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Super Bowl Party Soiree Recipe: Spicy Plum Wings by @Chewsylovers

Super Bowl Party Soiree Recipe: Spicy Plum Wings

Wells Fargo Pitch Contest 2.0 Finalist and foodie lover, Mandi Buckner is here today to share a delicious recipe for your upcoming Super Bowl soiree. Doesn’t that picture make you drool?! Pass the blu cheese and a cold stout my way!  ~Jazzy 



I LOVE a good party and I LOVE football! So if you’re like me, you’re probably looking forward to this Sunday whether your team is playing or not. I’m just hype thinking about all of the amazing food I will be eating! It’s not a party if the food isn’t on point. Don’t get me wrong: the game, the commercials, the people, are all part of the Super Bowl experience, but your menu has to be on it! It doesn’t have to be fancy; just fabulous!

You need a plan. You want to give guests a nice variety, but at the same time not overwhelm yourself with preparation. Here are five must have foods on your menu for game day:

  1. Chips and Dip – Dips and spreads can always be made a day ahead. I personally think they are better the next day anyway. Guacamole, Queso, and Spinach and Artichoke are some of my favorites to serve at a game day party. They are fairly inexpensive to make and serve.
  2. Chicken Wings – You have to have wings! It’s in the silent, unofficial, Super Bowl Menu code of ethics! As a general rule, I usually serve a mild or medium traditional buffalo wing, then something that pushes boundaries a bit that people may want to try. You can get my fabulous wild card wing pick below. The most popular wings to serve a traditional Buffalo and Lemon Pepper, but the beauty of chicken wings is you can do what you want. I’ve have Old Bay wings, Chili Garilc Wings, even Sweet Tea Wings. Wings know no boundaries!
  3. Sliders – These are always great to have and like wings, you can get as creative as you want. Just picture your favorite sandwich in a miniature bite. Pick up some rolls from the deli and and your fillings and BOOM you’re ready to go! The key to pulling these off, especially if you’re having a big party is preparation. If they are cold, like deli sandwiches, assemble them the day before, put them on a serving platter and wrap tightly plastic wrap in the refrigerator for the next day. If you’re serving hot ones, cook the fillings the day before and store in an airtight container and just warm them up and assemble the sandwiches the next day.
  4. Chili/Soup/Stew – Unless you are watching from Miami, it will probably be cold where you are for the Super Bowl. This is a nice way to stretch your budget, warm your guests, and fill them up. Chili and Gumbo are two of my favorites to serve at a Super Bowl Party.
  5. Potato Skins – What’s a party without potato skins?? A boring party, that’s what. I say put out a bunch of plain skins and let your guests decide how to fill them. Dips, chilis, shredded, cheese, bacon, sour cream, sauteed veggies like peppers, mushrooms, and onions, are all great toppings for potato skins.

** Don’t forget drinks and something sweet!


Spicy Plum Party Wings

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Serves: 6 Servings

Plum sauce gives this sweet and spicy wing a nice tang! It’s a great wing for game day or as a party appetizer!


  • 4lb Chicken Wings (Drumette Sections)
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1c. Plum Sauce
  • 1/3c. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1tsp. Fresh Ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2tsp. Sriracha Hot Sauce or Hot Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1/4c. Soy Sauce
  • 2Tbsp. Honey
  • Scallions, for garnish
  • Sesame Seeds, for garnish


  1. (Fry) Heat oil in heavy skillet or deep fryer to medium heat. Fry wings until golden, and crispy, about six minutes on each side depending on the size of the wings. Drain excess oil on paper towels and toss in sauce until coated well.
  2. (Bake)Preheat oven to 400. Toss wings in one tablespoon of vegetable oil and place wings on a wire rack on a sheet pan. Cook for about 40 minutes, until crispy.
  3. Toss in Spicy Plum Sauce and serve!
  4. (Sauce)In a glass bowl, mix plum sauce, vinegar, ginger, sriracha, soy sauce, and honey until combined well. Toss prepared wings in sauce, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

 That made me hungry and I’m ready to party! So tell me Blogalicious family, what’s on your Super Bowl menu?


buckaroo Buckaroo and Mandi met in culinary school and began as business partners, and are now partners in life and love. They share their love for food and each other at 

Major Blogalicious Announcement: Strategic Partnership with TapInfluence!

TapInfluence and Blogalicious Partner to Add African-American, Latino, and Asian-American Influencers To Influencer Marketing Platform

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — TapInfluence (, the leading influencer marketing platform serving consumer brands and agencies, announced today its partnership with Blogalicious, a national network of multi-cultural online influencers ( The partnership adds Latino, African-American, and Asian-American content creators on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and other social platforms, to the TapInfluence influencer marketplace.

Marketers for the Consumer Packaged Goods industry are turning to online influencers, who have more sway with consumers, to help reach a culturally diverse audience. Influencers have a distinct advantage that brands do not, including large communities of followers, trust from consumers, authentic personal experience, and expertise on a variety of social networks. Social content influencers are effective at starting, sharing and spreading conversations online, which is incredibly valuable to consumer brands. They create a variety of sponsored content like blog posts, videos, custom recipes, expert advice, and authentic product recommendations. They also help brands create buzz for events, product launches, and social media campaigns.

“TapInfluence is committed to building strong emotional connections through social media,” said Stacey Ferguson, co-founder of Blogalicious. “The multi-cultural blog and social influencer space is growing rapidly and we are excited to join forces. Having our influencers as part of the TapInfluence marketplace is win-win for everyone. With this new partnership, brands gain access to ethnically diverse, professional digital creators to help them scale content creation and distribution and in turn, influencers earn income for their work.”

The Blogalicious influencer network includes more than 700 women, millennials, parents and boomers who specialize in creating digital social content in a variety of categories such as lifestyle, parenting, fashion, and travel. Consumer brands can now instantly search, connect, and collaborate with these market influencers to help scale content reach and distribution to niche ethnic audiences.

“This partnership was formed to serve the growing need by brand marketers for a more authentic way to connect with an increasingly diverse, yet under-served, audience,” said Holly Hamann, co-founder and CMO of TapInfluence. “Multi-cultural marketing is more than just translating copy into another language. It can be a challenge for brands to truly connect with diverse demographics because of language barriers or cultural nuances. Partnering with trusted influencers who represent those demographics helps marketers share their message in a meaningful way.”

TapInfluence gives marketers access to social content influencers to create and share interesting or valuable information with the niche audiences that follow them. They might be bloggers with large readerships, or socially savvy consumers with loyal followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine or Pinterest. Influencers typically focus on a particular area like food, parenting, fitness, fashion, entertainment or technology. Brands work with online influencers to generate authentic conversations that are aligned with the brand’s messaging. These conversations consist of original content, which is then amplified by their readers who share on social media, leading to increased brand engagement and meaningful conversations that are useful for consumers.

Consumer brands powering multi-cultural influencer marketing programs via the TapInfluence marketplace include: Sears, Mary Kay, Walgreens, and Capital Records/Mary J Blige (in partnership with One2One Network).

Interested in joining the #bLinkbiz network? Click HERE to sign up!

About Blogalicious Blogalicious, founded in 2009, is the premier multi-cultural digital media community celebrating diversity in social media. By offering marketing, educational, networking and social opportunities geared towards women of all backgrounds, Blogalicious serves to uplift and advance its community of over 2,000 members in their digital endeavors, and connect them with lifestyle consumer brands. Under the Blogalicious umbrella are several unique efforts, all dedicated to fostering diversity – both of ethnicity and thought – in social media, including the bLink Marketing Network; the #BeUplifted and #ShopTalk social media chat series; and the Blogalicious Weekend Conference, which generates upwards of 100M media impressions yearly. Blogalicious is curated by Stacey Ferguson, a social media visionary, community leader, media personality and attorney. Learn more at

About TapInfluence TapInfluence ( provides the industry’s only marketing software that automates the creation, management and measurement of online influencer marketing programs. Marketers use TapInfluence to identify and partners with digital influencers to help scale the creation and distribution of social content. Social influencers with key audiences on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Vine leverage the power of TapInfluence to connect with relevant brands and generate revenue from their content. The platform provides brands and marketers with the ability to analyze content and demonstrate ROI. TapInfluence customers include Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Burt’s Bees, Seventh Generation, Kraft, RedBox, and others. Founded in 2009 and located in Boulder, Colo., TapInfluence is venture-funded and privately held. Connect with the company @TapInfluence and


Blogalicious Weekly Round Up :: Edition 1

Our First Blogalicious Weekly Round Up




Welcome to our first Blogalicious Weekly Round Up! This new series will feature news, events, content and media that caught our eye each week, inside and outside of our community. The goal is to keep you in the know of what’s happening and what’s to come. Plus, we like the idea of being that much more well-rounded and diverse. We hope that you enjoy this feature and share these posts with your friends. Here goes nothing!


After the Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s expulsion of several of their members who participated in VH1’s short lived reality show, Sorority Sisters, branding expert, Trezanay Atkins shares why it is essential for companies to be fiercely protective of their brand and trademark material in #SnatchingLetters: A Lesson In Reputation And Image.


Parenting blogger, Thien-Kim Lam shares a moment with a random stranger that left her speechless and in awe in The Real Reason a Stranger Was Staring At Our Interracial Family.


You think you’re doing something tackling that ridiculously long to-do list while juggling other day to day tasks? Chances are… hardly. Recovering overachiever, Carlin Daharsh,  talks briefly in this TedX Youth talk about Why Busy Isn’t Impressive.


Justice Fergie waxes nostalgic and reminisces about her time spent in law school at a prominent HBCU as part of a commissioned series for Wells Fargo’s #MyUntold program in The Special Privilege of Attending An HBCU.


See you next week!

Girls Night Out :: #WithThisRing on 1/24/15

Girl’s Night Out: #WithThisRing on 1/24/15




We cannot wait for Saturday! It simply cannot come soon enough. Our Blogalicious community member: Denene Millner of MyBrownBaby  and her co-authors will be realizing their dream when their book-turned-movie airs live on Lifetime network for the With This Ring premiere.  Haven’t gotten a chance to read the book? Here’s the premise…  

#WithThisRing Premise:

After attending their friend Elise’s (Brooklyn Sudano) wedding to Nate (Stephen Bishop) on New Year’s Eve, Trista (Regina Hall), a career-driven talent agent, Viviane (Jill Scott), a successful gossip columnist, and Amaya (Eve Jeffers Cooper), a struggling actress, make a pact to get married within the year to either a new love or a man waiting in the wings. But the close friends face their own set of challenges –Trista has not gotten over her commitment-phobic ex-boyfriend Damon (BrianWhite), Viviane is secretly in love with Sean (Jason George), the father of her son, and Amaya is desperate to break up her boyfriend Keith’s (Deion Sanders) unhappy marriage so they can live happily ever after. Each woman starts the year with high hopes and dreams of what will happen over the next 12 months… but will they all make it to the altar?

Married within  a year?! That is… ambitious! It will be exciting to see how this story unfolds. Since this is thee ultimate chick flick, that means we leave our husbands/boyfriends to their man cave and call the girls over for a night in of cocktails, laughter and movie watching. Let’s set the scene…

Tunes : Follow Denene Millner on Spotify and download her #WithThisRing Watch Party playlist.

Libations: Designate one of your girls to be the evening’s bartender and whip up one or both of these featured cocktails.

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Nibbles: Whip up this Chocolate Cola Cake that is sure to be a winner with your group.

Social: Make sure you are following the authors, cast and producers while watching.

@mybrownbaby, @angelacocoafab , @mitzimoments, @LifetimeTV, @TheRealEve, @MoreReginaHall, @MissJillScott, @JasonWGeorge, @stephencbishop, @zingbling, @traceyeedmonds and @itsgabrielleu.

Let’s make #WithThisRing trend!


About the Ladies:

New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner, editor of, Angela Burt-Murray, former editor of ESSENCE magazine and founder of, and EBONY magazine editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller penned “The Vow,” the book on which With This Ring is based. Written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters), With This Ring is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers are Tracey E. Edmonds (Jumping the Broom) through her Edmonds Entertainment Group, Gabrielle Union (Top Five, Being Mary Jane) in her first executive producing role.



#TeamBlogalicious is Hiring!

#TeamBlogalicious is Hiring!

Wow! Can you believe it? We’re going into our 7th year as BeBlogalicious. We had NO IDEA that the little idea for a one-time social media conference for multicultural influencers would manifest into the media company that we are now! We are grateful to our community of supporters and we have a teeny tiny problem…




Blogalicious is GROWING!! (and hiring)

#TeamBlogalicious is bursting at the seams! Our small group is extremely passionate about the brand and we work hard behind the scenes to give you GREAT content and put out stellar events. A few of us wear multiple hats and we are maxed out! That’s where YOU come in. We need to expand our team! We’re hiring a part-time intern that can contribute their digital talents. Are YOU that person? Read below and if the description fits: submit your resume to us by Monday, February 2nd!


Now Hiring: Digital Media and Events Intern

The Digital Media and Events Intern will support Blogalicious’ efforts on the web and in multimedia. They will assist with tasks related to the content on and social sharing of the website along with maintaining the Blogalicious brand across other platforms on the web. They will also assist with blog campaigns, newsletter editorial needs, client projects, and event production.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Work with publisher to update website and newsletter content regularly
  • Contribute ideas to new features and designs
  • Help implement branding and content into social media
  • Assist in planning events
  • Support consulting client projects as needed


Candidates should be proficient with WordPress, MailChimp, Google products, as well as social tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Familiarity with photo editing and video editing is a plus.  Excellent writing and editing skills required.  Experience with social media, blogs and web content development is a must.

Candidates MUST be extremely responsive and reliable as well as highly capable with large volumes of email.

A modest monthly stipend is available for your talents!   


Think you’re a good fit? Send us your resume and a few writing samples for consideration as well as your social media profiles.

*Edited: January 13th: Must LOVE gifs!* 

Application deadline: COB February 2, 2015.

G’ luck!

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