Spirit of Nashville Giveaway

It’s Friday!  As a thank you for hanging out with me all week I want to giveaway this set of framed “Spirit of Nashville” prints.

Leave a comment below to enter or like this post on my Facebook!

The Spirit of Nashville prints are designed by Nashville’s own Anderson Design Group.  They currently offer over 150 prints that perfectly capture Nashville’s unique style and history.

Winner will be selected Monday evening!

(Shipping to US residents only)

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Nashville Hot Chicken(salad)

Nashville Hot Chicken has become a trademark “Nashville” dish.  Around the city most restaurants have taken their own spin on the dish.  For breakfast, Biscuit Love offers the “Princess” which serves hot chicken on a biscuit, drizzled with honey, garnished with a pickle. For lunch you can visit one of the many new Nashville Hot Chicken joints around town like Hattie B’s or Party Fowl.  If you are looking for a sophisticated twist for dinner you can start off at Josephine’s with “Nashville Hot Scrapple”. (Note: I’m not exactly sure what “scrapple” is but hey, maybe that’s what you’re into)

Any true Nashville Native should be able to tell you the original place that blessed us with Nashville Hot Chicken,a little place outside of town, Prince’s.  Nashville folklore weaves a tale of womanizer Thorton Prince coming home the morning after a night of escapades to an angry girlfriend who wanted a little revenge.  She made Prince fried chicken for breakfast but added some unexpected heat with cayenne pepper trying to make her beau suffer a little for his actions.  Her plan backfired, Prince loved it and when he opened his first restaurant,BBQ Chicken Shack,  it went on the menu.

Whether this legend is true or not we may never know. What is a fact though is that Prince’s Hot Chicken was awarded the James Beard Award in 2013 and is credited with inventing the dish.  Thanks to Thorton Prince (or his fed-up girlfriend) all across the globe you can find Nashville style “hot” fried chicken.

Here in the south, when the oil is heating up in the cast iron skillet and the chicken is being breaded, your mouth starts to water with anticipation for an amazing dinner.  While making dinner my family decided to experiment a little with our own style of Nashville Hot Chicken. I wanted to take that one step further and expand to summer dish we all love, chicken salad.

Below you will find my recipe for Nashville Hot Chicken(salad) and biscuits.  Try it out and become part of the Nashville Hot Chicken craze!

Ingredients:

for chicken salad:  

1/2 cup water

4 cups flour

1 cup corn starch

Salt

Pepper

Garlic

Onion Powder

6 eggs

1 lb of chicken legs (bone in prefered), let the chicken sit out of the fridge for about 20 minutes before you put it in the pan

Cayenne Pepper to taste (a little goes a long way, start off easy)

1 cup Lefty Spicy Chicken N Fish  Mix (optional)

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1-2 Cans Crisco

1/4 cup mayonnaise

4 pickle spears, diced

for biscuits:

2 + 1/4 cups of Bisquick Mix

2/3 cup of buttermilk

Directions: In a ziplock bag combine flour, corn starch, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, brown sugar,garlic, onion powder and Leftys.  Blend the spices together well.  Heat up your frying pan on medium high heat.  Separate egg whites from the egg yolks.  Place the egg yolks only in a large bowl and combine with 1/2 cup water to create the egg wash.  Coat the legs in the egg wash and then put in the ziplock bag and give it a some good ole Shake N’ Bake action (shake it up real hard). Put Crisco into the hot frying pan to melt.  Once the crisco has liquified slowly put the well coated chicken in to the pan. Turn often to keep an even browning.   Cook until golden brown, about 15 minutes – internal temperature should be at 165 degrees.

Immediately after you take the chicken out of the pan sprinkle with a dash of cayenne pepper,brown sugar and Lefty’s if desired.

Shred the chicken off the bone into a bowl, add diced pickles and mayonnaise.

for biscuits:

Now these are from scratch biscuits but I promise, they are better than the can & a whole quicker.  Combine the bisquick and buttermilk and knead into a dough ball.  Sprinkle a little flour on the counter and roll out the dough to about a 1/2″+ thick.  Using a small cup press out biscuits and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been used to form biscuits. Bake for 9 minutes @ 450 degrees.

Now put your freshly made Nashville Hot Chicken Salad on the biscuit and enjoy!  Maybe pair it with a nice Yazoo Dos Perros to have the full Nashville experience!

Nashville Loving & Living

Hey Ya’ll! (let me translate that for all the non-Southerns: Hello Everyone!)

Nashville is America’s “it” city right now. For those of us that have called Nashville home since childhood, we really never saw that coming. Of course I have always loved my hometown. I grew up in what is endearingly refer to as L.A. (Lower Antioch), went to high school in downtown, and- after a brief stint living in Alabama- moved home four years ago to Green Hills.  When I moved home I had no idea how much more I would fall in love with Nashville and how much I would love hosting friends so they could experience MY city. Luckily being the “it” city gives me ample opportunity to host friends who want to visit for the weekend. I have the Nashville tour spots down to a ritual now.

Since I have come home to Nashville I have been lucky enough to see artist perform at some of the country’s top music venues. I have seen comics who were new to the industry at Zanies who are now walking red carpets in Hollywood.  I’ve spent Saturdays with friends tasting the local beers at breweries around town before we went Honky Tonking on Broadway.  As an avid sports fan I also enjoy supporting my hometown teams, from the NCAA National Championship Vandy baseball team to the Preds who Nashville fought to keep and yes, I also frequent the Titans games and always enjoy myself.

Probably my favorite aspect of getting to call the current “it” city my hometown is the influx we have had of amazing restaurants.  I’ve been able to eat so many amazing, unique dishes.  There are just SO many fantastic places to eat.  You also never know who you are going to bump into at one of these places.  I met DAVE GROHL waiting for my hot chicken one night! Dave Grohl! Maybe it’s just me but I probably watched the “Learn to Fly” video 100 times in a time before YouTube existed so this moment for me was amazing. I even broke the Nashville Native unspoken rule of not bothering celebrities for photos. He was in Nirvana, I had to.  (Our picture is on the about me page if you want proof!)

I want to share all of this with you and hopefully after each post hopefully you can see Nashville through my eyes and maybe fall in love with it a little more too.  Whether you are coming to visit for a weekend, moving here to start a new chapter of your life, or have lived here your entire life I promise you, Nashville has something to offer you!

Let’s Wander Nashville together!

xo-Nickolette