Remember the book and movie 'Julie & Julia'? I really loved that book and the movie was good too. It brought out more of the foodie in me however I am a food restricted foodie and so are my family members. Our restrictions are all different too!
Well, that makes my time in the kitchen very interesting. On Tuesday I decided I would try a new chicken recipe and grabbed my husband's old Betty Crocker cookbook. This is my version of Julie & Julia! But for me I choose a recipe and create the meal with substitutions so we can all enjoy safely and healthily. So I'm flipping through old Betty and find an oven fried chicken recipe. I thought...'wow, lots of calories there' and 'so rich - bet it would taste really good'' followed by 'I'll have to work out extra hard the rest of the week!'
So Julie & Betty got to work to create a gluten free, soy free recipe. The recipe called for butter. Since soy is in practically every margarine I went for it tossing 6 tbs of butter into the Pyrex to melt in the oven. Betty likes her butter and called for 8 tbs of butter. I admit this was a bit frightening to me so I did shave off a couple of tablespoons to save a few calories.
Next I searched the pantry...there was a fresh bag of sweet sorghum flour. Perfect! I added the spices to it, whisked them together and viola...gluten free coating. Once the butter was melted and the chicken pieces were coated I placed them in the hot Pyrex baking pan and let the butter bubble over the chicken. The result? It smelled a lot like butter in my kitchen that night BUT the chicken turned out crispy and delicious. Everyone enjoyed it and it was safe to eat for all. That is what I call relief. Thanks Betty!
btw, I went to the gym the next day and worked out very hard, the same for the next day, and today I am going on a run to finish processing all of that butter before it sticks to my arteries. I'll make that recipe again someday but not too soon. Going with low fat for a while.