Friday, January 6, 2017

Secret Subject Swap: Coming Clean, Cheetos and Candy Crush

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: Everyone's addicted to something in some shape or form. What are things you can't go without?
It was submitted by: Shannon of Simply Shannon.

Oh jeez, where do I start? And how much do I really want to reveal? 

I could start with coffee, and I truly am addicted, but it's so cliche. I mean, who isn't?

I might be persuaded to admit to my addiction to Cheetos. Yeah, those neon orange puffs. Well, my preference is the puffy ones but you won't find me walking away from the thin crunchy ones either if we're going to be honest. 

And they're a healthy. Cheese, you know. OK, maybe not healthy exactly, but they're definitely a good diet food. There are only 150 calories in 13 puffs. All you have to do is stop yourself at 13.

As with any real addiction, you must hide them. Mine aren't in the pantry, they're in the cabinet behind the pots and pans because College Boy will have them gone before I get a chance to open the bag. He always knows I have them, though. Could be the glow in the dark quality to my fingers. Could be the orange dust all over my shirt. Hard to tell.

Another addiction is pistachios. I prefer roasted and only slightly salted. Don't buy the shelled ones either, ripping out a fingernail or two is an integral part of the pistachio experience. And everyone knows the energy you expend shelling them negates the calories of those tiny little beauties.

I know that some would say I have an addiction to baking, but that's not an addiction, it's self preservation. 

Seems I do have a fixation with food though, doesn't it?

Baked Spicy Cheetos Chicken, chicken soaked in a buttermilk mixture then coated in a crunchy panko cheetos crust makes for a moist interior and an crunchy exterior. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner #chicken
Baked Spicy Cheetos Chicken

Baked Spicy Cheetos Chicken, chicken soaked in a buttermilk mixture then coated in a crunchy panko cheetos crust makes for a moist interior and an crunchy exterior. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner #chicken
Baked Spicy Cheetos Chicken going in the oven



Hold on, gonna grab a bag of Cheetos and tell you about some non-food addictions. 

I suppose I can't get away with ignoring Candy Crush when we talk about addictions. Truth is I'm fighting this one. Sometimes I get stuck on a level and that's fine, it's part of the game. But right now I'm stuck on a level that's just not fun. So there's an internal war going on to see which is more powerful, my addiction to the game or my frustration with it.

I'm addicted to the news. Maybe it's the busy body in me, but I gotta know what's going on. Often the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is check out all the news channels and websites. It's harder than you'd think, separating fact from fiction as each source has it's own viewpoint intrinsic in their narrative. But if I go back and forth between them, then check a few websites I can generally put the salient pieces of the puzzle together.

I'd go through withdrawal without my daily dose of mysteries. I read them, I watch them, I can't get enough. Some of those true murder mystery stories on shows like 20/20, Dateline, and pretty much anything on the ID Channel, I've seen more than once. In fact, College Boy is worried about me and my fascination with murder. He's convinced I'm doing research on modes and means and how to get away with murder, but that may be another story. Or not.

There's one more. I know you'll think less of me, but I'm just going to say it. As I sit here on a freezing cold winter day, wind whipping outside my window, I'm going to have to admit that what I'm currently addicted to is sweat pants.

Yeah, I know. All the cool moms wouldn't be caught dead . . . Everyone knows it's all about the yoga pants. Pretty, body hugging, stretchy, fashionable yoga pants. Not me. Give me a fire in the fireplace, hot cocktail in my mug and my warm, comfy, elastic waist, cotton sweatpants. And listen, here's the thing, sweatpants are a snack addicted stressed out mama's best friend. You look the same three sizes bigger than you are after spending an afternoon watching murder mysteries with a bag of Cheetos as you did when you put them on in the morning. 

It's possible I have one or two more addictions I could mention but how about this, we can talk again in the spring. Think flip flops. 


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Baked Spicy Cheetos Chicken
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Ingredients:
about 5# bone-in chicken pieces
20 puffy Cheetos
2 cups Flamin' Hot Cheetos
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's)

Directions:
*Mix the buttermilk with the hot sauce. Put chicken pieces into a large sealable freezer bag. Add the milk mixture. Seal and refrigerate, turning now and then, at least 2 hours and up to a day.
*Place both kinds of Cheetos in a food processor and pulse until you have crumbs. Mix with the panko bread crumbs.
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray.
*Place the crumb mixture into a large clean plastic bag. Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk. Allow excess liquid to drain off then place them, one piece at a time, into the bag with the crumbs. Hold the bag firmly closed and shake until the chicken is covered with the crumbs. Place (skin side down for breasts or thighs) into prepare baking dish.
*Bake for 25 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and bake for another approximately 30 minutes. Be sure the chicken is completely cooked and the juices run clear. Baking time will depend on what chicken pieces you use.

35 comments:

  1. tasty looking recipe. Love the prompt and response. I'm so addicted to coffee, chocolate, cheese, and reading sick and twisted thrillers.

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    1. Love all of those things as well. Seems my list is growing!

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  2. I love Cheetos too, but I refuse to buy them. I'd weigh a ton!!I might make an exception for this chicken though. The kids would LOVE it!!

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    1. I buy them but don't worry about eating them all, the boys finish them off before I can even get them put away.

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  3. I can't say I love Cheetos but I bet the chicken is amazing. Now pistachios, I am definitely addicted to.

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    1. I love pistachios, I just don't love how much they cost.

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  4. I am not addicted to coffee, yuck, don't like it, also don't drink energy drinks, I do drink a shit load of Pepsi Max. My daughter the short judgemental one tells me I should not drink soft drink in the morning, well she shouldn't drink a big ass can of Red Bull first thing of a morning but do I say that, NO, I don't tell other people what to do she is a grown woman and can decide for herself.

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    1. To each his own. I'm happy with my morning coffee. Don't know what I'd do without it.

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  5. How clever to invent an actual meal that requires you to purchase Cheetos because they're an INGREDIENTS ;-)))
    Sweatpants: I think even higher of you!!! Love my sweatpants. They're my favourite clothing item. I even blogged about it.
    While I'm proud to say I kicked my bad Coke Zero addiction, there are lots of others left, I can't even list them all. I'm trying to get better, though. I found a new snack that is probably pretty good, it's a trail mix called nuts'n'berry. Love it. Found out about them shortly before Christmas, wolfed down about 10 packs so far...
    My worst addiction though is Facebook. Can't stay off it for long. It's a time thief, lots of posts are mindless cr**, but of course you have to go through everything to find the gems...

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    1. I've been working on my FB addiction, cutting down as much as I can. Funny how many things you can accomplish when you don't spend the whole day on FB.

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  6. OMG Cheetos are my kryptonite. The hard, skinny ones---YES. I don't read mysteries but I do like watching them on TV---real life murder mysteries have always fascinated me. For awhile I was totally addicted to Forensic Files. I think I've seen just about every episode!

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    1. Oh yeah, I've seen every Forensic Files. Twice!

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  7. My son would love this. But he's not getting it. Cheetos are too delicious "raw" to use as a coating for chicken!! Cheetos forever! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  8. Chocolate, Pepsi, Pizza, Mexican Food, Indian Food -- that should cover it. Great post that revealed a lot about you :)

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  9. Well, I noticed you went 7 over the 13 recommended Cheetoh's but who can really stop at 13? I am almost surprised that you did not include pistachios in the recipe but, then again, after burning all those calories cracking them open, we can't possibly put them in the oven!

    Can't wait to hear about your flip flop addiction!

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    1. Yeah I went over, but I do share the chicken.
      And although I left pistachios out of this recipe, I use them in quite a few. Stay tuned!

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  10. I'm addicted to coffee. I know, you're shocked. It's true. It's hands down my biggest addiction.
    As for Cheetos... There are three or four bags in my chip bin currently. They're Chad's addiction. He eats them with his lunch. Every. Single. Day. (Which is why I'll be making this recipe for him ASAP). I do love Cheetos, but I prefer Cheese Nips.
    As for pistachios... I'm an addict. Chad bought me two pounds yesterday, and I was upset, because it's not enough.
    I'm also addicted to sunflower seeds and Saltines.
    I'm obsessed with sweat pants. I wear them every day. After arriving home, I rush to reunite with them.
    I'm addicted to flip flops. I wear them all year long.
    I currently crave French fries constantly, so addiction is probably fitting.
    I'm addicted to Food Network and ID. I'm absolutely addicted to true crime shows, and have been since I was 11. Forensic Files is one of my all time favorite shows.
    I'd also say I'm addicted to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. That started when I was four.
    I'm definitely addicted to reading.
    I also have an addiction to the news. I have to take breaks occasionally. It can sometimes become mentally and emotionally overwhelming.
    No Candy Crush addiction, but I have played WordFeud (a Scrabble app) every day since 2008. I'm completely addicted. I'm slowly becoming addicted to this Dominoes app Chad just introduced me to.

    So, I absolutely loved this post. I really enjoyed seeing how much we have in common.

    This recipe is absolutely genius. I LOVE that you use Frank's.

    Can I substitute something non dairy for the buttermilk?! If I use buttermilk, I cannot eat it.

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    1. Yup, sure does look like we have a lot in common. I'll PM you about some options to the buttermilk.

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  11. Oh... I'm also addicted to burritos and authentic tacos. Also... Cheese.

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    1. My body is weird. Anything dairy makes me extremely sick, except cheese. I stick to almond/cashew/soy milks. Though I rarely have it. I miss yogurt and ice cream.

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  12. Hmmm...true confession time? Yikes. I guess my first would be Solitaire on my phone. And puzzles. Love those puzzles! Then any kind of nuts (the edible kind-though I have been know to...never mind). Then writing. Totally addicted to writing. And reading. Why couldn't I be addicted to cleaning? Or cooking. Sigh.

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    1. Jeez, why would anyone want to be addicted to chores? Not me!

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  13. A cheeto addict? Really? For some reason I picture you as a healthy eating yoga pant wearing mom. Wow just blew that out of the water.

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  14. We're Cheeto-poor in the UK....you can only get Cheesy, no Flaming Hot. But I can improvise!

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    1. Maybe we need to start a petition with Cheetos!

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  15. I'm addicted to that channel! Hubby is scared I'm trying to kill him off for the insurance money lol. My favorite is snapped and I think I've seen them all, but I'll watch any of them. Dateline...gotta love Dateline.

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  16. Are you an Amazon Prime member? If you are, do you get the first look free book at the beginning of the month? There are always some psychological suspense ones, and they're usually pretty good. The Body Reader by Anne Frasier and Walk Into Silence by Susan McBride were two of the recent ones I have tried out, and I enjoyed them both. Plus, of course, the Longmire series is definitely something you should check out if you haven't. Every book, like the episodes of the show, is a standalone mystery while some of the story progresses an overall arc between the characters. I know I told you about it before, but I figured a reminder never hurts. ha.

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    1. Yes, we talked about Longmire. I haven't read the books but I do love the TV show. I'm going to check my library website for some of these books. I don't have amazon prime but I do love taking books out via my Kindle from my public library.

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  17. Cheetos and sweat pants? Perfection! I knew you were one of my favorite people.

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    1. Ha, who ever knew I'd be appreciated for sitting around in sweat pants and eating cheetos!

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