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From the colonial period through the early 1800’s, African slaves were doing most of the cooking in Southern kitchens. At that time, chicken was considered a prestigious food within the African American community, and it was more expensive than some other meats. Enslaved cooks would make fricassee recipes from the popular cookbooks of the time period, or they’d take it upon themselves to fry the chicken in the way they knew best. When the Civil War began and men left their homes to become soldiers, fried chicken took on a new significance. The frying process made chicken less prone to spoilage, allowing women to send it to soldiers fighting in the battlefield.(pbs.org)
Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish
Chicken & Waffles, Tri-tip steak and eggs, hash browns, cajun sausage, french toast, pancakes, soups
Waking up on a Saturday morning is a joy in itself; especially in San Jose, California where the weather is getting similar to Hawaii weather on a year round basis. Is it this ozone layer stuff we keep hearing about or just luck or the expensive cost of living out here? 🙂
Whatever the reason, Virginia and I love waking up and enjoying the weather by either going out for breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in the area; Bill’s Cafe (any location in Santa Clara County) or Mil’s Diner in Milpitas, Ca.
We usually love to binge at a restaurant weekend after weekend until we get tired of it and in between those weekends I will usually cook a magnificent breakfast myself for us.
This Saturday we chose to go to Mil’s Diner since it was nice out and since we have engulfed ourselves with Bills Cafe for months rather than cook at home. We needed to get on the road early to go to Vallejo, Ca to pick up Virginia’s mom to go to Davies Symphony Hall for a Chinese New Year Celebration in San Francisco so Mil’s was the best choice since it was on the way.
When we entered, we noticed familiar faces of the cooks and waiters since we used to go there for years and we noticed upgrades in designer colors, furniture and added items on the menu. We noticed that they added Ribeye steak and Fried Chicken and Waffles. We both smiled with excitement and I was ready to dig my fangs into a sweet succulent piece of chicken with honey drizzled over it with hot sauce dripping and leaking on its sides.
The first thing I like to do before I dig in is to make sure to butter the inner soft, crispy waffles and then pour the silky smooth syrup over them with just a tad bit onto the fried chicken. Then I would drizzle honey over the chicken and add hot sauce of your choice onto the chicken and dig in!!
The saltiness of the fried chicken with the sweetness of the honey and syrup combined with the texture of the waffle is divine. A true moment of heaven on earth in your mouth!
If you are a steak eater then a succulent Ribeye steak will fit your fancy just fine. Virginia ordered a Ribeye steak with eggs over easy with hash browns. Once again it is always about that first bite. You take the knife and fork and cut a slice of steak just perfect enough to chew so the juices leak slightly in the slit in the side of your mouth. Just enough saliva is created in your mouth where you need to slightly suck the juices back in your mouth from the slit in between your lips.
Next step is to pop open the sunny yellow egg with a gentle slice of your knife into that gorgeous yellow bubble of goodness ; which is as gorgeous in color as a Hawaiian sunrise. Dip that first piece of Ribeye into it and close your eyes for that sinful pleasure of goodness. That’s true live action eating!
Doing this at home is a really simple option as well and if you are like me then you like your chicken fried in a special way and we like our steak seasoned the way we like it.
Here’s a recipe for both on how I get the job done. Enjoy!
Trev’s Fried Chicken Recipe
- 4 chicken fillets or chicken of your choice (wings, breast, etc.)
- Waffles of choice – Eggo’s of choice or use Waffle Maker
- 4 eggs
- Honey for drizzle
- 1/2 cup of Italian Herbs
- Season Salt or Tony’s Creole Seasoning Salt
- 5 cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup of sliced green onion
- Cooking Oil
Boil a large pot of water and boil chicken fillets for 1 hour in boiling water
Grab a plate and place boiled chicken on plate and season with season salt or creole seasoning (Don’t overdue but season it based on how salty you like your chicken)
Grab 1/2 cup of Italian Herbs and sprinkle over all the chicken
Place large pan on medium high heat and pour oil into pan where there is enough oil to reach half of the height of the chicken fillets
Scramble eggs in a large bowl and have a separate large bowl with All Purpose Flour
Use a fork and bathe chicken in eggs on all sides and then dip into the flour and make sure all sides of covered with flour
Place chicken in large pan of heated oil and fry chicken until golden brown on both sides. It usually takes 10 minutes for each side but keep an eye on it and don’t leave it frying on its own.
Remove chicken from fryer and place in a serving tray and immediately drizzle honey on both sides of chicken while they are still hot.
Slice green onion and sprinkle onto chicken.
Place Eggo’s in toaster and serve with fried chicken on top with butter and syrup.
Trev’s Ribeye Steak & Eggs
- 2 Ribeye Steaks
- 3 potatoes
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup sliced white onion
- ½ cup of Italian Herbs
- ½ cup of minced garlic
- Season Salt or Tony’s Creole Seasoning Salt
- Salt & Pepper
- Cooking Oil
Place steaks on a plate and season with season salt or Tony’s Creole Seasoning Salt (Don’t overdue but season it based on how salty you like your chicken)
Peel potatoes and then use grader to make thin slices of potatoes and put to the side to be fried
Place large pan on medium high heat and pour oil into pan where there is enough oil to reach half of the height of the steaks
Slice onions and mince garlic and keep Italian Herbs ready for garnish on steaks
Place steaks in large pan with oil and then sprinkle half of the onions, garlic and Italian Herbs on top of steak. Flip steak based on how you like it (Rare, Medium, etc.) and then sprinkle the rest of the onions, garlic and Italian Herbs on other side of steaks.
Remove steaks and plate them and move on to hash browns and eggs
Place a half cup of oil into a pan and place on medium heat and then place graded potatoes in pan
Cook on both sides constantly flipping until golden brown and then remove from pan and place on paper towel to dry oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper over and place on serving plate
Grab a large plan and place ¼ cup of oil n pan and out on medium heat.
Once oil is hot then crack eggs and watch them. Usually take about 5-7 minutes to have a perfect sunny side up egg. Remove from pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!
Trevis Dampier Sr.
Tori Avey(January 18, 2013).
Discover the History of Chicken and Waffles. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-chicken-and-waffles/