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January 12, 2014
Irene Saiger

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Sweet and Savory Hot Wings

photo-6Christopher Columbus High School was considered one of the top performing schools in The Bronx, but to be perfectly honest that was not why I chose to go there (although I’d like to think that I wouldn’t have considered it if it had a poor reputation.)   The real reason was that I had just spent three years in an all girls middle school, and had no desire to go on to an all girls high school. Enough was enough.

Looking back I realize that the co-ed aspect of my high school experience wasn’t significant.  The most important lessons I learned had little to do with boys or academics, and everything to do with the people I met and their approach to life.  For the first time I found myself among students and teachers who were passionate, engaged, and involved.  There was Mr. Dubow, whose love of the French language was contagious.  Miss Silberstang, the art teacher who inspired and pushed me to do better on a daily basis, Miss Pakula, an English teacher who also taught drama, and whose encouragement and good nature appeared to be endless, and Mr. Tannenbaum, who taught me Hebrew in a way that I had never experienced in all  my years of Hebrew school.

I had a friend who suddenly and secretly flew to Moscow to participate in a protest on behalf of  Soviet Jewry.  I met students who were active in Zionist organizations and were strongly committed to living in Israel, some who were Betarniks and others from Hashomer Hatzair.  For the first time in my life I met drama students, and art students ,who like myself, spent hours working on portfolios.  I met students who cared about the world, and teachers who cared about us.  Both inside and outside of the classroom, I learned that passion was a great motivator.  It’s the lesson that I still try to remember each day.

Recently I found out that Christopher Columbus is closing its doors, the result of  poor academic performance and low graduation rates.   I am sad that other students won’t experience what I experienced during my years in a great high school, in a great neighborhood, in a great borough.  Goodbye, Columbus.

Goodbye Columbus (a poem in the Anchor Yearbook of 1973 )
“…. May every season…winter, spring, summer or fall….add new phases to your life, when you will more vividly remember saying hello rather than goodbye….”
The foods I craved most during my high school years were pizza, hot dogs with sauerkraut, and black and white cookies.  I  still eat those same foods on almost every trip back East, but in recent years we have been introduced to hot wings, and they have become a family favorite.
Sweet and Savory Hot Wings
2 dozen wings cut in half or the same number of winnetz, which is just the little drumstick part of the wing.
1/2 cup sriracha sauce
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
5 Tb pareve margarine
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Season wings with salt and pepper and place on cookie sheets in a single layer. Bake at 475 till crisp on one side and then turn over and continue baking.  Total baking time is about one hour.  In the meantime, melt margarine over low flame and mix in large bowl with sriracha and brown sugar.  When wings are done toss them in the  bowl of sauce till well coated.  Reheat before serving for about 10-15 minutes.  Serve with a pareve ranch dressing.
Enjoy,
Irene
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10 thoughts on “Sweet and Savory Hot Wings

  1. Hi, Irene,

    Great post. I am really surprised and pressed that you remember your teachers after all these years. They obviously deserve to be remembered. I hope at least one of them or one of their children reads your blog and sees how influential they were on one of their students.

    Love, Your shvester

    Anita

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Soooooooooooooo fun to hear about your high school experiences. They were soooooo Irene. Even though you did not eat hot wings in high school, the spice of it all seems to be a great example of the love of the spice of life you talk about that was a theme of your high school years. Here’s to the spice in life! Barbie

  3. this looks so yummy! I remember my favorite biology teacher at Hamilton High School, Dale Love. We dissected the eye of a cow. I had to get them from my mom’s butcher on Fairfax

  4. Another great story from the Irene Graf Archives…. I learn something new about you every time you post! And this time, the recipe seems simple and easy enough even for a lazy chef like me :)

  5. Like I have always said….. The stories behind the food is amazing.. I love reading the “facts” of your life as a child growing up on the per side of United States ?(east coast ). have stayed in. A Three block radius!!! so reading about life different than here is great.. fun like getting a cooking class free!!! Keep those stories coming….

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