For me, the end of the lockout is a close second to the birth of my daughters. I nearly wept when I turned on ESPN Monday afternoon.  Football fans everywhere are experiencing New Years Eve, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Super Bowl all in one. It was very touching to watch Jeff Saturday, of the Colts, thank and hug Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. He was thanking him for his conviction in getting a deal orchestrated. Rather poignant considering Mr. Kraft’s wife passed away a few short days ago and he continued his dedication to ending the lockout. It was so apparent that all parties involved are relieved. On a personal note, I learned today that the Ravens will not be hosting their training camp at McDainel College in Westminster, Maryland. I was so excited to take Brooke (my youngest daughter)  to see the team practice. Due to the length of the lockout, the Ravens organization had to make the decision a few days ago to move training camp to Owings Mills where the team’s facility is located. This was not what the team wanted, but had been left with no choice. This will be a big disappointment for the fans that were graciously welcomed to this training camp. Also, the small community of Westminster has relied on the income boost for the last 12 years.  Hopefully, all will resume as usual at the beginning of the 2012 season.

My daughters and their dolls celebrate the end of the lockout!!!

Paige is the Steelers’ fan and Brooke is a Ravens’ Fan

They had them playing on a green towel. It looked more like WWF

In Paige’s words, “This is classic.”

So, let’s just take a look at the next few weeks. Who will get signed, who will get cut, who will be on our Fantasy Football team,  and will Brett Farve be in Philadelphia? It doesn’t get any better than that saga. We can move forward, clean all team attire and paraphernalia (most importantly your beer pong table and corn hole), check vacation/personal days for Super Bowl Monday, and get your game day recipes together. My game day recipe is a tribute to the people in Westminster, Maryland home of the Ravens training camp. While finishing my masters degree at McDaniel College, I tasted Old Bay wings for the first time. My friend and I would often stop after class for a bite and a beverage. The wings quickly became a one of my favorite’s. Old bay wings are very common in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area.  Give them a try!!

Old Bay Wings

 After Michael Robinson taped a show with me,

a group went to dinner at The White Rose in York, Pa.

Michael Loved the Old Bay wings.

This might be a new favorite of his.

Old Bay Wings

– 4 1/2 lbs chicken wings (this is a standard package)

– Old Bay Seasoning

– 1 stick of butter

– vegetable oil (or peanut)

– pre-heat oil to 375 degrees in large skillet or dutch oven

– rinse chicken

– cut off the tip of the chicken tip(discard) then cut chicken at the joint of the wing( I really suggest kitchen shears)

– trim remaining feathers and hairs

– put chicken into pre-heated oil (no seasoning or dredging) do not over crowd skillet

– fry chicken at 375 degrees for 2 minutes and reduce heat to 350 degrees for the remaining 10 minutes

– set oven to broiler

– melt stick of butter and add 1/4 cup old bay seasoning in large mixing bowl

– when chicken is fried, drain on a paper towel

– place chicken in bowl with old bay butter and toss with tongs

– place on baking sheet sprinkle each piece with old bay broil for 2 minutes

– flip wings at the 2 minute mark, sprinkle opposite side with old bay, and broil for two more minutes

– serve with ranch dressing, carrots, and celery

During a conversation about the show,

Brooke admits she’s a Ravens’ fan. It’s cute

Thanks for joining me and remember…………..Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game?