Offense or Defense

In sports, players all have their positions. It’s the same in life. We all have roles to play. Some we learn and some we just fall into based on our natural talents.

Super Bowl Sunday at our house is no exception, it’s a team effort. The boys all get on the couch, Liam and Dylan on one cushion and Matthew, as the more experienced player, commands his own cushion or the big brown chair. I am official chef and coordinator of meal time. Brian is the coach and keeper of the remote. As game time approaches, all players enthusiastically get in their respective positions. When it comes time to eat, the boys perform as well as any professional athlete. And the older they get the more seasoned they become, which translates to huge grocery bills!

It’s tradition to serve chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday, and this is not the day to make a new play, so I stick to the game book. This year I’m trying an Asian twist. Let’s see what my team thinks…

Miso Glazed Chicken Wings

Ingredients

3 Tbsp yellow miso

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp fresh ginger, about 1” grated

2 Tbsp sugar

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 Tbsp sesame oil

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp soy sauce

3-4 lbs chicken wings, split at joints, tips removed

Method

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the first eight ingredients.

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Toss chicken wings into miso marinade and toss well to coat. Refrigerate overnight or for up to two hours.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack on top.

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Place the wings on the baking rack. Roast in oven until caramelized and chicken is cooked through, about 45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken wings.

Serve immediately or during halftime show.

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 7): “Awesome – did you soak these in something?”

Liam (age 5): “Love these chickens”

Dylan (age 5): “These rock!”

Score!

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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

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

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.

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

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Serve with carrots – hold the blue cheese sauce!

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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!