Fried Chicken and Waffles at 30 Below

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They put me in charge of ice.
By this time I was deep into the Lillet, to the point where the entire waffle-making process escaped me. I don't have one photo of waffle making, but frankly it was inside and not all that exciting. Sorry, waffle makers. But lest you judge me for being lazy, please note that I was in charge of ice production and procurement. Though Fairbanks winters are certainly harsh, they do have their benefits. You can store extra meat and booze outside when the fridge is full, and you can make all the ice you want just outside your front door.

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Voila! Hot from the outdoor oven.
This meal was actually my very first crack at eating chicken and waffles. I've had bites of Josh's here and there at various restaurants, but it's such an intimidating dish I never ordered it myself. Our Alaskan version was so supremely delicious that I returned to Texas with a real hankering to try it out around town. After all, if a bunch of New Yorkers and Midwesterners could produce something this amazing in Fairbanks, Alaska, I have to imagine a dish right here in Texas would knock my socks off. Any suggestions on the best FC&W around town? Leave them in the comments!



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jsoleary
jsoleary

Wonderful write-up. So fun to read!

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Fun story, great pics, and you can have my share of it. Yikes.

kshilcutt
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I want to come on every single vacation with you ever.

Matthew
Matthew

how difficult was it to get the oil up to frying temperatures with that severe cold?

txvet
txvet

Y'all are nuts, but that was fun to read!


conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

@kshilcutt Helen (and her sister Kate) work for the UAF Cooperative Extension--we all canned a moose together once. It makes you fast friends. You can see the frame of Helen's greenhouse in the moose photo. Helen is crazy. She goes to Fred Meyer at 5 a.m. when the Hatch chiles come in (she has a guy in produce that gives her the tip-off) and buys them all and cans them. That mole sauce took 8 or 10 hours, according to Justin. Our lives there are very food-centric.

I've got a companion fare if you wanna come, K :) We'll split the difference, cook with Helen, and go berry picking in bear country. Say the word!

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

@Matthew We were a bit concerned, but it ended up not taking too long. To be honest, it was much colder in FBX during our visit than it usually is at Christmas, so the outside plan didn't seen as crazy when it was hatched. Cooking in cast iron was helpful, of course.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I for one, (I just eat like two) will NEVER b15ch about summer here, ever again. Did you see the size of that cocker spaniel?

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