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Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a Dad’s Gift to Himself

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a Dad’s Gift to Himself


Good morning. It’s been gradual out right here within the shallow water, searching for fish on pancakes of sand, by muddy banks, in rock piles the place the tide sluices out and in, at spots with names recognized solely to those that fish them: Cheney’s; Manny’s Place; Ethan Allen; Left Side; Derr’s Flat.

We stand on the boat, on a platform on the stern or on the softening deck within the bow, and we glance. We stare. We see. Sometimes the fish come, sliding round pleased in the course of the outgoing tide: Cast! Other instances they don’t, and eyes transfer up: an osprey, a wisp of cloud, a bald eagle, a flapping flag on a pole a mile away, an oystercatcher, a jetliner inbound from Europe, terns, oak bushes, a congregation of shiny ibises flapping right into a wedge above the marsh.

All this however my ideas run, largely, to dinner: the hen I’ve bought resting in a buttermilk tub for fried hen (above), a father’s reward to himself, my favourite fried hen recipe, hard-won over time.


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I’d prefer it with mashed potatoes, inexperienced beans and a river of gravy. The gravy’s simply made: Just swirl just a few tablespoons of the oil you’ve used to fry the hen right into a pan set over medium-low warmth and, when it’s sizzling, add an equal quantity of flour. Stir this round vigorously to rid the combination of lumps, then cook dinner till it’s simply starting to odor nutty. Add a splash of inventory or white wine, stir once more to mix, after which add milk or half and half, stirring all of the whereas, till you’ve bought one thing that appears like gravy, that coats the again of a spoon. Season aggressively with salt and black pepper, then skinny it out if you could with extra inventory or wine.

Maybe strawberry shortcakes for dessert? That’s a pleasant Father’s Day meal on the nicest of Father’s Days, even absent a fish.

As for the remainder of the week. …

There’s one thing deeply comforting about Colu Henry’s recipe for creamy white beans with herb oil, a 15-minute pantry meal that pairs brilliantly with a easy inexperienced salad and a hunk of bread. Did somebody as soon as crumble cooked bacon excessive? He did!

What a cool recipe from Jan Scannell, tailored by Sheela Prakash: the South African grilled cheese sandwiches referred to as braaibroodgies, made with candy fruit chutney and cooked over coals, or a medium-low gasoline grill, or perhaps a cast-iron pan in a pinch. Scannell believes that “the right option to slice braaibroodjies is diagonally, and the right time to serve is straight away.”

Ali Slagle’s recipe for inexperienced curry glazed tofu is aromatic, candy and spicy, a weeknight win price repeating time and again. And there’s no have to press the tofu. A warming stint within the pan lets it crisp proper up.

And then you possibly can head into the weekend with Nargisse Benkabbou’s 40-minute hen tagine, made with boneless hen thighs, olives, preserved lemon, melted onions and an enormous hit of ginger, floor turmeric and garlic. So good.

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