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Appetizers

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…

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….

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…

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…

Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Ladies and Gents…it doesn’t get much tastier than this:  Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce.  Of course, there are many, many ways to prepare…

Spinach and cheese cannelloni

Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni

Holy smokes, this spinach and cheese cannelloni is so good.  It is one of my (Kris’) all-time favorites.  The Loon used to not be…

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…

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…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

Maple-Sage Sausage Patties

Maple-Sage Sausage Patties

Trust me on this one, make these Maple-Sage Sausage Patties, and you’ll never order the fast food variety again.  Well, you might, I mean,…

Homemade English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins are really much easier to make than you might think, and they are SO delicious!  We love them toasted with some…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Comfort At Its Best

Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches

Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches

Well, hello comfort food at its best!  Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches with Sriracha Mayo is absolute perfection.   The chicken is crunchy…

Weekend Food & Fun: Oktoberfest!

Weekend Food & Fun: Oktoberfest!

Weekend Food & Fun: Oktoberfest! has us celebrating German style!  Oh, we just love good German food.  It’s so comforting on so many levels….

How To Make Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread

How to Make Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread

How to Make Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread shows you how easy it is to make what The Loon proclaimed to be one of the most…

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….

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,…

Delectable Desserts

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…

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…

white chocolate blueberry muffin

White Chocolate Raspberry & White Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

These are the bomb.  White Chocolate Raspberry & White Chocolate Blueberry Muffins!  I got this recipe a while back when we visited San Fran…

Oatmeal, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oatmeal, Cranberry & White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I love Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies.   The Loon likes them, too, but they’re not his all-time favorite.  So, how about Oatmeal, Cranberry &…

creme brullet feature

Crème Brûlée

Is there anything more delicious than Crème brûlée? I think not.  You really need to pick up a kitchen blow torch to make these  to…

Entrees

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…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches are truly something special.   Don’t have a smoker to slow cook your pork shoulder? Trust me, these…

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie

Brace yourself…this recipe for Amazing Chicken Pot Pie is almost too good to mention.  But I will.  This is comfort food at its all-time…

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…

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…

Italian

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…

Spinach and cheese cannelloni

Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni

Holy smokes, this spinach and cheese cannelloni is so good.  It is one of my (Kris’) all-time favorites.  The Loon used to not be…

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…

Biscotti with pistachios and dried cherries

Biscotti with Pistachios and Dried Cherries

Biscotti with Pistachios and Dried Cherries is just so good.  This is so perfect when served after an amazing meal with some espresso, or…

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Pappardelle al Ragù alla Bolognese

Pappardelle al Ragù alla Bolognese is a traditional meat sauce over pasta.  I love to use pappardelle, which is the nice wide pasta…it just…

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….

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…

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…

Kitchen Essentials

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

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…

homemade blue cheese dressing is easy and delicious

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Homemade blue cheese dressing is so easy…you can make it in about 5 minutes (let it set for about an hour to really develop…

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….

homemade Caesar dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing is the way to go when you serve Caesar Salad.   It’s good for dipping veggies, too.  Don’t be afraid of…

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…

Savory Soups

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…

cucumber salad feature two

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…

heirloom salad feature Two

Heirloom Tomato Salad

There is simply nothing more delicious than produce fresh from the farm.  I have felt very lucky to live where vegatables are simply amazing…

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…

Marinated summer vegetables over soba noodles

Marinated Summer Vegetables over Soba Noodles

Now that we’re fully into Summer, let’s make the most of it.  Marinated summer vegetable over soba noodles!  These are some of our favorite…

watermelon feature

Watermelon Gazpacho with Jalapeno, Feta and Fresh Mint

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.  This watermelon gazpacho with jalapeno, feta and fresh mint is the perfect summer dish.  So incredibly fresh and…

Summer Salad: Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Herbs

Summer Salad: Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs

Here’s another favorite recipe from a great chef, Donald Link: Summer Salad: Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs!  This salad might just as well have a…

Scrumptious Sides

fried potatoes feature

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…

cucumber salad feature two

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…

steakhouse onion rings

Steak House Onion Rings

These steakhouse onion rings are so light and not heavy, but yet, still, bursting with flavor. I’ve played around with different kinds of battered…

Pureed cauliflower with roasted garlic

Pureed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic

This pureed cauliflower with roasted garlic is so good, and I am telling you, you could serve this, and your guests would swear it’s…

Sweet Potato Waffle Fries

Cross Hatch Sweet Potato Chips

These Cross Hatch Sweet Potato Chips are so awesome and flavorful in their simplicity.   The Loon and I feel like we’re at a…

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….

Seafood

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…

Cajun baked shrimp

Cajun Baked Shrimp

Serve these gems with Cajun Dirty Rice and grilled andouille sausage…and boy oh boy…this is New Orleans’ cuisine at its best. Cajun Baked Shrimp…

Scallops-2

Seared Scallops with Asparagus

Oh, this is just wonderful.   I can’t say enough about this dish.  It’s so good.  Cook the scallops until nicely browned and crisp…

tilapia with roasted red pepper, olives and capers in a white wine reduction

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olives, Capers and White Wine Reduction

Oh, this is just so good.  Every time I make it, I do it a little different, and you can tweak to your own…

Southern

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….

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Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy pretty much says it all.  I’m telling you, take the extra step, and make the biscuits.   There is…

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…

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…

Summer Salad: Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Herbs

Summer Salad: Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs

Here’s another favorite recipe from a great chef, Donald Link: Summer Salad: Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs!  This salad might just as well have a…

Jalapeno Sweet Creamed Corn

Jalapeno Sweet Creamed Corn

This is, hands down, one of mine and the Loon’s favorite dishes.   Summer doesn’t get much better than this.  Eat and be happy….

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken is so good.  I mean, really, really good.  When the Loon hear’s that Southern Fried Chicken is on the menu…he gets…

Creamy potato salad with dill and Dijon

Perfect Potato Salad with Dill and Dijon

What would a picnic be without a delicious perfect potato salad with dill and Dijon?  It would be a pathetic picnic, that’s what.  …

TexMex

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…

Authentic TexMex Beef Tacos

Authentic TexMex Beef Tacos

Okay…I love making things the Loon loves to eat…but these are my all-time favorite!   I trim about a half inch (use a pizza…

Ancho chili red sauce enchiladas

Authentic TexMex Enchiladas

These are good.  And not hard to make.  Authentic TexMex Enchiladas are such a crowd pleaser.  All our Texas friends and family should know…

Bodacious Borracho beans

Bodacious Borracho Beans

Both the Loon and I really love these Borracho Beans.  Technically, Borracho means drunken beans…so, it’s like having a big party with every bite….

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…

TexMex Breakfast Casserole

TexMex Breakfast Casserole

TexMex Breakfast Casserole is so dad-gum good.  The Loon loves the traditional breakfast casserole, but he really loves this one, too.   Make this…

White chile with roasted tomatillos, chicken and white beans

White Chili with Roasted Tomatillos and Chicken

I honestly don’t remember where I got this recipe, but I’ve been making it for years and it so good, especially on a cold…

Thanksgiving

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…

Everybody's favorite breakfast casserole

Day-After Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole

Okay, this has been made in many kitchens for many years.  But, you just can’t go wrong with this one.  Perfect for a holiday…

Featured dressing

Mom’s Thanksgiving Dressing

My mom, Maudell, makes my favorite Thanksgiving dressing.   I know everyone is partial to their own version, or their mom’s, or grandmother’s version,…

Potato Au Gratin

Classic Potatoes Au Gratin

Classic Potatoes Au Gratin…who doesn’t love ’em?  This dish is perfection and is especially good for those wonderful holiday feasts.  A mandoline will ensure…

The Loon Favorites

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,…

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…

How to Make the Best-Ever Chicken Salad

How to Make the Best-Ever Chicken Salad

Watch us make our most popular dish of all time in How to Make the Best-Ever Chicken Salad!  There is a reason this recipe…