Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekend plans and Buffalo Wings

This week we have had a weeklong celebration of several events that are significant to The Gentleman Adventurer and me. Monday, of course, was Valentines Day. To avoid the hordes we decided to eat in, so I made my man a yummy meal (and learned how to prepare shrimp).

Our Valentines Decorations, and the heart chain I made


Tuesday was the 2 year anniversary of our being together. That was a significant milestone for both of us, particularly as well over half that time was spent without the bonding aspects of marriage. Two years of commitment--two years of togetherness--what a blessing!!



Wednesday was a smaller, but still significant date--the "five month" anniversary of our wedding. I've tried to give Richard something special for each month-anniversary this year, I love occasions and don't need other people to make them up for me. I didn't give it enough forethought this time, though, so I skipped this month. But we HAVE spent a lot of time together this week and I now have two brilliant ideas for the next couple months. So I guess it isn't so bad. :-P



This coming weekend is when we are "officially" celebrating each of those dates. My beloved has planned a special weekend for us, and all he'll divulge is that it involves a Victorian Bed and Breakfast. As I've had a fascination the past two years with Victorian Bed and Breakfasts (something my husband didn't know till my delighted reaction) and have never been to one, I'm excited!!



To kick off our weekend celebration I looked up a recipe for Buffalo Wings. While I like Buffalo wings, they aren't at the top of my "Awesome Sauce" list. But they are pretty high on The Gentleman Adventurer's list, especially if there is blue cheese dressing. Here is the recipe I used, from this website.


Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Preparation:

Instructions for Buffalo wings.
Sprinkle chicken wings with salt and pepper. Heat oil in deep fryer to 370°. Fry wings in batches until crispy and cooked, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain; keep warm. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in hot sauce and vinegar. Pour over wings and toss to coat wings thoroughly. Serve Buffalo wings with the Blue Cheese Dip.

*I edited the butter coating for this recipe to our taste. The Gentleman Adventurer prefers things hot, so I cut back on the hot-sauce by a tablespoon and added a chopped jalapeno.  I prefer things mild, so I melted the butter for mine and added a couple tsp from my man's hot mixture. This  gave it a tensy amount of spice, just right for me.

Blue Cheese Dip
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients; chill for an hour or two. Serve as a dip for the Buffalo wings. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of blue cheese dip.

Overall I liked this recipe. It was very tasty, easy to make spicy and mild, and didn't take too long to make. Next time I'll half the blue cheese dip recipe, as we had WAY more than we needed. My man usually gives the final verdict on foods, and he liked this recipe too.  REALLY liked it.

"Dear, I think yours are BETTER than Buffalo Wild Wings!"

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