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January 23, 2008 |
Post to the Host:
Here in Snellville, Georgia ("Everybody is Somebody in Snellville") this weekend, we experienced a rare event: three inches of snow. The family hunkered-down in the den to listen to "A Prairie Home Companion" Saturday night after an exciting afternoon scraping the snow off the grass and constructing snow people. On the show you mentioned "chicken hot dish."
Now, here in the south, our comfort food is fried chicken, rice and gravy, string beans seasoned with bacon, sliced home-grown tomatoes, and buttermilk biscuits with honey or jam. However, the traditional southern meal just doesn't seem appropriate for our snowy weather. I'm ready to try chicken hot dish; it sounds cozy, nutritious, and filling. I hope you will post the chicken and tuna hot dish recipes for us loyal listeners to try.
You build a hot dish on rice or noodles, Carol, so choose one, and then choose your sauce cream of mushroom, tomato, or something else and then chop whatever marginal vegetables are sitting in the crisper, waiting to be thrown away, and then you toss in the chicken to stew in the sauce. Top with grated cheese, or not, or Bac-O-Bits, or not, or chopped green onions, or not, and eat in dim light. Myself, I'd prefer the fried chicken but only if you made it. I haven't had really good fried chicken in Minnesota since my mother stopped making it. She was a fine cook but old ladies come to a point where they simply lose interest and they'd rather go to Country Buffet, home of All-U-Can-Eat Mashed Legumes.