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#1 Re: The Garden » Cooking » 29 weeks ago

My wife says I make the best fried chicken she's ever had. It's essentially Michael Ruhlman's recipe.

Use only boneless skinless chicken thighs. They have become my go-to for ALL things chicken. Chicken breast sucks. I try to avoid it at all costs as it has a severe lack of flavor.

We're pan-frying these, so heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. On my home stove, that's about a 6 out of 10. Canola, peanut, or corn is your best bet. Keep it neutral. Test to make sure it's ready by sprinkling a little flour in and seeing it if bubbles, or look for little swirls in the oil.

Let the chicken come to room temperature. Mix up some seasoned flour (any herbs and spices that you like; I tend to use smoked paprika, black pepper, garlic, rosemary, Vietnamese cinnamon, and a little salt-- don't get too heavy-handed on the salt though, it's just an agent to help bring out the flavors and too much will kill it), put some in a bag but most of it in a bowl.  In another bowl mix 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Toss the chicken thighs in the bag with some seasoned flour and shake to coat them.  Dip in the milk/yogurt mix, then into the bowl of seasoned flour.  Put in the oil and don't move it until the batter coating sets nicely. Once it does, flip it over, and just make sure it evenly cooks on both sides. You can flip a few times if necessary, it doesn't negatively affect it from my experiences the way that flipping burgers and steaks too much can. The most important part is making sure that batter is set first, otherwise you'll have it come off in the middle of your flip.

Check that it has an interior temp of 165 F or higher (if you don't have an instant-read thermometer, GET ONE NOW!), and remove. Let them drain a bit on paper towels.

Got leftover flour and milk-yogurt mix? Mix them together and fry up some fritters with it on the side.

#2 Re: Guns N' Roses » The General and Monsters » 29 weeks ago

Through one listen, I'm... not a fan.

The storage leaks made me build expectations up so much in my mind. With all the verbal hype around The General for so long, I was hoping for something on the level of Elvis/Oklahoma/Atlas and... well...

It's a disappointment. I'm glad I didn't pre-order the vinyl.

#3 Re: Guns N' Roses » GNR Release 'Absurd' Single » 145 weeks ago

dalethirsty wrote:

how did they get that backwards R?

The Russians loaned it to them.

I just gave it a listen as well.

The intro sounds almost like some Buckethead killswitch stuff.

Lyrics are far too repetitive. I was hoping more would have been added and I just kind of rolled my eyes when the verse came up for a third time.

Overall, I give it a 4/10. But I think it's smart to lead with this. Don't lead with your big ones otherwise the interest will die out for a lack of strength. Build up to the stuff like Hardschool and Oklahoma (and can a motherfucker get a full Soul Monster with vocals soon?)

#4 Re: Guns N' Roses » Wtf happened to…Prostitute » 145 weeks ago

Hooks are overrated. Art vs. commercially-acceptable.

Prostitute is the former.

#6 Re: The Garden » Covid 19 » 158 weeks ago

Been a little while since I've been on here...

My wife and I had Covid right before Christmas. Pretty sure I know how I got it via a little contact tracing. Fortunately the friend we think we got it from didn't get hit too badly. Symptom-wise, I got hit with coughing fits first, then the fever set in, achy joints, constantly tired, not hungry. Fortunately no additional breathing difficulties. The fever dissipated after about a week.

Got vaccinated last month as well, Pfizer. Reports said that those who didn't have Covid at any point typically had little to no reaction to shot 1, but got it bad on shot 2. Those who had Covid typically had bad reactions to shot 1, while shot 2 could go either way-- almost nothing or bad again.

Can confirm. First shot I ran a fever with a headache for a couple days, super tired. Arm was super sore for like 3 days after.  Second shot, my wife had almost no side effects, while I had a day and a half of fever, headache, and tiredness.

Given the option I'd take it again, 100%. I'd rather feel like crap for a couple days from a vaccination than to get Covid and spend a week feeling like ass with fatality as a possibility.

#8 Re: The Garden » The new and God willing improved politics thread » 195 weeks ago

PaSnow wrote:

I wasn't a huge fan of the DNC's convention, seemed geared to a milennial audience with alot of Boomer talent with some youth blended in.

They had to do that. There's enough frustration from the youth vote and the far left fringe that they had to do something to keep them on board. Trump's election in 2016 proved that Republicans are willing to overlook a LOT as long as the person wears the right coat. The Democrats are afraid (rightfully) that they'll lose the left fringes, so in a way they're trying to get them to do the same thing.

The difference is that the 2016 GOP appealed to the fringe while correctly assuming the more centrist members would stay on board; the 2020 Democrats are appealing to the center while assuming the fringe would stay on board. They're trying to throw their overlooked group a bone to make sure they stay.

I just read a great article today, and before I link to it, I'd like to pose a question.

Republican members: What does your party stand for? What does it believe? What does it mean to be a Republican?

As a centrist libertarian who has at times after approaching the age of reason been associated with both the Democrats and Republicans, I'm honestly unable to define it, so I'd like your input.

#9 Re: The Garden » Did you receive a flu shot in 2019? » 216 weeks ago

PaSnow wrote:

Only in the last few years I'd heard its actually 'injecting you' with the flu, so to speak. That kinda disgusted me a bit, not to be an anti-vaccine type or anything.

Um, that's... that's kinda how every vaccine works.  The MMR vaccine, the polio vaccine, DTaP, they're giving you weak or even dead doses of the virus so your body's immune system attacks and kills it, and thus maintains the antibodies required to kill them off in perpetuity.

That said, despite being vaccinated against pretty much everything else from birth to the start of college, I've never had a flu shot. The flu tends to change a bit constantly, and thus any vaccine against it is simply based on what its mutation is likely to be for that year. A lot of the time they get it right. Once in a while they miss the mark (a few years ago, I knew a few people who still got it despite the vaccine). Meanwhile, things like measels-mumps-rubella, diptheria-tetanus-pertussis, polio, meningitis, etc. are typically unchanged and have a perfected vaccine developed to stop them.

#10 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 220 weeks ago

Randall Flagg wrote:

Do you really think if the global economy is impacted by this, people will sign up for Bernie’s plan to torch everything and start anew?

Shit, I wish that was the case. Or if it is, they just don't want to start it over my way. Too bad, because I got a yearnin' to do some burnin'!

10.84% drop since Friday's close.

Life comes at you fast, GOP.

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