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Beginning of Fall Celebration

Wrap up the summer and welcome in fall with delicious food.

Spending time outdoors and enjoying friends and family over good food and drinks is a great way to wrap up summer and welcome in fall. From the fresh flower arrangements to the locally sourced produce and herbs, this earthy spread is brimming with character and flavor. The organic cut herbs and handpicked wild flowers include a medley of Queen Anne’s lace, mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, lamb’s ear, nigella, buddleia, oregano, dill, fever few, and geranium, to name just a few of these beautiful blooms.

What are we serving? We started with an arugula salad with grilled corn, shaved radishes with zucchini and goat cheese, served with a creamy lemon vinaigrette. Buttermilk brined fried chicken was a must for this outdoor party, which paired nicely with locally sourced roasted heirloom carrots drizzled with hot honey. El Ahumado, a delicious drink, rounded out our meal for the perfect sweet treat. 

We wanted to share a few of our favorite recipes for you to try at home. Enjoy!

Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken

Dried spice mix

2 tablespoons white pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard
5 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons fresh black pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder 
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons cayenne 
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 teaspoons onion powder 
Palm kosher salt 

Buttermilk Brine

4 cups buttermilk
1 bunch fresh sage
1/2 of spice mixture 


2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
Whole cut up chicken or 2 bone-in breasts, 2 thighs and 2 drumsticks 

To cook: 
4 cups shortening 

Marinate chicken in brine for up to 24 hours. Place chicken in large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over top. Add fresh sage and store in fridge. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking rack with a sheet pan for raw chicken and one for cooked chicken. 

Add remaining spice mixture to flour mixture. Whisk together well. 

Heat shortening to 350 degrees. (Preference is cast iron Dutch oven.) Pull chicken out of buttermilk mixture and let drip. Coat firmly in flour mixture and set on raw chicken rack. Complete each piece of chicken. 

Heat oil to 350 degrees. Place 2 or 3 pieces of chicken in oil and cook 3-5 minutes per side. Place on cooked chicken rack. Put cooked chicken in oven to complete cooking for 15 minutes. 

Let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving! 

El Ahumado by Cordial Craft
Spanish for "Smoky”

1 1/2 ounces Reposado tequila
1/2 ounce aperol
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1/4 ounces luxardo cherry syrup
1 spritz of Mezcal 

Lightly sweet, pleasantly bitter. The Mezcal adds just a hint of smoke to make a beautifully balanced, interesting cocktail.

Recipes by: Sammie Laforce
Beverages: Brandon Burke