I thought about this because I'm going to a party tonight, and we're supposed to bring a dish that reflects our heritage. My family's been in the US since just after the Revolutionary War, and is thoroughly intermarried among a variety of ethnic groups. All I can really claim for certain is Southern American Hillbilly, so I'm taking homemade southern fried chicken (a dish many people have not gotten to experience). There are as many homemade fried chicken recipes as there are people who make it, and everyone thinks they know the "best" way. So I'll share mine, and you guys share yours. I say skin-on, dredge in a mix of flour, salt, pepper, and paprika, dip in buttermilk, re-dredge in the flour mixture, then fry in a deep pan with an inch- 1 1/2 inches of hot oil. The oil has to be hot before you put the chicken in, because you don't want it to sit too long. Peanut oil is great, but with so many peanut allergies out there, it's risky when serving to non-family. I like blended oil or wok oil, something formulated to get really hot without scorching, and I like to add a little minced garlic to the oil for flavor.