As much as I love to cook, and do so for all my other family members' birthdays, when it hits my birthday I typically opt for something very easy, be it ordering in pizza or a crockpot roast, to save my energy.
This year I would like to cook something a bit more exciting that can perhaps be made in phases in advance and thrown together within 2 hours. There will be 6-8 of us. I really have a hankering for a southern-style meal of fried chicken, but I just think the cleanup and the mess would be too much. Any ideas and planning suggestions appreciated!