Wings and Wine, and Jason Statham

For a long, long time I have been on a quest to make the perfect chicken wing at home. Alright, I don’t need perfection, I’d settle for a home cooked chicken wing that tastes like the wings we used to have in a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio during my OSU days.

Those wings were simply amazing. The right size, not a lot of extra fried skin or breading, dry spice seasoning, but still juicy enough you could suck the meat right off the bone in one bite. Add to this the homemade blue cheese dip served alongside and these wings made a lasting impression on my taste buds. Not to mention the fact that on Tuesday nights these wings were only 20cents each! Dollar drafts, 20cent wings, for a college student working a part-time retail sales job, Tuesday nights were a dream come true.

That was almost 20 years ago, the restaurant is closed now, I live in a different city, and I still haven’t found the wings I’ve been looking for.

Until last night.

I’m not a fan of grilling wings. Always had trouble keeping the little flappy part of the wing tip from burning or falling through the grill grates. Previous attempts to grill wings have resulted in over cooked, dry wings, with crispy burnt wing flappy ends. I hesitated when I came across this recipe. But after reading through the recipe I thought it was something I could work with and adapt. So I bought some wings from my favorite meat market and gave it a go.

They rock. Sorry, that should have been in quotes. “They rock,” said my husband as he stood in front of the platter at the kitchen counter eating one after the other without fixing a plate and sitting down first.

Since it was a fairly hot summer night I served the wings alongside a tomato/onion/basil/crouton salad with splashes of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

We had a nice bottle of red wine and settled in to watch Transporter 3. I must admit I am a Jason Statham fan. I could listen to him talk all day. And I am fairly certain Jason must follow the abs diet. Have you seen him? Holy cow, talk about a six pack!

The wings, the salad, the wine, Jason, all very refreshing. It was a great way to start the long holiday weekend.

I’m working on putting together the recipes for the wings and the salad. I get so excited about creating the dish, I forget to write down the essentials to document the recipe. Will work on getting better at doing that since I know people will naturally say, “recipe please.”

I’m also working on several other recipes this weekend. Love having the time to work on testing new recipes and gathering with friends for the long weekend.


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