We were minding our own business, starting to prep for our annual dinner party for a friend who comes in from Los Angeles. And suddenly, while getting something from the fridge, we saw that the lights were out. Not a good sign. But we checked the circuit breaker box, and realized it had tripped. Odd, but once reset, all was fine, right?That night, we checked again. The freezer was working but the fridge was not. A flurry of frantic Googling ensued.
If you are like me, your fridge and freezer are always well-stocked. And by well-stocked, I mean totally jam-packed. While my chaos is somewhat organized, and I can usually move stuff around to accommodate whatever I am working on for dinner, when it comes to preparing for holiday feasts? I need to do some serious re-org.
I remember walking into my freshman dorm room for the first time—the harsh fluorescent lighting, musty smell, plastic-coated mattress. It was a far cry from home, but as I unpacked my clothes and Twin XL sheets, the room began to transform. And one of the most important homey touches I could add? A mini fridge.
It almost goes without saying: Americans love chicken. Each year, the average American eats more than 90 pounds of the bird.
Simple-to-prepare cuts like boneless, skinless chicken breasts and pre-sliced cutlets and tenders reign supreme in popularity. Less expensive poultry picks like chicken thighs and drumsticks still cluck along in favorite dishes, from fried chicken to baked casseroles.