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Watch Night Series: Fried Chicken and Waffles History

Fried chicken and waffles, recipes below

In my book Hog and Hominy http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/listings/090411/, I trace the fried chicken and waffle combination that is now in vogue to the 1940s and 1950s New York City Jazz scene and artist such as Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk. Terry Gross did a wonderful radio interview with Historian Robin Kelley about his biography of Monk on Fresh Air @ http://www.npr.org/2010/12/17/132133171/looking-at-the-life-and-times-of-thelonious-monk. Anyway, the legend goes that this northern soul food tradition began when artists in New York like Monk ordered chicken for breakfast after missing dinner the night before because they were performing, and ordered waffles as hot bread to eat with the fried chicken. That’s one part of the history, the other is that in Pennsylvania Dutch Country people had been eating a similar combination for years but made it with smothered chicken with gravy. It makes since knowing that waffles culture here in North America started with Dutch colonist in sixteenth century New York, New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania. I argue that chicken and waffles is the perfect combo following a New Year’s Eve party in which you spent all night at a Watch Night Service or waiting for the ball to drop in Time Square followed by an after party until early in the morning. I started making waffle batter from scratch this fall and I was frankly amazed at how easy it was plus you can customize your own. Below I have some waffle and fried chicken recipes for you to try.

Fried chicken recipe: http://americanfood.about.com/od/chickenrecipes/ss/Fried-Chicken-Recipe.htm

Grill fried chicken: http://www.food-fire.com/index.php/2010/12/23/grill-fried-chicken-2/

Video butter milk fried chicken recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxEhH6MPH28

Video vegan fried chicken recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te6Cv7RTazU

Buttermilk waffles: http://thespicedlife.blogspot.com/2010/05/playing-with-new-toy-all-clad-waffle.html

Vegan “buttermilk” waffles: http://innocentprimate.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/buttermilk-waffles/

Traditional waffles: http://grannyskitchen.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/easy-pancakes-and-waffles-from-scratch/

Whole wheat waffles: http://motherrimmy.com/wordpress/?p=3980

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