Rosemary Balsamic Buffalo Wings

“Dad, what are buffalo wings?” I asked, peering over the plastic basket lined with greasy, checkered wax paper. It was Friday afternoon and this was our tradition. My Dad would pick me up from school every other Friday to stay with him, and we would always start the weekend off at Dollies in Kahana to play Pac-Man and eat Buffalo Wings.

“Buffalo wings are the wings from buffalos.” He said matter-of-factly.

“Dad!” I shrieked and looked up from the scab on my knee.  I was 7 years old, almost old enough to know when my Dad was pulling my leg. “Buffalos don’t have wings!”

“Yes they do. They are born with wings. Little tiny buffalo wings, they’re very cute.” He said with a smile.

“Well, I’ve never seen a buffalo with wings before.” To be honest, growing up on Maui, I had never really seen a buffalo at all.

“Of course you’ve never seen a buffalo with wings, they cut them off when they’re babies. Does this look like a wing from an adult buffalo? No way, that would be way too big for us to eat.  It wouldn’t even fit on a plate.” He held up a buttery red hot wing between his fingers for me to examine before biting into it and adding the bones to the growing pile. “Aren’t you going to eat yours?”

I looked at the basket skeptically before shaking my head and deciding to nibble on a celery stick. “No thanks,” I said. Whatever these “buffalo wings” really were I didn’t want to be a part of it. [Read more…]

Balsamic Honey Roasted Almonds with Dried Cherries

Balsamic Honey Roasted Almonds with Dried Cherries

From now on I’d like to have a constant supply of balsamic honey roasted almonds on hand. Just in case, you never know when you might need them.

I’m going to be like a sweet little grandma and put them in crystal bowls around my house. By the way, when did grandparents stop putting crystal bowls of candy out? Does anyones grandma still do this? I haven’t seen it in a long time. Let’s bring back that trend with big kid candy!

If you happen to have these on hand then you can give them to your neighbors in a mason jar after you shamelessly ask them to cut a few pieces of wood for you with the very nice skill saw they have set up in their garage. “Hi, I know we don’t know each other, but can you help me with my bookshelf project? I have balsamic honey roasted almonds.” Friends for life.

And if you get invited to someones house for dinner and they tell you not to bring anything (it could happen), you could bring these! They’re not going to ruin anyone’s appetite, or make a mess, or steal the show (can’t promise you on that one). Just an awesome, addicting little pre-dinner snack that happens to be delicious with beer.

So how do we make them…

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