You can feel it in the air already. The nights are cooler, the days are shorter, and the glorious days of summer beginning to wind down.
The only thing you can do is to make the most of while you can, and that means less time in the kitchen and more time in the great outdoors.
In other words, it’s picnic time.
But who really has time to pack a grill, fill a cooler and get the plates, napkins and utensils all lined up in the picnic basket?
I learned the following recipe from my mother: You head to the place with the picture of a certain Kentucky colonel, order it all to go, and head for the nearest park.
A bucket of chicken to go has be to one of the all-time best ways to pack a picnic this time of year. Add some of their coleslaw, on the side, don’t forget the biscuits, and you’re eating in style, indoors or out.
And so off my dining companion and I went for a mid-week picnic, courtesy of KFC. Besides, I’ve been eager to try the new boneless chicken advertised in the commercials that crack me up every time.
“I ate the bones! I ate the bones!” cry the characters in these commercials worthy of Late Night writers.
Fortunately, the taste behind the boneless chicken is worthy of the humor. It was moist, delicious and like all the Colonel’s chicken, seasoned to perfection.
But, sadly, I didn’t get the picnic I longed for as my dining companion favors the buffet — with all he can eat. Dining inside was a small sacrifice to make to try all the different sides.
Peas and carrots are a simple favorite that are really good for you. The chicken and noodles warmed my raspy throat. My dining companion meanwhile feasted on original recipe and barbecue chicken with sweet potatoes — it was practically thanksgiving in August. Best of all, there was no limit to those delicious little biscuits.
Checking out the new dishes at an old favorite place is always a good thing to do. And fortunately, there’s still enough time in summer to have a picnic with the Colonel sometime soon.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
1810 South Story St.
Daily 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.