Sticky Soy Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

>> Friday, October 30, 2015

Do you remember growing up and your parents were exasperated trying to figure out what you would eat for dinner? Well for me it was simple. They’d ask me what I wanted and my answer was always the same – chicken. It was easy enough for my parents to whip up a chicken dish or two, they’re fabulous cooks, but the problem laid more in the fact that I literally requested chicken at every meal. So my parent’s tasks weren’t so much as trying to get me to eat but trying to figure out more recipes so they themselves weren’t sick of eating chicken every day of the week.

I’ve found the same problem has carried over to my adult life. I definitely eat a lot more different types of foods now, but my comfort go to is and will always be chicken. Just ask my husband, I think he now fully understands how my parents felt back in the day. In order to keep things interesting for all, I often play around with various recipes especially when it comes to chicken.

I recently tried a new recipe that was worthy of a mention on the blog. This chicken was gooey and sticky, reminding me of eating wings but healthier. I couldn’t help but add in a couple ingredients of my own for the blog. I quite enjoyed it and I really hope you do to. Hmm..maybe I’ll make it again next week. 


2 1/2 pound chicken drumsticks (or other cuts if you aren’t a huge drumstick fan)
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
1/2 cup honey
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp garlic salt
Optional: 2 tbsp Sambal Chili Garlic Sauce (can be found in your local Chinese grocery aisle)


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, add in chicken and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Put the chicken back in to the fridge to marinate while preparing the sauce.

In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic cloves, garlic salt, chili sauce (if using).

Add the sauce to the chicken, mix thoroughly to ensure all the drumsticks are covered. If you have time, allowing the drumsticks to marinate for at least 30 mins will allow the flavours to penetrate the meat. However, if you’re tight on time, you can prep them for the oven straight away.

Place the chicken on a flat sheet pan and in to the oven for approximately 25-30 mins. Put a fork in to the drumsticks and if the liquid runs clear then they’re ready.

Serve and enjoy.

Makes 3-4 servings.


Restaurant Review: Next Door Wine & Appetizers

>> Wednesday, October 14, 2015

When you think wine bar, the first thing that often comes to mind are places in and around the downtown area. However, for those living outside the core, it might not interest them to travel downtown in order to sample some wine and then have to pay for the pricey taxi ride home. It seems what they were looking for all along was Next Door Appetizers, where the name really does highlight the fact that for those down south, they now no longer need to trek very far in order to enjoy a great meal along with delicious wine.

Atmosphere: Charming contemporary design which highlights their relaxed wine bar theme.

Price Range: Mid $10s - $20s

Food & Wine: We were lucky enough to have been invited to spend a wonderful evening at Next Door, trying to explain to my husband where it was located was another story (he kept thinking we were going next door not to the restaurant). We started off with an amazing Chef’s choice Charcuterie Board where 3 cheeses and 3 meats were featured. My favorite mortadella and prosciutto were both on the board so I was elated. The portion size was extremely generous and we had to pace ourselves acoordingly. Especially since there was still a lot more food on the way.

For some greens we had the Multicolored Beet Salad with cherry tomatoes, topped with arugula and feta in a tangy Dijon mustard dressing. I really enjoyed the sweet and sour combo of the beets and tomatoes. It was a nice contrast against the dressing itself. I also loved all the colors on the plate, they do say eating your colors is healthy! Next was the Mussels & Spicy Chorizo in a fresh basil tomato sauce. The tomato sauce itself was divine where the chorizo gave it an added spiciness which really elevated the dish. I would have loved to see bigger juicier mussels, but sadly that’s a problem all of Calgary has due to our landlocked coordinates. We’re at the mercy of a good shipment, but the sauce here was the star.

Everybody probably already knows I love gnocchi, so ordering the Seared Gnocchi with a pork ragout was no surprise. If gnocchi is on the menu, I’m ordering it. I thought the texture of the gnocchi was on point, perfect with a bit of charred exterior from the searing. However, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ragout. It was a nicely cooked ragout, but I guess I’m more of a gnocchi purest and love it when they’re served in a creamy sauce, so that each gnocchi can be used as a vessel for the sauce. To cap off our delicious meal, we decided to share the Unbaked New York Style Cheesecake. The server mentioned that it’s a fairly decent size and it definitely was; more than enough to share amongst 2 people. Unless you’re a huge dessert fiend, then you may want one all to yourself because it definitely is creamy cheesecake goodness. Light and fluffy due to the fact that it’s unbaked, it was the perfect way to end the meal.

We could not go to a wine bar and not order wine, so to change things up we went with a white that evening, the Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio. For those who haven’t sampled Pinot Grigio before, they’re actually the same grape variety as Pinot Gris. Therefore if you’re a fan of the latter, you’ll love the crispness of Pinot Grigio. The Tiefenbrunner is a great accompaniment to lighter fare with its pear undertones and full bodied round finish. It’s a great wine to sip throughout the evening.

My Picks: Beet Salad, Unbaked Cheesecake

Overall: We quite enjoyed our evening at Next Door. There’s literally nothing better than tapas in my books. The wine and food was both excellent and since it’s quite literally next door to their sister restaurant Toscana Grill (hence the name) they’re wonderful options for those living in the South!

Next Door Wine and Appetizers
1A Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 255-1222

Next Door Wine & Appetizers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Fest - Calgary Giveaway!

>> Monday, October 5, 2015

It’s autumn time in Calgary again and that means the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is back!

Again, I have a set of tickets for Saturday October 17th afternoon session (12-4pm) to give away! So message me through twitter or respond to this post and I’ll do a random draw next week for the winner.

For all of you that are interested, here’s a bit more information. Plus there are still additional tickets available for purchase, but they might sell out soon so don’t wait too long! They're bringing back the  afternoon tasting session this year for those that want to avoid the long lines and big crowds. It’s also great for those that already have evening plans!

Experience ultimate indulgence at the 18th Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

WHAT: The Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits, is back for a weekend of indulgence, offering a unique opportunity to explore new products and flavours. The Grand Tasting Hall will overflow with more exhibitors than ever before! Attendees can expect 140 wineries, featuring a distinguished collection of wines from 16 different countries, more than 150 brands of premium spirits, single malt and blended scotches, port, liqueurs and craft beers. Taste what’s new and hot in the adult beverage scene with approximately 100 new-to-Alberta wines, beers and spirits! Bursting with flavour, nearly 50 local restaurants and food purveyors will cook up a variety of gourmet culinary creations. For an enriched tasting experience, knowledgeable industry experts will be on hand to educate and entice.

The Great Big Taste Awards are back at the Festival, allowing attendees to vote for their favourite samples and sips by “starring” them in the Festival App. Many new-to-the-market products, award-winning wines, beers, spirits and specialty liqueurs, and creative recipes will compete to be the crowd favourites. Attendees can also stop by The Sobeys Liquor and Safeway Wine & Spirits Onsite Store to pick up their most exciting finds.

WHO: Wine, spirit and beer enthusiasts, along with food lovers will enjoy a tasty selection of mouth-watering culinary delights. It’s a weekend of excitement and flavourful fun for all!

WHY: To indulge in the art of food and beverage creations brought to light by talented local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as wine, spirit and beer retailers. The Festival presents Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to sip, sample and savour with friends, family and co-workers.

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 5 - 10 p.m. Friday Evening Session
              Saturday, October 17, 12 - 4 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Session
              Saturday, October 17, 6 - 10 p.m. Saturday Evening Session

WHERE: Stampede Park BMO Centre, Halls D & E

Tickets are available online at Sampling coupons are required for sampling and are available for purchase onsite.

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