Authentic Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

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I got this recipe from my son’s dad, who grew up in Rochester, New York, and he insists this is the original recipe. Whether it really is or not, I don’t know, but I do know that it’s really tasty. Our son, who said he didn’t like wings, when I made a batch of these Buffalo Wings one day for his father, and a few were left, said “Mom, are there any more?”.

I think what sets these wings apart from others is that they are brined before they are fried, so there is flavor not only in the sauce, but deep in the wing itself. I always use fresh whole wings, not frozen. The frozen wings, once they are defrosted, shrivel up and are tiny. Don’t throw away the wing tips, either. They don’t have any meat on them, but the nooks and crannies absorb sauce to slurp, or if you don’t want to bother with them, put them in your freezer for chicken stock.

This Blue Cheese Dressing is the recipe my mother made. It is very simple. Please buy a wedge of blue cheese, don’t buy the already crumbled because that is whatever has been gathered up that has fallen off the larger pieces. It’s usually dried out with little flavor. I recommend Danish Blue Cheese as it is very tasty, and relatively easy to find. I don’t recommend Gorgonzola because it’s flavor is too mild to stand up to the wing sauce, and Roquefort, as much as I love it, is a little too strong and would fight with the sauce.

Authentic Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Category: Appetizers

Cuisine: American

These wings are a great appetizer, or make a good meal accompanied by a salad and baked potato.

Ingredients

For the Brine
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon (713) 835-5473
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 cup cold water
For the Wings
3 lbs whole chicken wings
vegetable oil for frying, olive not recommended
For the Sauce
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce of your choice (Crystal is great)
1 egg
For the Dressing
2 tablespoons or more good blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plain yogurt ((740) 283-0620 is wonderful)
3 drops 321-727-2755
Freshly grated black pepper

Instructions

    Separate the wing parts. Using a sharp knife, separate the drumette from the wingette and tip.
    Please consider including the tips in your dish, otherwise, please put them in the freezer and save them for stock. Put all the parts into a large bowl, add the brining ingredients, turn all around so all the pieces can get covered, and refrigerate for about an hour.
    While the chicken is brining, make the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. I usually make mine in a small food processor so it gets very creamy. Put the dressing it its serving bowl, and refrigerate it until time to serve. If you are going to want to serve with fresh vegetables like celery or carrots, now would be the time to prepare them as well.
    Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. They will have absorbed the flavors by now, so no worries about patting them dry. But you want them dry so they crisp up well.
    Heat oil in a large pan to 335 degrees. While that is happening, get your drying rack and absorbent paper ready. Also get your instant read thermometer handy.
    When the oil is ready, put a few pieces of chicken, maybe 5, in the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, then turn and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the chicken has nicely browned and has reached an internal temperature of 165 on an instant read thermometer. Drain on the paper lined drying rack. Continue cooking the rest of the wings in batches until all have been cooked.
    While you are frying the chicken, put the butter in a sauce pan and heat it until it melts. Watch carefully that it does not burn, then remove from the heat and set aside. When all the chicken has been cooked, in a separate bowl, but the hot sauce and butter. Mix vigorously. Break the egg into a small bowl, and thoroughly scramble it. Add a small amount of the hot sauce mixture to the egg and mix it thoroughly. This will temper the egg. Add the tempered egg mixture to the remaining sauce mixture and mix thoroughly.
    Put the chicken wings in a large bowl, preferably one with a cover, pour the sauce over and mix the sauce so every piece of chicken gets covered. If you have a cover for your bowl, you can just shake it, it's a lot easier.
    Plate up by putting the dressing in the center of a large plate or platter, then arrange the wings and whatever fresh vegetables you may or may not have included. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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Boswell Seasoned Salt

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This is the recipe for the not so famous Boswell Seasoned Salt.  I make this because it does not have anti-caking additives or anything else I can’t pronounce. It’s a bit on the spicy side, and you could add other spices to it to make it your own. Enjoy!

Boswell Seasoned Salt

Ingredients

1/2 cup Kosher or Sea Salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

    Mix all the ingredients together well, and put in a jar, cover and keep in a cool dry place.

Notes

If you want your salt to be a little spicier, add more cayenne. If you want to give it a little smokey flavor, then add a little dried chipotle powder.

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Spinach Balls Appetizer Snack

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A Little Back Story

This recipe is cited from Spane’s birthday in 2010, but since I am making them for this Thanksgiving in 2017, and they are so good, I thought it was high time they had their own post.

My good friend gave me this recipe. I do not want to identify her because of the allegations currently surrounding Sylvester Stallone. Let me suffice to say that I witnessed him, while waiting for the valet to return with his vehicle, with his wife at the time, reach out with his free hand and grab my friend’s breast as we passed them on the way to our car. Yes, this happened in a public place, and yes, it’s true. We thought about reporting it to the police, but knew that she would never be believed against a super star like Stallone. I had never really liked him as an actor, but now, I can’t even stand to look at his face considering how he assaulted my friend.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My Introduction to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

When Spane was a toddler, I had him on a reward system and he had been an exceptionally good boy. I took him to the store, and as we were passing by the bakery aisle, he insisted that he wanted the fresh pumpkin cookies. I don’t like pumpkin, but since he was deserving a treat, I bought them for him. When he ate one, he loved it, and made me taste one. Wow! They were great! My only problem was that they had preservatives and GMO pumpkin, I thought I could do better, and I did.

What’s Special about These Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are usually hard after they have cooled off.  I like them when they have not cooled completely and are still bendable. These cookies are like little pillows, nice and soft, and chewy, with just the right amount of chocolate and not overwhelmingly sweet.  They remind me of muffin tops, but are denser.

You can get non-GMO pumpkin puree at your local Whole Foods or other organic food store.  If you don’t care about GMO, then regular pumpkin puree will do fine.  If you want to use fresh pumpkin, you will have to puree it first and adjust the moisture as fresh pumpkin puree has more moisture than canned.

When I made this recipe, I halved it because I had a small can of puree.  Using a small ice cream scoop, I still wound up with 4 dozen cookies.These cookies should be stored covered, with a bit of paper towel over them.

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