I’m not a health nut by any means. But I am a mom with a conscience and I try, albeit somewhat half-heartedly, to cook wholesome meals and encourage my kids on a daily basis to eat their fresh veggies. Even before I got into cooking, I swore up and down that I would never, ever buy a deep fryer…like ever! But today, somewhat camouflaged in a hat and sunglasses, I snuck into our local Bed, Bath and Beyond and used my 20% off coupon to buy the one thing I swore I’d never own.
To be fair to myself, I had good reason. I’ll just keep telling myself that until the guilt subsides. I had good reason. I had good reason.
A couple years ago, my husband and I were staying at our favorite hotel and casino in Las Vegas, The Wynn. Having lunch at their cafe, my husband ordered Chicken and Waffles with Spicy Syrup. Ever since that fateful lunch, he has not stopped talking about it. And I’m tired of listening to him. Maybe if I can recreate this dish, he will quiet down about these “amazing” chicken and waffles.
The cafe at the Wynn is much like every other eatery on the planet. Everything is deep fried and they refuse to be blamed for pending heart disease and high cholesterol. If I’m going to perfect this dish, I need the right tools. I needed a deep fryer. See…I had good reason. I had determined (aka convinced myself) that even fried chicken on the stovetop wouldn’t be able to compete with the chicken my husband raves about on a daily basis.
The newest guilty pleasure of our household sits on the countertop waiting for its debut at tonight’s dinner. And as it sits, I stare at it and all these things come to mind that could be fried in that heart attack in a stainless steel bucket. I mean…come on…french fries taste so much better when fried rather than baked! This is precisely why I never wanted to own one of these things…like ever!