Icy Snow Blackstone (Yes that is her name) was featured in MunatyCooking Magazine in different issues. Her Book Jericho Road is a new release. She is here today to talk about her book and share a delicious recipe of Deviled Chicken with you.
Taking pictures of this dish was a tough task, since we all were waiting to eat it. I hope I did a good job and I encourage you to try it, I’m sure it will be your favorite too. Deviled Chicken was really delicious and my family enjoyed it so much.
Don’t forget to stop by the Authors website and find out more about her books. Well, now let’s hear it from Icy.
The 1970’s was a time of change, especially in the South. I myself didn’t do anything so drastic during that period, except marry and give birth to my only child, which wasn’t so much drastic as considered by me a miracle. The characters in my new book are much more overt in their actions. Wade Hampton Conyers IV is a returning Vietnam vet. Newly married, his experiences in the war now haunt him and cause a rift between him and his bride who is unable to come with this man she loves who’s suddenly become a stranger. His younger brother, Heath, a high graduate heading into college, is trying to fit himself into the newly-evolving world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Wade’s sister Lindsey could’ve been a Southern belle, if she didn’t have a sense of concern for other people’s feelings. That may be one of the reasons she falls in love with Logan Redhawk, one of Temple General Hospital’s new residents, besides the fact that he’s a hunk, that is. Lindsey and Logan hit it off right away and the sparks fly between them. Son of a Mohawk artist and a local girl who went North to school, met and married his father, Logan is at the hospital to fulfill the terms of the loan enabling him to go to Medical School. When he meets Lindsey’s father, even more sparks fly, because Wade Hampton Conyers III is a dyed-in-the-wool bigot and he’s as unhappy as he can be because his daughter is dating a man who’s part Mohawk…and a Yankee to boot!
Oddly enough—or perhaps not so, considering the changing world into which they’re now thrust—neither Heath now Wade see anything wrong or problematic in Logan’s bicultural, biracial heritage. The two brothers are both drawn to the young doctor because of his sympathy toward their own problems.
Eventually, of course, the three find themselves on a collision course as Logan’s presence strips away the mask of Southern gentility and reveals a whirlpool of adultery, bigotry, and eventually murder.
Setting a story during a certain period takes more than just saying, “This is when it happened…” Though I lived in the era I was writing about, I admit my memory had dimmed a bit in the intervening years, so I did a tremendous amount of research, ranging from what the army slang term for a helicopter was to whether a specific song was released that year. I went over dates for events to be certain I wasn’t writing about something happening either before or after the time of the story. I wanted everything to be as authentic as I could get it and not simply claiming to be set in that time with nothing substantiating it. At that point, I wasn’t really into the Internet, so I spent days at the local library poring through histories, timeline books, and pictorial documentaries. I will admit to throwing in a little “personal” information. Heath’s problems with his MG were also mine, because foreign cars weren’t all that well-known in my home town during that period. In fact, I was only one of two people in town to own an MG, and when the clutch was replaced, the mechanic put it in backwards because he’d never seen such a car before! I also patterned Lindsey’s choice of clothing after my own, and some of the outfits she wears were some I myself owned.
In one scene from Jericho Road, Yankee Logan teases Lindsey about the well-known fame of “real” Southern cooking and dares her to prepare him a meal…”As long as it doesn’t include grits.” She accepts the challenge, gives him a list of groceries, he buys them, and she proceeds to whip up a dinner causing him to declare he’s totally ready to be “southernized” whenever she wants to start. The dish she cooks is called Deviled Chicken, and I offer it here:
- 1 cut-up fryer
- ¼ C melted butter
- 2 tablespoon minced onion
- 2 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 C bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoon catsup
- 2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp garlic powder (optional if any guests are vampires)
- Dash of black pepper
- Place chicken in pan skin side up.
- Pour ¼ C of butter over it.
- Combine spices and condiments and pour over chicken, making certain it’s well-coated.
- Mix bread crumbs in 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle over all.
- Cover and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 30 minutes or until well-done.
This will serve 4-5. When Lindsey and Logan finished their own meal, however, I’m afraid there was nothing left. The young doctor has a tremendous appetite!