Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blood Orange Margarita



This time of year is great if you love margaritas because oranges and limes are every where and they are cheap. Blood oranges are a bit sweeter and add a wonderful color to the drink. I already add fresh orange juice to every margarita because it adds the perfect amount of sweetness without making it too sweet. 

If you are out shopping get a few blood oranges and try this lovely drink. You could also add it to a lemon drop or mojito. They aren't around for long so this is the time to give it a try.

Ingredients

3 ounces Tequila
Juice of 1 lime
1 ounce triple sec
Juice of one blood orange
salt for rim (optional)

Directions

fill shaker half way with ice. Add all 4 ingredients. Rim glass with salt fill half way with ice. Shake drink and pour in glass. Enjoy


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chicken Wings



I am a huge fan of wings but find to often that they are soggy. I loathe soggy wings and wont eat them. My favorite place to get wings was a place in NYC called The Kinsale tavern on the Upper East Side. Their sauce was always spicy and sweet and always crispy. 

I have tried making my own several times and failed every time. I deep fried once and it was just too much work and seemed like such a waste of oil. I was on Pinterest and found this recipe that guaranteed them to be crispy and baked. I figured what them hell I will give them a try. 

I have to say it is not a quick recipe but the turnout is so great that I don't mind. I got this recipe from fifteen spatulas. I changed the sauce to what I feel is the best substitute to The Kinsale but I follow her cooking instructions. My only frustration with this way of cooking is that they do stick to the pan but like I said the outcome is too good to care. 

Ingredients

2 lbs Chicken wings
salt 
3 tablespoons Franks hot sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Heat up a big pot of boiling water. Add salt to water before adding chicken. You want it to taste like salt water. 

Add chicken wings to water and boil for about 7-8 minutes. remove and add them to wire rack to let them dry. Dry each wing with paper towel the best that you can. Then place them on sheet pan. 

Bake for about 25-30 minutes on one side. I usually bake 30 minutes. Then flip and bake another 5 minutes sometimes I do 10. during that time add hot sauce, butter and honey to small sauce pan. Heat until melted and combined. 

toss sauce and wings in a bowl just until covered. I don't like overdoing it with sauce. 

Serve immediately and enjoy. Let me know what you think.