Food and Drink

Host Game Day Like a Pro with These Easy Wing Recipes

So quick and easy you might as well lock in your very own game day win and impress your guests (and yourself).

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LauriPatterson/Getty Images
LauriPatterson/Getty Images

Allow me to be your wing woman for a moment-I’d like to empower you in your quest to whip up the ultimate game day snack. The chicken wing is a magical food. It is an interactive, compact vehicle for essentially any condiment. This means it’s a bite that satisfies the masses, a real choose-your-own-adventure meat. We’ve compiled a list of some essential recipes to fulfill your chicky nuggie dreams.

Could you have them delivered? Sure. But these recipes are so quick and easy you might as well lock in your very own game day win and impress your guests (and yourself) with made-from-scratch ones instead. It’s an unexpected special something that will make you the host with the most. Another important suggestion would be to listen to the band Wings whilst cooking for a truly immersive experience.

The Classic Hot Wing

A fan favorite. If you were to choose only one recipe for the occasion, a safe bet will always be the beloved classic buffalo style. This recipe is simple and makes note that celery sticks with blue cheese are a must-have accouterment. It’s suggested you use Frank’s Red Hot sauce, which may very well be one of the greatest hot sauces of all time. For this recipe, you’ll want to stick with a cayenne- and vinegar-based sauce for that familiar heat. Get the recipe here.

Coconut Curry Wings

These wings are flirty. A little sweet, a touch sassy, comforting, and cool. Three main ingredients go into the marinade: coconut milk, red curry paste, and lime (zest and juice). It’s like your wings took a bath in Tom Kha Gai soup, what a perfect idea. Get the recipe here.

Honey Mustard Wings

The honey mustard duo is one for the ages and another staple condiment that pairs perfectly with chicken. Instead of just dipping your wings in the stuff, why not coat them entirely, because you deserve it. The slightly sweet, tangy essence on these wings is totally indulgent, but the apple cider vinegar in the recipe keeps it balanced with a touch of zingy brightness. And the color from the grilled mustard is a treat for the eyes too. Get the recipe here.

Dill Pickle Wings

Want your wings to act like a chaser? Meet the Pickleback of snacks. This recipe allows you to impart a ton of flavor early on by brining the wings in pickle juice, which will also start to gently tenderize your meat and keep the wings juicy through the baking process. Chicken holds brine really well, it’s a key process for punchy flavors, and this pickled wing hits hard. Get the recipe here.

Photo courtesy of Stella Artois
Photo courtesy of Stella Artois
Photo courtesy of Stella Artois

Prepping for game day can be tricky if you haven’t planned ahead, but it shouldn’t. Whether you have skin in the game or not, it’s a chance to unwind and make time to catch up with old pals. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper function without quality brews. Stella Artois packs centuries of Belgian brewing heritage into an easy-to-drink (and easy-to-find) lager that’s all about letting you savor those special moments together-regardless of whose team wins.

Vietnamese-Style Wings

Much like brining in pickle juice, this recipe uses a buttermilk brine to tenderize the meat in preparation for frying. These wings are a great way to enjoy a dry, crunchy edition as opposed to a full-blown sauced effect. The recipe calls for cornstarch, which creates a beautiful golden-brown crust. The fish sauce and garlic components provide a savory and aromatic kick-heck yes. This is a great option to pair with another more saucy recipe so you get the best of both worlds. Get the recipe here.

Cilantro Lime Wings

Bright, fresh, and full of acidic bite. These are the palette cleanser of wings if there ever was such a thing. The juice from the citrus receives a beautiful smokey quality from the grilling here. These wings definitely call for crisp beer and tequila to accompany them. Get the recipe here.

4-Ingredient BBQ Sauced Wings

Have you historically been mystified by what exactly is in a barbecue sauce? You’re not alone. This recipe solves said mystery: ketchup, honey, molasses, and liquid smoke get you to the goal post. A grilled BBQ wing is another classic recipe that won’t disappoint. Sweet and smokey, and just the right amount of sticky. Game day calls for the finger-lickin’ good stuff. Get the recipe here.

Crispiest Garlic Parmesan Wings

Ah, yes-the wing that is cosplaying as garlic bread. This recipe will certainly go all the way on the crispy-crunchy factor. Plus, the little grooves of the chicken skin grip the cheesy, garlicky goo, leaving your wings glistening. So simple. So beautiful. Absolutely flawless. Get the recipe here.

Food and Drink

How Talking Terps Has Influenced Cannabis Hype Culture

The origins and optimism behind the cannabis brand that sells out drops within minutes. Canabis...

Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain
Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain
Photo courtesy of Buckle Your Brain

Many cannabis brands describe themselves as “lifestyle brands” and “cultural disruptors.” Few of them actually impact lifestyles or broader cultural trends. Only one of them has figurines up on Stock X right now.

“For OG Terp Crawford to be featured amongst Nike, Jordans, Supreme, BAPE, and PS5s is really sick,” says Hope Lord, co-founder of cannabis lifestyle brand Talking Terps. “Stock X is not taking everyone who makes a toy and putting it up there.”Between their psychedelic graphics, cannabis-adjacent accessories, and famous OG Terp Crawford figurine, Talking Terps has established a cult following amongst cannabis enthusiasts, hypebeasts, and beyond. On paper, it’s a lifestyle brand interested in both cannabis and psychedelics. In action, Talking Terps is an alternative universe that bridges the gaps between toy culture, cannabis culture, psychedelic culture, and American pop culture.

The brand was established as a concept in 2015 by Leor Feit aka Hope Lord, Flatbush Zombies member Antonio Lewis aka Zombie Juice, and Flatbush Zombies spiritual adviser Phil Annand aka PTA Haiti 3000. One year later, the phrase “talking terps” popped in a Flatbush Zombies song, referring to terpenes, a compound found in cannabis.

“We had a show at Red Rocks in Colorado,” Lord recalls. “I had a friend that was part of Blue River Terpenes who brought us the first sample of cannabis-derived terpenes. Then Juice and Erick made a song with it in the chorus.”

Talking Terps
Talking Terps
Talking Terps

Once Talking Terps emerged as a phrase, the graphics, accessories, apparel, events, and, of course, toys were soon to follow. By 2017, the phrase was spotted on one of Snoop Dogg’s t-shirts. In 2019, the concept of Terp Crawford was born, launching the brand towards the collectible toy game.

While the first Terp Crawford was technically a plush pillow, the first toy-named OG Terp Crawford-came in March 2020. The 6-inch tall vinyl sculpture of a humanized weed nug with a joint in his hand and a smile on his face is meant to embody everything Hope, Juice and PTA stand for.

“Our message is to love each other and be happy,” Lord says. “Tread lightly and disrupt nothing.”OG Terp Crawford drops sell out in actual seconds and resell on sites like Stock X for over double their retail price. More than a simple toy, he’s a figure that Talking Terps hopes will evolve into a full-on cartoon character.

“As time goes, the idea for Terp Crawford is for him to be a Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny type figure from our world that can cross over,” Lord says. “There should be no reason one day that Terp Crawford’s not throwing a football in some skit on Monday Night Football.”

That’s not just a high aspiration-the team is currently working with 3 Hearts Entertainment to develop a TV show around him. The goal is for Terp Crawford to go global and for Talking Terps to go meta. With their vast graphic library and club of TT enthusiasts, virtual collectibles like NFTs only make sense (though the team can’t let the terp out of the hat just yet).

“I can see Terp Crawford in Japan, speaking in Japanese on TV,” Lord muses. “Once we take him somewhere else, we could do big sculptures, like at KAWS level, maybe. I think we’ll get a TV show. I can’t speak too much on what we’re working on for the metaverse, but it’s got a lot of components. I can say that we’re building a whole new platform called the meta-forest.”

It’s safe to say there will be a sold-out waitlist to get into that forest.
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Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture and education. Follow him on Instagram.

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