Fried Chicken and Dirty Dishes

Grandma’s kitchen.
Forgotten fried chicken.
Used, cold skillet.
Shimmering in congealed bacon fat.
Brown, yellow, orange matted carpet.
Clutter. Papers. Fly swatter. Plants.
Pepsi bottles.
Hum of the dingy fridge.
Greasy haze of low-light air.
Stale-flavored ice that can’t be cracked with mere teeth.
Dish upon dish.
So much that the sink disappears and one large dinner plate/utensil mound erupts from the countertop.
Dripping faucet plinking against tin.
Sad, somber, soft.
Dark, dirty, dull.
A small photo soaking in the developer of my brain.
Your watery image takes shape and fades quick.
You existed. I remember.

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Baked Corn Tortillas

I accidentally ordered white corn tortillas from the store. (We have store delivery here in KC from Hy-Vee. Thank God!) So, I looked online for ways to use corn tortillas. They don’t taste good unless you cook them in some way.

I found a simple recipe to bake them and I made the recipe even easier. Take a stack of corn tortillas and cut them into quarters. Two cuts and you’re done. Use a sharp knife. Throw them on a sprayed shallow pan. Spray the tops with the same cooking spray and throw them in a preheated oven at 350°. Bake for 10-15 minutes. That’s it. I took mine out, spread them out on a plate with paper towels in between each layer. You probably don’t even have to. And you don’t have to brown them like I did, above. Super easy!

Enjoy warm or cool. They are better than bagged and healthier, IMO!