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Buffalo wings turn 50 years old

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According to Newsday, Buffalo wings turned 50 years old on March 6.

A Buffalo wing, also called Buffalo chicken wing, hot wing, or wing, in the cuisine of the United States, is a chicken wing section, wingette or drumette, that is generally deep-fried, unbreaded, and coated in vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter in the kitchen. Buffalo wings are traditionally served hot, along with celery sticks or carrot sticks with blue cheese dressing for dipping.

The Buffalo wing is popular at parties and as an appetizer at most restaurants. While the Buffalo wing is a favorite finger food, many people don't know the origin.

There are several accounts of how the Buffalo wing came about. However, one of the more prevalent claims is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, by Teressa Bellissimo who owned the bar, along with her husband Frank.

Th story is told that late one night their son, Dominic, with several of his friends came home from college unannounced. They were extremely hungry. Teressa needed a fast and easy snack to serve the students. She had to think fast, but she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings that she normally threw away or reserved for stock. To give them flavor, she tossed the chicken wings in cayenne hot sauce.

And the rest is history.

Happy Birthday, Buffalo wings!

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