Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Sun Is Back!

    There is blue sky with a few white clouds along with some snow on the ground left in shady spots under trees, behind the house and outbuildings. I love how the moss grows even greener and fuller during the cold weather and snow conditions. I went looking for the mushrooms that Kristine said were growing all over before the snow fell, but I couldn't find any. Maybe they will pop up again this week. I'm going to be out by this tree tomorrow raking leaves. The weather forecast is for two more days of sun in the low 50's.

     I have been using a glass pot that has a pour spout to heat water, but this morning I came out to find a teakettle. Surprise! It has a plastic handle and spout so it will have to live on the cook top. It's cute! And it works! I missed waiting for a whistle announcing that the water was hot and that I should get myself out to the kitchen.  Maybe that kettle was a gift we stored and didn't use? Who put it there? Tom?

     Tonight I cooked chicken in the chicken fryer on the cook top with the lid on, with just a little oil and salt to taste. In the old days I used to dip the chicken in egg, buttermilk and then seasoned flour, and sometimes even double dip the pieces or then roll them in crushed corn flakes or potato chips.
     But now I do the minimum partly to stave off migraines and partly because I'm watching calories. Sometimes I splurge, but not very often. I'm always amazed to see how the chicken cooks golden and juicy with the lid on the fryer. I always used to cook chicken using a screen to catch the grease splatter. But this works out much better.

     This chicken fryer is old? and very well seasoned. All I could find about the foundry is this. The markings are the same as on the fryer except for the number. Click on the picture. Crescent Fd'y Co., Ozark, St. Louis, Mo. (In capitals)

     I found this chicken fryer at a yard sale about 8 years ago when all the household goods of a home were being sold. I had never used a fryer before or even knew that chicken was supposed to be cooked, or could be cooked covered. I guess I just kept cooking things the way I was taught when young. I'm not that adventurous when it comes to trying out new recipes or cooking techniques. I learned to cook mostly in home economics classes in high school. I wonder if they still teach cooking and sewing in school?

     The chickens and Morgan spent the day out in the woods. I put the hens chicken feed out in the pen so they could have their breakfast in the piney pen under the morning sun tomorrow. I've noticed that they don't eat as much when the feed is inside the coop. I put out some of the chicken scratch that Tom brought home yesterday. That should make the hens happy!

(January 27, 2009
I never finished this quilt.
I was and still am afraid of cutting the fabric.
Silly me...

[2 eggs today]



lisa said...

My hubbies mom gave us some old enamel wear that was from her grandmother, and his grandmother or even great, great. I will have to make that my next post! You sure do miss the sun when it isn't out for long periods of time!

Jennifer said...

Your nature pic. is SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL! What a nice surprise to get up and find a new tea kettle and that chicken fryer is pretty cool, I need to find one of those.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I don't know if they still teach cooking and sewing in school but I sure enjoyed them when I was in school.

Chicken Boys said...

I LOVE homemade fried chicken. It was one of your chickens, was it? Mike and I love to try new things. I enjoy cooking, but rarely get to, as Mike says the kitchen is his. He don't think I can cook well cause I once tried to use a whole garlic clove without peeling it. Ugh! That was once! Anyway, have a good day!

Toni aka irishlas said...

I'm glad to see you're getting some sunshine!
I love your cast iron and all your chicken themed accessories! Too cute. It's little things like that that make a house feel like home.

John Gray said...

love the ordinary photos of cooking and kitchens......
there is something quite special about them

ColinC said...

My school still has FACS (Family and Comsumer Science, in other words home economics, cooking, etc)

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Mmm that chicken looks so good.. Mom has a cast iron pan that she loves too.. Can't beat those...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Callie said...

lisa: I'm looking forward to seeing the enamel ware. I loved using it when I had some.

Jennifer: Thank you! Hope you can find a chicken fryer too. You will enjoy using it.

Joanna: I loved Home Ec. too. It was so much fun and we got to eat all the yummy stuff we cooked.

ChickenBoys: No, it was not one of our chickens. We have our chickens for pets and for eggs. And to eat up all the bugs around here. They do a good job.

Toni: I love my chicken stuff too. And the sun!

John: I like peeking into other peoples kitchens too.

ColinC: FACS. Good to know. Thank you for your comment. Hope students are still having the great time I did in those classes.

Callie said...

Gus, Louie and Callie: Thanks! Love that iron ware. I want more.

Marie Anne said...

I've never been able to fry chicken, we didn't have it at home where I was raised (NH). The few times I tried to do it, it sucked, LOL.

I usually just put chicken breasts in a stainless steel skilled and cook through on both sides, adding salt, pepper and garlic salt. Works for me. Other than that I might bake it, sometimes with a breading, sometimes just butter and garlic.

Found another tiny egg yesterday, and a big one today. Dunno what those girls are doing out there.

Callie said...

Marie Anne: I think the chicken fryer works so well because the iron spreads the heat evenly and the lid fits so tight that the chicken steams a bit so it stays juicy. I cook chicken in the electric fry pan the same way you do, but it doesn't come out juicy. By the time it is browned and cooked it is a little dry. I have better luck with the chicken fryer. Great you found some eggs!

Becky's Barnyard said...

I love the moss on the trees. That is so pretty. It's amazing it will last through the winter. Fried chicken, yummy, yummy.