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July 15, 2014

Gary Church: Despite my appearance, I’m the ultimate wingman

NEW CASTLE — There's no doubt that as a child, I was way ahead of my time.

When Mom made fried chicken, I would always ask, "I want the two legs sticking up."

Even as a child, I liked chicken wings. I just didn't know what they were called.

Now, here I am 65 years later, surrounded by restaurants that serve wings.

I'm sort of a mild flavored wing sort of a guy, or the garlic parmesan.

What's nice is, after 40 years of marriage, my wife has finally learned to make the two legs sticking up, just like my mother did.

Just soak the wings in buttermilk, roll them in flour, and fry away in Crisco.

She also has conquered the chicken milk gravy that goes with it.

Pizza was never mentioned in our little white house on Bluff Street. I don't think my Irish neighbors ate it either.

When I was in ninth grade, the kids wanted to have a pizza party.

I had no idea what pizza was.

It was not until I started dating a girl who lived close to Augustine's Pizza on Lutton Street that I found out I liked it.

Now I go to pizza and wings night at local restaurants — if they don't lock the door first — when they see me coming.

It's amazing, but the things I hated to eat as a child I still dislike.

Coconut, sauerkraut, potato salad, salmon patties, peas, celery, and most other bad tasting vegetables have never passed my voluptuous lips.

I lived on hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken wings as a child, and that hasn't changed much.

Could it be that is the reason why I'm so fat and have high cholesterol?

Probably not.




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