Asian

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Appetizers

The garlic Parmesan chicken wings explode with flavor

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Our very good friend, Nafeesah, asked me a few weeks ago if I had a good recipe for Garlic Parmesan Wings.  I told her…

black pepper bacon and maple popcorn

Black Pepper Bacon and Maple Caramel Popcorn

Want to impress when you have guests over for New Years?  Or 4th of July?  How about Flag Day?  Well, this will do the…

polenta with sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions

Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Words can’t describe this one: Velvety Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions.  A perfect start to an amazing meal.  Or…the perfect lunch.  This…

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 (from HTFaLoon)…and you’ll be a…

popcorn with garlic, thyme and black pepper

Popcorn with Garlic, Thyme and Black Pepper

Popcorn with garlic, thyme and black pepper has an amazing, yet subtle flavor.  If you can, use a fabulous popcorn whirlypop that are available…

italian wings

Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Sauce

So, these Italian-style chicken wings are a slightly different take on your standard wings, but, boy, oh boy, are they good.  Both the Loon…

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Taste of Fall Ravioli: Butternut Squash Infused Pasta Stuffed With Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Goat Cheese and White Truffle Oil in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce

If there ever was a dish that you wanted to emulate Fall, as well impress your guests to the hilt…make this for them.  …

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

One of our favorite things about going to a great Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant is the salsa with warm tortilla chips.  Doesn’t get much…

Mexican Potato Skins

Mexican Potato Skins

Ooooh.  I love potato skins…and here they are with a Mexican twist… 6 to 7 russett potatoes Oil for frying (vegetable, peanut, or canola)…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

Shrimp Salad

Grilled Shrimp, Corn & Avocado Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Grilled Shrimp, Corn & Avocado Salad with Cilantro Dressing This is always a crowd favorite.  Really, really fresh…and just so dang delicious. INGREDIENTS: 1/2…

BLT

The Best BLT with Homemade Cole Slaw

This is summer at its best.  Be sure to get tomatoes and cabbage from your local farm! BLT: 1 lb sliced black pepper bacon…

Crab Benedict

Fresh Alaskan King Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

Using the freshest ingredients here transcends this dish to unbelievable heights!       Fresh Alaskan King Crab Cake Eggs Benedict   Print Ingredients…

Comfort At Its Best

Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts

Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts

Warning: These Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts are addictive.    They’re that good.  We just love apple cider, and mixed with cinnamon and then made…

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Weekend Food and Fun: Texas-Style!

Weekend Food and Fun: Texas-Style!! Here’s another edition of Weekend Food and Fun, and this week we got our inspiration for a Texas-themed weekend…

Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise (also spelled: Chicken Francese) is an absolute favorite of ours.  It’s similar to Chicken Picatta, but the real difference is that “the egg…

How to Make Perfect French Fries

How to Make Perfect French Fries

Want to learn how to make perfect French fries at home?  Well, look no further!  Watch Kris and Wesley show you a fool-proof method…

How to Make Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

How to Make Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

Want to make something really amazing for the Big Game, or party…or just anytime you’re ready to impress…then watch How to Make Ancho Chili…

Braised Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

These Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos are to die for.  I mean, you just can’t get much more delicious than this dish.  Talk about…

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Authentic Bibimbap

There is a reason Authentic Bibimbap (pronounced:  BEE – beem – bap) is one of the most popular dishes served in Korean restaurants all…

Delectable Desserts

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Entrees

Sausage, Potatoes and Roasted Red Peppers

Baked Sausage, Potatoes and Roasted Red Peppers

This Baked Sausage, Potatoes and Roasted Red Peppers is yummy and baked in only about a 1/2 hour.  A mandolin ensures thinly, evenly sliced…

Chicken scarpariello

Chicken Scarpariello

This Chicken Scarpariello is one our favorite dishes at one of our favorite restaurants in New York City: Carmines.   Lemony, zesty, and with…

Beef Bouruignon

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon is another incredible dish we loved while traveling in France (Sept, 2014).  Slow cooking the beef in the red wine is incredible….

Avocado chipotle-mayo burger

Avocado and Chipotle-Mayo Burger

Some restaurants call this Avocado and Chipotle-Mayo Burger a California burger.  I’m not sure why…but this is my version.   The flavors just go…

mushroom Swiss burger

Burgundy-Reduced Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Swiss Burger

This burgundy reduced-mushrooms, caramelized onions and Swiss burger is one for the record books.   Serve on a lightly grilled onion bun and you…

Chicken fried steak

Southern Chicken Fried Steak

Well, you can take the boy out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the boy.  I’ve been making Southern Chicken…

Skillet-roasted chicken with tomatoes, white beans and wine

Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes, White Beans and Wine

This skillet-roasted chicken with tomatoes, white beans and wine has been a go-to meal for several years for the Loon and me on a…

Pasta with White Clam Sauce

Pasta with White Clam Sauce

Pasta with White Clam Sauce is an all-time favorite at the Loonwell house.   Go with the smaller clams, such a Littleneck, and you’ll…

Italian

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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

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Seafood

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Southern

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TexMex

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Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

Homemade S'Mores Ice Cream

Homemade S’Mores Ice Cream

It took a lot of attempts until I found what we think is ice cream perfection:  Homemade S’Mores Ice Cream.  As usual, something this…

Spiedini All Romano

Spiedini Alla Romano (Roasted Italian Loaf)

This appetizer  is heavenly.  It’s a re-creation of one of our favorite dishes at one of our favorite restaurant institutions in NYC:  Carmines.  Don’t…

The Real Deal Fried Mozzarella

The Real Deal Fried Mozzarella

The Loon and I have always enjoyed fried mozzarella with marinara.  There is something about it that is just so satisfying.  I played around…

Amazing Chicken Quesadilla

Amazing Chicken Quesadillas

Here’s short story about the evolution of the Amazing Chicken Quesadillas:  One snowy New York City afternoon in 1997, our dear friend Jill (aka…

Marinated Grilled Steak Sandwich

Marinated Grilled Steak Sandwich

This marinated grilled steak sandwich is melt-in-your mouth good.  The Loon nearly fainted when he took his first bite.  Flank steak is perfect for…

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Fried Pickles With Ranch

Oh, how these Fried Pickles with Ranch are addictive.  It’s so much fun buying the big jar of pickles, too.  Totally takes me bake…

Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings

Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings

These Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings are…’off the hook’ (to use a favorite quote from the 90s).  Be sure to make the Perfect BBQ…