In the Limelight – The Phan Family

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Introducing the Phan Family!!

phan-familyJoe recently attended our Owners Dish event (held in September) and brought his famous Wing ZZZingers as his featured dish. After you read about him and his family, you can try out his wings for yourself as he graciously shared the recipe… which was “Owner Approved” at the event.J


Tell us a little about yourself

I (Joe Phan) was born in Fayetteville, and have lived in NC all of my life. I settled in Raleigh after going to NC State for my degree in education. My wife Marissa is from Canada and settled here with me. My daughter Mia was born in Cary. We all live in south Raleigh.

Why did you become an Owner of The Community Market?

We have always tried to shop for local foods and goods when we can, and we also try to buy organic food. When we heard about The Community Market, it appealed to us because its mission was in line with what we believe in.

What are you MOST looking forward to when the market opens?

      We look forward to seeing all the wonderful goods that are available right in our own area available conveniently in our neighborhood market.

What is your favorite kind of pie?

      My favorite pie is apple pie, Marissa’s favorite is chocolate chess pie, and Mia’s is banana cream pie.

Anything else you’d like to share about yourself or about being part of the co-op?

      We are excited to see how The Community Market has grown in members and are excited to own “a piece of the pie” and can’t wait until it opens.



Joe’s Wing ZZZingers by Joseph Phan, September 2014


7 lbs. of Chicken wings


  • 1 ½ cups hot sauce (ie. Texas Pete, Red Hot)
  • ½ cup of maple syrup (dark amber preferred)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Stick of unsalted butter


  • Dry Rub:
    • 1/4 cup black pepper
    • 1/2 cup Italian seasoning
    • 1/4 cup chili powder
    • 1/4 cup paprika
    • 1/4 cup dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup garlic, minced

Accompaniments (Optional):

  • Celery
  • Blue Cheese dressing
  • Ranch dressing


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

The above should be enough for 7 pounds of wings. Place wings in a large pot and cover with water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and mix. Let the wings soak in the brine for 20 minutes.

Prepare the dry rub by combining the ingredients. Prepare the sauce by combining the ingredients and warming on the stove until all the sugar dissolves. Mince the garlic.

Rinse and drain the chicken wings. Add about 5 heaping tablespoons of the dry rub and the ¼ cup of minced garlic to the chicken and mix until generously coated. You will lose some in the cooking, so don’t skimp on the dry rub!

Line the bottom of a broiler pan with aluminum foil and place broiler grate on top. Arrange the wings on the broiler grate to fit. This is a large batch of wings, so I use 2 broiler pans at the same time in the oven. If you don’t have 2 broiler pans, you will have to repeat the oven cooking twice.

Bake wings for 10 minutes and turn over. Bake for another 10 minutes. Baste all chicken wings with sauce and let bake for another 5 minutes. Repeat the basting and 5 minute baking process 2 more times. After you have 3 coats on one side, flip all the wings over and baste the sauce on this side. Repeat the basting and 5 minute baking process 2 more times.

Wings will be done after a total of 45-55 minute bake time. Check a wing or two and see if it’s cooked completely. Take wings out of the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes. You can serve them with celery and dressings of your choice or however you like.



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