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Cookbook Review of the Month - October 2008

This month's selection is It's a Wing Thing...Buffalo Style.  I was roaming around in our local Barnes and Nobles in the cookbook section of course when I happened upon a series of "local" cookbooks.  Being a New York City girl, I never neard of a Buffalo Chicken Wing until I moved to upstate New York.  My nephew Douglas had come to visit, and he wanted "Buffalo Wings", I was clueless... However, after living here in upstate New York for more than half my life, I have now become a Buffalo Wing maven.  I have been to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York several times as three of my sons have lived in Buffalo at one time or another. We upstaters are the experts on Chicken Wings, be like them, Buffalo Style, or Grilled, with hot sauce, garlic butter sauce, Honey mustard sauce, Honey garlic Sauce, Honey BBQ, BBQ sauce, Sweet and Sour Sauce, and just plain ole Buffalo Style Hot Sauce. You can't live in upstate New York and not be a Buffalo Wing fan.  And no, Westchester is not upstate New York.  Ironically, Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State.  It is home to mountains of snow, the Buffalo Bills, Tim Russert, Niagara Falls, and the Buffalo Chicken Wing.  A local cake decorator and cook Diane Notto Hamric took her love of the chicken wing and turned it into a cookbook with 120 chicken wing recipes collected from her family and friends, and self published it with the help of Morris Press.  This is a great cookbook when you are looking for fun recipes, and as it is now football season, I thought it would make a great addition to our cookbook reviews.  Having self published a cookbook myself, I know how hard it is to get your book out there.  I love the three ring binder style of cookbook as it makes it easy to add your own recipes to the back if desired.  You can purchase this book at some Barnes and Nobles and Borders but if you have any difficulty, you can go right to Diane's website and buy it there at



  • Introduction
  • Dedication
  • Starting the Day
  • Appetizers and Dips
  • Snacks and Sandwiches
  • Main Dishes
  • On the Side
  • Happy Endings
  • Index

This book is filled with so many fabulous recipes that are easy to make, and most importantly to me whenI review a cookbook, it's filled with recipes that are what the "real people" out there love to eat.  While I love to collect celebrity cookbooks, and other specialty cookbooks, I rarely cook from them.  In my household, they are not into she-she, foo-foo food, they want food that may not always look like a picture in a book, but it tastes delicious.  This book certainly fits that category.  From Chicken Wing Breakfast Burritos, Chicken Wing Breakfast Potatoes and Eggs, Chicken Wing Scrambled Egg Muffuns, Chicken Wing Cheese Balls, Chicken Wing Stuffed Peppers, Chicken Wing Wontons, Chicken Wing Stuffed Shells, Chciken Wing Antipasto, to some wonderful desserts (no wings here however, just some great happy ending recipes) White Chocolate Snowballs, you will definately find a recipe that you'll love to try.  Since it is football season, and although we have to root for the Eagles in the house (my husband is a Philly boy) you can be sure we will be serving several things from this book.  Who knew you could do some may things with a chicken wing??????


Sample Recipe from the book: Buffalo Wing Wonton Horn Wrappers

I choose this recipe because I love to work with wonton wrappers.  These sounded very interesting to me and I am trying them tomorrow for one of the Baseball Playoff Games...Go Phillies!

Buffalo Wing Wonton Horn Wrappers  




  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 4 Tablespoons Chicken Wing Sauce, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 1 cup Chicken Breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 egg, beaten


 Place wonton wrapper on a working surface with one corner facing you, roll into a cone.  Brush the seam with beaten egg to help seal. Place 1" foil ball in the opening.  Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or ubntil golden brown.  In a small bowl, combine the butter and 2 tablespoons of the chicken wing sauce.  Brush over the horns and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Remove the foil balls.  In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, remaining 2 tablespooons of the chicken wing sauce, and blue cheese dressing.  Add chicken and continue to blend well. Place mixture into a pastry bag with a larger size tip or into a heavy duty plastic bag, making a small cut in one of the corners.  Pipe into the horns.  Serve on a tray with carrots and celery.



Book Title:

It's A Wing Thing...Buffalo Style


Diane Notto Hamric

Category: Family Cookbooks
ISBN: 978-0-9793472-0-7

Morris Press Cookbooks

Publisher address:

PO Box 2110

Kearney Nebraska 68848

Website or e-mail of publisher:

Published: 2007
Edition: First
Description: Three Ring Binder
Illustrated: no


Price: $20.00
Reviewed by: Elise Feiner
  September 29 , 2008


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