Asian

Chinese noodle and chicken salad

Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad

This Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad is so good!  Serve it warm or at room temp…both the Loon and I love the peanut sauce….

Classic Pad Thai with Chicken

Classic Chicken Pad Thai

I love pad Thai with shrimp, but I thought I’d start with the classic:  Classic Chicken Pad Thai.  Find your closest Asian market, and…

Mushroom and Tofu Steamed Dumplings

Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

These mushroom and tofu vegetarian steamed dumplings literally explode with flavor.  Who cares if there’s no meat in these…they are amazing.  (oh, and by…

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

This Chinese classic is given a bit of a Thai kick…but the flavors of this dish will really make you happy.  Serve with a…

Edamame with a Garlic Kick!

Edamame with a Garlic Kick!

Edamame with a Garlic Kick! We put this out at a party…and it’s literally gone instantly.  You just can’t have just one…and by the…

Hot and Sweet Thai Sauce

Hot and Sweet Thai Sauce

This a wonderful sauce for serving with grilled steak…or how we really love it…with freshly steamed dumplings.  The spicy, salty, and sweets flavors are…

This strawberry vinaigrette is amazing on a sashimi tuna salad...and more!

Strawberry Vinaigrette

This strawberry vinaigrette has the most wonderful flavors, that all work together, in an amazing Asian kind of way, that just bring a zing…

Appetizers

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…

Bulgogi

Korean Beef (Bulgogi) Lettuce Wraps

Korean Beef (Bulgogi) Lettuce Wraps!! The Loon and I have a love affair with almost all types of Asian cuisine, and Korean is definitely…

Fried Turkey Balls

Fried Turkey Balls – LICKETY SPLIT

Here’s the latest from our LICKETY SPLITY series – Fried Turkey Balls!  Wondering what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers?  Well…wonder no more!!…

Classic Cheese Ball

How to Make a Classic Cheese Ball

Hooray for How to Make a Classic Cheese Ball!  This is from our TV episode:  Holiday Fare!  You can’t get much more classic than…

Classic Cheese Ball

Classic Cheese Ball

The Classic Cheese Ball has been around for many generations…and for good reason!  It’s just so yummy!  Perfect for the holidays, especially as guests…

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…

Incredible baked clam dip

Incredible Baked Clam Dip

This incredible baked clam dip is like digging into a giant baked clam.  The flavors are all there…and really yummy.   A hint of…

Breads and Doughs

Perfect hamburger buns

Perfect Hamburger Buns

Making homemade hamburger buns may seem a little daunting…but they’re really not that hard…and lots of fun to make.  And when used with your…

Fresh linguine

Fresh Linguini

Fresh linguine is easy and delicious.  Use this in your favorite pasta dishes.  Boxed pasta is really just fine, and I use it all…

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Cowboy Cornbread

I don’t know why I call this Cowboy Cornbread…it just sounds like the perfect name for this awesome cornbread.   This really is chock-full…

Incredible lemon poppy-seed pound cake

Incredible Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

This incredible lemon poppy seed pound cake is really one of mine and the Loon’s all-time favorites.  So lemony…so moist…and so good.   It’s…

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 you won’t believe how these…

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 travel up to Belleville, Kansas…

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 and Grandpa Longwell every Christmas.  …

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 for sandwiches, next to roast…

perfect pie crust dough

Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust is really not that hard to accomplish.  This buttery, flakey pie crust is perfect for your favorite pies.   So delicious!…

Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

Weekend Food & Fun: Clocks!

Weekend Food & Fun: Clocks

Weekend Food & Fun: Clocks, or Comfort Food: 1st World Problems Hey everybody!  It’s time for another Weekend Food & Fun!  This weekend we…

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…

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…

How to Make Pomegranate Bellini Martinis

How to Make Pomegranate Bellini Martinis

How to Make Pomegranate Bellini Martinis is from our Cele-Brunch episode.   This will certainly liven up any brunch, that’s for sure!  And, for…

How to Make Fresh Banana Nut Bread

How to Make Fresh Banana Nut Bread

How to Make Fresh Banana Nut Bread is from our Cele-Brunch TV episode.  This bread, fresh out of the oven, is so amazingly delicious, so heartwarming,…

Skillet Breakfast

Skillet Breakfast

This Skillet Breakfast is so incredibly satisfying.  Easily serves six…right from your cast iron skillet!  Easy to make, and you just can’t believe the…

Comfort At Its Best

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

This Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake is the perfect morning treat.  Make yourself a delicious cup of hot coffee and a slice of this incredible…

Pasta Pomodoro

Pasta Pomodoro

There is just something so perfectly Italian about Pasta Pomodoro.  It’s not pretentious, yet it explodes with taste.  It is one of our favorite…

Buckwheat waffles with blueberry syrup

Buttermilk Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Um…look at these babies…That picture is worth a more than a thousand words.   And so are these Buttermilk Waffles with Blueberry Syrup.  This…

Kris' Texas Red

Kris’ Texas Red Chili

Well, I must say, I’m a bit partial to Kris’ Texas Red Chili, because, well, it’s my recipe!!  I’ve been playing around with this…

Jelly and Custard Doughnuts

Jelly and Custard Doughnuts

These Jelly and Custard Doughnuts will blow you away at how delicious they are.  Wesley had a hard time deciding which he liked more,…

Heath Bar Fudge Brownies

Heath Bar Fudge Brownies

Heath Bar Fudge Brownies – What more needs to be said?  Decadent?  Yes.  Rich?  Yes. Unbelievably gooey?  Yes. Insanely delicious?  Absolutely. 130% Loon Approved. …

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…

Delectable Desserts

Chocolate and Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate and Cheesecake Brownies

If you love chocolate, and if you love cheesecake, well, of course you’re going to love these Chocolate and Cheesecake Brownies.  They pair with…

Sweet Corn and Pistachio Ice Cream

Sweet Corn and Pistachio Ice Cream

I mean, come on…you can’t go wrong with Homemade Sweet Corn and Pistachio Ice Cream.   Especially in the summer months when sweet corn…

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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…

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…

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Caramel-Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

These cookies have the texture of your typical sugar cookie, but with a lovely caramel flavor.  Light and chewy, with the yummy caramel icing…

Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Homemade Blueberry Pop Tarts

Who doesn’t love a good ole Pop Tart every now and then?  Well, make them from scratch, and you’ll find an even greater appreciate…

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Classic Banana Pudding Parfait

Oh…this Classic Banana Pudding Parfait (with Carolina Moonshine Whipped Cream) from Chef Donald Link is just incredible.  This recipe comes from the wonderful New…

Homemade vanilla wafers!

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Who doesn’t like vanilla wafers?  Well, The Loon certainly loves them, and so do I!  And you would be surprised how easy these Homemade…

Entrees

Turkey Cutlets with Honey Mustard-Lime Sauce

Turkey Cutlets with Honey Mustard-Lime Sauce

These Turkey Cutlets with Honey Mustard-Lime Sauce is truly something special.  It has a similar taste profile as Chicken Picatta, but even healthier.  Incredible depth…

Greek Salad with Grilled Steak

Greek Salad with Grilled Steak

This Greek Salad with Grilled Steak is so satisfyingly delicious.  We just love a good Greek salad.  And we just love grilled skirt steak….

Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna Steaks

How to Make Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna Steaks

How to Make Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna Steaks on a Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is nothing short of a show-stopper.  Get high-quality tuna…and you…

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.  Hold onto your buckles.  This…

Seared Pork Chops with Caper Sauce

Seared Pork Chops in Caper Sauce

Seared Pork Chops in Caper Sauce is truly one of those dishes that looks gorgeous, and is equally as delicious.  We just love the…

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…

Italian

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…

Authentic Osso Buco

Authentic Osso Buco

Authentic Osso Buco is one of those ‘special’ dishes for special occasions.  There is an amazing hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in the Tribeca neighborhood of…

Country Italian Pasta

Country Italian Pasta

This Country Italian Pasta is hands-down one of the Loon’s all-time favorites and one he requests often.  This is especially good during the cold…

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…

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…

How to Make Porcini Risotto

How to Make Porcini Risotto

Hey everybody!  How to Make Porcini Risotto is the latest in our H2FaL Video Library!  Risotto is one of our favorite dishes, and porcini…

Porcini Risotto

Porcini Risotto

Risotto is such a classic Italian dish and it is without doubt a favorite for Wesley and me.  And porcini mushrooms are another absolute…

Kitchen Essentials

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

Chimichurri Mayonnaise

Chimichurri Mayonnaise

Chimichurri Mayonnaise is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite steak sandwich.  Exploding with flavor.  Simply one of our favorites. Chimichurri Mayonnaise   Print Prep…

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

This chimichurri sauce is really amazing.  Add this to grilled meat, or roasted vegetables, or your favorite egg dish.   It is so deep…

Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This is really such a crowd-pleasing dip.  Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip has been a dish I have been making for many, many years….

best-ever creamy onion dip

Best-Ever Creamy Onion Dip

I’m not kidding when I tell you this is the Best-Ever Creamy Onion Dip.  The flavors come to life.   You can’t stop eating…

No fuss hollandaise sauce

No Fuss Hollandaise Sauce

This No Fuss Hollandaise Sauce is just that…no fuss.  You don’t need to worry about pulling out that double-boiler…this recipe gives you the trick….

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

This is a good solid recipe for Homemade Cocktail Sauce, however, of course, you can tweak to you own liking.   The horseradish and…

Easy BBQ sauce

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce is so good, and really so easy.  You’ll probably have everything you need already in your pantry.  You’ll never…

Amazing Ranchero Sauce

Amazing Ranchero Sauce

This amazing ranchero sauce is just that…amazing.   We LOVE to add this to our favorite dishes, especially brunch dishes, anywhere from huevos rancheros,…

Caramel sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

This homemade salted caramel sauce is so yummy.   Pour it on your favorite ice cream, or even mix right into the ice cream,…

Savory Soups

Vegetable & Black Bean Chili

Vegetable & Black Bean Chili

We love chili, and this Vegetable & Black Bean Chili is so perfectly heart-warming and delicious.  And…it’s meatless and super healthy to boot!  Really,…

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…

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 cucumber and dill match perfectly…

Homemade Coleslaw

Homemade Coleslaw

This recipe for Homemade Coleslaw is fresh and super easy.  It’s not too heavy and has a nice zing!  Using fresh green cabbage from…

Classic Cobb Salad

Classic Cobb Salad

There is something just so satisfying about a Classic Cobb Salad.   All the flavors come together to make such a wonderful taste combination….

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Carrot and Raisin Salad

This recipe comes from one of my favorite chefs, Donald Link.   The flavor of this salad is so satisfying.  The touch of curry…

Scrumptious Sides

Easy Cheesy Ham Pie - LICKETY SPLIT

Easy Cheesy Ham Pie – LICKETY SPLIT

Here’s our latest LICKETY SPLIT recipe!  Easy Cheesy Ham Pie!   So cheesy!  So easy!  And just so delicious!  LICKETY SPLIT! Easy Cheesy Ham…

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…

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 cucumber and dill match perfectly…

Homemade Coleslaw

How to Make Homemade Coleslaw

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest H2FaL Video:  How to Make Homemade Coleslaw.  Watch how easy it is to make this iconic side dish.  So…

Homemade Coleslaw

Homemade Coleslaw

This recipe for Homemade Coleslaw is fresh and super easy.  It’s not too heavy and has a nice zing!  Using fresh green cabbage from…

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…

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Carrot and Raisin Salad

This recipe comes from one of my favorite chefs, Donald Link.   The flavor of this salad is so satisfying.  The touch of curry…

Seafood

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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…

Mussels with garlic and white wine

Mussels with Garlic and Wine

Mussels with Garlic and Wine have been a favorite dish of both the Loon and me for many, many years.  The mussels add an…

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…

Succulent shrimp scampi

Succulent Shrimp Scampi

I say this a lot, but this is honestly one of our all-time favorite dishes:  Succulent Shrimp Scampi.  Our dear friends, Alice and Mike,…

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

This is a good solid recipe for Homemade Cocktail Sauce, however, of course, you can tweak to you own liking.   The horseradish and…

Mediterranean Tuna Steaks

Mediterranean Tuna Steaks

These Mediterranean Tuna Steaks are loaded with flavor.  The Tuscan influenced sauce marries perfectly with the Mediterranean flavors of tomatoes, olives, olive oil, capers…

Southern

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Classic Banana Pudding Parfait

Oh…this Classic Banana Pudding Parfait (with Carolina Moonshine Whipped Cream) from Chef Donald Link is just incredible.  This recipe comes from the wonderful New…

Incredible slow cooker baby back ribs

Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are the bomb.  Of course, being raised in Texas…I know all about good BBQ.  These aren’t slow-cooked…

Easy BBQ sauce

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce is so good, and really so easy.  You’ll probably have everything you need already in your pantry.  You’ll never…

Restaurant-Quality Hash Browns

Restaurant-Quality Hash Browns

The trick to making perfectly crisp restaurant-quality hash browns, just like you’d get at your favorite breakfast/brunch place is really simple. First, make sure…

Heavenly Huevos Rancheros

Heavenly Huevos Rancheros

Make this Heavenly Huevos Rancheros…and there’s no breakfast/brunch joint that will have anything on you.  They are that GOOD.  Heavenly Huevos Rancheros is absoltuely…

How to Make Southern Crab Cakes

How to Make Southern Style Crab Cakes

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest in our H2FaL video library!  How to make Southern Style Crab Cakes! Watch Kris & Wesley (the Loon) make…

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 Link, one of our all-time…

The best-every turkey chili

The Best-Ever Turkey Chili

This Best-Ever Turkey Chili just makes you feel good. The Loon and I always say it really warms our cockles.  Yes, it’s that’s good….

TexMex

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…

Nacho Casserole

Nacho Casserole

All I can say, is this Nacho Casserole is “Na-Cho Every Day Mexican Casserole!!!” It’s easy to make and literally exploding with flavor.  Use…

Brisket and Chipotle Tacos

Brisket and Chipotle Tacos

Slow cooking the brisket, and adding an amazing chipotle dressing, make these Brisket and Chipotle Tacos through the roof amazing!  Adjust the heat level…

Heavenly Huevos Rancheros

Heavenly Huevos Rancheros

Make this Heavenly Huevos Rancheros…and there’s no breakfast/brunch joint that will have anything on you.  They are that GOOD.  Heavenly Huevos Rancheros is absoltuely…

Easy gourmet refried beans

Easy Gourmet Refried Beans

Don’t feel like soaking beans overnight, then cooking, and re-frying?  Well, here’s a super easy solution:  Easy Gourmet Refried Beans!  And trust me,  both…

Amazing Ranchero Sauce

Amazing Ranchero Sauce

This amazing ranchero sauce is just that…amazing.   We LOVE to add this to our favorite dishes, especially brunch dishes, anywhere from huevos rancheros,…

Jalapeno soup

Jalapeño-Cilantro-Cheddar Soup

Jalapeño-Cilantro-Cheddar Soup is the perfect soup for when the weather turns chilly and you’re looking for a dish that will warm you and make…

Thanksgiving

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…

Chorizo stuffed dates

Chorizo Stuffed Dates

Look no further, there is no better holiday appetizer than this one.   Chorizo stuffed dates are simply amazing.  Decadent, yes…incredible flavor in every…

Roasted Turkey Enchiladas

Authentic Enchiladas with Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving produces a lot things…family gatherings, football, pies, stuffing…and of course copious amounts of roasted turkey.   Everyone loves a good turkey sandwich the…

Turkey perfection

The Perfect Turkey

Nothing spells the holidays more than the perfect turkey.   I’ve been tweaking this recipe for about 15 years…and I think I’m there.  Although,…

Classic Candied Yams

How to Make Candied Yams

How to Make Candied Yams is a fabulous segment from our Thanksgiving Episode on “How To Feed a Loon”! These are amazing!! The Loon…

Yummy Yams!

Classic Candied Yams

The Loon and I have been enjoying these Classic Candied Yams since the days back when we lived in NYC.   A group of…

The Loon Favorites

Pho (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

Pho (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

Pho (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) is incredible.   It all starts with an amazing slow simmered chicken stock.   And then the wonderful fresh…

Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are absolutely amazing.  There is a touch of sweetness to the sauce, which counters perfectly against the beef…

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Wings

How To Make Teriyaki Chicken Wings

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Wings shows you how easy it is to make a party dish that combines two of our favorite types…

German Spaetzle and Cheese

German Spaetzle and Cheese

German Spaetzle and Cheese is pure German comfort food.  Making the spaetzle (which is German for “little sparrows”) is really a lot of fun….

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread

I know I say all the time that each recipe is hands down one of our all-time favorites.   Well, this Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread…