Foodie Friday: Charred Wings & Homemade Bread

You Gotta Try:

We had a little snow storm move through the area a few days ago so naturally we bundled up and head out looking for food and beer. Thank goodness for four wheel drive. And for small storms that move through quickly.

In Kansas City the northern area is referred to as “the northland”. Very inventive I know. That area is not really known for local places; there are a lot of chains and that is just not what we were in the mood for.

I did a quick search on my Yelp app and came across Nick & Nino’s Pub.  The reviews were pretty good but even better were the pictures. There were also tantalizing descriptions of their wings. I love good wings. If I come across a place that is supposed to have great wings I have to try them.

The place itself was nice and spacious with comfortable booths and tables. Of course I knew exactly what I wanted to order and I was not disappointed. First of all the wings are HUGE. It makes me wonder what kind of over-sized chicken these things come from. Their best feature, however, was the char. Each wing had deep char marks on it and it really gave them a wonderful, rustic flavor. I was surprised that something so simple could make such a difference in flavor.

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Charred Wings! A revelation.

 

I washed those wings down with a few glasses of Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewery. I could write an entire blog post about how much I love that hoppy, citrusy beer. It pairs with wings quite well. Overall we had a great experience there and I would tell anyone who is in that area (it is very close to KCI) to check it out.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.

Recipes I Love:

Yesterday I decided to make some bread. I had been thinking about it for awhile but bread making really intimidates me. I have done it before and had wonderful results. However, I have also had disasters and wasted an entire afternoon and expensive ingredients on something that was rock hard and ended up in the trash.

I decided to pick a recipe from my Pinterest board for Yeast Bread. I looked at each one and decided on the recipe that had the clearest and most concise instructions. Also, I needed a simple list ingredients because I had no way to make a trip to the store.

This recipe is amazing. Everything went together easily and made me feel like I had been making bread for years. The best part was the bread itself. It came out perfectly. It had great texture, perfect crumb, and toasted beautifully. I am using past tense because that bread didn’t stick around long. I will make more soon!

I made the slashes before the final 30 minutes of rising. I brushed some olive oil on top right before I put it in the oven. You could do the same with melted butter

I made the slashes before the final 30 minutes of rising. I brushed some olive oil on top right before I put it in the oven. You could do the same with melted butter

You can try it find the recipe here. I really encourage you to make your own bread. Have you ever read the label on a loaf of bread? All sorts of weird stuff listed there. Yes, you can buy a loaf of bread for $2 but homemade is so much better. You control what is in it and the taste is beyond compare. It is worth the extra effort.

Delicious, lovely bread.

Delicious, lovely bread.

I am looking forward to tomorrow; we are planning on hitting up an Irish pub with some friends. Irish music and craft beer are an excellent combination. Hope you have a great weekend too!

-Christy