Since this past September I’ve been teaching a college student some of my cooking secrets. Yesterday when she arrived I informed her that we were going to have Cobb Salad. Which she had never heard of before. She looked at me a bit quizzically and asked, “Does it have corn in it?” It made me laugh, but then I realized that while I was aware that Cobb Salad isn’t related to corn on the cob, I actually had no idea why it’s called Cobb Salad. Turns out, it was named after the man who created it, Robert Cobb. So there is a random trivia fact for you. 😉
But it got me thinking as I prepared to write this blog post about my favorite Buffalo Wing recipe that I’ve never stopped to wonder why they are called “Buffalo” wings. A quick Google search informed me that they were created in Buffalo, NY. Which naturally has me wanting to travel to Buffalo to eat real Buffalo wings. Plus it’s right by Niagara Falls and one of these days I plan to go there. I’m thinking this is going on the travel list! 🙂 But until I make it back to New York, I’ll just enjoy these scrumptious homemade baked Buffalo wings.
Baked Buffalo Wings
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Franks Buffalo Sauce
1 tsp garlic
Dash ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
10 chicken pieces (wings or drumsticks)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl mix together flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Dredge chicken wings in flour mixture and place in a single layer in a glass dish. Cover dish and refrigerate 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and mix in hot sauce, pepper, and garlic. Stir together and heat until mixture is blended. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Prepare a cookie sheet by spraying with cooking spray. Remove wings from glass pan and dip in hot sauce. Lay wings on baking sheet 1/2″ apart. Bake 45 minutes.
5. Remove wings from oven, spritz with a little cooking spray and return to the oven on broil for 1-2 minutes or until skin is crispy.
Since wings are so messy, I like to use drumsticks as well. They are still messy to eat, but a little easier to handle and still just as delicious! YUM!
So this post has me thinking… naming food must be kind of difficult. Either you just detail the ingredients in the name or you have to come up with something new. So I can understand using your own name or where you live as a starting point. If I were to create a totally new recipe would I use my last name or my city? Or neither? Vendetti Salad just sounds weird. Memphis wings exist already. Hmm… this will definitely take some thought. What about you? If you created a food, would you name it after yourself or your city or something else entirely?