We returned home from our Christmas travels eager to watch a big time football game on TV.
Cole's New York Giants were playing my Man's Dallas Cowboys.
The hours leading up to the game involved unpacking, menu planning, grocery shopping, all of that getting-back-to-real-life stuff that is necessary for re-entry in to the regular. On a supplemental grocery gathering trip, my Man decided to create a mini-tailgate party for our evening's festivities. So,
but for one (exciting and yummy and to-be-posted-later) dish that I made, our food last night was solely provided by the men in my life.
If I hadn't told you of the men in the kitchen thing, you'd have figured it out anyway because of the...
...pepperoni and cheese...
...and the pepperoni and cheese...
...and the paper plates and nacho chips.
That, however, is where the typical man-food stuff ended and the skilled-prep man-food began.
Enter, Cole-the-Giant fan who, at the beginning of this football season, discovered this...
...cute little cookbook that my sis gave us a few years ago for Christmas. There are a few recipes in here that have long since made it into regular rotation, but this recipe...
...had not been tried until Cole decided to tackle it...so to speak.
Happily, Cole has mastered this particular selection, making it first for us earlier in the football season, then for a gang of his buds on the occasion of the big LSU vs. Alabama football game, and again last night to add to his dad's tailgate feast!
Ranch Buffalo Wings
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup hot sauce (Cole likes Texas Pete but Frank's will do in a pinch)
3 tablespoons vinegar (Cole recommends apple cider vinegar, but use what you've got)
24 chicken wings
1 envelope ranch salad dressing (Cole swears by the Hidden Valley brand)
Here's what to do:
Preheat oven to 350˚. Combine melted butter and hot sauce.
Add vinegar and stir well.
Next, pat those little wings dry with a paper towel.
After the wings are dry, give each one its own bath in the hot butter sauce.
After each wing is coated with sauce, place on baking sheet and sprinkle each wing with the dry ranch dressing mix.
Bake for 40 minutes or until chicken is brown and juices run clear when pierced.
Now all that's left to do is eat the man-feast and...
...watch the Giants cream the Cowboys!
Much fun had by all...
except of course...the Cowboys.
They didn't look like they had too much fun at all.
Thank you gentlemen, it was great!