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Mr. Food 11/11/13

Veterans Day is a day for us to salute and honor all of those men and women who have served our country so we can enjoy our freedom. And if you have served, we thank you. For many, that meant being away from home for long periods of time. Recently we asked a few military veterans to tell us what types of foods they missed most. So, from the Mr. Food Test Kitchen to all the veterans, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Mom's Fried Chicken
Serves: 4
Chilling Time: 1 hr Cooking Time: 35 min
What You'll Need:
1 (3-1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for frying
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What To Do:
1.In a large bowl, toss chicken with buttermilk and salt. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
2.In a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 inch oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 360 degrees F.
3.Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, mix flour, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Remove dark meat from buttermilk, shake off excess, and roll in flour mixture. Shake off excess flour, place in hot oil, and fry about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through, turning occasionally. (Adjust heat, as needed.) Drain on a paper towel-lined platter.
4.Reheat oil to 360 degrees F. Repeat with chicken breasts and wings, frying about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through, turning occasionally. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Garlicky Steak
Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 10 min
What You'll Need:
2 (12-ounce) T-bone steaks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 stick butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1 tablespoon fresh parsley

What To Do:
1.Season steaks on both sides with salt and pepper.
2.Using a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat, brown steaks 2 to 3 minutes per side.
3.Remove pan from heat 1minute; reduce heat to low. Add butter, garlic, and parsley. Cook steaks 1 to 2 more minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Serve immediately.
Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Yields: 24 cookies
Cooking Time: 10 min

What You'll Need:
CHOCOLATE WAFERS
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
CREAM FILLING
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What To Do:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.In a large bowl with an electric mixer, make chocolate wafers by mixing together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Beat in 1 stick of butter and the egg until dough comes together. (You may have to use your hands.) Drop 48 rounded teaspoons of dough onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Slightly flatten dough with fingers.
3.Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until cookies look set. Let cool.
4.In a medium bowl, make cream filling by combining 1/2 stick of butter and the shortening. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until filling is fluffy. Place a teaspoon of filling onto center of one chocolate wafer and lightly press another chocolate wafer on top until cream comes to edge. Repeat with remaining wafers.
5.Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
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