This was a classic church picnic. The horn section of the Shiner Hobo Band was in full swing when we got there, playing out their mix of polka, waltz, some country-western in the mix too. Kolaches were courtesy of an excellent bakery in Schulenburg. There was sweetened tea, home made cakes and chocolate cookies, an auction, train ride for the kids, and our friend's daughter's favorite, the soda water bottle ring toss. To get technical for a minute, one of the frustrations with this and many other of the church picnics is the actual recipe. When the chicken comes out of the fryer it is truly awesome. Crispy, hot, just amazing. It is thoroughly cooked. I mention this because when you are using a milk bath, there are residual sugars in the milk, and these can cause the crust to brown too quickly before the chicken is cooked through. I'm sure this is the reason they dilute the milk with ice. The problem would go away if they used ice water. But, I'm not about to fix something that isn't really broke. At the picnics, they have to serve so many people that the chicken goes into foil lined cardboard boxes and all that residual steam softens up the crust by the time it is served. Now, the chicken is still delicious. But I've got to find some way to sweet talk the servers into letting me sneak a few pieces right as they come out of the fryer.
But first, a little video link:
And here is one from last year:
This video clip from last year features the Shiner Hobo Band:
And now, some photos of the picnic