|My childhood best friend Halley and I|
So many of those memories include her dad Tom. I spent a lot of weekends at his house with Halley. I always thought he was the "cool" dad who let us eat junk food, brought us on trips to Boston, talked to us about music, brought us to a concert or two. I think I always liked him because he talked to us like friends or equals. He wasn't the kind of parent that was always harping at us and I think he genuinely enjoyed the company if his kids and their friends.
When Halley called me on Tuesday afternoon to tell me her dad died. I was heart broken for her, for her sister Kelly and for him.
When I found out what the cause of death was it hit me kind of hard. He died of a brain aneurysm. When I was 16 my dad suffered from a brain aneurysm. For a bit there, we all thought he was gone. Luckily for him and for us they were able to preform a brain surgery to clamp the bleeding. My dad is one of the few lucky ones. Though he did not walk away completely "normal" afterwards. He will be disabled the rest of his life but at least he is here with us still.
|Halley, Me and our friend Chantal at Six Flags on my 16th Birthday... Tom took the picture.|
Because I love food so much a lot of my memories revolve around them. I connect food to almost every person in my life and every event. I turned to the foods that remind me of Halley's dad. When were kids he always made BBQ Chicken and Pasta Salad. To this day... two of my favorite foods and I always always think of Tom when I'm making it.
|Halley and Tom at Halley's wedding in 2012|
For my pasta salad recipe inspired by Tom you can check out this later post for Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad. His was very similar to this, he used a bottle of Italian dressing, some oil and vinegar, broccoli, tri colored pasta. I added some more "kitchen sink" items to this salad. But you get the idea....
Because I did not know what kind of sauce Tom used for his chicken I decided to make my own.... I'm sure he'd be down with my changes... there's beer in there. I know he'd give me a high five for that ;)
Oven Baked Sriracha and Beer BBQ Chicken Wings
Chicken recipe is inspired by Tom Byers BBQ Chicken, recipe for the sauce from The Beeroness
1.5-2 lbs chicken wings
1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (recipe for Stout and Sriracha BBQ sauce)
Preheat oven to 350.
Place chicken in one layer on 1-2 baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned.
Remove from oven. Increase temp to 400
Brush each wing liberally with sauce, pour any remaining over the top of the wings. Return to oven for 15 minutes.