Asian

Chicken Fried Rice

Quick and Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Both the Loon and I love chicken fried rice. And you’ll love this easy chicken fried rice recipe!     There is a great…

Appetizers

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…

Beef Short Rib Empanada

Beef Short Rib Empanadas

Yep, you heard it right…Beef Short Rib Empanadas!!.  Find yourself some boneless beef short rib meat, and you’ll fall in love with this Latin…

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 sauce, we love using probably…

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 course, on pasta, but they…

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!”  …

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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…

Seared Shishito Peppers

How to Make Seared Shishito Peppers

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest H2FaL Video:  How to Make Seared Shishito Peppers.  This is literally the perfect party finger food.  So easy to…

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…

Breads and Doughs

fresh spinach pasta

Fresh Spinach Pasta

Fresh spinach pasta is just awesome.  Making fresh spinach pasta from scratch is actually very easy, especially if you invest in a few kitchen…

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 recipe is so good fresh…

Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

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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…

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…

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….

Comfort At Its Best

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…

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 a Cinnamon Snuggler

How to Make a Cinnamon Snuggler Cocktail

How to Make a Cinnamon Snuggler Cocktail shows you hot to make a hot chocolate adult drink that is so yummy and comforting, you’ll immediately…

Oyster Casserole

Oyster Casserole

My grandma used to make Oyster Casserole every Christmas.  I was a pretty young Texan kid at the time, and oysters scared me a…

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…

Delectable Desserts

The ultimate fudge brownies

The Ultimate Fudge Brownies

Like brownies to be super fudgy, moist and exploding with chocolate flavor?  Who doesn’t, right?  Well, look no more…The Ultimate Fudge Brownies are the…

Rustic ricotta cheese cake

Rustic Ricotta Cheesecake

Boy, oh boy, this Rustic Ricotta Cheesecake is so satisfyingly wonderful.   Deep in flavor.   Rich, layered, and really divine.   Make a…

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…

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes are absolutely one of the Loon’s favorites, a top favorite…and I have to say…this has been one of my favorites, since…

Apple Brown Betty

Apple Brown Betty

Boy, oh boy, does Apple Brown Betty take us back.   This was one of the first desserts I ever made for the Loon…

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….

Entrees

Beef & Broccoli Chow Fun

Beef & Broccoli Chow Fun

Beef & Broccoli Chow Fun is Chinese comfort at its very best.  They don’t call it FUN for nothing!  It’s always FUN to make…

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…

Roasted Chipotle Chicken

Roasted Chipotle Chicken

This Roasted Chipotle Chicken is so deep in flavor.   I’m always playing around with ways to roast chicken and The Loon and I…

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…

Italian

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 course, on pasta, but they…

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Do you know of anyone who doesn’t like a good hearty plate of Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs?  Okay, you can probably think of one…

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…

Authentic Eggplant Parmigiana

Authentic Eggplant Parmigiana

This recipe for Authentic Eggplant Parmigiana is about as 100% Italian -American comfort food as you will find.  This is one of those ‘spend-a-few-hours-in-the-kitchen-on-a-Saturday-afternoon’,…

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…

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Pasta Primavera

Spring is bursting out all over!  And Summer is practically here!  This is the perfect time to make one of our all-time favorite pasta…

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….

Kitchen Essentials

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

Remoulade Sauce

Kickin’ Remoulade Sauce

This Kickin’ Remoulade Sauce bursts with flavor.   Use your favorite grain mustard, or even better, and nice Creole grain mustard, and you won’t…

Sausage gravy loves to lay on top of flay biscuits!

Sausage Gravy

This sausage gravy is perfect for biscuits and gravy.  Of course, you can omit the sausage, if you’d like.  Then you’ve got yourself a…

Bearnaise Sauce

Classic Bearnaise Sauce

So, Bearnaise Sauce is a close sister to Ms. Hollandaise.    Rich, buttery and flavored with fresh tarragon and chervil.  This version is not…

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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…

Savory Soups

Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Greek Salad with Yogurt Dressing

This recipe for Greek Salad with Yogurt Dressing (aka: Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing) comes from one of our favorite Boston…

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…

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew is just that…hearty!   I think I’m still living on memories of our recent amazing trip through the South of…

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…

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…

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…

Scrumptious Sides

Cajun Pasta Salad

Cajun Pasta Salad

Nothing spells Summer much more than a good outdoor BBQ.  And the best BBQ’s have amazing side dishes.   This Cajun Pasta Salad is…

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Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach

Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach is a bit decadent, but mercy is it yummy.  Grill up some amazing steaks, maybe prepare some baked potatoes, and…

Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Greek Salad with Yogurt Dressing

This recipe for Greek Salad with Yogurt Dressing (aka: Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing) comes from one of our favorite Boston…

Creamy curry cauliflower and Gruyère gratin

Creamy Cauliflower and Gruyère Gratin

This Creamy Cauliflower and Gruyère Gratin is truly transcendent.  It’s rich, but boy oh boy is it good.  The cauliflower mixed with homemade curry…

Roasted cauliflower with olives and lemon

Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Lemon

This roasted cauliflower with olives and lemon matches the mild taste of the cauliflower against the tangy green olives and lemon zest.  This is…

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…

Seafood

Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Au Gratin

Jumbo Lump Crab Au Gratin

This Jumbo Lump Crab Au Gratin is incredible.   Rich and decadent…and all about the crab.    Pick yourself up some good quality lump…

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…

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…

Fried Oyster B.L.T.!

Fried Oyster B.L.T.

This Fried Oyster B.L.T. sandwich is about as good as they come.   Go to your local fish market, one that you really like,…

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Baja Fish Tacos

So, I post a lot of TexMex dishes on H2FaLoon.   Well, here’s a CalMex dish that is nothing short of amazing.   You…

Southern

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…

Steak Fajitas

Authentic Steak Fajitas

I can honestly say that the Loon and I love Authentic Steak Fajitas about as much as any dish there is.  When done right,…

Fried Oyster B.L.T.!

Fried Oyster B.L.T.

This Fried Oyster B.L.T. sandwich is about as good as they come.   Go to your local fish market, one that you really like,…

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…

Country Baked Beans

Country Baked Beans

I think this recipe, or at least some form of it, has been present in many, many generations of families for many, many years….

TexMex

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…

Tortilla video

How To Make Homemade Corn Tortillas

Hi Ya’ll, Here is the latest installment of the How to Feed A Loon video collection.  This demonstrates how easy it is to make…

Steak Fajitas

Authentic Steak Fajitas

I can honestly say that the Loon and I love Authentic Steak Fajitas about as much as any dish there is.  When done right,…

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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…

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Baja Fish Tacos

So, I post a lot of TexMex dishes on H2FaLoon.   Well, here’s a CalMex dish that is nothing short of amazing.   You…

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…

Homemade Pan Gravy

Homemade pan gravy can be a challenge for some home cooks.  Just a little practice is all it takes, and its a snap.  Melt…

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,…

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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…

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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…

Classic BLT with Garlic Basil Aioli

Classic BLT with Garlic Basil Aioli

This Classic BLT with Garlic Basil Aioli is so over-the-top good it probably should be outlawed.  All I can say…when you can get amazing…

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 Grandma Longwell baking cinnamon rolls…