Thursday, February 20, 2014

Week 7 Thursday (2/20/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Asian Hot Wings
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 108 - 109      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 75 calories per wing. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This wonderful, spicy dish is a favorite of mine. I am not however, a wing fan.  So I changed my recipe to chicken breasts smothered in the Asian Hot wing sauce. The first time I made it with wings and they just don’t thrill me because I like more meat and it is a pain because of how many you have to eat to be satisfied.  Just try it with a chicken breast or thigh and you will be one happy camper. I even froze a few breasts in the sauce and they came out magnificent!  Yeah Ree!
         By the way, I gave up on finding plum jelly, Brandy.  I just substituted plum sauce that is found in this area.

Here are the chicken breasts I used instead of wings

Today’s critics: 

       Brandy:  - Loved them, that sauce was so good...I will be making it again for chicken breasts and stir, to find that blasted plum jelly.
         Nicole: Joe, Gianna, and I  all liked them but Gianna thought they were a little spicy but she likes wings.

Random Reflections

         One of my favorite things to do is to create family games for our holiday party. We have had so many kinds that I am always looking for a new idea. 
         One of my favorite games basically taught the kids about the history and memories of their parents. It was a fun game and we have one heck of a competitive family.  In fact on one Easter when the kids were younger, the boys knocked the girls down the stairs hunting for Easter eggs.  No one was hurt but I learned that all games should start at ground level.
         My prizes for the past few years have been lottery tickets. It probably isn’t the best gift to give, but we enjoy them.  Everyone usually walks away with a ticket or two.

Irksome Ideas and Images

         One of my pet peeves is watching people yawn without covering their mouths. My Mom was big on this when we were kids, and it is deeply instilled in me.  I teach covering the mouth to my kids at school because apparently this is not something that all of them practice. I share with them that no one wants to see food in their teeth or if their tonsils are inflamed. Of course, they laugh at this but I do get my point across. This is not a slam against their parents but being 10 or 11 years old, they do not always practice what they have been taught at home.
         At this time of year they have wonderful manners. I was pleased to hear one of the kids remind another to cover their mouth. It begins with one and then spreads to others. Isn’t life great?

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