Right now, I'd say not very.
Even non preppers know the value of a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. My cold last week lasted two days, went away, and after three days in the field and two days lecturing at a conference and poor sleep, decided to say hello again. Much of my family is sick with the sniffles and crud and half of my team is out as well, so I guess it's just that time of year. I have four days off and was looking forward to a visit to Brigid Jr's out in Colorado, but later this month will be better anyway (mmmmm Elk steaks). So I will enjoy a few much needed days off as best I can, getting caught up on sleep, reading and perhaps later some new (well, new but very old) dies someone gave me to eventually reload Mauser ammo.
But I do need to eat, the "carbon dated for freshness" airport cellophane sandwiches this week didn't do wonders for me. But I don't want soup, I want something with a little more substance (i.e. crunch and spice but not greasy).
Spicy Oven Fried Chicken. I've posted an oven fried chicken recipe before but for this one I replaced some of the flour with cornmeal for some extra crunch and added a spicy chili powder mix from Penzeys Spices, Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, fresh pepper, and grated Parmesan AFTER dipping the chicken in a buttermilk brine. Old NFO, I apologize for the peas but you will like the chicken.
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Whether you're "feeding a cold" or just had a few tough days in the saddle, it's comfort food at its best.