Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
As I've mentioned a few hundred times recently, I've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Luckily for me my girlfriend Susan is determined not to let it ruin how I eat. She's even figured out how to make one of my favorite foods, chicken wings, so that i'm allowed to eat them and still taste GREAT. I've had some requests from people that want to know how to do it, so here she is with her recipe...
HI everyone, this is Billy's Susan here. He told me he had some requests on twitter (@RadioBillyD) for the Diabetic friendly Chicken Wings I made him. You asked for it and here it is!
First, the back story --- as many of you know Billy got Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes recently. I'm the chef in the family so I've been learning how to make his favorite foods Diabetic friendly. I want him to be happy AND healthy .... and the two aren't mutually exclusive!
BUT.....chicken wings? YIKES!
So, I did some research and came up with this recipe (a combo of various other recipes and some of my own ideas).
2 -3 pounds chicken wings. Take the skin off....this takes time. I got 10 pounds of wings and it took about 3 hours to get the skin OFF. I wanted to see if I could do it and it's possible but takes time. If you do this, run cold water between the skin and the meat to free up the membrane that separates the two and just your fingers, poultry scissors and/or a small sharp knife to get the skin off.
You can ALSO use boneless chicken breasts but I like the "look" of wings looking like WINGS. I wanted to make sure Billy can still feel like his seeing and tasting the foods he loves :)Preheat oven to 450.In a small bowl mix:1 tsp each: oregano, rosemary, sea salt1/2 tsp cumin.Sprinkle on wings and then arrange on a cookie sheet (lightly sprayed with olive oil).Bake about 30 minutes, turning over once. Then broil to get a bit of crisp on the outer skin.HOT WINGS SAUCE:Dilute Frank's hot sauce with defatted chicken stock (I make homemade but you can buy it also). Dilute to taste. I use 1/2 stock to 1/2 Frank's. There's no butter in this sauce so it's not quite like the other and I'm going to experiment with using corn starch to thicken.I took the 1/4 of the wings out of the oven and stirred them in a bowl with the Hot Sauce - then put them in a foil "boat" and put them back in the oven under the broiler.GARLIC PARMESAN (Billy's favorite).I used the remaining 3/4 of the wings for this.Mix in bowl:2 tbsp olive oil2 fresh garlic cloves, minced.about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp each of paprika and cayenne2 tbsp. fresh basil, cut in strips1/2 cup Parmesan, shreddedENJOY! Thanks for following Billy on twitter and let us know how you like the recipe :)Susan