Anyway, I always use this occasion to test new recipes, recipes that I have found online but haven't made yet, and so I can actually conduct an experiment as to whether people like it or not. I ask them how they find the dish, and if plenty of people like it, then I would repeat it, but if not, then I would scrap it.
Also, the amount of leftovers is also suggestive of whether it is a hit or not.
So for this year, I made Polynesian Wings. Buffalo is known for the Buffalo Chicken Wing, which is this dish of deep-fried super hot chicken wings that is dipped in blue cheese sauce. I kinda like it, but is not a big fan of it. And I figured it would be presumptuous of me to make Buffalo wings, given that I am not an original Buffalonian. The following is the recipe I used.
* 3 pounds chicken wings
* 1 cup pineapple preserves
* 1/2 cup sherry
* 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
* 1/2 cup soy sauce
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Chop off the wing tips; discard them, or save them for making soup. Cut each wing into 2 pieces. Place the wings in a glass baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour this mixture over the wings. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and place them in a shallow pan (a jelly-roll pan is perfect). Pour 1 cup marinade liquid over. Bake for 1 hour.
I got the recipe here, and it actually turned out well. I'll probably modify the recipe to my taste, as I don't like the chicken part per se, but I don't mind using other chicken parts for it, or even vegetables maybe.