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Appetizers

Seared Shishito Peppers

Seared Shishito Peppers

These Seared Shishito Peppers are such a crowd pleaser and couldn’t be easier to make!  Legend has it that 9 out of 10 shishito…

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…

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…

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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…

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….

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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Avocado Deviled Eggs

So, I’ve been seeing different versions of this Avocado Deviled Eggs all over Pinterest.   A friend sent me the recipe, and I decided…

Best-Ever Chicken Salad

Best-Ever Chicken Salad

This Best-Ever Chicken Salad is really the perfect go-to chicken salad for sandwiches or on top of a green salad.  I love to roast…

Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta & Lemon Pancakes with Vanilla Sauce

These Ricotta & Lemon Pancakes with Vanilla Sauce are incredible! Light, fluffy, and amazing flavor! The Loon took one bite and yelled out: “Are…

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…

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Steak and Eggs with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Well, as you can imagine, this Steak and Eggs with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes is one of the Loon’s all-time favorite breakfast dishes.   Eggs…

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Shaved Zucchini Salad with Pecorino & Almonds

It’s that time of Summer when zucchini and yellow squash are in abundance!   Here’s a light and absolutely wonderful salad that will make…

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….

Egg, cheese and maple sausage sandwich

Egg, Cheese and Maple Sausage Sandwiches

Want a REAL breakfast sandwich?  How about Homemade Egg, Cheese and Maple Sausage Sandwiches!! These blow the fast food variety out of the water…

Comfort At Its Best

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…

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…

How to Make Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

How To Make Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

How To Make Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs shows you just how easy it is to make some of the best BBQ ribs you’ll…

Raspberry Linzer Bars

Raspberry Linzer Bars

Raspberry Linzer Bars: I got this recipe from a college friend a long time ago, and have been making a version of these amazing…

How to Make Homemade Tamales

How to Make Homemade Tamales

How to Make Homemade Tamales has us making one of our most favorites culinary creations ever…TAMALES!!  They actually are not too difficult to make,…

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

These Teriyaki Chicken Wings are always the first to go when I serve them at parties or on game-day.  Take one bite, and you’ll…

Weekend Food & Fun: Back to School!

Weekend Food & Fun: Back to School!

Weekend Food & Fun: Back to School! is an awesome trip back down memory lane.  The Loon recalls his favorite lunch box characters while…

Authentic Chicken Curry

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…

Delectable Desserts

How to Make Apple Brown Betty

How to Make Apple Brown Betty

Hey everybody!  Here is the latest in the How To Feed A Loon video library showing you how to make one of our all-time…

Lazy Day Blueberry Cobbler

Lazy Day Blueberry Cobbler

My mom (Maudell) made this wonderful cobbler when I was a child, and it was,  and always has been, one of my all-time favorites….

Cinnamon Ice Cream and Dr. Pepper Frosted

Cinnamon Ice Cream & Dr. Pepper Frosted with Salted Caramel

A Cinnamon Ice Cream & Dr. Pepper Frosted with Salted Caramel Sauce was not my original plan for this post.   This is where…

Fresh strawberry with white chocolate ice cream

Fresh Strawberry with White Chocolate Ice Cream

Fresh strawberry with white chocolate ice cream is amazing!   The Loon and I just love the freshness of the strawberries mixed with the…

Homemade blueberry ice cream

Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream

This homemade blueberry ice cream is so Summery, and so wonderful.  We just love the flavors here.   Creamy, not too sweet, and simply…

Entrees

Holiday Ham

Baked Ham with Bourbon Honey Glaze

This Baked Ham with Bourbon Honey Glaze is one of our all-time favorite meals of the year.  Absolutely perfect for Easter, or any other…

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…

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…

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

Ready to impress?  Make this Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin.  This roast is incredibly moist and explodes with flavor.  We just love the pan gravy that…

Fresh Fettuccine with Creamy Sausage Sauce

Fresh Fettuccine with Creamy Sausage Sauce

We just can’t get enough of good Italian pasta dishes.   And this Fresh Fettuccine with Creamy Sausage Sauce is something to behold.  The…

How to Make Country Italian Pasta

How to Make Country Italian Pasta

How to Make Country Italian Pasta is from our Rustic Italian TV episode, and it has been a favorite of the Loon’s (and mine)…

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…

Chicken, mushroom, rice & sage casserole

Chicken, Mushroom & Sage Casserole

This Chicken, Mushroom & Sage Casserole is so deeply satisfying.  Perfect for a weeknight (or a weekend!).  All the flavors come together for one…

Italian

Spaghetti with Lamb and Sweet Pepper Ragu

Spaghetti with Lamb and Sweet Pepper Ragu

Lamb pairs nicely with the sweet red and yellow peppers in this Spaghetti with Lamb and Sweet Pepper Ragu.  I’ve been using thick-style spaghetti…

One Post Chicken Vesuvio

One-Pot Chicken Vesuvio

This One-Pot Chicken Vesuvio takes the classic Italian-American specialty (originated in Chicago) and simplifies the steps but doesn’t skimp on any of the flavors….

Fried Calamari with Marinara

Fried Calamari With Marinara

Fried Calamari with Marinara has always been a favorite of The Loon and me.  I’ve noticed that even people who say they absolutely don’t…

Porterhouse Steak with Peppers, Sausage & Potatoes

Porterhouse Steak with Peppers, Sausage & Potatoes

Ready to impress?  Ready to eat like a carnivore?  Ready to eat like the Romans do?   Well, look no further.  Porterhouse Steak with…

Spaghetti with pesto

Spaghetti with Pesto

There is something magical about spaghetti with pesto.  The flavors are so fresh and so flavorful.  It is a classic Italian dish that will…

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,…

Sauteed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes

Sauteed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes

Sauteed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes is a really wonderful side dish to so many main dishes, including Mediterranean Tuna Steaks.  …

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…

Kitchen Essentials

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

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Fresh Pico de Gallo

Fresh Pico de Gallo is a staple for Mexican and TexMex meals.   It’s so easy to make.  Fresh tomatoes, some finely chopped white…

Homemade tartar sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade tartar sauce is the way to go and I’m not kidding!  Using homemade mayo makes this tartar sauce amazing!   Use on fish…

Rosemary and Garlic Aioli

Rosemary and Garlic Aioli

Rosemary and Garlic Aioli is amazing on burgers, fish and other grilled dishes. Of course, whip up some homemade mayonnaise, and this is beyond…

Classic Homemade Mayonnaise

Classic Homemade Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise gets a bad name these day.  But seriously, though, don’t we just love it.  Make it from scratch, and you’ll never buy the…

Mornay Sauce with Gruyere

Mornay Sauce

Mornay sauce is a classic bechamel sauce with two of our favorite cheeses, Gruyere and Parmesan.  Of course, you can substitute your favorite melting…

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 balsamic vinaigrette is easy to make, and perfect on your favorite salad

Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a classic balsamic vinaigrette, mixing the acid of the balsamic with the hint of garlic, and a touch of oregano.  Vigorous shaking…

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…

Savory Soups

Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich

Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg salad is so good.  There’s just something about it that makes most people smile.   Well, this Best-Ever Egg Salad Sandwich tops ’em…

Smoked ham, kale and white bean stew

Smoked Ham, Kale and White Bean Stew

There is no doubt about it, this smoked ham, kale and white bean stew has been an instant classic in our home.   Cold…

Authentic Hungarian goulash with Hungarian egg dumplings

Authentic Hungarian Goulash

This Authentic Hungarian Goulash might be a little different than you’re used to.   There’s no sour cream, no ground beef, no dried oregano…but…

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Tortilla Soup with Ancho Chile and Avocado

This Tortilla Soup with Ancho Chile and Avocado has been a favorite in our house for many, many years.  The ancho chiles and avocado,…

Roasted beets and watercress salad with fresh mozzarella

Roasted Beets & Watercress Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Roasted beets are so amazing.  They are chock full of vitamins, and literally explode with flavor when roasted.   This Roasted Beets & Watercress…

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…

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….

Classic Gazpacho

Classic Gazpacho

Talk about an incredible Summer favorite:  you can’t get much better than Classic Gazpacho!  So refreshing and simply exploding with farm fresh flavor.  …

Scrumptious Sides

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…

Roasted Balsamic Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes with Balsamic and Herbs

These roasted potatoes with balsamic and herbs have been a staple at the Loon/Longwell house for many years.   I have played around with…

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…

Fried okra

Fried Okra

Fried okra.  Two words come to mind:  Southern.  Delicious.  I don’t know what else to say.   Fried okra is just so amazing.  And…

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili, Lime and Cotija Cheese

Fresh grilled corn on the cob with chili, lime and Cotija cheese is incredible!   I know it may sound a little weird using…

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Breakfast Potatoes with Bacon, Peppers and Monterrey Jack Cheese

Breakfast potatoes with bacon, peppers and Monterrey Jack cheese are simply incredible.  I’ve been making these for the Loon for years, and they never…

Summer crab and tomato salad

Lump Crab and Tomato Salad

Chef Donald Link’s recipe for Lump Crab and Tomato Salad will literally make you feel like you are sitting on the beach at Martha’s…

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Cucumber and Sesame Salad

This cucumber and sesame salad is so refreshing and perfect to make the night before.  Be sure to chill for at least 2 hours…

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

These loaded twice baked potatoes are truly LOADED with flavor.  Don’t have these when you’re on a a big diet.  But you should have…

Seafood

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…

Summer crab and tomato salad

Lump Crab and Tomato Salad

Chef Donald Link’s recipe for Lump Crab and Tomato Salad will literally make you feel like you are sitting on the beach at Martha’s…

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Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Gnocchi, Reggiano, Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Every now and then you need to make something that is really special.   This dish takes some tender loving care, and Chilean sea…

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Poached Salmon with Classic Bearnaise Sauce

The Loon is back and forth on salmon, some days “it’s just too fishy!”…and other days: “oh my God, this salmon is amazing”.  …

Homemade tartar sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade tartar sauce is the way to go and I’m not kidding!  Using homemade mayo makes this tartar sauce amazing!   Use on fish…

eppercorn Encrusted Tuna Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Vinaigrette

This Peppercorn Encrusted Tuna with Goat Cheese and Strawberry Vinaigrette is so flavorful and really healthy!  Amazing! Use sashimi grade tuna if you can…if…

Southern

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles: Fried Egg, Salsa Verde, Tortillas and Queso

I only have one word for Chilaquiles: Fried Egg, Salsa Verde, Tortillas and Queso:  Bueno.  Actually two words:  Muy bueno.   This is Southwestern…

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili, Lime and Cotija Cheese

Fresh grilled corn on the cob with chili, lime and Cotija cheese is incredible!   I know it may sound a little weird using…

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Fried Green Tomatoes on Corn and Tomato Saute

Well, what does one say about Fried Green Tomatoes and Corn and Tomato Saute?   The usual adjectives come to mind…amazing, delicious, mind-blowing.  Well,…

Shrimp, tomatoes, and corn stew

Shrimp with Summer Corn and Tomato Stew

This Shrimp with Summer Corn and Tomato Stew is  recipe that I first discovered from Chef Donald Link…it has a distinctive Cajun flair, but…

german chocolate cake

Classic German Chocolate Cake

There are a few desserts that absolutely one of the Loon’s all-time favorites, and Classic German Chocolate Cake is with out doubt one of…

broccoli casserole with homemade cream of mushroom soup

Classic Broccoli, Rice and Cheddar Casserole

Okay, so everyone has had this classic casserole at church picnics, or Sunday get-togethers, or…oh, well, you know.  It’s classic.  We all love it….

TexMex

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Authentic Homemade Tamales

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

Mexican meatballs

Albondigas – Mexican Meatballs

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

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…

Mexican Black Beans

Mexican Black Beans

Mexican Black Beans are just so good in their simplicity.  If you have a Mexican market within reach, go and grab some epazote, it’s…

Black bean and Sweet Corn Salad

Zesty Black Bean and Sweet Corn Salad

Zesty Black Bean and Sweet Corn Salad is so good.   It’s perfect for a BBQ or a side for almost any meal.  And…

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Fresh Pico de Gallo

Fresh Pico de Gallo is a staple for Mexican and TexMex meals.   It’s so easy to make.  Fresh tomatoes, some finely chopped white…

Thanksgiving

Slow Roasted leeks

Roasted Leeks with Herbed Vinaigrette

What’s amazing about this dish, as you bite into to it, you think…wow…this is delicious and so buttery.  Well, you’re half right…it is delicious…but…

Italian-Style Braised Artichokes are amazing!

Italian-Style Braised Artichokes

These are really a great appetizer.  If you want to make them 100% vegetarian, use veggie stock…I use my standard chicken stock…either way..they’re chock…

Roasted broccoli with a kick

Roasted Broccoli With a Kick

Roasted Broccoli with a Kick! This is fantastic.  And so quick and easy.  It’s healthy, it’s gluten-free, and it has a nice spice that…

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

This homemade apple pie coming fresh out of the oven will make you think you’re at Grandma’s house…or at least someone’s Grandma’s house.  Serve…

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…

Roasted cauliflower mac and cheese

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

So this recipe comes from my sister Erin and one of her very best friends of all time, Lorri..let me tell you…they are nothing…

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.  They really are good.  Especially…

the best Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie is probably the Loon’s favorite dessert.  I’ve been working on perfecting the recipe for years.   This pie is pretty simple,…

The Loon Favorites

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…

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…

French Gratin Potatoes (Dauphinoise)

French Gratin Potatoes (Dauphinoise)

These French Gratin Potatoes (Dauphinoise) are one of our all-time favorites.  Leave it to the French to take some of the simplest ingredients and…

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake.   Do I need to say anything else?  I think not.  Make this and your taste-buddies will thank you….

Lavender Ice Cream with Honey Granola

Lavender Ice Cream with Honey Granola

I was inspired to make Lavender Ice Cream after our incredible visit to the South of France, specifically in the Provence region where lavender…

The World's Best Veggie Burger

World’s Best Veggie Burger

I know it’s a pretty bold (and somewhat overly confident) statement to call my veggie burger the World’s Best Veggie Burger…but…have you tried it…

Chiles Rellenos Stuffed with Mexican Queso

Chiles Rellenos Stuffed with Mexican Queso

Chiles Rellenos Stuffed with Mexican Queso has been a favorite Mexican dish of mine since I was a young kid.   So flavorful, and…

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,…