Nancy Fuller always says that simple is best, and she’s so right! Salt and Pepper Wings might sound rather plain and boring, but how can you go wrong with the two most common seasonings in any cook’s pantry?
I can’t believe these words are about to spew from my mouth, but here goes… Not everything in life has to be fancy! (Oh Lord, the Charlotte York who lives inside me is spitting out the bitter taste that those words has left in her mouth and she’s running around her kitchen in her Prada’s shrieking in disgust and disbelief!) Those who know me really well, will completely understand. #fancyismymiddlename Whew! I’m calm now.
Maybe I should have thought long and hard about speaking such vulgarity. Fancy is everything! I would be lying to you and to myself if I said anything differently. But, that’s not really true. It’s been said before that I have champagne tastes on a beer budget. At the time, I was completely appalled by such a comment. But, now, in my wiser years, I’m very grateful that I can pull together something delicious or something pretty, without breaking the bank.
In fact, Dear Reader, I’ll come clean with you. I’m a plain soul; one who is extremely domesticated and very comfortable with being at home. But, even though more days than not, it’s just me and John.e that ever sees the inside of our home, I try my best to keep it looking impressive and ‘fancy.”
Fancy doesn’t need to cost money. I think once can shop at a dollar store and find little treasures to make a home look good. I don’t often go to dollar stores, mostly because there’s not a good one that’s close to where we live, but I do often shop for decor at Walmart, Michael’s, Ikea, Hobby Lobby, HomeSense, etc. It’s all about the hunt and knowing that will look good in your home and pair well with the pieces you already have.
When it comes to kitchenware though, I don’t like to shop on the cheap side. For the home cook that cooks because they have to put food on the table, average is good enough. But, over the past few years, I have developed a taste for more refined kitchenware. I’m not talking higher end with a $1,000 price tag, but again, things that will last a long time and give me the results I’m looking for when preparing a meal.
I love KitchenAid products and that’s John.e’s fault. He gifted me a KitchenAid stand mixer about 3 years ago for Christmas. Since then, I have been hooked. I have a blender, a food processor, a hand-held mixer, a kettle, a toaster, etc., and all of them are red in colour. I’m not sure why I thought it was so important to have them all match, because I’m so in love with the pastel colours.
All of my stainless steel pots and pans are Zwilling J.A. Henckels, and I have a large collection of Le Creuset cast iron Dutch ovens as well. And, when it comes to knives, nothing beats Wusthof Classic! I really do believe that quality utensils and tools, and baking and cooking vessels, help to make for a better cooking experience. But, please don’t run out a buy expensive kitchenware. You can prepare any of the recipes on my blog with the kitchenware you already have – trust me!
The pictures you see of the food and décor on my blog is not just a gussied up photo for the purposes of appealing to readers. If I am preparing the simplest of dinners for just the two of us, good forks are used, I choose plates to accent the food, and even when we eat sitting in front of the television, cutlery matches, as does napkins, and garnish accompanies every single dish. And to have matching plates and utensils doesn’t cost any more than mismatched, unless that’s the look you’re going for. But, that’s a totally different blog post. 🙂
So, simple is best. Even a recipe as simple as these Salt and Pepper Wings deserved the basket lined with the checkered paper insert, and the accompanying veggie sticks with the ranch dipping sauce. You don’t need to overdo it like I do, but sometimes, take a moment or two to make your dinner/lunch look extra special, even if that is just a simple sprinkling of dried parsley – which is in almost every pantry! After all, you deserve nothing but the best!
If you really want to jazz these up a little, I would suggest placing them all out on a big serving platter, and sitting hte platter in the center of your dining room table. Surround the platter with more celery sticks and maybe some carrots sticks too. And place small ramekins randomly around the platter with different types of store-bought dipping sauce.
Try a good BBQ sauce, or a ranch or blue cheese dip. You could use a garlic aioli, or a good honey mustard. There’s always the good old faithful honey garlic sauce, as well as any type of sweet chili Thai dipping sauce. The possibilities are endless, so enjoy the simplicity, Dear Reader, and make everything fancy to suit your own tastes!
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Salt and Pepper Wings
- 24 chicken wings
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place the wings in a large bowl, add the salt, ground black pepper, and olive oil. Using tongs, coat the wings.
- Lay the wings out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the wings from the oven, turn each wing, and bake once again for an additional 20 minutes.
- Serve with celery sticks and your favourite prepared ranch dipping sauce.
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