Rites of Passage

As much as my husband would love it, the boys are just not ready to hang around on a Sunday afternoon watching football. I have absolutely no doubt it is our future but for now Brian patiently waits and surrenders the TV to the latest Kung Fu Panda episode.

With the Super Bowl on the horizon we thought it would be fun to take the boys out to one of the local wings joints. Our plan was to watch the playoffs and the boys could eat wings to their hearts delight. They were so excited to be partaking in this manly Sunday ritual. In retrospect, perhaps our expectations were a bit too high.

The boys were all swagger walking up to the restaurant but upon entering were completely overwhelmed by the noise and crowds. Once we adjusted to the decibel level and placed our wing order things started looking up. And when they got a juice box things got better and better… until the wings arrived. Piping hot and smothered in sauce – the boys eagerly went to try them. Although we ordered the mildest version, you could almost see smoke coming out of their ears. All three simultaneously started crying and yelling for water. Disaster – but happily an order of hot dogs and fries fixed the situation fairly quickly.

To restore their love of chicken wings, I decided to make a very UNspicy, sweet version of wings this week. We can ease into the spicy stuff down the road a bit!

Sweet Honey Balsamic Wings


2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 lbs chicken wings (split at joints, tips removed)

1 Tbsp melted butter

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup honey



Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with vegetable oil.  In a large bowl mix the flour with the salt and pepper. And the wings and toss to coat. Place the chicken on the baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for about 45 minutes, turning once.


In a large bowl, whisk melted butter, balsamic vinegar and honey; toss with the roasted wings.


Serve with carrots – hold the blue cheese sauce!


And the VERDICT is:

Matthew: These are deeeelicious!

Liam: Yeah, these are deeeelicious! What happens if you eat a bone?

Dylan: These are deeeeyummy! I’m giving the bones to Mackie (our cat)

And order is restored. The boys ate the entire 2 lbs of wings – when I suggested saving some for Daddy they told me to make another batch for him – they were eating them all!


4 thoughts on “Rites of Passage

  1. Wings are not my thing (too much trouble, not enough food) – but I can just see how they’re perfect for your bunch. Great story – totally picturing them running up to the entrance, shouting to one another and then upon entry huddled around you in shock.

  2. I do not understand, these absolutely need the sweet and cooling blue cheese effect on the honey sweet wings. And isn’t all food more fun when you dip! If you wanna go all healthy ( and i know you wanna) wouldn’t a greek yogurt concoction or even a tzatziki sauce be the way to go? Half the fun of wings is the contrast of sauce (sweet or hot) with the coating and cooling dip. Its a marriage of cool and hot/sweet. What else are you going to do with your carrots or celery? And by the way, they appear perfectly well done with the slight crunch needed and as I know you learned and perfected in your upstate college wing eating years. Did you acquire your chicken wing skills being a chicken wing waitress at the Lamp Post?

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