My boyfriend calls me every night when he’s leaving work to discuss dinner plans and whether he should pick up anything from the store. This may be mundane and commonplace, but I find it delightful. It’s the same as having that special person call to say I love you. This time, he suggested we go out to a local wings place. While I appreciated he wanted to go on a date, the most appealing thing to me was staying home together and I told him so. He opted to pick up wings from the store and surprised me with the notion of grilling the wings.
He walked in with chicken wings, a couple of ears of corn, potatoes and celery. He also suggested we make baked “fries” and I noted we had sweet potatoes on hand too. While he prepped the chicken, I cut up the potatoes and preheated the oven to 450. Actually, we have a convection option on the oven which dropped it to 425 degrees and cooked the potatoes in about 30 rather than 45 minutes. I tossed them potato wedges in a bowl with olive oil, pink salt, Maple sugar garlic pepper (yes, you read that right) and a little Cajun seasoning.
Then I washed and cut up the celery into spears. Meanwhile, Byron did the chicken grilling magic. I poured the Greek yogurt blue cheese dressing into a bowl and he presented two different Buffalo sauces at the table. Here is the revelation: grilled chicken wings are so much better than fried or baked wings. The skin gets crispy without added fat. The grill adds a light char. And they are fully cooked while still juicy. Rock on! Why haven’t we always done it this way. Why didn’t I think of that? Best of all, it wasn’t guilt inducing! The moral of the story is: be open minded about dinner and do something different at home.