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I should probably confess that I’ve never actually had chicken and waffles at a diner, restaurant, etc….ever. I’ve eat my fair share of both fried chicken and waffles, but never ordered together. That’s okay though, right?! (I know it’s not okay and I should change this pretty soon). With that said, I really love chicken and waffles, ha! The combination of perfectly crisp and juicy chicken paired with a piping hot and fluffy waffle, all sitting under river pools of sweet maple syrup and melting butter…perfection.

I only fry chicken at home two times a year and one of those times always involves waffles. Since it’s only a couple times a year occurrence in our household, it’s usually a big ordeal. I always start by brining my chicken pieces. 8 out of 10 times I’m dealing with chicken (in any cooking capacity) I’ll give it a quick brine. Brining chicken is one of the easiest things to do and unlike a turkey you only need a few hours to really penetrate the bird with some really great flavor and to slightly tenderize the meat. You can also soak your chicken in buttermilk to tenderize your poultry, but I’m personally not a huge fan of this method. I just don’t think you get the same amount of flavor as you can from simple brine. Plus you can adjust the taste of your chicken by adjusting the ingredients in your brine.

The waffle batter can be made a few days ahead of time, which is a great time saver if you’re entertaining; just make sure to give it a good stir before using it, to mix up anything that may have settled at the bottom of the bowl. I really like this batter because it produces light and fluffy waffles, with a slightly crisp outer texture, which I really like.

Since it’s the holiday, I feel like we’re all able to get away with a little more decadence in our lives and these chicken and waffles really fit the bill. If you’re still looking for a fun-entertaining menu this holiday season, put on your fat pants and make these, everyone will love you even more for it! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

Chicken and Waffles
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
fried chicken:
8 cups water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon black pepper corns
10 sprigs thyme
10 sage leaves
2 bay leaves
6 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
juice 2 lemons
rind of 1 lemon

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
8 drumsticks
peanut oil for frying
waffles:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups whole milk
2 large eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
garnishes:
pads of softened butter
maple syrup

Directions:
1. For fried chicken: Place water, salt and honey into a pot and simmer until salt and honey dissolves. Stir in remaining ingredients and cool completely. Add 4 cups ice to mixture and add chicken. Brine chicken for 10 to 12 hours. Remove drumsticks from brine and completely pat dry.
2. Pour peanut oil into a cast iron skillet, 2 inches high, and preheat over medium heat.
3. Place flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and smoked paprika in a shallow dish and whisk together. Pour buttermilk into another shallow dish and dredge drumsticks in flour mixture. Shake access flour off chicken and dip in buttermilk. Repeat by dipping in the flour mixture followed by the buttermilk and the flour mixture again. Carefully drop coated drumsticks into the hot oil and fry on each side for 10 to 12 minutes or until skin has turned golden brown and chicken is cooked through. (juices should run clear when cut into). Drain into paper towels and lightly season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with waffles.
4. For waffles: Preheat waffle iron to medium heat.
5. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add remaining ingredients and stir together with a fork until fully incorporated and no dry spots remain.
6. Lightly spray the well of the waffle iron with cooking spray and pour 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the well. Gently close the lid and cook until golden brown. Serve immediately.

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Chicken and Waffles

December 22, 2014  /   /   //  2 Comments

Whipped Ganache Godiva Chocolates Whipped Ganache recipe Chocolate Ganache recipe Chocolate Ganache recipe Whipped Chocolate Ganache Have you ever found yourself gifted with a beautiful box of chocolates, and after picking away at it for weeks, you realized you’ve barely made a dent? Yea, me too. These days, when I get gifted a big box of GODIVA chocolates; I really like to nibble on a couple pieces then the turn the rest of the box into another delicious creation. I’ll often go around picking out all of the luscious, solid chocolate GODIVA pieces so I can chop them up, melt them down, chill the mixture, and finally whip it up to make beautiful whipped ganache.

I love to whip ganache and use it as frosting for cakes. The lightened and fluffed ganache has a gorgeous texture when spreading and sort of creates a lovely, chocolaty, shell around the cake once it sets. Not only does it yield beautiful results, but whipped ganache is also super-easy to make and only requires two ingredients: chocolate and cream. The key thing to remember is to not over whip the chilled ganache. Once the mixture begins to lighten and fluff up you should stop to check the texture, before the mixture begins to curdle.

This is the perfect topping or filling for any cake, cupcakes, banana bread, cream puffs, etc. that you might be baking up this holiday season…and such a quick and easy one too. Enjoy! xx, Jenny

P.S.
There’s still time to enter the #GODIVAjoy $250 giveaway! Make sure you visit GODIVA.com before December 24th, choose the gift you think would spark a little joy this season, and share it in the comments or tweet it using the hashtag #GODIVAJOY to enter!

 

Whipped Ganache
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:
8 ounces Godiva dark chocolate squares, chopped
8 ounces heavy cream

Directions:
1. Place chocolate into a heat safe bowl and set aside.
2. Pour cream into a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat.
3. Pour cream over chocolate and allow mixture to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Once chocolate has melted stir together until a nice, thick and smooth ganache has been created.
4. Cover and refrigerate until mixture firms up completely, 2 to 3 hours.
5. Remove from refrigerator and uncover. Whip chilled ganache with an electric hand mixer until light, fluffy and has almost doubled in volume.
6. Spread or pipe onto pastry of choice and serve.

**Make sure not to over-whip the ganache or it will get chunky and “break.”

*This post in sponsored by GODIVA. Thank you for supporting our sponsors. They help keep us going!*

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Whipped Ganache

December 21, 2014  /   /   //  7 Comments

honey_roasted_delicata delicata_squash_roasted roasted_squash squash_honey_roasted We’re thrilled to be deep in holiday season. It’s just such a fun time of year! Although this time of year is usually filled with friends, family, laughter, and good times, it can also be stressful, especially if you’re playing host or hostess to out of town guests or throwing dinner parties, etc. We love to create delicious, yet super simple dishes to help to alleviate some of the holiday stress and today we have our easy Honey Roasted Delicata. We absolutely love roasted squash and our addition of pomegranate seeds, toasted pepitas and shaved ricotta salata turn this simple and tasty dish into an explosion of flavors and textures. We love how versatile this dish can bee too; just, chill in the fridge overnight, toss in a handful of mixed greens and you have yourself a great little winter salad! So easy, right?! Just hop on over to My Habit’s THE FIX for this simple and delicious holiday entertaining recipe for Honey Roasted Delicata!

*This post was sponsored by MyHabit theFIX. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! It helps us keep going!*

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Honey Roasted Delicata Squash

December 19, 2014  /   /   //  9 Comments

Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags DIY Gift Tag Ornaments Ornament Tag DIY This year we posted these DIY Dip Dyed Thanksgiving Place Cards, and I thought it would be fun to turn them into gift tags for Christmas. This DIY is sooooo easy, and that is why I love it so much. You can find all the directions for the dip dye process here. For these ornament gift tags I did more layers of color than for the place cards. I also kept my dye pattern pretty horizontal to create a kind of stripped look. I designed the ornament toppers, and you can get that right here. I just cut them out and adhered them with double sided tape. The coasters I used here are all the 3.5 inch size. I wrote the names in pencil because I thought gray looked better than say a black ink. I used a smaller gauge hole punch to create holes on either side of the coaster for ribbon to run through. You could also just do one hole if you prefer. This is just such a super easy way to create such nice looking gift tags. I hope you guys will try this super easy DIY!
♥ Teri

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Dip Dye Ornament Gift Tags

December 18, 2014  /   /   //  2 Comments