Tuesday, April 10, 2012



Take a large bag of pork rinds and empty contents into a food processor. Grind them
up until the rinds turn into crumbs, shy of powdery crumbs.

Add 3/4 - 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Add about a
tablespoon of no-salt Cajun seasoning (I mix my own), healthy dose of pepper. Do not add
salt. The rinds and cheese have plenty.

You might want to try a tablespoon of garlic power, but I doubt it is needed.

Dip the chicken in some sort of liquid that will serve as a binder. My
recipe calls for melted butter but there are alternatives. I use Smart
Balance instead and it comes out great. You can also use egg
substitute or egg white substitute as well. You might also marinade
the chicken in buttermilk awhile too. Regardless, pull chicken pieces
from the liquid letting excess drip back into the pan.

Put the dry ingredients into a container and place a piece of two of
the chicken in. Turn to coat, press the dry stuff into the
skin. Shake gently.

Place on a shallow cooking sheet  sprayed with Pam or oil.

Bake at 325 degrees until internal temperature is at least 170.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for five minutes or so before eating.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Tried "Relish", the burger joint near campus. Yikes!

Our students must be rolling in money.

I visited Relish yesterday to try one of their burgers. They are located across from The Swamp near campus and below The Copper Monkey. Yikes,  $8.25 for a cheeseburger, fries, and a regular diet soda!.

Yes, it tasted good but everything else was marginal or worse. The service was flaky and I spent considerable time just getting a cup for my drink. Their pump ketchup was bone dry and I had to rely on a paltry handout of tiny plastic envelopes of ketchup to douse my fries.The fries looked like they were good at one point...maybe twenty minutes before. What I was served had been sitting for awhile under a "heat lamp" and showed no signs of needed warmth.

The cashier was flaky and all the staff seemed more enamored with her low cut top than serving food to paying customers. The manager appeared briefly and seemed more concerned with the machinations of recording sales and less about ensuring a quality dining experience. No one attempted to greet any customers, explain the menu, ask how the food was, etc.

Back to our students here in Gainesville. Take this tip from a resident. Go to Mac's Drive-Thru if you want the best burger in America that is served hot and fresh. Plus, you will spend less and it will taste infinitely better.

Oh, and don't go to Five Guys either. If I bought the same meal there it would have been $8.75 and neither place holds a candle to Mac's... particularly if you are not rolling in money.