A good time to wing it – if it’s after 9… | Intermediate Eater

By John Owen | Jun 05, 2014

You might describe Edmonds as a laid-back, late-rising community, as a "sleepy-time town." That's because we are all entitled to sleep until 9 a.m. Look on your real estate title or rental agreement. Among other things, they guarantee you the right to raise three chickens in your back yard. But NO ROOSTERS.

The residents of Lynnwood to the north and Shoreline to the south are allowed to provide board and room for roosters. And so they arise with the cluckers, who are inclined to raise a holy rooster ruckus any time after 6:15.

Call this a residential peculiarity.

No roosters in Edmonds.

I believe Ballard has a tolerance policy toward lutefisk.

Trolls, statues of Lenin and nude bicyclists are welcomed in Fremont.

Edmonds residents, by contrast, are allowed to possess eight-winged laying hens provided that they acquire their treasures at the poultry-parts counters at PCC, QFC or IGA.

My favorite chicken wing recipes are herewith offered on the premise that I might as well use them since the chickens are incapable of putting them to good use save for an occasional five-yard flight ending in a barnyard explosion of feathers and chicken curses.

I begin by removing the tips and cutting the wings at the joint so that you have two pieces from each wing. Marinate the wing pieces for a couple of hours, then place on a lightly greased pan.

Cover loosely with a piece of aluminum foil, then shove the pan into a 350 oven and bake for 30 minutes, removing the foil to baste the wings twice.

Then remove foil and return pan to the oven until the wings are nicely crisped, maybe 10 to 15 minutes.

Here are some appropriate marinades:


Peking Wings


1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup sherry

slight sprinkling of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons coriander

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Mix and pour over a dozen disjointed wings




1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 chopped and smashed garlic clove

3 drops Tabasco

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

3 tablespoons catsup

Again, mix and pour over wing parts




1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup catsup

pinch of powdered oregano

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup vinegar

1/2 cup fruit juice

1 teaspoon Tabasco

2 teaspoons salt


Bring to a boil, remove from heat and cool, then pour over wings.


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