Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hey Soul Sisters......

It's an interesting phenomenon where you think a song is about something in particular but you find out it's really not.  The pop song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train is a love song where the vocalist pours out his heart to his soulmate....but I never really listened to the lyrics that closely & thought it was a girl/soul sister kind of thing....  At any rate (that's Indiana talk for "anyway" )'s a fetching tune which features a catchy ukelele riff and my girls & I have always enjoyed it, except during that "hit" obsession where it was on EVERY radio station you turned on.......  In case you aren't acquainted with the song, I put a youtube link below....

A couple years ago, Maggie & niece Annie, myself & daughter Abby went to the coolest Beatles Festival ever -- Abbey Road on the River in Louisville, KY.  It is an annual pilgrimmage of ours and this particular year I was all jazzed up because the festival was offering a free guitar class wherein they would teach you to play a Beatle song by the end of the class. Wow---I thought that was the coolest thing ever and I was determined that Mags, Annie, Abby and I would take part in this event & become skilled at a Beatle song.  However, I didn't completely budget the whole idea of buying guitars ....... Annie has a guitar, but the rest of us did not.  So, I put on my budget thinking cap and remembered I had seen some charming ukeleles at a local pawn shop some weeks beforehand and I got the idea that all four of us should take the ukeleles to the class..... it can't be much different to learn a song on a ukelele, right ?  So I headed down to the pawn shop that was selling brand new ukeleles in delicious Beatlesque colors and surprised the girls on our way to the Fest.    Ha.....well....I was mistaken, as I was informed by the guitar teacher that the guitar & ukelele chords weren't gonna quite work out like I envisioned.  Luckily there happened to be a ukelele "specialist" on hand who taught us to play Train's "Hey Soul Sister" and "Something" by The Beatles.   We were soon calling our "band "  the Uka-ladies...and we were definitely Soul Sisters....  What great laughs we had with that whole thing -- and it's those types of memories that I want to encourage you to create for you & loved ones.

I have to provide you with a recipe for "Hey Soul-food Sister Fried Chicken" which was sent to me by Mags' beau, Keith.  I don't think chicken should be fried in anything other than a giant black iron skillet that seemingly weighs 50 pounds.  It might be surprising to know that I have officially never fried chicken because I conveniently have never owned a black skillet due to the trauma that I endured in childhood.....I distinctly remember my mom frying awesome chicken with a large iron skillet, but I mainly remember having to WASH the disgusting iron monster.  Man those things get nasty...  

"Hey Soul-food Sister" Fried Chicken


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne red pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken drumsticks
  • canola oil


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first five ingredients. In a shallow bowl, beat the egg and milk. Add chicken to bag, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Dip into egg mixture, then return to flour mixture and shake again. Remove from bag and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat about 1 in. of oil in a large skillet. Fry chicken until golden brown on all sides. Reduce heat to medium and cook until a meat thermometer reads 180°, about 15 minutes.
In my various internet browsings, I came across a skillet cookbook that looks fantastic & I'm gonna check it out.... if I ever get that iron skillet (and someone else commits to washing it) ......   A Skillet Full

I gotta mention that soul sisters are important....biological or be sure you give yours an extra "I love you" during these chaotic days of the holiday season.....

Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records Cookbook


Katy B said...

It's amazing to me to hear my four-year old son crooning "Hey, soul sister ... ain't that Mister Mister on the radio, stereo ..." in the car.

I'm going to Florida with my own real-live soul sisters in just ten days for Christy's 50th birthday. Will think of you while I'm on the beach. Thanks, as always, for your words and inspiration!

Frank said...

Hey Lanny - I finally got to read your blog - was really impressed - sounds like you chicks were really determined to master those ukes. Bet u could do a great I saw momma kissin' Santa Clause in red and green grass skirts