Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wow! What an Incredible Experience


My last post I wrote before I left for New York and then posted it RIGHT after the Today Show so you could have the recipe for the Superbowl. THANKYOU all for your sweet comments and well wishes here on my blog, on facebook and by email. It is SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE YOU!!!


Friday, Feb.1st  8am to 9am
 at Rockefeller Plaza, NYC
We are outside just ready to go on LIVE TV and are waiting for the anchors from the TODAY SHOW

See video here
http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50664803#50664803
 
Sherri William from Florida, Malcom Bedell from Maine, Sunny Anderson from the FOOD NETWORK and me.
 
Sherri is one of the wings winners, Sunny was the judge, Malcom Bedell is one of the wings winners and me I'm a wings winner too. Malcolm won the 'Chicken Trophy' with his 'Ghost Chili Apricot Wings'. The trophy was a rubber chicken spray painted gold and sticking out of a trophy cup. It was hysterical!!!!
It was FUN, Fast Paced and SO SO exciting. Everyone was so very nice and treated us all so well.
 
 
 My daughter Carolyn went with me and here she is with Sunny Anderson after the shooting.
 
 Carolyn is in her last semester of College so she couldn't resist taking a couple of days off to go to NYC. She took most of the pictures for me.  What a whirlwind three days we had!!!
 
 
Our Schedule
 
Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31st we arrived in NYC after flying all day and had a dress rehearsal late that afternoon at the NBC studios
 
 
Friday Feb. 1st at 6:45am we had to be at NBC (across from our hotel at Rockefeller Plaza)  for them to do our hair and makeup. That was quite an interesting experience.
 
 
8am, 8:15 am and 8:30amThey took us outside to the tables to do some 'teasers' while the broadcast was going on  to 'wet' the TV audiences appetite before the chicken wing 'showdown' to begin.
 
 
 
8:45 am.to 9am the anchors of the Today Show came out and we were 'off to the races.'  It was VERY fast paced. They time things down to the seconds. Really!
 
 
 
12 o'clock noon Carolyn and I took a WONDERFUL 3 1/2  hour Food Tour. What they call a 'sample' is NOT like a sample you get from Costco with a little cup and a toothpick. They were like the size of a 4 inch square of a grilled sandwich(Italian) or a salad plate of pasta and sauce(Italian) or a half of a wrap (Indian), or 1/2 of a chicken breast and an empanada (Cuban), and a cup of one of the best tomato garlic soups I have ever taste (he gave us the recipe too)at an American Bistro or fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers at a Cheese Shop or a 4 inch fruit and chocolate tart at a Bakery. Plus a fabulous walking guided tour to all these  restaurants where we learned about the history of that part of New York. There was SO much to eat that we had to roll ourselves back to the hotel. You can see pictures and where we went here.
 
                                                                                 

 
4:30pm After the tour we took the subway back to the hotel. As we were walking from the subway we spotted the Lego Store and of course had to go in. How fun was that.
 Both of these pictures are of LEGOS. The detail was incredible.
 
 
 
I can see that this post has gone on long enough for now so I'll post the rest of our fun three days tomorrow.
 
 
THANKYOU for joining me. It's always so nice when you come by so please let me know that you were here.
 
 

Friday, February 1, 2013

My Winning Chicken Wing Recipe Finally Revealed



Well here they are. Hope you got to watch the Today Show on NBC this morning. I can now finally give out my winning recipe. Hope you enjoy these as much as I have in creating them.
 
My Wicked Wasabi Wings
                                         

Wicked Wasabi Wings (created by Nancy Judd)

3 pounds chicken wings, cut in half at joint and wing tips removed

½ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup orange juice

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce (low-sodium if desired)

4 (slightly rounded) tablespoons orange marmalade

2 teaspoons (or more if desired) HOT wasabi paste

*3 ½ -4 inch fresh whole jalapeno pepper (remove stem only) and finely diced (include seeds and membrane)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 inch or more piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced (should make at least 1 tablespoon minced)

3-4 tablespoons or more crushed HOT wasabi peas

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Put chicken wing pieces on the pan and bake for 40 minutes then turn each wing over and continue another 10 minutes or more until wing pieces are golden brown and looks crispy. Remove pan from oven and let cool.

In a blender put the brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, marmalade, minced garlic and minced ginger. Blend on high speed for about 15-20 seconds. Pour mixture into a medium size heavy sauce pan scraping all sauce out of blender with a spatula into the saucepan.  Put sauce pan on stove and bring to a rolling boil and boil hard (stirring occasionally) for about 9 -12 minutes until like a very thick syrup. (The mixture should be dark and thick like molasses.)  Remove from heat and add wasabi paste and diced jalapeno and blend well.

Put one third of the baked wings into the sauce and cover completely with sauce. Remove wings and put back on pan. Continue with remaining pieces. Make sure all wing pieces are completely covered with sauce. Drizzle remaining sauce (if any) over top of pieces again.

Arrange chicken wings on a platter and sprinkle each piece generously with the crushed wasabi peas. Garnish platter with additional whole wasabi peas if desired.  Makes about 18 wing pieces and serves about 4. Expect rave reviews, finger licking and everyone clamoring for more!

 
NOTE: If desire even more heat add more wasabi paste and substitute a habanero pepper for the jalepeno pepper. For extreme heat add more wasabi paste and substitute chopped Thai chilies for the jalenpeono.

 
 
THANKS for coming by. I'll be back from New York
 
 on Sunday night and hope to be able to get a
 
bunch of photos up and tell about  ALL the
 
fun things we did. 
 
 We are taking (two) three hour food tours
 
of New York while there and with each tour they
 
take us to at least 7 restaurants to try the
 
the food. Someone will have to roll me home!!
 
 
 
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