Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wek 9 Wednesday (3/5/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Classic Hot Wings with Blue Cheese
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Page 106 - 107     Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 175 calories per wing. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I committed a faux pas making this recipe.  I have tried to always stay 100% true to all of Ree's recipes until this one.  I used chicken breast strips (all meat) because I am not a big fan of the small amount of meat on a wing – I like more substance. The sauce was creamy at the beginning (as you can clearly see in the picture) but watered down after a little while.  I think I may have screwed this one up. The flavors were great and the blue cheese sauce was the best.  I know love, love, love blue cheese anything. This was a real treat.

The strips were so much better than wings (at least to me)
Today’s critics: 

         Brandy:  Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese  - Not sure what happened, but my blue cheese sauce got really watery...I was expecting it to be more creamy? It was more like the consistency of milk with chunks of blue cheese in it?? Strange, tasted good, but I think something went wrong?? or maybe I was just envisioning like a blue cheese salad dressing?? Chicken was good. It actually looked pretty good in the picture.

Gabbin’ About Gratitude

         I am very fortunate to have my health. There is so much sickness and suffering in the world that I have to remind myself to thank God for my health. 
         I also need to thank my Mom, Norma, for all of her help over the years. My Mom was a fabulous nurse who still volunteers at the local hospital. She always knew which doctor would be the best fit for me.
         My Mom is from the old school of nursing. She has always had tremendous respect for all doctors and has never spoken ill of any of them.  She never tells me who to avoid but makes a recommendation for the doctor she suggests. I love this about her.  Many of my friends have asked my Mom for advice.  She is a wonderful nurse but more importantly, a great Mom.

Memory Musings

         At school the other day, my class and I were discussing choking. This discussion triggered a memory of my nephew and Godson, Shane.  When Shane was about two years old, he was spending time with my Mom and I while Susan was out and about.
         We had stopped at McDonald’s and bought him a dinner.  He loved good ole MickeyD’s. Shane was in his highchair in Mom’s kitchen having a great time. 
         Mom and I were talking when I glanced over at him and he had passed out in his chair. Mom and I grabbed him. Mom hung him upside down and applied some strong pats to his back to dislodge the chocolate milkshake. After about 20 seconds, the ice cream fell to the ground. 
         Poor Shane was scared and crying, and I was a mess.  I have never been so frightened, but as usual, my Mom did not panic but saved her grandchild. Wow!  We both sat with him until he calmed. Who would have thought a chocolate shake could be dangerous?

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