natural cleaning, cooking from scratch, planning and stocking your pantry, and easy ways to provide loving care for your homestead and those in it.



Free Recipes Ebook: 50 Gourmet Burgers

Updated August 10, 2012

Here’s a free eCookbook for you and your children:

Red Robin 2011 Kids Cook-Off Cookbook (link fixed) –Includes 50 inventive gourmet burger recipes from kids around the country plus back to school safety tips from the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Pdf format. Note: The 2007-2010 Cookbooks are also available in the left sidebar.

You might also be interested in:

10 Free eCookbooks: Soups And Stews, Healthy Eating, Pasta Recipes And More -Updated August 7, 2012

Blessings and happy cooking,


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Free Recipe Ebook: Appetizers And Party Pleasers

RecipeLion: Game Day Appetizers -39 Appetizer Recipes and Party Pleasers, featuring 60 pages of tasty appetizer recipes.
Perfect for your “Big Game” party.





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Free Ecookbook: Homemade Chicken and Dumplins

From Homeschool Freebie of the Day and Penny Raine:

Creatively Simple: How to Make Homemade Chicken and Dumplins (PDF ebook) –We love living in the South and Southern Chicken and Dumplins are better than anywhere else. We add our own touches like adding in vegetables and it becomes a healthy nutritious meal that still has that great Southern flavor. It really isn’t hard but it does take some know how. Join my daughters and I in the kitchen as we are happy to share with you how to make the most incredible Chicken and Dumplins you ever had.





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Old Southern Recipes: Pot Likker And Cornmeal Dodgers


Into 3 quarts of cold water, put a 1/2-pound piece of salt pork and place on fire to boil for 45 minutes. Wash young turnip greens in several waters and clean them well. Put them into the pot along with the pork and let boil for another hour. Drain the water from the greens and meat; chop the greens rather fine and season well with salt and pepper. Place the greens on a hot dish and on top arrange slices of the pork; pour over the greens and meat about 1 1/2 cups of the water in which the greens were cooked (pot likker). Cornmeal dodgers are frequently served along with this dish and are arranged around the greens.



1/2 pint white corn meal

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter or other shortening

cold water

Add salt to corn meal and stir in the melted butter. Add sufficient cold water so dough will hold shape. Mould dough into biscuit size pieces and drop into boiling pot likker. Cook in closely covered pot for twenty minutes. Serve garnished with the greens from the "pot likker".

From: Southern Cookbook -322 Old Dixie Recipes (1935)




10 Free eCookbooks: Soups And Stews, Healthy Eating, Pasta Recipes And More

Updated August 7, 2012

For those cold winter days and nights:

Betty Crocker Soups Stews And Chilies –Includes 28 slow cooker recipes and quick-to-fix breads, from General Mills. Read online or downloadable as an executable (.exe) or zip file, offline version is 33 mb.

Quick and healthy dinners:

20 Fresh, Light & Quick Dinners (PDF) –Recipes for pasta, burgers, chicken, fish and more.

Make a three course meal for a special occasion:

Impress Your Friends with a Three Course Meal (PDF) –Cream of squash soup, herbed pork tenderloin with buttered vegetables in cherry pineapple sauce and drunken mangoes with vanilla ice cream.

Grilled Panini recipes:

10 Best Panini Mini Cookbook (PDF) –Recipes and grilling tips from PaniniHappy.com. Only available through January 31, 2010; subscribe by email, rss or become a fan on Facebook to get the free download. This offer is expired but there are a ton of recipes in the recipe index at Panini Happy.

Free eBook from ZestyCook.com:

Simply Zesty (PDF) –A free ecookbook of the best recipes from ZestyCook and other talented food bloggers. Included are recipes for Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Pump It Up Muffins, Fired Up Chicken Chili, Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip, White Chocolate Almond Brownies and many more –22 in all! Subscription required (free).

Kids in the kitchen:

Kitchen Kids (PDF) –Downloadable recipe booklet from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Contains 12 recipes using Wisconsin cheese plus tips on age-appropriate cooking activities, kitchen safety and preparation methods.

Make “secret” restaurant recipes at home:

31 Top Secret Restaurant Recipes (link fixed) (PDF) –Eat out at home! Includes copycat recipes for Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill and P.F. Chang’s dishes.

27 Secret Restaurant Copycat Recipes (link fixed) (PDF) –Included in this ecookbook are recipes similar to ones served at Cracker Barrel, Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s, TGI Fridays, KFC, McDonalds, Chili’s and Panda Express.

Fresh pasta recipes:

Latina Fresh eCookbooks Volume 1 and Volume 2 (link fixed) (PDF) –2 free ecookbooks full of recipes using Latina Fresh Pasta from General Mills International. (I’ve never seen Latina Fresh pasta here in the United States but I suppose you could substitute another brand or make your own.) Click on the download link for each ebook.

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Happy cooking,


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Free Ebook: How To Make Homemade Enchiladas

How To Make Homemade Enchiladas –Learn how to make authentic enchiladas with this 30 page, illustrated ebook from Penny Raine.  This newest ebook in Penny’s Creatively Simple series is normally $5.95, but you can get it for free through this Wednesday.