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Watkinsville, Georgia, United States
We lost my beautiful wife of 20 years on 9/12/07. Lisa was my world she was my everything and now she is gone. We are learning to live without Lisa now. I say we because I am not alone. My children are stuck in this mess with me. These are my notes, my vent, my way of letting you all know that we are doing well (some days). This is for myself, my friends and my family that want to know how we are doing and what we are up to. Along the way I hope this might also help someone else who has been dealt a similar hand.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Epic Failure

That’s one of “Baby Girl’s” favorite sayings.  My “Dude Gene” was in gear tonight and as a result, tonight’s dinner was an epic failure.

After deep-frying those delicious treats on Sunday, I decided to try my hand at some chicken strips.  After all, I had that little fryer already full of oil.  So I gave it a try and it was nasty.  That’s right I said nasty!  In the middle of the process I saw it was going so poorly that I called Matt and instructed him to stop on the way home at the local chicken spot and pick up a box of chicken strips.  Yeah, it was that bad.

I sliced, cleaned, dredged in floured but wound up with what looked like naked deep fried chicken.  Every stitch of flour just fell off the meat as it cooked.  I later learned, via a dear friend, that I should have soaked the strips in an egg wash before dredging in flour. 

There will be no picture posted or handy link to the web sight that I used as a guide.  Nor will I mention the friend whom tried to give me advise on the matter.  We will simply forget that this ever happened and pack that little fryer back in the box, set it high up on a shelve in the pantry and forget that its there. 

I’m a grill guy I guess…


  1. I find the best way to do it is double batter it. Put a little egg and milk in a bowl, and of course mix it together. Then in a separate bowl combine your flour mixture or bread crumbs...ya know whatever. Dip in the egg mix, then the flour mix, set aside do the same to all of your other pieces, and then dip everything in the egg mix and flour mix again. Works amazingly.
    Besides that, I just found your blog. I recently became widowed...6 days and 1 day ago, and I guess I'm on a mission to just relate to others.

  2. Amber, I am sure by now you don’t need another person to tell you how sorry they are for your loss… I will say my heart goes out to you and you are welcome here anytime you feel the need or desire. I hate you have to be here with me (and so many others) but and happy to have you. Check out my links of interest. There are a few links to others on this path and those will lead you to many, many more. I totally get your need to “relate”…

    Now as for the chicken, thanks for the suggested cooking method but… I have found the best way to cook it is NOT TO!!!!! Lol…
    I think I’ll just stick with the Beignets…


  3. I thought this was hysterica l..... I can just picture you looking into the fryer and saying, "What the hell?!". Too funny ...... wait ... what was I talking about?
    See! I've forgotten already!!!
    And by the way ..... YOU make beignets??????!!!!!!!!!!!
    I may be in love .......

  4. That's pretty close to what I said! And I'm so very glad that I can entertain you Janine...lol :)