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Washing Machine Ice Chest

The holiday season is upon us and that means parties and family gatherings. 

Maybe not all of us are blessed with an ice chest, or maybe we just don’t have a big enough one on hand. Well here is a clever little tip when it comes to serving cold drinks at your next party: Store them in your washing machine!

Just think about it, you pour the ice into the washing machine, you put a case of beer (or soda) in there and then slowly bring them out to replenish drinks in the party atmosphere. You could of course also let guests pick right out of the machine. They will think you are so clever and innovative. But not all of us are blessed with an easily accessible laundry room, so just invest $10-$20 in a cute tin bucket that will actually fit on your table or counter top! And no need to worry about lugging that heavy cooler off to drain, your washing machine drains itself as the ice melts! Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy! 

Bye-bye ugly cooler, Hello washing machine!

-Ellie

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Chick-Fil-A Copycat

Believe it or not, I do still cook food! I know it seems like all I have been doing is couponing and home improvement. But seriously, we have to eat!

I got the Chick-Fil-A Copycat recipe from FoodBabe and couldn’t wait to try it out. While Chick-Fil-A might not share all the same views that I do, they do share delicious food with me. But after reading there are almost 100 ingredients in one Chick-Fil-A sandwich, you might want to politely break-up with Chick-Fil-A.

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I mean it’s just a chicken sandwich right? What more could be needed than breading, chicken, seasoning, and a bun? (no pickles for me please!) Well apparently they thought it could also use high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, chemical preservatives (one of them is TBHQ or Tertiary Butylhydroquinone, made from butane!) and MSG, just to name a few.

It saddens me to know that I have been eating something so bad, after really thinking going to Chick-Fil-A was a healthier choice versus a greasy burger. (Not a healthy choice, but healthier.)

So I decided to try out FoodBabe’s recipe because I couldn’t imagine never tasting that chicken sandwich again. (Maybe one of the hundred ingredients causes addiction!)

http://foodbabe.com/2011/07/09/chick-fil-a-or-chemical-fil-a/
http://foodbabe.com/2011/07/24/chick-fil-a-now-open-on-sunday/

Food Babe’s Open on Sunday Sandwich

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Total time 55 mins

Serves: 4
Ingredients
2 chicken breasts equaling about 1 pound
1 large egg
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup pickle juice
12 pickle slices
3 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp paprika
1 cup flour of your choice (I used spelt)
1 tbsp powdered sugar
¼ tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp baking soda
4 sprouted whole wheat hamburger buns or buns of your choice
1 tbsp butter

Instructions
1. Marinating:

2. About 4 hours before or the day before – Cut chicken breasts in half making 4 similar size pieces
3. With a meat tenderizer or small hammer pound the chicken to ½ inch thick
4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and ½ tsp paprika to both sides of chicken
5. Place chicken in 1 cup pickle juice and let marinate for at least 4 hours to one day prior to baking
6. Baking:
7. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
8. Place pickle slices in vinegar and let marinate while you prep the chicken
9. In a bowl, combine and stir flours, sugar, baking soda, 1 tsp paprika, dry mustard and set aside
10. In another bowl, whisk egg and almond milk together
11. Remove chicken from marinade and dredge one piece of chicken at a time in egg bath, ensuring each side is wet and dredge in flour mixture coating each sidePlace each flour coated chicken piece on a wire rack with pan on bottom
12. Spray each piece liberally with olive oil covering both sides
13. Place tray of chicken in oven
14. After 12 mins, turn each piece of chicken over mid way through baking
15. After about 25 mins – 30 mins, chicken should be completely cooked and crispy
16. Take out of the oven and let rest at least 5 mins
17. While chicken is resting, butter buns and place in oven for 3-5 mins
18. Take buns out of oven, place 3 pickles on bottom bun and chicken on top and ENJOY!
Notes
Serve with a nice large cabbage salad or steamed broccoli (If you really want fries, I suggest baked sweet potato fries) Try to use all organic ingredients

Okay so I am not sure I can really give this a fair review just yet and let me tell you why. Picture this: It’s 7pm, people are starving, and your husband has to leave for work in about 2 hours. You look up this recipe that you had planned on making. You even remembered to defrost the chicken! Then you read the words marinate for at least 4 hours Well crap! You are going to make this anyways and just let it marinate for 30 minutes while you prepare other things.

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I am not saying this tasted bad, it was just a little dry. So I want to try it again after really marinating it so that juice really soaks in to the chicken! But compared to Chick-Fil-A, the breading had that same sweet, delicious flavor you love! Also, don’t try to use a pizza pan like I did because you don’t have a cooling rack. The breading stuck when I tried to flip the chicken breast and when I took them off, boo! hence the not so great looking end product, missing breading But if you judge everything you eat off of how it looks, you are going to miss out on some great food!

Bottom Line: You should definitely try this out, just make sure you plan ahead!

Happy Eating!
-Ellie

Recipe and Ingredient Picture courtesy of FoodBabe. Website listed above. All opinions are my own.