Saturday, January 19, 2008


Well, I just wrote this whole fun post and lost it. Ever wonder where such things go? Probably with the lost socks!!

I am going to post a recipe for killer Maple Teriyaki Chicken Wings for those of you watching the Football Championships tomorrow, but first I have to ask your opinion of an indelicate subject and old wive's tales. Hopefully you will find this as amusing as we did. Let me set the scene. There are six Realtors at the party, five of us between ages 50-63 and our friend *V*. *V* is in her mid thirties and is from France ( like Laraine Newman as a conehead, if you are old enough to remember). She came here 15 years ago a a Nanny, met her husband and the rest is history, she is thin and beautiful and for some reason she likes hanging out with us "older" women. Okay, we have finished the Chicken Tetrazzini and melange of colorful veggies and a couple of bottles of wine and we get talking about what our mothers told us about of menstruation. I remember my mother telling me that I couldn't wash my hair "during that time" ( no clue why, there was never an explanation), but one friend said that her mother told her never to touch the African Violets because it would kill them immediately!! Have you ever heard of this??She lived on Long Island, maybe it was a common problem there, I don't know. I do know that there had to have been bouts of incontinence over this because we all laughed so hard. The conversation further degenerated with talk of how we weren't allowed to use Tampons because they would cause us to lose our virginity and then it would be hard for us to find husbands!! Ladies, this was the 60's, the 1960's not the 1760's, only 40 years ago!!! Have we come a long way baby or what??

Okay enough said. Time for the chicken wings. I got this recipe from a Food Network Show years ago. Sorry, I don't remember the name and it hasn't been on for years. These wings are so tasty, sweet from the syrup and salty from the soy sauce. You might even add some red pepper flakes to give them a little heat as well.

4-5 lbs chicken wings
1/3 c. teriyaki sauce
1/2 c. lite soy sauce
2 T. minced garlic
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
1/2 T. black pepper
1 c. maple syrup ( the real stuff, not fake maple flavored stuff)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all ingredients ( except wings) together in a disposable pan*. Add wings, toss to coat. Place pan on a cookie sheet. Bake for an hour, tossing every 15-20 minutes ( this really does make a difference). Increase heat to 425 degrees, turn wings again and cook another 45 minutes. Sometimes it seems like there is too much liquid after the hour, but it usually evaporates with the higher heat for the last 45 minutes.

* If you don't have a cheapie disposable pan, line a broiler pan with lots of foil and be prepared to soak and scrub.


  1. Gosh, the only thing I can think of to say is, "Huh?!"

    The chicken looks delish!

  2. Oh My you mean the theory behind the tampons isn't true??? NOW you tell me...

    Sounds like you had tons o'fun and good "girl time" is rare, so lucky you.

    Thanks for the wing recipe, too. I think I'll see if my good cookin' girlfriend wants to try it and have me over to eat it..HA!


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  4. OMG! I almost forgot all the absurd things we were told about menstuation. I do remember the "do not wash your hair" edict and think the only reason I was ever given was that women were suseptible to getting a cold during "that time." Can you believe it?! I must say my mother didn't believe much of it and though she passed on the old wives tales, she never really insisted that I follow them...thank god! Thanks for the wings recipe...looks great! Go Packers!

  5. African violets, huh? Never heard that one. The tampon story, yes. You girls sound like you had a great time.
    Thanks for wing recipe. Are you watching football tomorrow? My neighbor and I are going to a couple of open houses and then I'll be back for the game. Yeah, you probably hate people like us that are just "looking" at the open houses.

  6. Janet,
    Yes my mother would not let me wash my hair on the first day the first day and I thought I would finally find out why....ha I was really laughing out loud right along with you ladies.

    Yum on the wings, I'll have to try that so thanks for the recipe.

    And for your harvest gold bath...I think the gold and cream check will be gorgeous.


  7. Ha! Dude......I've never heard *any* of those. My Mom was seriously lacking in the old wives' tales!

    I'd totally hang with you, you old coot :) Plus? I'd fit right in with my issues of incontinence!


  8. Oh my gosh Janet sooo funny. I have to tell you when my girlfriends and I get together, there is nothing and I mean nothing that we have not discussed over the years. But we laugh soo hard and I love that they trust me that much !!! Clarice

  9. Jane Curtain and Laraine Newman were cone heads. :)

  10. funny. My mom didn't pass along any old wives tales on this subject, but I remember hearing the African Violet story somewhere. Is that why all my houseplants seem to die? Bring on menopause, please!! Hope my primroses are able to tough it out.

  11. believe it or not I have heard if you touch the flower of an african violet it will die. I think I`ll go buy one and test it. kinda sounds like the "dont touch a baby bird or mom will reject it" tale.

  12. Great post! The wings look Delicious!
    Sandra Evertson

  13. Thanks for this recipe, we're always looking for a great wing recipe for football--and our NY Giants won yesterday, so we are NY proud!

  14. Looks delicious. Can't wait to try this receipe.
    Thanks for giving some real way to cook chicken wings.

  15. Tee hee- LOL!!!!- Thanks for making our day!!

    kari & kijsa

  16. Dear Anonymous,

    Thanks, I made the correction!


  17. that why I could never keep a violet alive? Ooh! Now I am in menopause...I can get some more!! Yippee!
    Reading this has brought a smile to my face...guess whose daughter hit puberty yesterday? I think I am handling it....I think I am handling it...: )

    So glad your get together was fun!



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