Girls Write Out
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
We always knew there were cultural differences between the states, right? I've decided that California must be a different country. It has to be. First K thought everyone sent out shirts to be dry cleaned. She thought everyone did it. We all had a good chuckle about it, but that's part of the fun of being friends with her. LOL You never know what you're going to learn about that other country, California.

But this. This is above and beyond anything I ever expected. She told us a few days ago that she and Sethy had made Paula Deen's chicken. It was to die for, she said. I asked what made it different from any other fried chicken. Um, she'd never had it. She'd NEVER made fried chicken. I won't give her age, but it's sacrilege that it was only now she's experiencing an American institution.

Fried chicken is an American as, well apple pie. The rest of us could NOT fathom living in America and never having had homestyle fried chicken. She said she generally cooks healthy. Hello? Fried chicken has raised up strapping farmers and astronauts. LOL

But the good news is that she now understands America's devotion to fried chicken. LOL Paula Deen may have created a monster.

So in Kristin's honor, I'm going to try something different this week. I live in Indiana so I've never even SEEN a place with Indian food. But I'm looking for a recipe to try. Is there anything you've never tried that you're going to be brave and see if you like this week? Do it and let me know how it goes!

And DeBrand truffles count. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:51 AM  
  Comments (22)
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At 7:58 AM, Blogger Dana said...

Ooo, I've never had DeBrand Truffles. That's as risky as I get.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Dana, you MUST have one someday. No one should ever go through their life without experiencing at least one truffle. LOL They can be ordered online at I highly recommend the mocha one.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I can't cook fried chicken worth a hoot, though I've tried it a thousand times. But do we EAT it here in good old Missouri? Every chance we GET. As far as take-out fried chicken goes, I've grown awfully fond of Popeyes.

Was in Nashville last week to watch my daughter run in the Country Music Marathon. (She finished, yay!) Have to say I got a little freaked out by the McDonalds billboard touting "sweet tea." Oh, I know what this is, but it's an example of something not offerred at McDonalds in Kansas City!! (And if I had a glass, you'd have to call 911!)

One thing I won't do is order BBQ ANYWHERE but in the home of the ONLY BBQ in the world, Kansas City. Do you know some states actually call ketchup "BBQ sauce"? PLEASE... :)

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Jill said...

When we lived in Uganda, you could buy fried grasshoppers in the marketplace. I never ate them, and I don't consider it a lack of adventure on my part. (My spirit of adventure was satisfied when we moved to Africa with our six children!) My husband took a picture of one man enjoying a very large termite. He said it tasted like eggs, but...

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Bethanie said...

i can make a mean HOT curry... want a recipe? that's nice and indian...
unless you were after native american food?

let me know...

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Dare I admit it...? I've never made fried chicken either.

[Covers face with hands in embarrassment.]

And an even bigger admission: I have never made an apple pie.

[Blushes a deep red.]

How embarrassing to admit that, knowing that I have an American passport! Sigh. You can tell I've lived overseas for more than 18 years.

But I can say this: I made up my own recipes for taco chips and salsa (when neither could be bought at the store)--both using Turkish ingredients! And I know how to make turn white sugar into brown sugar...and how to make marshmallows from scratch(!)

Let me know if you want any of my recipes--all tried and true. LOL

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ah, but Pam, have you EATEN fried chicken? That's what astounded us. LOL

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I loooove sweet tea, Katy!

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Bethanie, I'd love a recipe for hot curry!

Jill, I won't try the grasshoppers. LOL

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I'm writing a book about a Cafe/diner set in the south and EVERYTHING is fried. And sweet! YUM.

Let us know how the Indian food goes, Colleen.


At 3:21 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

The only fried chickies we've had at my house came in a bucket with an old guy's face on it. Does that count? Can't say I really like it...although it's better than all those chicken "fingers" Elementary Girl eats. Who knew Chickens even had fingers?

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Julie, I just have to know--are you a foreigner from California too? LOL

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I make a MEAN apple pie. Does that help? We had fried chicken again last night. Paula did create a monster.

I tried to do an awesome blossom onion too, but let's just say it didn't turn out too awesome. More like Pathetic, Gimpy Blossom. Sigh. I'm learning.

The only good Indian food I've had at home is something Indians made. I think that's worth finding a restaurant for. Otherwise, how do you know what it's supposed to taste like?

Come visit me, you can help me paint my cabinets and install a counter. : ) Dave can come too. I'll make him chicken and apple pie. LOL Oh I made a strawberry rhubarb pie the other day, THAt WAS heavenly too. : )

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

OMG! McDonalds sweet tea is AMAZING. I usually go get one every other day or so. Okay, now I think I need one...

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I AM from'd you know, Colleen?


Hold the grease, add the sprouts

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I have never made fried chicken, but I do make my own fried chicken nuggets (does that count?) I am not all that into fried chicken either, I always pull the breading and skin off to get to that good white breast meat.
I am a north east gal stuck in the midwest (and hating every minute of it)
I'll take some pasta anyday....

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Colleen, I think there's an Indian restaurant in Anderson. One of my co-workers goes there and always talks about it. It would be a drive for you guys...

And I love fried chicken but the only way I can make it is in a deep fryer. If I try to do it in the skillet without a thermometer it never turns out. Sigh. And my husband doesn't like it because it has bones. He's such a pain!

One thing I crave is chinese from P.F. Changs. I love their chicken fried rice. Wish we had one closer. Yum. Although it's probably best we don't. LOL.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh I love rhubarb pie. I didn't know you had rhubarb in CA. LOL

I had the BEST Italian food EVER last night. It was in Greentown at a new restaurant called Salvo's. I got a ton of his business cards and I'm going to pass them around. LOL

Sabrina, I'll have to check out the place in Anderson. Maybe we could all meet there for food one day. I know Dave wouldn't eat it. LOL

Sprouts, Julie? LOL

Suzanne, where in the midwest are you?

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Just found out they closed the Indian restaurant in Anderson. Sigh. Where in Greentown is this Salvo's, Colleen. We go through there all the time on our way to Kokomo.

Is it on 22?

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

It's on the main highway that goes from Greentown to Kokomo. I think that's 22, Sabrina. It's on the right hand side. On the corner of Main and another street. It's awesome!

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I am in Illinois, just 1/2 an hour from St Louis

At 1:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you only knew the guy salvo that owns the place.. hes a real ass hole. beat his wife, hit his kid went to jail and is now at home. congrats people. btw he spits in his food and uses old oils for his food. how do i know? i opened the place, gave him money and everything, he is a back stabber .DO NOT SUPPORT HIM


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