Today, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were on their CBS
morning show called, “Kelly and Mike.” They were discussing
chicken wings, which got me thinking about re-blogging the
post I wrote about last year, one which focused on chicken
Their “new statistics” included our country will be consuming
around 2.8 million chicken wings, while watching the Super Bowl!
The two television gracious and funny hosts were also able
to discuss a survey which had the results of what our favorite
chicken wing sauce to dip them in (after they are baked with
any of the slathered on flavors.) No source was cited on their
show, so here goes the ‘facts:’
1. Ranch dressing
2. Barbecue sauce
3. Blue cheese dressing and hot sauce were tied in this third
Kelly mentioned her son likes ranch, so she assumed it would
be ‘most popular,’ while laughingly saying, she would choose
blue cheese dressing but skip the wings! It was also funny
that this thin person who really works out a lot was concerned
about the unhealthy aspect of blue cheese dressing. She went
on to say she savors a ‘lettuce wedge salad with blue cheese
dressing but would just eat the dressing since she likes it so
much. I liked her candor in this expression of her taste
preferences, as I am one some of my loved ones say,
“Mom orders dressing with a side of salad!”
Here is an article about hot sauce wings and how it reflects
your character. Later, you will find some history about where
in the United States, chicken wings came from. It is a widely
contested fact and at least two locations contend it is ‘their
place,’ which made the first hot wings. If there is another
country or location you have heard of or ‘know any facts
about,’ please add to the comments section of this post!
Drew Cerza, the founder of Buffalo, New York’s “Annual
Wings Festival,” describes the types of people who
choose certain sauces for chicken wings.
Here are four popular variations of wings’ sauces and
a personality analysis, short synopsis of the type of
person you may or may not be:
1. Garlic Parmesan Sauce.
“The person who likes this is creative, fearless,
and yet in control.”
2. Mild Hot Sauce.
“This person doesn’t take many risks. He or she
accepts life as it is. This person is rather
3. Hot Sauce.
“This is a bold person. He or she throws on the first
down, (if a football player) goes for the touchdown on
the fourth, (metaphorically,) and wild and crazy.”
4. Atomic hot sauce.
“This person is aggressive, doesn’t need napkins and
doesn’t like to lose.”
I enjoy mild hot sauce, enjoy the garlic parmesan if not
on a date, and really enjoy the sticky, sweet sauce that
is derived from using terikaki sauce in the recipe. My brothers
like the Jack Daniels’ barbecue sauce baked on their chicken
wings. So delicious!
No, these are not definitive descriptions of people, just one
man’s (Drew Cerza’s) opinion!
I thought I would throw in a short history lesson of Red Hot
Sauce which originated as a recipe made by the Frank Tea and
Spice Company, in 1896! This company was in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Much later, the bottled Frank Red Hot Sauce came out in 1969.
The family who is credited by Frank’s Red Hot, for creating
the combination of chicken wings, deep fried and then dipped
in their sauce is the Belissimo Family. Although an article in
1969 written on their restaurant, does not cite this dish.
In 1980, Teressa and Frank Belissimo’s son, Donald, started
circulating that the story goes like this. Due to having a storm
in Buffalo, New York they were having a ‘run’ on food orders.
Their bar/restaurant had run out of most of their food at one
point in the midst of this storm. People had come to seek
comfort, shelter and something warm to eat at their little bar.
Teressa prepared the chicken wings, serving it with hot sauce
mixed with a buttery sauce. Hungry customers devoured them,
thus they claim the “origin of buffalo chicken wings.”
Frank’s Red Hot Company supports this Italian family’s ingenuity.
There is one other contender for the original “buffalo chicken
wings” and that is a man named John Young who used the name,
“mambo sauce,” in the mid-1960’s for his chicken wings covered
with sauce. His Buffalo, New York restaurant registered their
change of name in 1970, to John Young’s Wings ‘n Things.
Just a little bit of fun ‘trivia’ and I always like to hear about
where things came from! Even if there is a question about
this. The first Public citing of “Buffalo chicken wings” was
on NBC Today in 1980.
Last fact for the day, credit for this football snack’s surge in
popularity was during the four consecutive years that the
Buffalo Bills were contenders in the Super Bowl, from 1991
Now, please share your favorite dipping sauce and also,
if you like Buffalo chicken wings? How HOT?!
Tell me, will you be rooting for a football team this Sunday?
Which team do you want to win at the Super Bowl, 2015?
Hey, don’t get upset but I am going to get off the neutral
“fence” I thought I would sit on, and say:
“Go New England Patriots!”