Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Elvis - the secret to the Fried Chicken that Elvis Loved!


The secret to this Chicken a la “THE KING” was the long marinating time and the mixture of a cabinet of spices. Of course he reportedly loved homemade biscuits with his fried chicken. And to finish it off, a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie!

3/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
3/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp dry mustard
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp celery seed
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground white pepper

1-2/3 cups buttermilk
1 organic free range chicken, cut into pieces
Mix these amounts of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then whisk in the buttermilk until it's thoroughly mixed.Pour the batter over the chicken and marinate for up to five days, in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Now mix another 4 times the amount listed above for each of the dry ingredients, and add:
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 heaping cup all-purpose organic whole wheat flour
Dredge the marinated chicken pieces in the dry herbs/flour/cornstarch mixture. Fry the dredged chicken in a large skillet with hot peanut oil at 375 degrees. Once chicken has reached a golden brown color, finish cooking it in a 350 degree oven.
Seventy-eight years ago on January 8, 2013 Elvis Aaron Presley was born, though his twin Jesse Garon was stillborn. When Gladys Presley held her newborn in her arms on January 8, 1935 how could she have known that she had been chosen to raise a cultural icon that would be known the world over by his first name, Elvis? For the next forty two years, her son sang his way into the hearts and captured the souls of millions with his music and his personality.

The undisputed “King of Rock and Roll,” many referred to Elvis simply as “The King,” and his legacy is now part of the culture of many who came along a generation following his rise to stardom. World tours, Vegas show dates, movie premieres, and even a stint in the Army, never changed the fact that Elvis Aaron Presley remained true to his Southern roots, and forever called Memphis his home.

If it’s true that home is where the heart is, then Graceland was indeed the center of Elvis’ world. At the age of 22, he purchased the large white columned limestone mansion in the suburbs of Memphis which became home to him and the Presley clan, as well as, the hub of his organization.  His wife-to be Priscilla Beaulieu lived there while she attended an all girls Catholic high school, and it was the first home of their only child, Lisa Marie. Elvis recorded his final two albums there in the Jungle Room which had been converted into a studio. And now, the Meditation Gardens on the grounds of Graceland serve as the final resting place for Elvis Aaron Presley, who died on August 16, 1977 in his beloved Memphis residence.

Opened to the public in 1982, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Graceland remains today the second most visited private home in the United States, with over 600,000 visitors a year; only the White House has more visitors per year.

Though Elvis will never enter a pulsating arena again to the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey segueing into "See See Rider,” or gather around the piano at Graceland with friends in the wee hours of the morning to sing “How Great Thou Art” and other gospel favorites; his spirit will live forever. Through the vast collections of memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, clothing, and music; you can still experience the charm, compassion, and captivating personality that the world loved and knew as “The King.”

The concerts always ended with Elvis' show closer "Can't Help Falling in Love", and the traditional announcement of "Elvis has Left the Building." He left this world in 1977, but his heart never left Memphis, and he left behind a part of himself forever ensconced in Graceland. Long live “The King.” Viva Elvis!

Elvis Presley Official Web Site - Graceland Mansion - Memphis

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