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Appetizers

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

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…

Classic Eggs Blackstone

Classic Eggs Blackstone

Eggs Blackstone quickly became a Loon favorite about 10 years ago.  I was on a business trip in Kentucky, staying at a Bed &…

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…

Comfort At Its Best

How to Make Swedish Meatballs

How to Make Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs have always been a favorite of ours, especially when we our throwing a party.   Every time we serve these at a…

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…

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Is there anything much more homey and comforting the Homemade Dinner Rolls?  I think not.   These are so nostalgic and just perfect.  …

Spatchcocked Turkey

Spatchcocked Turkey

Spatchcocked Turkey is a breakthrough technique that actually has been around for quite sometime.  The origins of the technique are a little unclear, but…

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

This Roasted Chicken with Vegetables is just so completely satisfying.  We love the combination of lemon and herbs slow cooked with chicken.   Ask…

Chinese Pot Stickers

Chinese Pot Stickers

These Chinese Pot Stickers are probably the Loon’s favorite Chinese appetizer.  They have a pork, mushroom and cabbage filling with other classic Chinese seasonings….

Portuguese-Style Clam Chowder

Portuguese-Style Clam Chowder

We just love the cream-based New England Clam Chowder, but we also really love tomato-based clam chowder. Portuguese-Style Clam Chowder is incredible.  This recipe…

Weekend Food & Fun: Amish Country!

Weekend Food & Fun: Amish Country!

Weekend Food & Fun: Amish Country! has us deep in the heart of Amish country and beautiful Lancaster County, PA.  We are on and…

Delectable Desserts

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,…

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Tiramisu

The Loon and I have loved Tiramisu ever since we lived in Europe in the 90s.   I was performing in the show CATS…

Homemade Cherry Pie

Classic Cherry Pie

Classic cherry pie is of course best when you can use fresh tart cherries from the farm stand.   I missed the bounty this…

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…

Entrees

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…

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…

Italian

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Texas Caviar is perfect for parties - especially the big game!

Texas Caviar

This is an awesome dish to serve at parties – especially on the big game day.   It’s easy to make, low cal (don’t…

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…

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…

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

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.  …

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…

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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…

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Farm Fresh Corn Chowder

I love farm to table food.  And this Farm Fresh Corn Chowder fits that bill.   Fresh corn and red peppers, with the best…

Scrumptious Sides

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…

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…

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…

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….

Seafood

Fish 'N Chips

English Pub Fish and Chips

Who doesn’t love English Pub Fish and Chips?  Well, I don’t know.   But I sure know who loves them like crazy!   The…

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…

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…

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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…

Southern

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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…

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Lovely Lemon Bars

I’m kind of nut for lemons.  And I guess I have forced my lemon love onto the Loon possibly more than he would have…

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…

TexMex

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

I’m a huge fan of good Mexican rice.  The Loon often feels that rice just gets in the way of a good meal, but…

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…

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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…

Texas Caviar is perfect for parties - especially the big game!

Texas Caviar

This is an awesome dish to serve at parties – especially on the big game day.   It’s easy to make, low cal (don’t…

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…

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…

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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

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…

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….

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…

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…