Every Friday morning during football season, my teenage son heads straight for the sports section of the newspaper to see if his favorite NFL team is being televised on network TV. His team is the Washington Redskins and with us living on the west coast and without paid television (think bunny-ear-antennae here), our chances of seeing his beloved team play during the Sunday broadcasts of professional football games are pretty slim.
What my son and husband have started doing on Sundays to catch the games is to listen to it on the radio. There’s an AM station that’s all sports (1080 “The Fan”) and they huddle up in the living room to cheer, pump their arms, and basically act like guys do when they’re watching football on TV. Only, they’re not watching it they’re listening to it. It’s actually very funny to watch – the two of them – that is!
Whenever there’s talk from our teenage son about wanting to get cable or dish or satellite (I’m sure there are other options here but I’m not aware of them) we ask him, “Well, would you like us to pay for TV or would you like us to save money so that we can help you pay for your college tuition instead?” Back to the radio it is!
When the huddling in our living room with the scratchy AM radio happened this past Sunday, it was served up with baked buffalo wings. That’s what my son wanted to cook for his weekly meal – a “supper bowl Sunday type” dinner in honor of his beloved Washington Redskins playing on TV (he’s an optimist!). The Redskins weren’t on our TV set and they lost the game in the last few minutes (to a team they outplayed the entire game) but our family won because we got to enjoy a delicious meal.
There’s always next week, Redskins fans!
Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe
I found organic chicken wings on sale at New Season’s Market recently for $.99/pound. Why I didn’t buy more is beyond this frugal grocery shopper! I froze the wings after I bought them and we waited for a big game day to eat them.
We used 3 pounds of chicken in the recipe and have also made this using shrimp as well.
- 3-pounds chicken wings
- 1/2 cup Frank’s or Crystal (tangy but not so hot) hot sauce
- 1-Tablespoon or more of Tabasco (add more for hotter wings)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of butter
- Melt butter in pan.
- Add hot sauces and stir.
- Once completely combined, remove from heat and off the heat.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and bake chicken wings for 45 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
- After 45 minutes or when they’re done and crispy, remove chicken wings from oven and toss them in a bowl with the hot sauce butter mixture.
- Serve and enjoy!
Weekly Meal Plan
This meal plan is from Monday, October 15, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012.
Monday: pinto beans (freezer) and cheese burritos with fresh salsa
Tuesday: egg salad sandwiches and carrots
Wednesday: pan seared fish, quinoa and sauteed Swiss chard
Thursday: vegetarian chili and corn bread
Friday: vegetarian chili and corn bread (leftovers)
Saturday: dinner at our friend’s house (we brought pumpkin spice cake)
Sunday: buffalo wings, green salad and quinoa
My daughter cooked dinner on Tuesday night. She had a friend over and the two of them made egg salad sandwiches together. I was expecting to come home to a huge mess in the kitchen – this soccer mom was watching a game over at the high school – and they were home giggling while peeling a dozen eggs and chopping vegetables – but not so. The kitchen was clean and dinner was made. Dreams do come true!
What’s for dinner at your house?
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Egg salad sandwiches – you’ll wish you had chickens
Spicy, homemade hummus that you make from dried beans