Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Wings

These wings are sweet and hot and a fun alternative to buffalo wings.  They are perfect for tailgating.

Servings:  Dozen wings
Hardware:  Kitchen scissors, measuring spoons and cups, a mixing bowl, tongs, a baking sheet, a cooling rack (or foil), a sauce pot, wooden spoon
Time: Prep-10 minutes, Cook-50 minutes

  • 12 wings
  • ½ stick of butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons powdered garlic
  • ½ tablespoon powdered ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ cups teriyaki sauce (you can make your own)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot sauce (you can use your favorite hot sauce, I use Sriracha for this)
  • cooking spray

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°
  2. Use the kitchen scissors to separate the flaps from the drummettes.  Also snip the points from the flaps.
  3. Place the cooling rack over the baking sheet.  If you don’t have a cooling rack, just line the baking dish with foil.  Spray liberally with cooking spray.
  4. Mix the mustard, garlic, ginger, allspice, salt, pepper, and sesame oil together in the mixing bowl.
  5. Rub the wings completely with the softened butter.  Then toss them in the mixture.
  6. Lay the wings in a single layer on the cooling rack.  Place the wings in the oven.  Cook for 20 minutes. Flip and roast for 20 more. If you prefer crispier wings turn the broiler on for 5 minutes or so. Make sure to monitor them so they don't burn. Turn the oven off and leave in the warm oven for 10 minutes.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, place the teriyaki sauce, honey, and hot sauce in the sauce pot.  Heat on medium high, stirring until the honey is completely melted.
  8. Remove the wings from the oven and toss in the teriyaki sauce.
  9. Serve warm or at room temp.
3. The cooling rack acts as a roaster. 
I line the pan with parchment paper
for easy clean-up.

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