Asian

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Appetizers

tamale feature

Authentic Homemade Tamales

So, these Authentic Homemade Tamales are the real deal.   They take some time, but that’s part of what…

Mexican meatballs

Albondigas – Mexican Meatballs

The Loon and I really love meatballs, of course.   But have you tried Albondigas, which translated, means Mexican…

Summer stuffed tomatoes

Stuffed Summer Tomatoes

Nothing is better than fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market in the summer time.   These literally explode with…

deviled eggs Feature

The Best-Ever Deviled Eggs

I know it’s annoying when people claim to have the ‘best ever’ of anything…but as far as the Loon…

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Okay….so, from time to time, I get feedback (I guess you could call it H2FeedBack)…that many of my dishes…

Garlic and Parmesan Fries

Garlic Parmesan Steakhouse Fries

Garlic Parmesan steakhouse fries are amazing.  Give them a rough cut, mix with some olive oil, parm cheese, pressed…

Party Spanish Meatballs

Party Spanish Meatballs

I spend countless hours scouring cookbooks, magazines, my mom’s recipe files, and the internet for inspiring new dishes that…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

Authentic New Orleans Beignets

Classic New Orleans Beignets

Nothing conjures the tastes of New Orleans much more than these French Quarter gems. Let the dough rise overnight…and…

Grandma's Kolaches

Grandma’s Homemade Kolaches

Well, last week I posted about my Grandma Longwell’s amazing homemade cinnamon rolls.  As I said then, whenever we’d…

Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls

Okay…there is a bit of story with these incredible rolls of joy.   Growing up…we would go visit my Grandma…

homemade country white bread

Homemade Country White Bread

A perfect bread to try when you are starting your journey into baking.   Mmmm….this is so good good…

banana nut bread

Banana Nut Bread

Banana nut bread is one of the Loon’s favorite treats on the morning of Thanksgiving.  The banana nut bread…

Comfort At Its Best

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread is about as comforting a food as you’ll find.  I have such vivid memories of my…

Classic Chicken Marsala

Classic Chicken Marsala

Classic Chicken Marsala is such a staple at your favorite Italian-American restaurant, and for good reason…it’s amazingly delicious!  This…

Gourmet Sliders (World's Best)

World’s Best Gourmet Sliders

These World’s Best Gourmet Sliders are beyond description.  Well, maybe not beyond description…but trust us…they are EXTREMELY delicious! Get ready….

Delectable Desserts

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Entrees

Spanish Braised Chicken

Spanish Braised Chicken

Spanish Braised Chicken is really an amazing stew, in fact, it’s  stewpendous!!   We just love the combination of…

Thai Green Curry Chicken

Thai Green Curry Chicken

The Loon and I absolutely love Thai cuisine, and this is one of our favorite dishes.  Of course, Thai…

Fantastic Chicken Florentine

Fantastic Chicken Florentine

We just love sauteed spinach, tender chicken, and top-notch Parmesan cheese.  Throw in shallots, garlic, chicken stock and some…

Perfect Pork Loin Roast

Perfect Pork Loin Roast

The brine for this Perfect Pork Loin Roast ensure this to be super moist and bursting with flavor.  I…

Southern Style Crab Cakes

Southern Style Crab Cakes

There are crab cakes, and then there are these Southern Style Crab Cakes.   This recipe comes from Donald…

Wonderful roasted whole chicken

Wonderful Roasted Whole Chicken

This wonderful roasted whole chicken is so easy, and so amazing.  Perfect for the holidays.  This is a recipe…

Italian

Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala

This can be made with chicken or veal.  Tenderize the meat between two sturdy freezer bags until thin scaloppini…

Med pizza 2

Mediterranean Pizza

Oh boy…okay…the Loon and I were going out to have dinner tonight, because its a beaufiful night here near…

Kitchen Essentials

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perfect Popcorn

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

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Savory Soups

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Scrumptious Sides

Bodacious Borracho beans

Bodacious Borracho Beans

Both the Loon and I really love these Borracho Beans.  Technically, Borracho means drunken beans…so, it’s like having a…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Beautiful Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Do you like Brussels sprouts? No?  Okay…try these.  They are like popping little bullets of flavor into your mouth….

This restaurant-quality Caesar salad is amazing

Restaurant-Quality Caesar Salad

Yep.  This is good.  Really, really good.   We love this Restaurant-Quality Caesar Salad.   Using homemade Caesar Salad…

Featured dressing

Mom’s Thanksgiving Dressing

My mom, Maudell, makes my favorite Thanksgiving dressing.   I know everyone is partial to their own version, or…

Potato Au Gratin

Classic Potatoes Au Gratin

Classic Potatoes Au Gratin…who doesn’t love ’em?  This dish is perfection and is especially good for those wonderful holiday…

Seafood

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Southern

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TexMex

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Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

You can’t find a much more comforting soup than Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.  Oh, you probably could…but this one…

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie

Brace yourself…this recipe for Amazing Chicken Pot Pie is almost too good to mention.  But I will.  This is…

Szechaun Dumplings with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Pork Dumplings with Peanut Sauce

These Pork Dumplings with Peanut Sauce are absolutely delicious.  They are filled with a flavorful pork mixture. For the…

Porcini Risotto

Porcini Risotto

Risotto is such a classic Italian dish and it is without doubt a favorite for Wesley and me.  And…

Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is inspired from my mom, Maudell Longwell.  It really is the classic “make ’em…

Homemade Italian Meatballs

Homemade Italian Meatballs

Homemade Italian Meatballs are about as good of a comfort food as you will find.  We love them, of…

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller are one of those dishes that people look at and say “Wow!”…then they try one, and really…

Cool Cucumber & Dill Salad

Cool Cucumber & Dill Salad

This Cool Cucumber & Dill Salad is so refreshing and has some of our most favorite flavors.  The fresh…