Thursday, September 22, 2011

YUM! City Chicken

So, Mama Kat prompted me to share one of my favorite recipes from when I was young.  I immediately thought of an easy comfort food that my mom made. This recipe is so simple and so yummy you just have to try it!  City Chicken.  And guess what?  It's not chicken!  It's pork that's cubed, skewered (like a shish kabob) and then dipped in egg and bread crumbs.  I like it pan fried, but it can also be baked.  Easy peasy and yummy, huh?

Boy, was I excited when I found prepped City Chicken at a couple of local grocery stores! 

A little history on City Chicken (sometimes called Mock Chicken) -- this dish is regional to what used to be call the "rust belt" -- Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. (I'm originally from Ohio, and moved to Michigan as a teen.) It's a working class family meal that dates back at least to the Great Depression, when chickens were hard to come by in the city.  Hence the name City Chicken.  Here's an advertisement for City Chicken from 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA:

I was amazed that the description and preparation is exactly the same back in the Depression era, over 75 years ago (but not the price!).
This post was prompted by Mama Kat's writing workshop.

Mama’s Losin’ It

This post was ALSO prompted by "30 days of shamelessness."  I'm planning to get through the whole list, in order, but not necessarily in 30 days. Enjoy. Feel free to steal and join in the fun.

1.declare your love for an uncool TV show.
2.look a fool.
3.eat. Whatever you feel like eating.
4.waste time.
5.declare your love for an uncool movie.
6.act “girly” or “manly” in a way you’d normally avoid.
7.share your efforts at something you don’t think you do well.
8.sweat.
9.expose something messy or dirty you’d usually hide.
10.declare your love for an uncool band.
11.dress to show some skin.
12.share about a health struggle.
13.speak up about something crap that was done to you.
14.hold yourself accountable — not guilty — for something crappy you did to someone else.
15.dress, walk, and act like you know you’re all that.
16.spend money on a non-necessity or share a financial struggle.
17.discuss the reality of your work situation.
18.brag.
19.share details about a bodily function or fluid.
20.talk about sex
21.express a strong feeling.
22.set a boundary.
23.air one of your secrets.
24.share a struggle you have yet to “just get over.”
25.ask for help.
26.make a mistake.
27.express a dissenting opinion.
28.discuss a failure.
29.look a fool.
30.name 3 more ways you can live shamelessly and commit to doing them…

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