What’s This? A TAH’er Birthday Today!

| March 23, 2020

5th/77th FA

One of our ninja’s ratted you out, Gun Bunny. No sense in denying or running, our ninjas are remorseless, and the best, as you well know. To take the sting out a bit, it was suggested I dummy up a couple recipes to celebrate another lap around the sun. So here ya go, ya dirt diggin’ doggy.

Skillet Fried Chicken (cast iron was made just for this, but make sure you have a fry screen to cover, or face a kitchen with a nice coating of oil, everywhere)

You’ll need:

8 chicken thighs (I like thighs-stop that- they’re usually uniform in size, and the dark meat won’t easily dry out when cooked)

2 cups low fat buttermilk

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika

2 tablespoons ground sage

2 tablespoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Flour, for dredging

Vegetable shortening, or oil of choice. I like neutral canola for frying.

You’ll do:

1) Place chicken pieces into a plastic container or zip-lock, and cover with buttermilk. Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

2) Melt enough shortening (over low heat) to come just 1/3-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy fry pan. Once shortening liquefies raise heat to 325 degrees F. Do not allow oil to go over 325 degrees F. Or use canola oil, same level and temp.

3) Drain chicken in a colander. Combine salt, paprika, pepper and herbs. Liberally season chicken with this mixture. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

4) Place chicken skin side down into the pan. The oil should come half way up the chicken. Cook chicken until golden brown on each side, approximately 10 to 12 minutes per side. More importantly, the internal temperature should be right around 180 degrees. (Be careful to monitor shortening temperature every few minutes.)

5) Drain chicken on a rack over a sheet pan. Also hit the chicken pieces with a pinch of salt while hot. Don’t drain by setting chicken directly on paper towels or brown paper bags. If you need to hold the chicken before serving, cover loosely with foil but avoid holding in a warm oven, especially if it’s a gas oven- it’ll get soggy otherwise, and no one wants that.

Serve with whatever floats yer boat, or cocks your cannon. But wait…

AW1’s Mom’s Key Lime Pie

Mom would make the pie crust from scratch, but that art skipped a generation and I get store bought, and blind bake per instructions.

You’ll need:


Pre-baked pie shell.

2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk

1 cup key lime juice (bottled is fine)

2 whole large eggs, separated

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lime zest if available.


4 egg whites

6 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Pinch salt

You’ll do:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk. Stir in the lime zest, lime juice, and cream. Pour the filling into the crust and bake about 30 minutes or until firm. Remove pie from oven.

3) Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. In a second bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the sugar mixture, a little at a time, to the egg whites, beating between additions. Continue to beat until the sugar dissolves. Spoon the meringue over the hot pie filling. Torch the meringue to give it’s golden color; or bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve pie warm or at room temperature. Or top with whipped cream, up to you.

Heh, You share a birthday with Chaka Khan, so…

Happy Birthday!

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Happy Birthday, KoB…

    More importantly, can you sing like Chaka Khan?

  2. Cameron says:

    Happy birthday 5th/77th FA!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽˆ

  3. marinedad61 says:

    Check the gas pipe.

  4. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    Happy Birthday, Gun Bunny!

  5. Wilted Willy says:

    Happy Birthday and I hope you have many more!
    You are not getting older, just better like a fine wine??
    All the best to you Gun Bunny!!!

    • ChipNASA says:

      Hey fucker!!
      Great to see you posting!!

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Wow a two fer!

      Welcome back WW, hope you are feeling well and getting healthy quickly and happy birthday to the KoB….

      We are all of us getting older, some of us older than others these days…but the grass is still underfoot so it’s a good day.

      Enjoy your day good sir.

    • SFC D says:

      Yo Willy! Glad you’re back!

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Son of a gun Willy you just made my day after
      a long drive back home from an infested area.
      Great to see you commenting again during these
      crazy times. Can’t keep a Signal guy quiet.

      Speaking of Guns and Signal guys….
      Happy Birthday to the Gun Bunny. I used to
      listen to fire missions on my PRC-25 for fun
      and try to spot the splashes from my mountain top
      perch. You guys always had something going on
      somewhere and your RTO’s were superb.

      First time I ever heard “WTF Over” for real.

      • SFC D says:

        About pissed myself when I heard “say again, you’re coming in broken and stupid. WTF, over.”

        • 26Limabeans says:

          DI in Basic had an assistant fresh back
          from Viet of the Nam. Short skinny SGT
          with a 1st AirCav patch and CIB. Guy was
          certified nuts and would walk around
          saying “WTF..over”. It was like a tic.
          SGT Kasavage. Ft Dix 1968. hoorah.

    • Skippy says:

      Welcome Back !!!!

  6. Sapper3307 says:


  7. 5th/77th FA says:

    Well just butter my buttocks and call me a cat headed biscuit, here is the proof that AW1Ed and the ninja (we do have the best ninjas) loves me and wants me to be happy. Or, in layperson’s terms, otherwise occupied and out of their hair. Talk about an under the horizon surprise attack, Pearl Harbor can’t hold a candle to this one. At least the 7th Fleet had some kinda idea that the Japanese Fleet may be out there, I had no clue. Well played, Good Sir, and a tip of the old Kepi to our very own ninja…Roll Tide Roll! Haven’t had a whole lot of birthday parties per se, and have NEVER had a surprise one. I am very humbled and touched by this. Took me awhile to get the pollen and dust down just so my eyes would clear up enough to read the post and slobber all over the recipes. Little slobber going on over Chaka also, lusted…er er, liked her R & B songs and moves for a good long while now and no I can’t sing like her, but truth be known while I was still able to be a happy hooker/pole dancer for Ma Bell, wearing those defined heel climbing boots did keep my legs and mid-drift in like condition.

    Tell you something good? The TAH Family is the main thing that has kept me going the last two years. I had lurked for a long time before commenting. I know a large number of people, many that claim to know me personally, but I consider the Delta Whiskeys and Whiskettes my true “Family and Friends.” I will raise a toast for each and offer a prayer of Thanks for you all. I never thought I would make it this far, ‘specially when I had that brain blowout, but here we are. “Lest we Forget!” Never Surrender…Never Retreat

    Again, my many Humble Thanks for this Honor and these Accolades. Beverages of your choice are on my tab, let’s cut this cake and pile some vanilla bean ice cream on top of it.

  8. The Stranger says:

    Happy Birthday to our very own King of Battle. Drinks are on him! Iโ€™ll take a Canadian Club 12 with a Yuengling chaser, please.

    • Green Thumb says:


      I will stick with the Colt 45!

      • The Stranger says:

        To quote Billy Dee Williams:
        Works every time!

        I remember well drinking many a cold 40 of Colt back in the day. I found that the โ€œdouble deucesโ€ (22 ounce bottles) worked better; they didnโ€™t get warm and we could pick them up for $1.04 per bottle (with tax). Ah, good times, good times.

        • Green Thumb says:

          Didn’t get warm. Yeah. I hear you. You had to chug them so that you could get it all down while it was cold. Then you got hammered.

          Back in the day in Memphis, you could get an old school QT for .79 cents.

          Years later, they actually used to have a joint named Reggie Neelys in the Memphis Airport that had it on tap. I used to love laying over (only reason to lay over in MIA as the airport smells like a combination of a dank fart, rotten garbage and Indian food) to grab an ass burning BBQ sandwich and toss it down with a 24oz glass of Colt. Tasted nasty (the Colt), but it was definitely a “check the block” experience.

          • The Stranger says:

            Colt 45 on tap?
            Interesting…very interesting. Hmmm, new item on my bucket list. ๐Ÿบ

  9. Lurker Curt says:

    Happy B-day, KoB!
    Here is hoping for many more- I love your comments, and am secretly pulling (the lanyard?) for the FIRST 5peat on the WoT.

  10. Mustang Major says:

    Just sang Happy Birthday to you. Now where is my piece of cake?

    Happy birthday and a tip of the hat to you5th/77th FA

  11. Eggs says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    Great to see WW on here today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  12. Skyjumper says:

    Happy Birthday KoB!! (and many more)

    And now……..a Birthday interlude just for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. SFC D says:

    Happy birthday, cannon cocker! D’s cantina will serve a round in your honor this evening! MRS D starts homeschooling the boy today, and she’s gonna need a drink!

  14. Skippy says:

    Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ
    Take it easy and
    Try to behave
    Or donโ€™t do what I would do

  15. The Other Whitey says:

    When we first started dating, my wife wanted to know when my birthday was. I was reticent. After much negotiation, I agreed that I would tell her before the day of. However, she failed to specify *which* birthday, and on that technicality (and hiding my ID) I managed to skate for the better part of a year before she got one of my uncles to rat me out.

  16. Happy Birthday Gun Bunny, and check out youtube
    Happy Happy Birthday Baby by Margo Sylvia and the Tune Weavers, 1957 on the Checker label.

  17. A Proud Infidelยฎโ„ข says:

    Happy Birthday KoB!

  18. Green Thumb says:

    Happy Birthday!

    How man 105mm round salute are we talking about on this great day?!?

  19. Andy11M says:

    /arty joke

  20. ninja says:

    Sorry the ninja family is late for your Birthday Party, KoB!

    Happy Birthday to our Favorite Gun Bunny!

    Are you now Legal Age? *grin*

    In your Honor, the ninja family will be making AW1Ed’s Skillet Fried Chicken along with Fried Okra, Smashed Potatoes and Cat Head Biscuits as well as the Key Lime Pie! Thank You, Ed!

    Tell Me Something Good?

    Well, in reading everyone’s comments, this shows that even though we may come from different background with different walks of life and even different perspectives (still trying to get AW1Ed to get away from the Dark Side and root for Mules instead of Goats), we definitely are all bonded as a FAMILY.

    Enjoy your Special Day with your Love Ones, your Fur Babies and your Friends. Don’t forget to make a WISH when blowing out the candles!

    And remember…tomorrow you will start another Lap around the Sun!

    Keep On Truckin!


    • AW1Ed says:

      “still trying to get AW1Ed to get away from the Dark Side and root for Mules instead of Goats”

      Ain’t happening, ninja. Cut me and I bleed Navy Blue.

      With gold wings on my chest.

      nac wings

  21. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Many happy returns of the day to the King of Battle! And here’s to many, many more!

  22. OWB says:

    A birthday? Well, then. Happy, happy, HAPPY!!!!

    And to everyone else who plans to have one any time soon, or whoever DID have one, and to all those we can no longer wish one to: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all y’all!

    Does that just about cover it all, at least for now???

    Yeah. Have a good one.

  23. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Happy Birthday to TAH’s resident Gun Bunny!

  24. 5th/77th FA says:

    My most gracious and humble Thanks again to the ‘Weeds and Weedettes of TAH on a great time celebrating my 67 turns around the fireball. What a day! I have received many accolades and made a few milestones during this time frame, but this out of the deep blue surprise was oh so very special. I am honored beyond words with all the well wishes, videos,the recipes, and even a stapler toast. I think that is a FIRST. And the best news is our Brother Wilted Willy is returned, present for duty, ready to close ranks, advance the colors, and continue the fight. And another thing we have to look forward to is the upcoming Thursdays Are For Cooking Episode, followed up the the Friday, you’ve set a precedence now, added feast idea. I give Thanks and the credit to He who is in overall Command of us for making it this far and will serve here until His work for me is done. Now get off my lawn!


  25. timactual says:

    I stopped observing birthdays a few years ago (too depressing) but if I did, I would wish you a happy one.

  26. timactual says:

    My first taste of key lime pie was actually a calomondin pie.My father had a calomondin tree(?) in his back yard and used it instead of key limes. Out-freaking-standing!!

    I once bought a key lime pie at a bakery in New Jersey once. My mouth watered so much I was dehydrated when I got it home. It looked and tasted like lime jello. It’s a good thing Jersey has pizza and hoagies to fall back on.

  27. Roh-Dog says:

    Ditto all the above positives, double ditto the negatives!
    Kidding. Happy belated, Artyguy!