Cook a southern comfort food style Easter brunch

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Ragan Oglesby, "The Cosmopolitan Chef" and author of "The Single Girl's Guide to Great Cooking" gave recipes to cook an Easter brunch filled with southern comfort food.

Southern Fried Chicken w/ Red Velvet Waffles 

Southern Fried Chicken


  • 1 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup of hot sauce
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Peanut oil, for frying


  1. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
  2. Grab a medium size bowl and whisk the eggs with the water and add hot sauce.
  3. In another bowl, we will combine the flour, seasoning salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  4. Season the chicken.
  5. The fun part: dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in flour mixture.
  6. Last but not least we are going to fry the thighs until golden brown and crispy.

Red Velvet Waffles


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cocoa in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and vinegar together in separate bowl until smooth,
  3. Stir in the red food coloring.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  5. Set that off to the side and Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturers' instructions.
  6. Spray the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and then pour 1 cup of the waffle batter onto the waffle iron.
  7. Close the iron and cook until the waffle is deep red and crispy on the outside, that should be about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Make the rest of the waffles with the remaining waffle batter.
  9. Finally top the waffle with the crispy chicken, and drizzled with warm maple syrup.
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