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Cook the Book: Melba Wilson's Southern Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles

It's a shame that Bobby Flay had to go all the way uptown to Harlem for his Chicken and Waffles Throwdown! since there was no way he could possibly beat Melba Wilson's. On paper, the recipe looks like the work of a mad woman—mustard and buttermilk-soaked fried chicken piled on waffles made with eggnog in place of cream, all finished with sweet strawberry butter and even sweeter maple syrup. But somehow, when all of the elements come together (and are doused with syrup) it's insane in the most delicious way.

If you are a little dubious of the combination, I don't blame you at all. In fact, I was kind of prepared for this dinner to be something of a disaster. But when the chicken and waffles hit the table and everyone dug in, I was met with the kind of silence that only comes when a meal is so delicious, there's no room for words. I have to give a big round of applause to Bobby Flay's Throwdown! cookbook for including this crazy delicious recipe—my standard for chicken and waffles has been taken to the next level.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bobby Flay's Throwdown! to give away this week.

Adapted from Bobby Flay's Throwdown! by Bobby Flay. Copyright © 2010. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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