Welcome to fall! It finally feels like fall. There was a definite nip in the air this week, and two fall "benchmarks" happened: boots and fire. After a decades-long hiatus, I wore boots again. I notice that both students and teachers in my area dress much better than where I worked just before this. Both students and teachers think nothing of donning a pair of boots. Its nice to see people dressing well. I'm sure there is no way to connect it to test scores, but for me, it makes me want to dress better and project a more polished appearance.
On Tuesday, I cleared the area around the fireplace so The Help could make a fire. I love the smell outside when there is a fire inside. Nothing screams "fall" louder than a fire in the fireplace! And we do the "wood" fireplace action, not the "flicking a switch" action.
I was trying to think of something quick to make with chicken...something that also could shoulder the fall theme, but I just ran out of ideas...or perhaps it was my decision to watch back episodes of Criminal Minds and NCIS: Los Angeles which caused a hiccup in my thoughts. Regardless, I ended up making something which could be a year-round treat: Parmesan Chicken Wings.
Chicken is always a baffling meal for the Kikukat house. While The Help and I aren't too picky, the Ds are very particular about anything they eat. Chicken is no exception. If given a choice, D2 will suggest "shoyu chicken like the kind Kawamoto's has". Unfortunately, I don't know how to make the kind Kawamoto's has, and I certainly don't want to buy chicken thighs (Kawamoto shoyu chicken is always thighs...yuck).
Wings are great for just about anything. . .shoyu chicken (obviously not as good, per D2, as the one from Kawamoto Okazuya), fried, Korean, etc. I'm not really keen on frying anything because The Help hates the mess the oil makes. Sure, it tastes yummy, and the skin is crackling good, but I need to give The Help a break sometimes.
This is why The Help loves Parmesan Chicken Wings. In spite of the crunchy coating, the wings are cooked entirely in the oven. I like that the wings don't need to be flipped. And since I'm basically a nice person, I cover the pan with aluminum foil to make clean up easier for The Help.
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1-3 tsp minced fresh parsley
2 tbsp bread crumbs (dried, like Progresso)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
3/4 c grated parmesan cheese
1 block melted butter
Disjoint each chicken wing into 3 pieces: wing tip, drummette, flat. Discard wing tips (or save for soup). In a small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients, except for melted butter. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a shallow pan large enough to hold wing pieces in a single layer. Dip each chicken piece in melted butter, then generously coat with parmesan cheese mixture. Place in prepared pan. Drizzle any remaining butter over chicken pieces. Bake for 1 hour.
It was another Viking week!!!
A big congratulations goes out to the Keaau Cougar Cheerleading squad who took 1st place in the BIIF competition. Uncle Edz beamed proudly from the stands when they nailed their performance. Those girls were awesome, and we wish them the best at States.
Football season for the Vikings came to an end on Friday evening. . .