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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Episode 30: A Journey into Madness, Chicken Wings, and White Wine

Ep. 30: A Journey into Madness, Chicken Wings, and White Wine
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Duration 58:34 m

Chris is having an E3 baby – no really, he is, and so we celebrate so loudly that the LAPD stops by and arrests Brian. That may, or may not have actually happened, but regardless, we try to avoid domestic disturbances and talk about Journey, Mass Effect 3, Silent Hill: Downpour, as well as Unit 13 and other wonderful titles. Chris tells you how to make some killer chicken wings. Rando gives his two cents about Riesling white wine types and makes dead sommeliers turn over in their graves and living ones wonder why this guy has a podcast.

Rando Evans, Matthew Netzley, Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan

Food Recipe: Chicken Wings

This is a really simple chicken wing recipe that Chris created by looking at various recipes and preparations found on the internet.  Broiling was a preferred method because it cuts down on the fat and clean up of frying.  Also, because you're creating the marinade and hot sauce from scratch, you can really customize it however you please.  For example, if you want hotter wings feel free to add more cayenne pepper, red chili flakes or any other hot spice to the mix.  Not one for hot wings?  Try substituting cayenne pepper with other herbs and spices like curry powder, grated parmesan, onion powder or even poultry spice mixes.  And don't be afraid to use fresh ingredients like roasted minced garlic, grated ginger or even orange zest!

Chicken Wing Recipe

Hot Sauce (Also used as the Marinade)
1/2 cup of vinegar
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Paprika
1 tablespoon of Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons of Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper, or to your taste

24 chicken wings

- Separate the wings from the drumettes, if they are still attached, by making a cut at the joint.
- In a large (big enough to hold all the wings and drumettes) combine all hot sauce ingredients and whisk together.
- Add chicken wings and drumettes and coat evenly, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Before you turn on the broiler, line the broiler pan with aluminum foil to catch any drippings.
- Remove wings from the fridge arrange on a broiler pan, broil for 10 mins. on each side until golden brown.
- Remove from the broiler pan and serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

- If wings are still under cooked after 10 mins. on each side, add an additional 5 mins. for each side.
- Try not to over crowd the broiler pan, give each wing and drumette enough room to cook all around
- If you prefer wet wings, make another batch of hot sauce and coat the already cooked wings with it before serving.
- If wings are browning too quickly, place broiler pan lower from the heat source.
- If hot sauce is too runny, reduce the amount of vinegar used by 1/4 of a cup.
- If your oven doesn't have a broiler, set your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and follow the cooking directions.

Preparing the Wings

Preparing the Marinade


The Finished Product!

Matt Working Hard for the Lautering Bytes Crew By Being Our Taste Tester

Looking for a moist towelette.

Presentation is Everything.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sneak Preview of Episode 30 of Lautering Bytes!

Hi Listeners and Fans!  The Lautering Bytes crew just finished recording Episode 30, so while Matt's working his magic to make Chris and Rando sound audible, here's a sneak preview of what's to come on the next episode of Lautering Bytes.  Thanks for listening!

Any fan of spicy food and competitive eating will immediately recognize what we have cooking up for our next food segment.

Christopher Nieto's 1up Page!

Hey listeners, when you're done listening to the wild antics that are Lautering Bytes, browse on over to Christopher Nieto's newly created 1up page!  There, you'll find his latest blog posts on new releases, current trends, food talk and even some behind the scenes with the Lautering Bytes crew.  Follow the link below delve into the mind of a man torn between good food, good games and not enough hands.  And once again, thanks for listening!

Christopher Nieto's 1up page

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Episode 29: Vita-Vega-Vegamin

Ep. 29: Vita-Vega-Vegamin
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Duration 58:34 m

This time we talk about the Vita, as it's been our life for the past few weeks, but we also go portable with our food chat and talk about the perfect picnic. We discuss Vita games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, and Dynasty Warriors, other titles like MGS 3D and Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and we also chat about the epic cutscene that is Asura's Wrath. Later, we go on a GameStop rant... but mostly talk about Mike (employee of the year). The LB crew is also excited to have on the show a special guest musician, Casey Lalonde, from the Indie Gala bundle. Matt gets a little crazy over the new Assassin's Creed reveal photos, and we hold him down in the bathtub and dump a bucket of ice on him.

Christopher Nieto, Matthew Netzley, Rando Evans, Brian Phan

Check Out Casey LaLonde

If you've had the chance to listen to Episode 29 of Lautering Bytes. You'd know that we had Casey LaLonde as our featured artist on this week's episode.

Take some time to check out some of Casey LaLonde's music at

Casey LaLonde is also featured in the The Indie Gala a special indie game and soundtrack bundle where you get to name your own price.

Check out the bundle for yourself and support Indie Developers and Artists.

You can follow Casey LaLonde on twitter @CaseyLaLonde and the Indie Gala @IndieGala

Food Recipe: Gravlax by Chris Nieto

Salmon fillets are cold-cured with salt, sugar, pepper, dill, and alcohol to make gravlax. It is imperative that the fish be absolutely as fresh as possible. No cooking required. Plan ahead. This will take about 3 days.


1 (3- to 4-pound) salmon, weighed after cleaning and beheading, skin on
3 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 good-size bunch dill, roughly chopped, stems and all
1 Tablespoon spirits: brandy, gin, aquavit, lemon vodka, etc.


Fillet the salmon or have the fishmonger (a dealer of fish for consumption) fillet it for you; the fish need not be scaled.

Lay both halves, skin side down, on a plate. Sprinkle with the salt, sugar, and pepper, spread the dill over them, and splash on the spirits. Sandwich the fillets together, tail to tail, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Cover the sandwich with another plate and something that weighs about a pound -- an unopened can of coffee or beans, for example. Refrigerate.

Open the package every 12 to 24 hours and baste, inside and out, with the accumulated juices. On the second or third day, when the flesh has lost its translucence, slice thinly as you would smoked salmon. Serve with cream cheese and crackers or toasted bread.

Food Recipe: Cucumber Tea Sandwich by Chris Nieto


  • 1 loaf of pullman bread, sliced thin (any white bread can be used)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin (skin is optional)
  • 1 cup of butter, softened (can substitute with cream cheese)
  • salt


Spread a thin layer of butter on 2 slices of bread.

Cover one side with cucumber slices, sprinkle with salt.
Place other slice over, trim off the crust and cut diagonal to make triangle shapes.

MLP: FIM is Loving It.

Matt and Brian may have gone to McDonald's recently just so they could get their hands on some My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Happy Meal Toys. Is it kind of sad that the toy is almost as big as the newer smaller portioned Happy Meal Fries? 

You can snag yourself a pony of your own by purchasing a Happy Meal this month or you could be a wuss and opt for a Transformers toy.