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Crunchy, Country Fried Chicken & Raining Pears


What a time it’s been. We were prepared to get around 11 inches of rain from Harvey – according to local weather – but ended up getting only about 5-1/2 inches . . . over 4 days!  You can see from the photo that Houston got inundated.  Having been born and raised in Houston I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw what looked like an ocean.  That area is very flat and for the water to get that deep is almost too much to believe.  The people/businesses must have been covered and  sadly, many we know in Houston and surrounding communities  got water in their homes as well.


If you are looking for some good information on how to deal with insurance claims, please follow Clay Morrison on Facebook. He is a professional and has shared excellent information about the process.  To see Clay’s FB page, visit this link. 




In spite of the slight winds and continuous rains, my pear tree is still loaded with pears. That’s why when David offered to shake them down the other evening, took him up on it.  Didn’t know he’d need a hard hat !  About 2 buckets of pears came raining down on him !!   OUCH !!    There are still about half as many still up there, but I’ll bet he’s not going to do that again.


You all know David loves anything fried . . . and when it comes to chicken he likes it extra crunchy.   I’ve tried a lot of recipes trying to get ‘crunchy’ chicken but think I can stop looking.  This one is so far the best.    Leftovers freeze well for snacks later on.

The seasoned flour I use is the HEB brand but any seasoned flour will work. Don’t have seasoned flour?  Try mixing your own by adding the following to 2 cups regular flour:

  • 1 TBSP black pepper
  • 1 TBSP white pepper (optional)
  • 1 TBSP regular salt
  • 1 TBSP seasoned salt
  • 1 TBSP onion powder
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP paprika

. . . like a little kick to your chicken? Try adding in 1 tsp of cayenne.








Crunchy, Country Fried Chicken Recipe


  • 1 cup seasoned flour
  • 1/3 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • oil for frying
  • chicken pieces / tenders for frying

Note: This recipe was enough to prepare 1 large chicken breast tenders (about 6 – 7 pieces) .  Also, I pound my chicken breasts so that the thickness is fairly uniform, helps to cook more evenly.


  1. In one bowl place the seasoned flour and crushed corn flakes and combine
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg and baking powder.
  3. Dip the chicken pieces/tenders into the buttermilk mixture then toss in the dry mix, shaking off any excess *
  4. Gently lower the chicken into the hot oil (You can pan fry or deep fry)
  5. Fry until golden in color and drain on a paper towel.

* If you find the buttermilk mixture doesn’t stick, try dipping the chicken pieces in regular flour (shake off excess) before dipping into the wet mix.   This works for anything you want to fry where the coating won’t stick.


Computer Tip

I often use the ‘chat’ feature to contact company representatives to  resolve problems or ask questions online, however, tried using it the other day and it would not work.  Knew something had to be wrong, since I’d used it several times before.  Might mention,  I was using Internet Explorer (IE) –  and since there are often issues with it, switched over to Mozilla Firefox.  Went to the ‘chat’ link and had no problem at all.  Conclusion:  any time I’m having problem with accessing anything via IE I just close it out and go to Firefox.  Would say that it solves the problem 9 times our of 10.

Notice:  Just read that CCleaner has been hacked. While this seems to only have effected the 32-bit version of the Cleaner you may want to discontinue use.  To read more, please visit this link. 


Check back next time when I’ll be posting a chocolate cake recipe that is 50% no sugar added – Yum !!!


PS – Don’t forget that the Fall Round Top Antique Fair in going on now.  For shows, visit this link.


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