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Showing posts with label Chicken Wings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicken Wings. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mason's Kid-Friendly Favorite: Pop Pop's Sticky Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing on the Side

Photo by Alex Mathews      
Mason William Mathews

      Just in case you somehow missed it, I  spent 5 of the happiest days of my calendar year visiting my son and his family in California.  Surprise, surprise, I cooked.  I have a lot of theories about cooking for children and my grandson, Mason, aged 5, bore several of these out.  Now Mason has always been an adventurous eater.  Ever since I saw him tackle a bowl of Guacamole at age 2, I’ve been impressed by his palate.  But he did lay down the law when, at 3, he was confronted with a Chicken Curry I made.  “I don’t like spicy”, he declared.  So this trip I was determined to make amends.  And what better way to do so than by serving him Chicken Wings.  One of my theories is that small children are overwhelmed by big food.  Unlike a full-sized piece of chicken, the Chicken Wing is just the right size for a 5-year-old hand to handle. Now, how to make them memorable, kid-friendly and something even grown-ups would find irresistible.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Honey-Chile Chicken Wings from Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch, CA


        
Chef Tim Wood of
Carmel Valley Ranch 
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a big dish of wings plunked down in the center of the dinner table for everyone to pick up and pick at.  That’s what we did the other night.  Along with a big green salad, it was a perfect thing to eat.  I love chicken wings—crispy on the outside, meltingly tender inside.  And what I loved about this recipe is that these wings are broiled--not fried.  This technique makes them extra crispy.  Then an easy glaze makes them all the things a great chicken wing should be—sweet and salty and sticky.  The glaze itself is made with rice vinegar, soy sauce and honey with a kick from crushed red pepper flakes steeped in the sauce.  I found this recipe in Food and Wine and with it a story about how the latest guests at a renowned California hostelrie are honey bees.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hot-and-Sticky Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings adapted from Richard Blais in Food & Wine


         A couple of years ago, I went on a Chicken Wing Diet.  It was about the time that New York restaurants were obliged to print the calorie count of their dishes on their menus.  In New York, with Mayor Bloomberg at the helm, we’ve gotten very used to the Nanny-state. And to tell the truth, it’s not all bad.  Smoking is virtually impossible—you cannot smoke anywhere indoors at any bar or restaurant or office building. You can't even smoke in city parks or on its beaches. There even are apartment buildings that ban smoking altogether. Thank you Mayor Bloomberg.
Think this Chicken Caesar is healthy?
No way!
          Nanny-state behavior or not, to me the requirement to list calories really was an eye-opener.  There, clear as day, was the Chicken Caesar Salad weighing in at something like 1200 calories. But on the same menu the Baked version of Buffalo Chicken Wings with dressing and carrot and celery sticks came in at a mere 535 calories.   Anytime I can save 665 calories at a clip, I’m there.  Besides, I love the things.  The heat of the hot sauce dipped into the creamy blue cheese dressing, the crunch of the skin and tender meat underneath are irresistible.  And of course, the wings were way less expensive than the Chicken Caesar.  So I pretty much adopted them as my blue plate special from then on.  I also made them any number of ways at home. In the land of budget cooking, Chicken Wings take the prize. But none were ever as delicious as the ambrosial wing recipe cooked up by Atlanta’s Richard Blais, ex Top Chef All Stars winner and proprietor of a new Atlanta restaurant called “The Spence” (5th Street NW, Atlanta GA 30308 Tel: 404-892-9111.