Monday, July 18, 2016

Lolli & Pops - A girl in a candy store


I rarely step into a mall. I'm not a shopper. My money goes to dining out before it goes to shoes and clothes. I have something I need, I'm a focused shopper on a mission - find and get out! I was in Arden Fair Mall a few weeks ago and stumbled across Lolli & Pops, the second location of this chain of candy stores. 

About a week ago I got an invitation to come in and taste my way through the store. Who could resist such an offer?

The first Lolli & Pops opened at the Roseville Galleria several years ago. Arden is the 24th store with expectations for there to be a total of 50 by year's end. The stores themselves are stylish and inviting. Roseville has stained wood shelves, giving it a darker look. Arden has bright, painted shelves, making the store seem more cheerful, open, and inviting.

My friend and I were greeted by Gabriel Romo, Assistant Candy Purveyor. It soon became clear that the use of "purveyor" was appropriate. Gabe was very knowledgable about everything in the store and enthusiastic! He has an infectious spirit and I'm sure is a treasured employee.


Gabe took us section by section through the store. Whenever we wanted to try something, he got us a sample. That wasn't just for us. Lolli & Pops wants people to try things. Just ask. If he opened a package of cookies, he offered it to any customer that was near us to try as well.

We started at the front at the Harry Potter shelves and moved down the row. There are old, classic favorite candies such as Pop Rocks and Goo Goo Clusters as well as new artisan candies and gourmet chocolate bars. No matter what level of candy eater you are, you'll find something. 

One section that was particularly of note was the specialty diet section. This is where they had such things as paleo chocolate and chocolate made with stevia. I bought one of each. The paleo was good and the stevia did well with dark chocolate. I have to wonder how it would do with milk chocolate. There was also vegan, gluten-free, and sugar free candies in this area as well as specialty honey.



There are quite a few specialty items. These are giant rice cereal squares, but what makes them different is that they are more marshmallow than cereal. It's funny how you see it and think, "why had I never thought to change the ratio of marshmallow to rice crispies?" This is also something I ended up taking home because I had to try it. It was so huge that I gave half to my coworker. We both enjoyed it. There is also a cotton candy made specially for L&P that is made with cane sugar and natural flavorings. 


The Sour Tower
Lolli & Pops has its own line of branded candies as well. You'll find L&P branded truffles in gift boxes with assortments such as Salted Caramels, Ice Cream Shoppe, and Holiday Favorites. They also have specialty bark and candy bars. I tried their Jalapeno Peanut bar. Spicy, but with ground peanuts. I personally would have preferred larger peanut bits. 


The bulk candy area is quite extensive with a variety of chocolate treats and gummie candies. What's noticeable is that the flavor in the gummies is strong and the texture is exceptional. These gummies don't stick to your teeth. Instead, they are soft and don't pull at your tooth enamel like some chewy candies do. I even tried the jalapeno gummy. Be careful, it's hot! They go through a confectioner who uses cane sugar and natural flavorings. 


Gabe showing us a foreign candy
The area I was particularly interested in was the foreign section where there were candies from Europe, Asia, and Mexico. There were many British candies I remembered well such as Rowntree Fruit Gums and Cadbury Flake bars. Flakes, by the way, are best eaten in a soft serve ice cream cone. In fact, I need to go back and get one and then head over to Dairy Queen.

Anyway, one important thing to know is that often there are the foreign and then the American versions of these candies. American Cadbury, made by Hershey's, uses a different formula in the United States than in Britain. Europe and America have different standards as to the amount of dairy and cocoa butter are used. Same holds true for Asian candies; the American formula is different. I could go into a whole discussion on this, but we all know our American food standards are often different than foreign.



Thirsty? There's a cold case up front with artisan sodas. I'm not exactly sure what would inspire a person to name, let alone taste, a soda called Dog Drool. Gabe sampled out more familiar things like the root beers and a cream soda. 



Finally, up front we sampled some macarons that are flown in from the east coast and the truffle case. The case is a bit bare in the summer as the manufacturer refuses to compromise the quality by shipping in the hot summer months. As for the macarons, I would say to stick to Ginger Elizabeth. While I liked the unusual flavors, they did not hold up well to travel and time. 

The Lolli & Pops motto is "Purveyors of Sweetness". Whether you are young or old; like chocolates, sours, or gummies; American or Foreign, they have a sweet for you.


Disclosure: I was invited for this tasting visit and given a discount on my purchases.





Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yianni's - For Greek, Head to Carmichael


There's never been a lot of quality Greek food in Sacramento. We took a hit when the Greek Village Inn closed a couple of years ago. Opa Opa is fine, but it's fast casual style and sometimes you want to be served at a sit down setting. That's why I was thrilled to be introduced to Yianni's in Carmichael.

Yianni's is located on Fair Oaks Blvd, just north of Marconi. It's one of those restaurants you drive by for years and notice, but don't go if you haven't been referred there. In fact, one of my friends even said that for a long time he would drive by and not see any cars, so he thought it wasn't any good. Later he learned that's because most of the cars park behind the building and the main entrance is on the side, not the front of the building.

Inside is a cozy restaurant and bar. The bar looks like a neighborhood, Cheers bar. My friends said they had a separate room to themselves when they came as a large family for Father's Day. This time we were next to the bar as the Giants game played above our heads.


The menu is quite extensive. It focuses on Greek, but there are other non-Greek items as well, such as Chicken Florentine and Shrimp Scampi. They even have one of the best French Onion Soups in the region.


We started with their Halloumi cheese and a four dip platter for our appetizers. Halloumi is known as squeaky cheese because, like cheese curds, it can kind of squeak across your teeth as you bite into it. It has a high melting point, so it is often grilled. I've had halloumi before and never been a big fan, but this was the bet I've ever had - I'd order it again. It was covered in seasoned olive oil and served with some Greek salad veggies of onions and peppers. 

The dip platter included a fire feta, hummus, skordalia, and tzatziki. Skordalia was new for me. It was a very garlicy spread made with a potato base. Served with the dips were sliced cucumbers and fresh, hot, pita! The pita was soft and superb!


My BFF and her son ordered the highly recommended French Onion Soup. Boy was it good! The broth was rich and the cheese was generous. 


At the top you see my order of the Mixed Grill plate. I figured I was here to see how well they do Greek, so might as well get the combo plate. I got a skewer of chicken souvlaki, two dolmades, two lamb chops, spanakopita, and pastitso. The lamb chops were nicely seasoned and perfectly cooked. The dolmades were good, as was the spanakopita. Chicken is always the one I never have expectations of and the skewer was overcooked and dry. I like pastitso, but I always find it to be a bit on the dull side. I wish I could find one that would really excite me. In the end, though, I enjoyed the meal and the fact that I had enough for lunch the next day. 


My BFF chose the Chicken Florentine. The large chicken breast with generously stuffed with spinach and cheese and then covered with a rich sauce.


Her son ordered a steak, which may seem boring, but we were definitely impressed by the size of it!


Two had the Shrimp Scampi and what was most impressive was the jumbo shrimp in the dish. I can't even remember the last time I saw such large shrimp on a restaurant entree. 



We all split the desserts. We had to order the baklava, of course. Instead of square slice from a pan, we got this large rolled version. Plenty of ground walnuts filled it and the whole thing was dense with honey. The other dessert was the special of a half peach baked in a wrapped phyllo with walnuts and honey and served with ice cream.

Service here was very attentive in a friendly manner. We were often asked if we needed drink refills and they definitely exuded the "neighborhood" restaurant vibe.

Yianni's has become a new favorite of my BFF's family and I'll certainly be enthusiastic if I get to go with them again. 

At the Fork - documentary thoughts


Last night I went to a special screening of At the Fork, a food documentary about the welfare of animals raised to be on our dinner tables. First off, it was not a preachy, go-vegan film. So I hope you omnivores will keep reading.

This documentary follows the exploration of farming system in regards to raising chicken, beef, and pork. It shows the corporate, large operations as well as the small, independent producers. It does a good job giving a balanced look without telling you what to think. It allows you to draw your own conclusions, so here are mine.

I've always tried to make a conscious effort to eat meat from happy animals, animals that were raised in a humane way with access to sunshine and grass. I invite you to read my post about Sinclair Family Farms and Taramasso Ranch on how they raise happy livestock and chickens. 

I buy my eggs at the farmers market from farms that have pasture raised chickens. Not only does my conscious feel better, but the eggs taste better.

But the film made me reflect on a couple of things. First is my love for chicken wings. I'll normally go to Wingstop and get an order of 10 wings, but that means anywhere from 2-5 chickens supplied those 10 little wings. Or how about when you go to the store and buy a 10 pack of chicken thighs? That represents 5 chickens.

Needless to say, I will be stifling my wing cravings and when I go to the store for chicken, I'll be buying a single whole chicken instead and butcher it up into pieces at home. 


The same thoughts go with meats. Yes, it costs more, but I'd rather eat an animal that had a happy life up to the last day than one that has been confined in a pen, on concrete, never experiencing fresh air. That means buying from a butcher that gets their meats from such farms.

Finally, while harder to do, I'd rather eat at restaurants where I trust they hold the same values I do. Obviously a drive through the few fast food chains I frequent won't fulfill this goal, but many of Sacramento's restaurants do. A lot of this is thanks to our living in the best farm-to-fork region in the country.

I highly recommend this film and don't be surprised if you don't see it on the roster for next year's Sacramento Food Film Festival.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sac Chefs Heading to Heritage Fire Napa

If you are a carnivore there is one place to be on August 21. That would be Heritage Fire Napa at the Charles Krug Winery. Heritage Fire is put on by Cochon 555


from 2010 event
During this meat fest you get to dine on all sorts of proteins: rabbit, lamb, pork, beef, sturgeon, chicken, and more! All done over outdoor fire pits watched by over 20 of the best chefs out of the Napa valley and Sacramento. 

In fact, we need a Sacramento contingent to show up for two reasons.  First, to support our local chefs. Michael Thiemann from Empress will be there.  Also representing Sacramento, Ravin Patel and Rob Lind from Ella and Selland Family Restaurants.  


butchering
There's plenty more to Heritage FireIn addition to the meat-laden feast, the event includes animal theatre cooking, butcher demonstrations, lawn games, live music and the opportunity to learn directly from the farmers and producers behind the great wines, brews and ciders of the event. Bring a cooler so that you can purchase some of the butchered meats to take home. 

Come join me and our chefs and represent, Sacramento!

To purchase tickets, visit cochonheritagefire.com

Disclosure: I received a press pass for this post.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sacramento Hot List for July

A few years ago I used to write the Sacramento Heatmap for Eater.com. If you are familiar with Eater, they do a Heatmap for every city showing the current hot places to eat. Not necessarily the best, but what's currently the hot new spots everyone is trying out. Every month they add and remove restaurants from the list.

I can no longer write for Eater as it is considered a conflict of interest for my job. At the same time, I referred them to another blogger to do Sacramento for them, but they've since written us off once again. As usual, Sacramento apparently doesn't deserve the time of day from them. Population-wise we are number 35, but I don't believe that includes the Sacramento region, only the city. Region-wise, we are about one million people and I consider us to be equivalent to places like Memphis, Charleston, or Austin - all of which are Eater-worthy.

I've decided it's time to take the matter into my own hands and therefore present to you Sacramento's Hot List à la Ms. Munchie.

courtesy of OBO'

OBO'
OBO' is the long awaited, new addition to the Selland Family Restaurant Group. Like their Selland Market Cafes, this one is a fast casual restaurant where you order at the counter and then your food is brought to you. The difference is the Italian focus and the fact that this one has a full bar, not just beer and wine. This is a neighborhood restaurant where you can socialize with friends or grab a meal from the prepared case for those nights when you are too lazy to cook. (3145 Folsom Blvd)


A few have tried and not been successful at bringing a Japanese izakaya restaurant to Sac. Binchoyaki looks like it has succeeded. The focus is grilled skewers and small plates that are often found in izakayas, or Japanese style social houses. During lunches the menu is filled with bento box selections while dinner offers the extended menu. (2226 10th St)

courtesy of Coconut

Southside is becoming the hot area of town for new restaurants. The newest addition is the second iteration of Coconut Thai. This one is much larger than the original J St. location. Ms. Munchie hasn't had a chance to visit it yet, but is excited to have Thai in walking distance! (1110 T St)



Ms. Munchie loves restaurants that bring something new to town and Skool has done that. Skool features Asian influenced seafood dishes that we really haven't seen anywhere else but from Kru. Owned by two couples who opened the first Skool in San Francisco, the Sac location has been getting positive reviews from critics and Ms. Munchie. (2319 K St)

courtesy of Coconuts

Another Coconuts? This one is unrelated to the Thai one above. Started by a Sacramento native who was living in Maui, Coconuts Fish Cafe is known for its Hawaiian style fish tacos featuring lean ono, poke with ahi tuna, and grilled mahi mahi as well as many other seafood dishes. Coupled with Hawaiian aloha spirit, it's a friendly, cheerful place to grab a bite and sure to be much more successful than the Noodles & Co. it replaces. (16th & O Sts)

Anticipating:
Saddlerock
The Patriot
Kru's new location
El Rey

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Welcome to Sacramento, IFBC



I've lived in Sacramento for 29 years now, arriving right after college. I had heard the Central Valley referred to as the armpit of California, so I had low expectations. Now I love it more than many natives and even know more of its history than many of them. I can't imagine living anywhere else. That's why I'm thrilled IFBC is here and I hope that others enjoy their visit. After all, when people travel to California, they often go to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Napa, or San Diego. We are often overlooked when we have so much to offer!

Weather - July we are usually in the 90s with occasional 100s. We are blessed with warm summer nights that are perfect for outdoor dining. The Delta breeze usually sweeps in during the evening/night to cool things down. The 100s hit when we don't get the Delta breeze. We have no humidity, so even though 90s sound hot, you don't have to worry about being drenched. 

Arrival - The airport is 20 minutes from the hotel and if you take Uber or SuperShuttle, it should be about $17. Taxi will be double that at least. We do not have good bus or tram to the airport, sadly.  Fun fact: Many people who go to Napa make the mistake of flying to SF or Oakland. In truth, Sacramento is closer and with less traffic!

Getting around - Sacramento is laid out really easy. ABC streets run east to west and 123 streets run north to south. Our hotel is at the corner of 12th and L. My event restaurant for Thursday night, Lucca, is on J between 16 and 17. If you want to Uber, most fares in the Grid are about $4-7 only. 



Restaurants - I'll refer you to my Favorites of 2015 list.  I need to update for 2016, but this list is still valid. Walking distance from hotel that I recommend: Ella, Empress, Mother, Mayahuel, Lucca, De Vere's, Hock Farm, Pizza Rock. 

We are also known for a robust coffee and craft beer scene.

Nearby foodie shopping

Two businesses won (separate years) the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Calling All Dreamers contest where they pitched their business and earned free leases and help launching their shops. The first is Andy's Candy (1012 9th St), a candy store that includes childhood favorites, gourmet chocolates, and international treats. The All Spicery (1125 L St) is a spice shop that carries 200 different spices, spice blends and salt rubs. We are the home of Blue Diamond Almonds with a whole store devoted to almonds, milk, flour, and more. Find it at  17th  C St. If you want to do some wine shopping right under the hotel, Downtown and Vine is on K St. If you want to hit one of those stores that specialize in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegars, the Chefs Olive Mix is for you. And if you are a chocoholic, you'll be tasting Ginger Elizabeth at IFBC, but her shop is at 1801 K St. Want a dessert not yet found in much of the country? Stop at Vampire Penguin (907 K St.) for one of these (video of one of their other locations):




Staying an extra day and need something to do?



Old Sacramento - our pioneer past with lots of touristy stuff. Head toward the river, the equivalent of 1st St.
Railroad Museum - one of the best in the country, located in Old Sac
Crocker Museum - the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi, housed in the mansion of the Crocker family, corner of O and 3rd
Stanford Mansion - the Crockers and the Stanfords were part of the railroad baron past of Sacramento. Stanford Mansion is at 8th and N.
Sutter's Fort - Sutter's Mill was where gold was found, but that's a good hour east. This was his first property, the first outpost, and the origin of the city. 27th & K.
The State Capitol - across the street from the hotel.
Historic Cemetery - I volunteer at the cemetery and love it. In the East and South cemeteries are separated by race and religion. Our cemetery is mixed! Back in 1800s! There are Chinese, Sikh, Europeans. There are three gardens: the nationally recognized rose garden, the CA native plant garden, and the perennial garden. And that Hamilton musical that's the rage of Broadway? His son is buried here. The Hamilton Square Perennial Garden.

Those are the main tourist sites within the city. There are other things like the underground tour and the zoo.


Courtesy California State Railroad Museum

Sacramento is also central to so many other places! Right between the ocean and the mountains. We are this far from:

Reno - 2 hours
Lake Tahoe 2 hours
Napa - less than an hour
San Francisco - 2 hours
Santa Cruz - 2.5 hours
Monterey - 3 hours
Yosemite - 3 hours


Welcome to Sacramento. We hope you enjoy your visit and will consider coming back again!









Monday, June 20, 2016

Off the Grid arrives in Sacramento

center area is kept clear for lines. everyone else is off to the sides in the shaded areas
One upon a time I wrote frequently on the issues of food trucks in Sacramento. I got interested in the food truck movement after attending one of the very first Off the Grid events in San Francisco back in 2010. It was after that that I joined forces with a couple of partners to create SactoMoFo and stage the first food truck festival in Sacramento.

That seems so long ago. At the time I had met the Off the Grid founder, Matt Cohen, and had often asked him advice in those early years as we tried to get food truck ordinances passed here. He had told me that some day he hoped to bring Off the Grid to Sacramento. Well, that day is here. 


Off the Grid (OtG) is the most respected food truck organization in the country and Matt Cohen is one of the most important food truck advocates. OtG doesn't just accept any truck. Trucks must audition. That is, they must have their food tasted and their trucks inspected. If they aren't up to OtG's high standards, they are given advice to improve their business. Not all truck owners are willing to accept such advice as they can be stubborn. There are plenty of other trucks that welcome OtG's advice. 


It all started in 2010 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Since that time OtG has increased to food truck events in over 20 cities throughout the Bay Area. This month they arrived in (West) Sacramento with weekly events on the West Sacramento Riverwalk, across from Old Sacramento. The location is a nice one because there is lots of public parking (streets and a parking garage), park toilets, green grass, and, of course, the river with a nice Delta breeze on a good day. Crocker Park will be the site for Tuesday nights starting on July 12th. 



Sacramento weather is a lot hotter than the Bay Area and so one nice addition to OtG events here is the ability to rent sun shades and party tents. Sun shades create just enough shade for 2-3 people and come with 2 Adirondack chairs for $75. Party tents are the pop-up tents, come with a picnic table, and run $100. Personally, I would recommend the extra $25 for the tent as it will provide shade for a lot more people and allow breezes through. We had a cabana and while the shade is nice, it blocked off the cooling breeze. For the next couple of weeks, both are on sale at 50% off with code HEYSACRAMENTO until July 10th.  You can reserve them here.



There's plenty of food, of course. Half the vendors are trucks and half are tent vendors. Each week the vendors will be different. They are looking into rotating in a truck or two from the Bay Area to give us trucks we don't regularly see. There is also beer and cocktails available from two bars and music provided by a DJ.

I know most of the truck vendors and definitely have my favorites. Everyone knows favorites such as Chando's Tacos and the Culinerdy Cruzer. If you are a Reuben sandwich lover, you HAVE to get one from Cali Love. Honestly the best Reuben I've had in Sacramento. 




I wanted to try something new and so I chose the paella from Gerard's Paella. While this picture is not the most attractive, it was a heaping big plate of paella with lots of chicken, shrimp, and baby scallops in it. It was very popular as I saw many plates of it. 

I also had a Fat Face popsicle. Jaymes has been around for some time, but it had been ages since I'd had one of his popsicles. My friend had a delicious strawberry coconut one, but we agreed my kaffir lime avocado was the winner. It also happens to be one the most popular. 

It's a great way to spend a Sunday, enjoying sun, friends, and food. It's like having a picnic without having to worry about bringing the food. Off the Grid is every Sunday from 11a - 4p. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Getaway to Virginia City

Next year will be my 30 year anniversary for living in Sacramento. During that time it took me over 20 years before I ever went to the Crocker Museum or Sutter's Fort. Now I love and appreciate them. I've yet to visit Chico. Recently I did get to check off one weekend getaway - Virginia City.

Now we have Old Sacramento, Placerville, Nevada City, and Jackson as nearby pioneer/mining towns that have kept their historic main streets, but nothing compares to Virginia City!

Virginia City is in the Sierra mountains a half hour past Reno. Most people my age think of it as where the Cartrights from the Bonanza TV show would go into town. It's full of history and, these days, events. The two it's most known for are the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry in March and the camel races in September.

Virginia City sits at 6,200 feet on the side of Mount Davidson. The views from there are spectacular, making the town very picturesque. Virginia City was a mining “boomtown” with more than $400 million in gold and silver mined. That’s more than $20 billion dollars in today's money. During it's heyday, there were over 100 saloons for a population of only 25,000! Mark Twain originated here when Samuel Clemens took it as his pen name at the local paper. 



There are many things to do in Virginia City. While we did quite a few during the day, there's plenty more for a return visit.



We started out visiting the pioneer cemetary. Apparently it was actually 13 cemetaries that all occupy the same hill. Picture those western movies where everyone trudges out to cemetary hill. That's what this cemetary perfectly represents. It's on a hill opposite the city and there are many plots surrounded by wrought iron or wooden fencing. It has quite a few wooden tombstones left as well. 

We then ventured to the main street where there are many touristy shops and candy stores but also a large number of saloons. Back in the day it was about one saloon to every 32 people! Keep in mind that the place was full of miners. Just like for our California Gold Rush, these miners were from all over the world trying to make money to send back to their families. Much of the money never left the city as it was quickly gobbled up by the saloons, brothels, and gambling. 


We stopped in a number of saloons. Some were small, others large. One, the Delta I believe, is again what one thinks of from western movies. It had the staircase leading up to the rooms above and you could just picture some madam or prostitutes coming down the stairs.

The Ponderosa Saloon has one of the two underground mine tours. We decided to pay the $7 to check it out. It doesn't go too far in, maybe 50 yards, but it still gives you a sense of what it was like to work in such cramped corners and in the dark. At one point they turned out the light and you have never experienced total blackness as you do in a mine! It was very interesting learning about the mining techniques and how arduous the work was.



We also checked out the Firemen's Museum because it had many Victorian era fire trucks. Virginia City had many fires, but the Great Fire occurred in 1875 and wiped out one square mile of the town, leaving over 2,000 people instantly homeless. There were many interesting artifacts inside including a rope net used to catch people jumping out of windows, just like you'd see in an old silent movie. The trucks ranged from old man-pumped to steam powered. The man-pumped truck had long bars and it would take about 15 men on each side of it to pump up and town. Quite a workout! 



We were told we had to stop at the Bucket of Blood Saloon and were glad we did. Every weekend David John and the Comstock Cowboys are playing from 2-6pm. Old time cowboys with electric guitars. And they're good! The place was hopping and it made a great stop to rest and listen to good music.



On a recommendation from a local we had dinner at the Del Rio Cafe, which is known for its fish tacos. They were definitely good, but their guacamole is a little odd in that it has vinegar versus lime juice. It worked well with the fish though.

There's still so much more to see and do in Virginia City that I look forward to going back and not taking about 30 years to do so. 


the view for 100 miles


Passion Fruit Curd done in the microwave!

Several years ago I posted how to make lemon curd in your microwave. Here is a variation I made - passion fruit curd.

You can find the passion fruit puree in larger Whole Foods freezer sections. (Arden one does not carry.)
Passion Fruit Curd

1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 cup passion fruit puree
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in puree and butter. Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the microwave, and pour into small sterile jars. Store for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.
Tip: If you over cook the mixture a little, or forget to stir, you can pass the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the bits of cooked egg.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Potato Chip (Oven) Fried Chicken

The saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." My twist is, when you buy a bag of potato chips you are disappointed in, you make fried chicken.

I bought a bag of a new brand of potato chips. I wanted it because it was sriracha flavored. Now I like Kettle brand sriracha chips, but this brand I was not thrilled with. So I closed the bag and crushed them!

I did these two pieces in my toaster oven and they came out great! Nice and crunchy crust!



Potato Chip Fried Chicken

1 package of chicken pieces
1-2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 large bag of crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Break eggs into a bowl and whisk.  In another bowl, put the flour and in a third bowl, put the potato chips.
Take each piece of chicken and coat. First dust with a coating of flour. Then dip in the egg mixture. Finally, coat all over with the potato chip crumbs.
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until juices are clear.