They met right around the time he was being shipped overseas to fight in WWII. He kept in touch occasionally with romantic letters that arrived in her mailbox from Europe at just the right moments. But my grandmother was still shocked when he showed up on her doorstep after the war, swept her off her feet, and made good on his promise to spend the rest of his life with her. She had shyly recounted the details of their courtship to me during one of my weekend visits. She was surprised they ended up together. I wasn’t. I was certain that right before he shipped out to war, Ray Potts had an out of body experience eating one of Grandma Nancy’s Sunday dinners and he was determined to find a way to experience her mouth watering meals for the rest of his days. Who wouldn’t? To get you starting your own Sunday traditions please enjoy the recipe for fried chicken that I’m convinced stole my grandfather’s heart.
Grandma Nancy’s Sunday Chicken
2 frying chickens cut into pieces
2 cups buttermilk
1 tbsp each of paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic salt, and oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne
Combine buttermilk and spices in a large glass dish. Rinse chicken pieces and place in the dish to marinate for at least 1 1/2 hours up to overnight, turning occasionally to coat all pieces
2 cups flour
1 tbsp season salt
oil for frying
In a large tray combine flour with seasoning. Take chicken pieces and dredge in flour mixture to coat. Heat oil to 350 and fry pieces about 6 to 7 minutes just to get a crisp brown on the outside. Remove pieces and place on a baking tray to finish cooking in a 350 degree oven for additional 15 to 20 minutes. Shared on gallery of favorites! With the 21st Century Housewife.