Marsala Chicken Wings ~ Saucepans and the Single Girl

Once again, it is that magical time of year, when Sister Madly hosts her annual Dumb Supper. The current guest list reads as follows:

  • Leonard Cohen
  • Vincent Price
  • Starfish
  • David Bowie

In the past, Sister Madly had difficulties when it came to her guests- in particular, how to go about inviting them. Tracking down the Dearly-Departed is trickier than one might think, and Sister Madly has been unsuccessful in the past.*

* She assumes she was unsuccessful, but it was a Dumb Supper- her guests might have just been silent the entire time.

However, she hoped to change all that with the help of this handy guide:

“From midnight supper for two, to ‘deadly little dinners’ and smashing soirees for the gang…”

By ‘deadly little dinners,’ one must assume the authors had hosted a Dumb Supper or two during their bachelorette days. Thus it was necessary to follow the recipes verbatim- or as verbatim as possible.


  • Surly Steak
  • Cheaters Garlic Bread
  • Wild Rice
  • Sculptor’s Salad with Sour Cream
  • Layer Cake


~ “Buy a good piece of meat from your twinkly-eyed butcher and treat it with tender loving care.”

Already, Sister Madly was off to a bad start: the twinkle had gone out of the butcher’s eye a long time ago. He did have a tooth that caught the light rather fetchingly, but the book said nothing about his teeth.*

* Unfortunately, her Dumb Supper was served without the Surly Steak, as she was unable to find a twinkly-eyed butcher in her hometown.


~ “You’re really missing something if you don’t know how to make garlic bread.”

Now, there may be some truth to this: Sister Madly does not know how to make garlic bread, and her favorite rock has been missing since childhood. There is no denying the correlation here; she must master the art of garlic bread, or be rock-less for life.

~ “Buy a good packaged garlic spread at the market. Follow the directions on the jar. Magnifique!”

Just as her market did not have a twinkly-eyed butcher, they did not have garlic spread. They did, however, have ready-to-bake garlic bread, so Sister Madly scraped off the garlic spread, then spread it back on the bread- which, admittedly, was not very magnifique. Also, she burnt the bread, so… no garlic bread either.


~ “Open a can, drain off excess juice, and toss with lots of butter.

Clearly this is why Sister Madly is single: she has been cooking her wild rice before consumption. And now she has a random can of corn from which the excess juice has been drained, and she’s not exactly sure what to do with it.

Also, please note the most excellent presentation.


~ “Tear up whatever greens you have on hand.”

Sister Madly does not keep leafy things on hand as she is not a rabbit. Her neighbors, however, seem to have some greenery, but they are currently smoking it and are disinclined to serve it up for her Dumb Supper.

So she settled on a serrano pepper, a green glow-stick, and some frozen chives… again, note the excellent presentation.

~ “Add sliced tomato, or what you will.”

Like the leafy things, Sister Madly does not have any tomatoes- as she is not a rabbit, neither is she a barbarian. So she added ‘what she willed’- which was old watch parts.

~ “Sprinkle generously with salt and cracked black pepper.”

As you can see, Sister Madly is the soul of generosity; and for a bit of exotic flair, she substituted Sichuan Peppercorn for black.

~ “When ready to serve, toss with sour cream.”

The salad had been tossed; Sister Madly just didn’t capture the moment.

That looks like something David Bowie would eat, doesn’t it?


~ “That towering, toothsome Layer Cake is magically made from a mix- but you get all the credit.”

As there are no instructions on how to bake said mix, Sister Madly must assume one is meant to eat the raw batter.

Truly, this is cookbook that understands the Single Girl.


  • 3-3½ lbs. chicken wings


  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 TBSP garlic, minced
  • Salt/pepper
  • Oil, as needed


  • 2 cups sweet marsala
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos/low sodium soy
  • 2-3 TBSP maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle, or to taste

Mix together marinade ingredients
Add chicken; shake/mix to coat
Cover; refrigerate for 30 min – 24hrs

Add glaze ingredients to pan; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until glaze thickens

Preheat oven to 400*
Place chicken on greased baking rack in tray
Bake 30 min
Remove from oven, brush chicken with glaze
Return to oven; bake 10-15 min, or until cooked through
Brush with remaining glaze straight from oven

13 responses

  1. I am loving it 😋

    Liked by 1 person

    November 7, 2019 at 8:11 AM

  2. Particularly impressed with the old watch parts. It demonstrates considerable forethought, in case your guests ask for seconds. That level of preparedness reveals your true calibre as a host.
    I wouldn’t trust the recipes from that book, as clearly they can’t count to two. It’s quite hard to tell from the photo if there is more than one saucepan depicted, but there are definitely two girls… and a kettle.
    Can’t help you with the instructions for cake mix, as I have never achieved such sophistication, always having to rely on low tech, outdated methods involving eggs and butter. I wholeheartedly endorse eating the batter raw – far and away the best method. Really, as far away as possible. Do it in the seclusion of your favourite hidey hole, before any guests arrive, so as to avoid any unnecessary requests to share. It’s amazing how many people are offended by a refusal.
    As for those chicken things, I guess you have to multiply the recipe by the number of guests?

    Liked by 1 person

    November 8, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    • Not trust the recipes? But they lay out an entire menu in case I should ever entertain “A Man in the Gray Flannel Lederhosen” which, admittedly, is oddly specific- but one never can tell just who will show up at the door on a Friday evening.

      No need to multiply the wings; they are not meant for sharing.


      November 9, 2019 at 1:35 PM

  3. “Saucepans and the Single Girl” sounds like a good title for a movie, Madly. The Marsala sounds good too! 🍳 🍗 …or just a good strong drink 🍸😋

    Liked by 1 person

    November 12, 2019 at 6:26 AM

  4. locksley2010

    How old is the book?

    And if Bowie didn’t enjoy that, then he’s just being picky!

    Liked by 1 person

    November 22, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    • The book is from 1965- clearly a tome of ancient wisdom. It even recommends what music to play when entertaining a suitor. How kind.

      Mr. Bowie did not say whether or not he enjoyed the salad, but being a Dumb Supper, I suppose that is to be expected.

      I guess it all depends on if he returns next year.

      Liked by 1 person

      November 22, 2019 at 1:50 PM

      • locksley2010

        At least it’s not from the 1970s where fondue sets were a thing
        …. and porn moustaches.

        Liked by 1 person

        November 23, 2019 at 5:07 AM

  5. locksley2010

    Actually, that makes sense! 🤔

    If only I knew that before….. Ah, never mind.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 23, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    • If you have been chosen to bring about the apocalypse, then embrace it, my friend… just make sure the fondue is a delicious one.

      Also, I’d love to see a pic of that stache (despite any nightmares it may induce…)

      Liked by 1 person

      November 23, 2019 at 8:49 PM

  6. locksley2010


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    November 23, 2019 at 11:04 PM

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