THE VILULA TEA GARDEN was a little tea room in my memories...ladies wearing white gloves and pretty hats; soft and mended old linens on the tables; and heirloom roses in crystal vases....lovely.

July 1, 2012

Firecracker Drumsticks

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States. (Wikipedia)

Here's a recipe from, that's great to cook up and take for a pot-luck or picnic with your family and friends...It's a little trouble, but well worth it!

Firecracker Drumsticks


  • 16 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Place chicken  in a resealable plastic bag. Pour sauce over chicken, seal bag, and refrigerate to marinate for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours. The longer the chicken marinates, the spicier it will be!
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Combine the flour, cornmeal, and salt in another resealable plastic bag. Add the drumsticks, seal bag, and shake to coat.
  4. Fry the chicken, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until juices run clear. Turn occasionally to brown evenly. You will have to do this in several batches, being careful not to crowd the drumsticks, so each can brown perfectly!
  5. Remove chicken from pan as each are browned and place on several thicknesses of paper towels to drain,  keeping warm in oven.

Serve with the works!  In our family it is Other-Mom's potato salad, home-grown tomatoes, coleslaw, fresh field peas, and whatever bread we feel like serving...more times than not, it's those little Brown and Serve rolls from the grocery store, dripping with butter.  Dessert might be my mother's Pound Cake, Peach pie, or Ice Cream, although Anita's Banana Pudding is usually my favorite...enjoy your Independence Day and y'all say a prayer for all our service men and women who are off protecting our Independence...also, pray for our Country!  Hope you enjoy your holiday and thanks for stopping by!

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