This particular storm: chicken and waffles, and our first homemade ice cream.
First up, chicken and waffles. I'd never had chicken and waffles before. I knew that it was a Southern thing, and I've said it before: I adore southern cooking. We don't eat a lot of southern food often because done right, it's laden with calories.
Now, I couldn't see what the big deal was about chicken and waffles because I was picturing a fried chicken breast on a plate, side by side with a waffle with maple syrup and butter. And although that sounded intriguing, it wasn't WOW! This is incredible!
Suffice it to say, I get it now:
This. Was. Incredible! Fried chicken, in a batter with tabasco flavoring, served atop a perfectly crisp waffle, and then topped with a pan gravy that has a little bit of maple syrup in it. The most beautiful pairing of sweet and savory that I have ever tasted. That being said, it's certainly not going on our menu again anytime soon. And I don't feel the need, because a once-in-a-long-while treat like this is the greatest. I don't want it to lose it's special-ness.
And now for the ice cream...Brian got an ice cream maker for Christmas, because when watching Cutthroat Kitchen or Chopped he always remarks "We should make our own ice cream!" It's definitely not cheaper than buying ice cream, but certainly fresher. And it doubles as a fun activity for kids. Will helped make the base, and he smashed the cookies for our inaugural ice cream batch: Chocolate Cookies and Cream.
It was deliciously rich, and I'm glad it doesn't make a bigger batch. The only critique that Brian and I agree on: scrape the chocolate cream out of the oreos next time.
Next time we may make strawberry ice cream. I'm not a fan of artificial strawberry flavored anything, but I'll bet fresh strawberry ice cream would be incredible! Or banana, with bits of Nilla Wafers. Good Lord, the possibilities!