Need to serve your guests protein-packed sandwiches, but don’t have the time or skill set to cook something up from scratch? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket; then pull it apart and serve it as barbecue chicken sandwiches or sliders.
Crispy fried chicken and fresh-baked waffles come together to create a sweet and savory brunch dish. Gather the following ingredients: your favorite waffle batter mix (like buttermilk, sweet potato or apple cinnamon), 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 1 cup plain flour, 1 tablespoon water, 2 eggs, salt and pepper and oil for frying.
After the backyard transformation by licensed contractor Chip Wade, the Schroeder residence in Atlanta, GA now has a lot of function. An old shed was transformed into a chicken coop (left) and a sitting area with a custom hammock, as seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room.
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."
Build a rain garden to collect rain water runoff from any building on your property, including a chicken coop. This garden demonstrates classic rain garden design with a berm surrounding the basin that catches and holds rain water runoff. Plantings include moisture-loving sedge and rush in the wettest parts of the garden, and perennials like daylily and ornamental grass on the drier edges.
For a tasty Halloween treat, "mummify" chicken tenders with strips of phyllo dough and bake them until golden brown. Then they will be ready to skewer and dip in "bloody" sweet-and-sour sauce, a kid-friendly Halloween dinner or a party appetizer for all ages.
Place the bird in a roasting pan and rub the skin with salt and pepper, or mix a little softened butter, crushed garlic, lemon zest, chopped fresh rosemary, thyme and black pepper. Lift the skin away from the flesh, smear the butter under the skin and over the breast, and then re-cover the flesh with the skin. Preheat the oven and calculate the cooking time according to the weight of the bird.