*For the life of me, even with a vow to eat healthier as often as possible (I never eat fast food!), and prepare all of my own foods at home (not quite there yet), I can’t do away with my taste for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Even talking about it now makes me want to run to KFC. I can literally smell the chicken right now. Well, if the story I am about to share is true — and look, who is to say it is or it ain’t at this point — I, and you, may never have to set foot in KFC again because we will be able to create the same taste at home.
***Someone has leaked the 11 herbs and spices recipe!!!***
Hopefully, Colonel Sanders (real name Harland David Sanders) is not rolling over in his grave. Not only has he been reduced to a a series of wacky-looking caricatures on TV commercials (some of us are actually old enough recall ‘the real Colonel’ — with his white suit and black string tie!). Not only have we seen multitudinous attempts to unearth the secret recipe, which has been under strict lock and key by the Louisville, Ky-based headquarters forEVER. Yet, a mad marketing display years ago showed a Brink’s armored truck and briefcase marked “Top Secret” demonstrated how they had beefed up security at the vault that contains the Colonel’s handwritten recipe.
But even after all of that, it’s hard to resist the hype. So KFC went and upgraded its website, www.colonelsanders.com, to feature yet another ‘Colonel Sanders’ character who swears he is FINALLY finally ready to reveal the secret recipe.
And as we wait with baited breath for him to make the big reveal, all of a sudden the sound malfunctions and an “out of order” sign pops up on the screen.
Even the Chicago Tribune tried to replicate the recipe recently, using what they thought the 11 herbs and spices were in their own “test kitchen.”
Now, Jay Jones, a reporter at the Chicago Tribune says: ” imagine my surprise when a list of 11 herbs and spices was plucked from a Sanders family scrapbook and placed into my hands.”
Here we go again, right?
But what if…
And I dunno. Looks authentic for a handwritten note.
Jones claims he traveled to the small town of Corbin, Ky., where Colonel Sanders first introduced his chicken 75 years ago. There he had a secret meeting with a man named Joe Ledington — who says Colonel Sanders was his uncle.
Ledington is a 67-year-old retired teacher who has spent his entire life in Appalachia.
I enter the dark-paneled restaurant lit by naked fluorescent tubes and find Ledington leafing through a photo album. His wife, Jill, sits quietly at the next table, munching chicken from a familiar red-and-white box.
Ledington and I shake hands, and I tell him about the assignment that brought me to this part of southeast Kentucky. Before I can even open my notebook, he draws my attention to the photo album overstuffed with pictures, newspaper clippings and various family documents.
Then Ledington busted out a family photo album.
“This was Aunt Claudia’s album,” he says, referring to his father’s sister, Claudia Ledington, who became Harland Sanders’ second wife when they wed in the late ’40s. Claudia worked as a waitress in the cafe and was instrumental in launching what would become a multibillion-dollar fast-food chain boasting nearly 20,000 KFC restaurants in more than 125 countries.
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