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Hot Baked Chicken Wings

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 my husband, Jimmy, was born and raised in Boston.   We watch all the games and this one certainly will not be missed.  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 fattening 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!

Hot Baked Chicken Wings

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 pounds chicken wings, tip cut off
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tsp. powdered garlic, (it doesn’t burn like fresh)
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce, I love Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • additional hot sauce to taste
  1. Put wings in gallon size zipper bag.
  2. In small bowl mix 2 tablespoons melted butter, paprika, garlic and 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, overnight is best.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 425° and spray tin foil lined jelly roll pan or large baking sheet 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 the third tablespoon of melted butter with additional hot sauce.  Pour over wings or serve hot sauce on the side.



Game Day Salsa

Isn’t it just so great when you go to a tailgate party or to someone’s house to watch “the game” and they have a cold, savory salsa for dip with chips?  We never go out.  I’m such a stay at home person, I don’t go to parties, I rarely go to movies, I LIKE it at home.  Poor Jimmy. He would love to go out… drinks and a lingering dinner somewhere.  Not me.  I grew up having to be the socially perfect child/adolescent/teen/young adult.  I had to serve punch at the Museum. I had to help serve drinks at my parents cocktail parties.  When I came home from college, I guess it would have been Christmas breaks, my mother had always signed me up at the Museum fund-raiser, Promenade.  They always put me in that booth where you throw a baseball at a hole and the beautiful girl sitting on the diving board plunged into the murky depths of some barrel if you hit the target.  Did I mention who the beautiful girl was?  Did I mention I was told to wear my tee-tiniest bikini?  Did I mention it was always cold as all get out?


It never ended.  No matter what my age, join this, chair that, STAND UP STRAIGHT, put some lipstick on, smile, please and WILL YOU DO SOMETHING WITH THAT HAIR?  You thought they made that up for Skeeter in “The Help”?  Well, guess what.  We all had that cross to bear.  My best friends growing up were the daughters of the mayor, doctors, lawyers, architects and judges.  We were always on show.  But… I have to say, when we got in trouble, we could usually just slide ever so prettily out of it. I remember one time we were in somebody’s car, top down, the usual suspects, probably Andrea, Jodie, Dana and Martha and a policeman pulled us over, that bad-ass blue light just a whirlin’ around and there we were just drunk as pigs.  He came over to the car and shone his flashlight in our eyes, waving it all over, we were on Federal Highway right in front of Egg & You, and said, in no uncertain terms,  “if I EVER catch y’all drinkin’ an’ drivin’ I an going to personally call your parents and let them know exactly what y’all are doing!  Do you understand?”  Jesus.  We were just a mess.  And talk about a different time.  So I am done.   But when I DO go to a tailgate, cookout or to someone’s house I want something that isn’t going to throw my thighs into the next episode of “The Biggest Loser”.  And this is pretty great.  Use any bean you like, just take into consideration color.  You want a bit of contrast.  White corn stays crisp, yellow gets mushy.  And flavor is always a good thing!

Game Day Salsa

  • Servings: feeds a crowd
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 15 oz. can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can organic red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can organic white shoe peg corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup red onion, that’s about 1/3 of the onion, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 jarred jalapenos, finely chopped, (optional, but we love it spicy)
  • 2-3 Key limes or 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch cilantro, washed, dried and chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all of the above.  Cover and set aside for at least an hour for flavors to meld.
  2. Serve with Tostitos Hint O’ Jalapenos.

Now, wouldn’t you just love to throw a baseball at her?