Oven Fried Chicken; Banned Books; Weekly Menu

I remember watching the movie, Fahrenheit 451' and being both fascinated (all of those people memorizing books and repeating the words forever so they wouldn't be lost) and terrified (could the Powers That Be really take my beloved books away?)

I have been an avid reader since I first learned how, and the thought that someone, other than me, could dictate what I could and could not read is anathema to me.

That being said, I also believe that there are books that should not be published.

As with so many things I have a decidedly split opinion about this and am rather vehement about both sides.

I don't think books detailing and honoring a pedophile's exploits should be printed….

Yet I don't think 'Lolita' should be banned.

And I have no idea who should be making these decisions.

I started thinking about all this when I ran across this list of Banned Books.

Some I knew about; some I've read.

Here they are…. What do you think?

For more info on why they were banned go to the site.

'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', Mark Twain  – I've read it.
    Apparently right after it was published they decided children shouldn't be allowed to read it.

'1984', George Orwell – I've read it.
    Banned during the Cuban Missile Crisis (?)

The Harry Potter Series.
       Seriously?!?  The books are currently banned in parts of the US and UK.

'The Color Purple', Alice Waters
      Most challenged book in US.

'Lolita', Vladimir Nabokov – I've read it – and also read 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', Azar Nafisi, which is excellent.
     Banned in lots of places in the 50's and 60's.

'To Kill a Mockingbird', Harper Lee – I've read it – in my religion class at a Catholic high school.
    Banned in places in US.

'Catcher in the Rye', J.D. Salinger – I've read it, same religion class….
    The most censored book in US between 1962 and 1980.

'The Satanic Verses', Salman Rushdie
    Banned in 15 countries – created a few problems for the author

The Twilight Series
    Another series for young people, currently banned in places in US and Australia

'Candide', Voltaire – I've read it
   In the 1930's US Customs seized it as contraband. – I really want them to decide what I read……

'Brave New World', Aldous Huxley – I've read it.
    Banned in Ireland and some US states

The Anarchist Cookbook
   Currently banned in most of US and New Zealand

'And Tango Makes Three'
   A children's book about penguins – award-winning book banned in 10 US states currently.

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', Maya Angelou
    Seriously ?!?  Currently one of the most banned books in US

'Bridge to Terabithia', Katherine Paterson
   Another children's book – banned in US

'A Clockwork Orange' Anthony Burgess
    They banned the book – so they made the movie.

I can see I have some reading to do – first on my list is the cute little penguin book…..

Which ones have you read?

Which ones are you going to read so you know what the fuss is about?

Why are these people so worried about children's books and then let them watch all the crap on TV? 

Is it better to watch it than to read about it…. and then intelligently discuss what you've read?

I shall get off of my soapbox now…..

And give you a simple and simply delicious chicken recipe.

I don't deep-fry anything but I love to oven-fry!

Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken with Potatoes

2 chicken thighs
2 chicken legs
2 medium potatoes
2 tbs flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 tbs olive oil

Spread olive oil on a baking sheet with a rim. Wash chicken and pat dry.
In a plastic baggie mix the flour and spices. Add chicken and coat well. Lay on the baking sheet, skin side down, and bake 425F (220C) for 15 minutes.
Cut each potatoes into 8 wedges, the long way. Remove chicken from oven, add potatoes around the chicken and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, turn chicken, potatoes and bake for 15 minutes longer. Remove and serve.

I forgot to add the potatoes to the platter for the photo (actually, mon mari was eating them)

In addition to this, for the week of March 11 we have Baked Goat Cheese, Roasted Salmon, Pizza Steaks, Lentil Soup and Corned Beef Hash for St. Paddy's Day….

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9 thoughts on “Oven Fried Chicken; Banned Books; Weekly Menu”

  1. I was surprised to see that I had read most of them – not Lolita or the Caged Bird or Twilight – but most of them. I can’t imagine why they were banned, honestly. I’d frankly rather a person read any of these books than watched the mindless, violent, overly sexed stuff they put on TV. Even Lolita.

  2. Wow, I am surprised to see some of those books on the banned list! And I agree with Zoomie – there is way too much mindless, violent etc. stuff on tv.
    Katie – I made a very similar dish just the other night!

  3. I’ve read almost all those books, except the Anarchist’s Cookbook (which I won’t read) and Candide (which I might try and read). My girls and I loved and cried over the Bridge to Terabitha.

  4. Inbelievable is all I can say. What about Freedom of Speech. One thing I know would never be banned in my kitchen is your chicken!!!!!

  5. Is this just ignorant Americans (or estadounidenses, I should say, since Latin Americans are Americans too). Do the French ban books? Somehow I doubt it.

  6. Zoomie, a lot of them were banned in other points in time – which I found interesting… some banned now that weren’t; others banned earlier and not now.
    Ina, oven-fried chicken is always a favorite!
    Meredith, I was really curious about the children’s books as most had been honored with awards…. I may have to spend sometime in the library next trip to US to see what the fuss is about.
    Val, other then the Anarchist Cookbook (which was written as a war protest bit) I am totally befuddled….
    manningroad, hard to believe such classics are still treated as trash in some places.
    bpf125 – I believe the French banned Candide when it first came out – but soon came to their senses. I’ll have to ask at my next conversation class about other book bans.

  7. No one should dictate what an individual reads. Only have read 1 book on the list which is 1984 despite the fact that I’m a voracious reader.

  8. debra47, I have always thought I was very qualified to determine my own reading material. Fortunately my teachers and parents always agreed with that. Not all students are that lucky.

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