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Today, being Sunday, most homes here in the States, especially in the South, will have at least one game on and our home will be no exception.  The Patriots of New England will be meeting the Ravens of Baltimore on the gridiron of Foxboro, note native spelling…no -ugh in Foxboro.  Anyway, most of y’all know that Jimmy was born and raised in Boston. THE BEST thing he EVER did was introduce me to my best friend, sistah from anothah mothah, Selene.  She’s originally from Dallas, a Hockaday girl, living the past 417 years in Lowell, Mass.  She’s a football girl and knows her stuff.  Ask her what a “chop block” is and she’ll tell you.  Better hope she doesn’t show you!!  Anyway, she started loving football as a young girl, knowing she was going to grow up to be a Dallas cheerleader, white boots and all, but, then, things took off in the early 70′s!!!  She started dating Lamar Hunt, Jr. son and nephew of the famous Hunt brothers who tried to corner the silver market.  Yeah.  At one time they owned HALF OF THE WORLD’S SUPPLY of silver.  Lamar’s daddy owned the Kansas City Chiefs, OWNED, and Selene and all them would fly to games in one of their private planes, hang in their luxury box…I love luxury.  Selene and Lamar went to school together, both music majors, she in opera and he the flute.  They broke up when they were undergrads and each moved on in different directions.  I can’t tell you anymore or I’ll get in all kinds of trouble, but we have laughed, oh, have we laughed about that loser!!  Rumor has it something about getting caught with the mentally challenged family member because his wife who bore him 18 children just didn’t turn him on!!!  Must’ve been the prairie skirts and cult-like braids!!!  Bahahaha!!  Loser.  I’m just sayin’.  So, yeah, football, you need food.  And wings are perfect!  Perfect and easy.  Buy however many you want and, if you can’t find the drummettes at the store and they DO sell out really fast on Game Day, just grab regular wings  and have the meat man cut them.  Tell him you don’t want the tips.  They’re not good for stock because they’re too fatty.  At least I think they are.  And these are baked not fried so you lose a little fat there as well.  Just don’t think you’re doing your body a favor by having these…wings are wings.  Taste so good but hurt so bad.  Or as my father always said when he caught us eating something bad or even looking in the refrigerator (as if there was ever anything in there!), “a moment of pleasure, a lifetime of sorrow”.  Thanks, Dad.  And GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!!!

  • 4 lbs. wings cut
  • 2 tbls. butter, melted
  • 1 tbls. paprika
  • 1 tsp. powdered garlic, (it doesn’t burn like fresh)
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce, I LOOOVE Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 3 tbls. butter melted mixed with 1/2 cup hot sauce
  1. Put wings in gallon size zipper bag.
  2. In small bowl mix 2 tbls. melted butter, paprika, garlic and 1/2 cup hot sauce. Mix well and pour into bag with wings.
  3. Squeeze bag making sure sauce covers all of wings and set aside to marinate for at least an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 425° and spray tin foil lined jelly roll pan or large pan with a lip with non-stick spray.
  5. Spread wings evenly in one layer over pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  6. At first half hour, turn all wings over to crisp on other side.
  7. Bake another 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your wings but you want them to be crispy.
  8. Mix remaining butter and hot sauce and toss wings in sauce to taste.  Use less hot sauce if you’re not a fan.
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