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On this cold rainy Wednesday, I want nothing more to be at home snuggled in bed with a huge bowl of clam chowder. That says comfort to me. We all have our own versions of comfort food but what if we can have our comfort and be healthy too? Here’s a look at some of our favorite comfort foods that are beneficial to our health as well.

Grilled Cheese

grilled

http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/08/cauliflower-crusted-grilled-cheese-sandwiches.html

Mac and Cheese

mc

http://pinchofyum.com/healthy-mac-and-cheese#easyrecipe-16483-0

 Nachos

nachos

http://realfoodbydad.com/texas-chicken-nachos/

Brownies

brownie

http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/the-best-healthy-brownie-no-flour-refined-sugar-butter-or-eggs-video/

Chili

chili

http://www.healthy-liv.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-lentil-vegetarian-chili/

Peanut Butter Cookie

cookie

http://www.wellplated.com/healthy-peanut-butter-cookie/

Who says you can’t have your comfort and eat it too?

Stay warm everyone!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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I stepped outside this morning and could not believe I was still in Austin. The weather was so cool and dreary, the type of weather that makes you want to stay inside curled up with a good book and some hot soup. Don’t get me wrong, I love soup more than the average person but there’s nothing like biting into a piece of crunchy, piping hot chicken on a cold day as well. Here is a step by step guide on how to make some of the best southern fried chicken you will ever have. My mouth is watering just typing this!

Here is everything you’ll need to make the fried chicken:

Here is everything you'll need to make the fried chicken:

Set the chicken pieces on a cutting board and season liberally with salt and pepper on all sides.

Set the chicken pieces on a cutting board and season liberally with salt and pepper on all sides.

Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and add the buttermilk, then let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the flour with the seasonings.

Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and add the buttermilk, then let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the flour with the seasonings.

Heat 1 to 2 inches of oil in a heavy skillet (cast iron is best) or Dutch oven over high heat.

Heat 1 to 2 inches of oil in a heavy skillet (cast iron is best) or Dutch oven over high heat.

When the oil reaches 350°F on a deep-fry thermometer, turn the heat down to medium. You’re ready to fry!

When the oil reaches 350°F on a deep-fry thermometer, turn the heat down to medium. You're ready to fry!

Transfer 3 to 4 pieces of chicken from the buttermilk to the flour mixture, letting any excess buttermilk drip off.

Transfer 3 to 4 pieces of chicken from the buttermilk to the flour mixture, letting any excess buttermilk drip off.

Use your hands to pack the flour onto all sides of the chicken, then, working with one piece at a time, shake off any excess flour…

Use your hands to pack the flour onto all sides of the chicken, then, working with one piece at a time, shake off any excess flour...

…and carefully place the dredged chicken in the hot oil.

...and carefully place the dredged chicken in the hot oil.

Repeat with 2 or 3 more pieces of chicken. Make sure your oil temperature doesn’t drop lower than about 340°F. Try and keep it at 350°F.

Repeat with 2 or 3 more pieces of chicken. Make sure your oil temperature doesn't drop lower than about 340°F. Try and keep it at 350°F.

Let the chicken fry for about 6 minutes, until it’s lightly browned on the underside.

Let the chicken fry for about 6 minutes, until it's lightly browned on the underside.

Use tongs or a slotted spoon to carefully flip each piece of chicken.

Use tongs or a slotted spoon to carefully flip each piece of chicken.

Cook for 6 more minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and both sides are golden brown.

Cook for 6 more minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and both sides are golden brown.

Lift the finished pieces of chicken out of the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet.

Lift the finished pieces of chicken out of the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet.

Repeat the process, cooking 3 or 4 pieces of chicken at a time, until all the chicken is cooked. Season the cooked chicken with a little more salt and pepper, as soon as it comes out of the oil.

Repeat the process, cooking 3 or 4 pieces of chicken at a time, until all the chicken is cooked. Season the cooked chicken with a little more salt and pepper, as soon as it comes out of the oil.

And there you have it! A step by step guide to making the most delicious fried chicken you will ever put in your mouth. I know after reading this blog you’re running to the nearest grocery store to buy all of these ingredients, I know I am!

... or you can serve the chicken straight-up, with the honey on the side.

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