Ok you guys are my only possible hope right now.
Many years ago, either Bon Appetit or Gourmet published a fried chicken recipe called Gordansville Fried Chicken. I'm almost positive it was Bon Appetit.
This had to be sometime in the very late 80's or very early 90's. I remember that, because it was before I got divorced in 1992 LOL. And, I remember exactly which kitchen I was in when I was cooking it.
I had tracked it down w/the publisher and they actually were able to dig it up at that time and mailed me a xerox from the magazine.
Of course, here it is over 10 years later (at least) and it's been misplaced through all the many moves I've made since. I tried contacting them again but, to no avail. Records are just too old now.
What I remember about it was that the chicken was marinated in buttermilk and a few dashes of hot sauce for a couple of hours, then coated with a flavored flour mixtured (I think it was just a bit of salt, pepper, paprika and thyme maybe? I could be completely wrong on this).
It made the world's best chicken. I never cook fried chicken anymore, haven't since I've been with my current husband (8 years now, no, no plans to divorce this one LOL). I'm dying to find this recipe and cook it for my DH and I - he'll flip over it.
Ok, anyone :-) I figure someone out in chowland must keep all those back issues!