Asian

Banh Mi Sandwich

Banh Mi

Banh Mi is one of the most flavorful sandwiches there is.   It is a French-Vietnamese hybrid that draws its flavors from these two…

Amazing Asian Slaw

Amazing Asian Slaw

This amazing Asian slaw really is – amazing. The flavors are so bright and refreshing. As Springs kicks in full-time, and Summer is just…

Amazing Asian Ribs

Asian Braised Short Ribs

These Asian Braised Short Ribs are seriously finger-licking good.  The Asian influences are Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean.  They are literally fall-off-the-bone good.  It’s…

Kung Pao Shrimp

Kung Pao Shrimp

Both the Loon and I love Chinese food so much.  As kids, we weren’t exposed to really good Chinese cuisine very much, me growing…

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 food has some heat to…

Korean Kimchee Beef Tacos

Korean Beef Tacos with Kimchi

  I can’t even begin to describe how amazing this dish is.  This recipe comes from Tim Love, from his beloved restaurant Woodshed Smokehouse…

Appetizers

Grilled Chicken Skewers with White BBQ Sauce

Grilled Chicken Skewers with White BBQ Sauce

There is something crazy-good about these Grilled Chicken Skewers with White BBQ Sauce. They really are just so incredibly delectable.  I love using boneless chicken…

Southern Crab Beignets

Southern Crab Beignets

It’s hard to find the words to describe how delicious these Southern Crab Beignets are.  Crunchy on the outside with luxuriously crab meat-filled inside.  Out…

Restaurant Style Salsa

How to Make Restaurant-Style Salsa

How to Make Restaurant-Style Salsa shows you just how easy it is to make as good as any salsa you’ll get your favorite Mexican…

Asparagus Fries

Asparagus Fries

Asparagus is so versatile, and I have to admit, Asparagus Fries are about our favorite way to prepare them.  Crunchy and so delicious.  Be…

Hoppin' Jalapeno Poppers

Hoppin’ Jalapeno Poppers

We have always loved Jalapeno Poppers, and these Hoppin’ Jalapeno Poppers are so much better than the kind out of a box from the…

How To Make Texas Caviar

How To Make Texas Caviar

How to Make Texas Caviar was such a blast to do at Pride in the Park in Lehigh Valley, PA this last summer!  Watch us…

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…

Breads and Doughs

Caramel Banana Baked French Toast

Caramel Banana Baked French Toast

Wow…nothing spells the holidays more than waking up to Caramel Banana Baked French Toast…well, at least that’s how it is in our house.  And…

Easy cheesy toasted garlic bread

Easy Cheesy Toasted Garlic Bread

Easy cheesy toasted garlic bread is just that:  Easy.  Cheesy.  Toasted…and loaded with Garlic (but not too much)!   The prep couldn’t be easier….

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Can you think of anything more  satisfying than warm homemade corn tortillas?  I didn’t think so.  These are incredible.  They are made with masa…

Buttermilk biscuit

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

These homemade buttermilk biscuits are flaky, buttery, and just wonderful.   Double, triple or even quadruple the recipe when making for a crowd.  These…

Hush puppies

Southern Hush Puppies

We just love homemade Southern hush puppies!  The mix of corn meal, with a hint of savory onion combined with a little sweetness, makes…

Cajun

Cajun Dirty Rice

Authentic Cajun Dirty Rice

Brace yourself for this flavor explosion.  Authentic Cajun Dirty Rice will transport you down to New Orleans with one bite.  Kickin’ good! Authentic Cajun…

Cele-Brunch

Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Whenever we start to feel sorry for ourselves because we’re not enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of France, I whip up a batch…

How to Make Summer's Best Fruit Salad

How to Make Summer’s Best Fruit Salad

How to Make Summer’s Best Fruit Salad…show’s you just that…how to make the summer’s best fruit salad!  Chock full of delicious tropical fruits, coated…

How to Make Boardwalk Punch

How to Make Boardwalk Punch

How to Make Boardwalk Punch is really wonderful to serve to lots of people who are in the mood for something completely refreshing, with…

How to Make Classic Eggs Benedict

How to Make Classic Eggs Benedict

How to Make Classic Eggs Benedict shows you just how easy and simple this iconic dish can be. You just need: 4 English muffins,…

How to Make a Perfect Poached Egg

How to Make a Perfect Poached Egg

How to Make a Perfect Poached Egg has Kris in the kitchen showing you his simple, but foolproof way of making a perfectly poached…

Asparagus Fries

Asparagus Fries

Asparagus is so versatile, and I have to admit, Asparagus Fries are about our favorite way to prepare them.  Crunchy and so delicious.  Be…

Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

This Coconut Cream Cake recipe is divine.  Moist and so flavorful.  I just love a cake with multiple layers, but you could easily do this…

Comfort At Its Best

Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce

This Chicken Gryo with Tzatziki Sauce is just exploding with amazing flavor.  The Loon and I have a place in New York City that…

Stuffed Poblanos with Red Sauce

Stuffed Poblanos with Red Sauce

Stuffed Poblanos with Red Sauce are such an amazingly delicious alternative to Chile Rellenos.  The peppers are not fried, but instead roasted and stuffed…

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma is one of those Italian pasta dishes that is just so perfect in so many ways.   Bold, yet simple flavors,…

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp:  Oh, we just love everything about these!  Grilling, shrimp, skewers, Buffalo-style, homemade blue cheese…how can you get better than that! These…

Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls

These Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls are heavenly.  Fluffy, sweet and bursting with bright orange flavor.   Make a batch of these and see how…

Easy Tex-Mex Pasta Dinner

Easy Tex-Mex Pasta Dinner

You all know here at H2FaL we love dishes that require a little extra attention in the kitchen.  A little extra lovin, if you…

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a house favorite of ours.   The pairing of strawberries with cream is unbeatable.  The fresh strawberry sauce…

Delectable Desserts

Baked Cinnamon Apples

Baked Cinnamon Apples

These baked cinnamon apples are one of our all-time favorite dishes.  These are amazing in desserts, or even just a wonderful side dish.  We…

Kicked Up Grasshopper Milkshake

Spiked Grasshopper Milkshake

Wesley likes to say his milkshake brings all the grasshoppers to the yard…that is – his Spiked Grasshopper Milkshake does!! Well, I’m not sure what…

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…

Incredible Key Lime Pie

Incredible Key Lime Pie

Okay…this Incredible Key Lime Pie really is INCREDIBLE.   I absolutely love using fresh ingredients in recipes.  But, there are some that are just…

Lazy Day Cobbler

Lazy Day Cobbler – LICKETY SPLIT

This Lazy Day Cobbler is the latest installment in the LICKETY SPLIT series.  Super easy and incredibly delicious! Lazy Day Cobbler – LICKETY SPLIT…

Extreme Chocolate Layer Cake

Extreme Chocolate Layer Cake

Like chocolate?  Rich, dense, gooey, deeply flavorful chocolate?  Well, this Extreme Chocolate Layer Cake is your cake.  Chocolate through and through.  So moist, 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 smile” cake.  You know me,…

Grilled Peaches with Rum Caramel Sauce

Grilled Peaches & Rum Caramel Sauce

Grilled Peaches & Rum Caramel Sauce.  What else is there to say?  Okay, let me be honest with you, the caramel can be tricky….

Entrees

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Shrimp

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Shrimp

This recipe for Pumpkin Gnocchi with Shrimp is one I learned while studying an intensive summer boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America…

Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut is a H2FaL absolute favorite dish, hands down!  And when Fall is upon us, there is nothing better than this…

Curry Chicken-2

Authentic Chicken Curry

Authentic Chicken Curry The Loon and I live in a very culturally diverse part of the Northeast, United States.  And many of our neighbors…

Rotini alla Caprese

Rotini alla Caprese

Caprese salad is one of our all-time favorite dishes, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.  So, let’s go a step further, and do…

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 recipe is simple, straightforward, and…

Italian

Rotini alla Caprese

Rotini alla Caprese

Caprese salad is one of our all-time favorite dishes, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.  So, let’s go a step further, and do…

Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad)

Panzanella (Tomato and Bread Salad)

Panzanella (Tomato and Bread Salad) is the perfect warm weather salad, especially when tomatoes are in peak season.  Panzanella is a Italian dish originating…

Easy Pesto Sauce!

Easy Pesto Sauce

Easy Pesto Sauce really is easy.  And this recipe is the classic version.   You can whip this up in no time at all….

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 recipe is simple, straightforward, and…

Pappardelle with Seasonal Veggies

Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables

You won’t find a much more vibrant, delicious and fresh dish than this Pappardelle with Seasonal Vegetables. I just love making this in the…

How to make Chicken Francaise

How to Make Chicken Francaise

How to Make Chicken Francaise (or Chicken Francese) shows you how easy it is to make this iconic dish.  I don’t add butter at…

Amazing Asparagus Risotto

Amazing Asparagus Risotto

I love making this Amazing Asparagus Risotto in the Spring when asparagus is at it’s freshest.  But, really, it’s so great, you can make…

Kitchen Essentials

ancho red enchilada sauce

Authentic Ancho Chili Red Enchilada Sauce

Oh…this authentic Ancho red enchilada sauce is perfect for TexMex cheese, beef or chicken enchiladas.  A touch of heat that feels so good.  Use…

slow cooking the homemade beef stock is amazing

Homemade Beef Stock

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…using the freshest ingredients makes for the best dishes, ever.  Homemade beef stock is truly amazing….

roasted turkey stock

Roasted Turkey Stock – Liquid Gold

Roasted turkey stock is easy to make right after Thanksgiving, or the day after.  One tip to remember, whenever you have chicken wings, or…

Brown Sauce

This is a staple…especially for amazing Italian dishes.  I make a big batch, and freeze in separate containers. Recipe   ½ cup of unsalted…

Make the chicken stock the day ahead

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock 4 lbs of chicken – use whole legs, thighs and/or breasts Mirapoix: 2 medium onions – quartered 3 to 4 carrots…

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

How to Make Queso with Chorizo

How to Make Queso with Chorizo

Watch us make one of our favorite party dips of all time in How to Make Queso with Chorizo!  This dip is so creamy,…

Queso with Chorizo

Queso with Chorizo

I’m a bit of a queso fanatic, and this Queso with Chorizo is one of my all-time favorite dips.  I just love a good…

How to Make Incredible Baked Clam Dip

How to Make Incredible Baked Clam Dip

This “How to Make Incredible Baked Clam Dip” is from our TV episode “Holiday Fare.”  Looking for the perfect appetizer to have as guests…

Scallion Buttermilk Dressing

Scallion-Buttermilk Dressing

This scallion-buttermilk dressing is so fresh and vibrant.  This is absolutely wonderful on a salad of young lettuce and farm-fresh tomatoes. And we just…

Fresh Guacamole

Fresh Guacamole

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…FRESH IS BEST. Guacamole is the perfect example of why you don’t really need to mess…

Fresh Marinara

Fresh Marinara

This Fresh Marina is the basis for so many awesome dishes – from pizza, to Italian meatballs, to shrimp marinara.   It’s perfect for…

Mustard Vinaigrette

Mustard Vinaigrette

This mustard vinaigrette uses simple ingredients, but is so flavorful.   Wonderful as a salad dressing, but also as a glaze for grilled meats…

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Like just about everything, when you make something from scratch, with quality, fresh ingredients, you’ll always end up with a better product than something…

Homemade Russian Dressing tops it off!

Russian Dressing

I must admit, I don’t eat a lot of Russian Dressing, at least not on salads…and I’m pretty sure it’s popular as a condiment,…

Savory Soups

How to make Cajun Pasta Salad

How to Make Cajun Pasta Salad

How to Make Cajun Pasta Salad shows you how to take an ordinary pasta salad and make it one that people will be talking…

How to Make Summer's Best Fruit Salad

How to Make Summer’s Best Fruit Salad

How to Make Summer’s Best Fruit Salad…show’s you just that…how to make the summer’s best fruit salad!  Chock full of delicious tropical fruits, coated…

New Potato & Radish Salad

New Potato & Radish Salad

This New Potato & Radish Salad with Mustard Dill Vinaigrette is so fresh and so vibrant.  We love all kinds of potato salad, but…

WFF Planting Season!

Weekend Food & Fun: Name a 70s Duo!

This Weekend Food & Fun: Name a 70s Duo has us at our favorite nursery getting seeds….it’s planting time, y’all!  Gotta get that amazing…

Classic Homemade Chicken Soup

Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup has got to be one of the most comforting soups of all time.  There’s a reason mom’s and grandma’s…

Italian Wedding Soup

How to Make Italian Wedding Soup

How to Make Italian Wedding Soup is from our TV episode “Rustic Italian.”  This soup is good anytime of the year, but is especially…

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This recipe for Italian Wedding Soup is so very satisfying.  A beautiful marriage of vegetables and meatballs!  This classic soup has been warming souls…

Scrumptious Sides

How to Make Summer's Best Fruit Salad

How to Make Summer’s Best Fruit Salad

How to Make Summer’s Best Fruit Salad…show’s you just that…how to make the summer’s best fruit salad!  Chock full of delicious tropical fruits, coated…

New Potato & Radish Salad

New Potato & Radish Salad

This New Potato & Radish Salad with Mustard Dill Vinaigrette is so fresh and so vibrant.  We love all kinds of potato salad, but…

Amazing Asparagus Risotto

Amazing Asparagus Risotto

I love making this Amazing Asparagus Risotto in the Spring when asparagus is at it’s freshest.  But, really, it’s so great, you can make…

Baked Cinnamon Apples

Baked Cinnamon Apples

These baked cinnamon apples are one of our all-time favorite dishes.  These are amazing in desserts, or even just a wonderful side dish.  We…

Wild Rice, Kale and Fontina Casserole

Wild Rice, Kale and Fontina Casserole

Let me tell you, this Wild Rice, Kale and Fontina Casserole is amazing any time of the year, but when it’s cold outside, there’s…

Gourmet green bean casserole

Gourmet Green Bean Casserole

Everyone loves the classic green bean casserole during the holidays, right?  Well, let’s kick it up a notch, and scratch the canned soup and…

Seafood

Gourmet Tuna Casserole

Gourmet Tuna Casserole

Everyone loves a good tuna noodle casserole, right?   Well this Gourmet Tuna Casserole forgoes the canned soup version and ramps up the flavors…

How to Make Incredible Baked Clam Dip

How to Make Incredible Baked Clam Dip

This “How to Make Incredible Baked Clam Dip” is from our TV episode “Holiday Fare.”  Looking for the perfect appetizer to have as guests…

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a real treat.  Fra Diavolo is Italian for “Brother Devil.”  The sauce is called this because it does carry some…

Seared scallops with stewed tomatoes and chickpeas

Scallops with Stewed Tomatoes and Chickpeas

These seared scallops with stewed tomatoes and chickpeas are exploding with flavor, and they’re also nice and healthy.  We just love all the components…

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

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

Lobster Roll

Incredible Lobster Roll

Let’s face it…the star of this Incredible Lobster Roll is…LOBSTER!!  Keep it simple here folks.  It’s all about the amazing fresh lobster meat.  …

Seaside Ceviche

Seaside Ceviche

We just love this Seaside Ceviche, especially in the Summer months.  It’s got a kick to it, so, adjust the the flavors to your…

shrimp feature

Best Ever BBQ Shrimp

As you can probably tell, The Loon and I LOVE shrimp.  And we think one of the most amazing ways to prepare it is…

Southern

Cajun Chicken and Rice

Cajun Chicken and Rice

Cajun Chicken and Rice has always been a favorite at our house.   There’s a little Cajun spice to give it some ‘kick’, but…

Classic Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

This Southern Tomato Pie is the quintessential summer dish.  Make this when tomatoes are perfectly in season.  We love heirloom tomatoes, but any variety…

Stewed Okra with Tomatoes

Stewed Fresh Okra and Tomatoes

Stewed Fresh Okra and Tomatoes are just so delicious.  Okra can be a little slimy, (I know, I hate that word), so give these…

pickles feature

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…

Perfect BBQ Rub

Perfect BBQ Rub

So versatile and just so delicious, this Perfect BBQ Rub really is perfect.  We just love it on grilled chicken, pork and beef.  Amazing!…

shrimp and grits 2

How to Make Shrimp & Grits

Hey everybody!  Welcome to our next installment in the H2FaL Video Library.  Brace yourself, this one is a doozy!  Watch Kris and Wesley in…

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Cheesy Grits

Shrimp & Cheesy Grits is classic Southern U.S.  cuisine.  These grits are loaded with flavor…they are creamy, cheesy and buttery…and sinfully delicious.  Topped off…

TexMex

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…

How to Make Queso with Chorizo

How to Make Queso with Chorizo

Watch us make one of our favorite party dips of all time in How to Make Queso with Chorizo!  This dip is so creamy,…

Queso with Chorizo

Queso with Chorizo

I’m a bit of a queso fanatic, and this Queso with Chorizo is one of my all-time favorite dips.  I just love a good…

Vegetarian Nachos

Vegetarian Chili Nachos

Well, being born and raised in Texas, I am always a little uncertain when I hear something like “vegetarian chili” or “veggie nachos.”  It…

Authentic Steak Fajitas

How to Make Authentic Steak Fajitas

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest H2FaL Video:  How to Make Authentic Steak Fajitas.  This is one of those dishes that takes a little time…

Seaside Ceviche

Seaside Ceviche

We just love this Seaside Ceviche, especially in the Summer months.  It’s got a kick to it, so, adjust the the flavors to your…

How to Make Fresh Guacamole

How to Make Authentic Fresh Guacamole

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest video in our H2FaL video library! Everybody just loves made-from-scratch fresh guacamole, right??  Well, watch us show you just…

Fresh Guacamole

Fresh Guacamole

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…FRESH IS BEST. Guacamole is the perfect example of why you don’t really need to mess…

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s good to know (as best you can) what exactly is going into your recipes.  This homemade taco seasoning is packed with flavor, a…

Thanksgiving

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 is right up there with…

Wild Rice with Cherries and Pecans

Wild Rice with Cherries and Pecans

This dish of Wild Rice with Cherries and Pecans is bursting with amazing flavor.  Wild rice is nutritious and yet so tasty.  Combined with…

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 love to cook directly on…

Salted toffee and chocolate bars

Salted Toffee and Chocolate Bars

Salted Toffee and Chocolate Bars are even better than they sound.  These are a favorite during the holidays and are always the first to…

Christmas Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

This Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce is such a wonderful dessert during the holidays…or, anytime, for that matter!  The lemon sauce matches perfectly…

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

These Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts have become a Christmas tradition at the Loon/Longwell house.   We love them…start off sweet and inviting, and…

The Loon Favorites

Best-Ever Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy

Best-Ever Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

Well, I can honestly say this is the ‘Best-Ever Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy.’  I could have even shortened that statement to:  “This is…

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Is there anything more satisfying or comforting that a piping hot bowl of French Onion Soup?   I’m pretty sure there isn’t.   This…

How to Make Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup has been a favorite of mine ever since I moved to New York City in the late 80s.  I just started…

Sausage and Peppers Hero

Epic Sausage and Peppers Hero

This Epic Sausage and Peppers Hero is our hero, no doubt.  This has been a staple favorite sandwich in our house ever since we…

S'Mores Pie

S’Mores Pie

If you love gooey, chocolatey, marshmellowy, graham crackery S’mores…you’re going to flip for this S’Mores Pie.  It’s all the flavors rolled into a single…

How to Make Pasta Carbonara

How to Make Pasta Carbonara

How to Make Pasta Carbonara shows you how to make one of our favorite pasta dishes in the world!  As you will see, this…

Classic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Classic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

I gotta say that Classic Shrimp and Okra Gumbo has been one of my favorite dishes since I was a kid.  There are a…