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Appetizers

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…

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…

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts

These Naughty and Nice Spiced Nuts have become a Christmas tradition at the Loon/Longwell house.   We love them…start off sweet and inviting, and…

Christmas Crostini

Christmas Crostini with Cannellini Beans, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Oh, Christmas Crostini with Cannellini Beans, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes is the perfect appetizer for your holiday feast.   Crunchy toasted bread with a hint…

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…

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….

Classic Buffalo Wings!

Classic Buffalo Wings

Okay…is there anything better than Classic Buffalo Wings?  In our book…not much.  Especially on game day…double, triple…or quadruple this recipe, and you’ll be the…

Fried zucchini with fresh marinara

Fried Zucchini with Fresh Marinara

This made-from-scratch fried zucchini with fresh marinara will knock your socks off.   Oh my, it’s amazing.   One of the Loon’s all time…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

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…

Caramel Banana Baked French Toast - Kris & Wesley

How to Make Caramel Banana Baked French Toast

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest in our H2FaL video library!  How to Make Caramel Banana Baked French Toast! It’s our favorite time of the…

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…

Norwegian Pancakes Video

How to Make Norwegian Pancakes

Hey everybody!  Here’s another installment of the How to Feed A Loon video collection.  This demonstrates how easy it is to make homemade Norwegian…

Hooray for Pannekakers!

Norwegian Pancakes – Pannekaker

Okay…Norwegian Pancakes, or Pannekaker, are a Loon favorite. They are thin, crepe-like pancakes that are just amazing.  Add a little butter and sugar, roll…

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Beautiful Baked Eggs with Spinach and Prosciutto

Beautiful baked eggs with spinach and prosciutto are the perfect brunch dish.   These are some of our most heart-warming and favorite ingredients in…

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…

Comfort At Its Best

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…

Skillet scramble with Fontina, tomatoes and basil

Skillet Scramble with Fontina, Tomato and Basil

Skillet Scramble with Fontina, Tomato and Basil transforms good ole basic scrambled eggs into something truly special.  We just love cherry (or grape) tomatoes…

Classic Cioppino

Classic Cioppino (San Francisco-Style Seafood Stew)

Classic Cioppino is a hearty Italian seafood stew that became famous in San Francisco.  San Francisco is one of our most favorite cities in…

Filet Mignon with Classic Bordelaise Sauce

Filet Mignon with Classic Bordelaise Sauce

This Filet Mignon with Classic Bordelaise Sauce is a triumph of flavors.  I fell in love with it when we traveled a couple years…

Delectable Desserts

Chocolate Yummy

Chocolate Yummy

The Loon and I were just recently in New Orleans (NOLA) and I came across this local favorite dessert, called Chocolate Yummy (recipe from…

Perfect Pears Poached in a Red Wine Reduction

Perfect Pears Poached in a Red Wine Reduction

These Perfect Pairs Poached in a Red Wine Reduction are so tender and rich in flavor.   They look gorgeous, too.  Oh, and seriously,…

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Cake

This mandarin orange cake is as beautiful as it is delicious.  I’ve been developing the perfect yellow cake for several years now, and every…

wild berry parfait with mascarpone and vanilla

Wild Berry Parfait with Mascarpone and Vanilla

Wild Berry Parfait with Mascarpone and Vanilla is about as refreshing as you can get.   Use fresh fruit if you can, but even…

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Marvelous Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

Okay…these Marvelous Mini Lemon Meringue Pies take some TLC to make…but trust me…when they are finished and ready to pop in your mouth…you’ll be…

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…

Yep...these are Popcorn S'Mores Bars.  Kid and Loon Friendly!

Awesome Popcorn S’Mores Bars

Yep.  That’s what these are…popcorn s’mores bars.   Serve these with a cold glass of milk…and the kids will think you are a super…

New York-Style Cheese Cake with Strawberry Glaze

New York-Style Cheese Cake with Strawberry Glaze

Um…this needs no introduction.  If you like an airy, yet amazing cheesecake, you’ll flip for this New York-Styled Cheese Cake with Strawberry Glaze.  These…

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…

Entrees

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

Making Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder is so easy and always turns out extremely flavorful and tender!  Wonderful with a nice sauce and a starch…

Braised chicken and savory peaches

Braised Chicken & Savory Peaches

This Braised Chicken & Savory Peaches dish is really something special.  Peaches work wonderfully in sweet dishes as well as savory.  Or even just…

Authentic Steak Fajitas

How to Make Authentic Steak Fajitas

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest H2FaL Video:  How to Make Authentic Steak Fajitas.  This is one of those dishes that takes a little time…

Amazing Beef Back Ribs

How to Make Amazing Beef Back Ribs

Hey everybody!  Here’s the latest video in our H2FaL video library! Watch us grill up some Amazing Beef Back Ribs!  We used Wagyu beef…

Beef Back Ribs

Amazing Beef Back Ribs

These amazing beef back ribs are incredible.  Beef back ribs are different than the popular pork baby back ribs.  They come from the same…

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’,…

German Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy

German Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy

Oh, this German Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy is just so satisfying.  Back in the mid-90s, I performed in the musical “Cats” in Hamburg, Germany…

Marinated Grilled Steak Sandwich

Marinated Grilled Steak Sandwich

This marinated grilled steak sandwich is melt-in-your mouth good.  The Loon nearly fainted when he took his first bite.  Flank steak is perfect for…

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…

Italian

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Eggplant Involtini

Eggplant Involtini is a Southern Italian dish that will make you and your guests thrilled at how delicious it is.  Simple, bright, and bursting…

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Italian Baked Stuffed Shells

These Italian baked stuffed shells pack so much flavor, it’s kind of ridiculous.  This is Italian cuisine at its best.   Just make and…

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Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops

These grilled lambs chops are marinated in a simple mix of garlic, rosemary, thyme and olive oil.   Quickly cook on a hot grill…

Braised short ribs

Braised Short Ribs

Braised short ribs are simply incredible.   Fall off the bone tender.  And so much flavor.  The Loon says it’s about as good as…

Chicken Parm

Authentic Chicken Parmigiana

This authentic chicken parmigiana is about as classic Italian American as you can get. Trust us, take a little extra time, and make the…

Italian Smother Pork Chops

Italian Smothered Pork Chops

Oh boy, these Italian Smothered Pork Chops are not for the faint of heart.   You’ll need to start getting these ready a couple…

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Peppers Stuffed with Tuna, Anchovies and Capers

Peppers stuffed with Tuna, Anchovies and Capers are truly unique and just wonderful.  I got the idea for these a couple years ago, we…

shrimp and artichoke linguine

Linguine with Shrimp and Artichokes

The Loon and I just love pasta.   One of our favorites is linguine with shrimp and artichokes.  This is one of those dishes…

Kitchen Essentials

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce

This is so great with wings, veggies, and anything worth dipping.   Yum! Recipe:   ¾ cup mayonnaise ½ cup of crumbled gorgonzola cheese, ¼…

Brown Sauce

This is a staple…especially for amazing Italian dishes.  I make a big batch, and freeze in separate containers. Recipe   ½ cup of unsalted…

Salsa jar

Restaurant-Style Salsa

One of our favorite things about going to a great Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant is the salsa with warm tortilla chips.  Doesn’t get much…

Make the chicken stock the day ahead

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock 4 lbs of chicken – use whole legs, thighs and/or breasts Mirapoix: 2 medium onions – quartered 3 to 4 carrots…

Savory Soups

Summer stuffed tomatoes

Stuffed Summer Tomatoes

Nothing is better than fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market in the summer time.   These literally explode with flavor.   The Loon and…

Pasta salad with sauteed asparagus with sun dried tomatoes and basil

Pasta Salad with Sauteed Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil

This pasta salad with sauteed asparagus and sun dried tomatoes and basil is actually as good as it sounds.   Mix in some fresh…

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…

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….

Roasted tomato and basil soup

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

Comfort doesn’t get much better than this…Roasted tomato and basil soup is a favorite of the Loon and me.  Be sure to whip up…

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings - the ultimate in comfort food

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

I don’t know…just please give this a go, serve it to someone you really love.   And be happy.   This really may be…

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

N’Orleans at it’s best.  This is just so good, and can be easily adapted to your favorite tastes…try other types of fish, sausage, veggies…or…

Braised Escarole with Cannellini Beans

Braised Escarole with Cannellini Beans

Serve this traditional Italian dish as an amazing salad to start a meal or as a wonderful side dish.  The warmth and flavor combination…

Scrumptious Sides

Zucchini Rice Casserole Feature 1

Zucchini and Rice Casserole

The Loon and I love love zucchini just about anyway you can make it.  Of course, we love good ole fried zucchini sticks (soon…

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….

Pasta salad with sauteed asparagus with sun dried tomatoes and basil

Pasta Salad with Sauteed Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil

This pasta salad with sauteed asparagus and sun dried tomatoes and basil is actually as good as it sounds.   Mix in some fresh…

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.  …

Braised green beans and tomatoes

Braised Green Beans and Tomatoes

These slowly braised green beans in tomatoes and onions have such a rich, deep flavor.   You can make these any time of the…

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…

Seafood

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Southern

deviled eggs Feature

The Best-Ever Deviled Eggs

I know it’s annoying when people claim to have the ‘best ever’ of anything…but as far as the Loon and I are concerned….these are…

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Cake

This mandarin orange cake is as beautiful as it is delicious.  I’ve been developing the perfect yellow cake for several years now, and every…

Hush puppies

Southern Hush Puppies

We just love homemade Southern hush puppies!  The mix of corn meal, with a hint of savory onion combined with a little sweetness, makes…

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…

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…

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Marvelous Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

Okay…these Marvelous Mini Lemon Meringue Pies take some TLC to make…but trust me…when they are finished and ready to pop in your mouth…you’ll be…

Spare rib food gawker

Southern Country-Style Pork Spareribs

These fall-off-the bone Southern Country-Style Pork Spareribs are amazing.  I’ve been making these for years, and they always are a real crowd-pleaser.  They smell…

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The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

I’ve been developing The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese recipe for years…and I have to admit…every time I make it…it’s a little different.  But that’s…

TexMex

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

One of our favorite things about going to a great Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant is the salsa with warm tortilla chips.  Doesn’t get much…

Mexican Potato Skins

Mexican Potato Skins

Ooooh.  I love potato skins…and here they are with a Mexican twist… 6 to 7 russett potatoes Oil for frying (vegetable, peanut, or canola)…

Shrimp Salad

Grilled Shrimp, Corn & Avocado Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Grilled Shrimp, Corn & Avocado Salad with Cilantro Dressing This is always a crowd favorite.  Really, really fresh…and just so dang delicious. INGREDIENTS: 1/2…

Restaurant-Quality Nachos

Joe T. Garcia’s Nachos

Inspired by the amazing nachos at the infamous Joe T. Garcias in Fort Worth, TX. And just remember…if someone tries to steal your nacho…

Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Ultimate Comfort Sandwich!! How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich shows you the simple, but necessary steps to make the most buttery,…

Classic Homemade Chicken Soup

Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup has got to be one of the most comforting soups of all time.  There’s a reason mom’s and grandma’s…

Cajun Baked Shrimp LICKETY SPLIT!

Cajun Baked Shrimp – LICKETY SPLIT

Here’s the latest in our LICKETY SPLIT series – Cajun Baked Shrimp!   I don’t think I know of any dish that is so easy…

How to Make Potatoes with Garlic, Herbs and Duck Fat

How to Make Potatoes with Garlic, Herbs and Duck Fat

How to Make Potatoes with Garlic, Herbs and Duck Fat shows you how to make the most amazing side dish for that special occasion…

Hoppin' Jalapeno Poppers

Hoppin’ Jalapeno Poppers

We have always loved Jalapeno Poppers, and these Hoppin’ Jalapeno Poppers are so much better than the kind out of a box from the…

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Tacos

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Tacos – LICKETY SPLIT

Cinnamon Apple Sweets Tacos – LICKETY SPLIT!! Here’s the latest in our LICKETY SPLIT series – Cinnamon Apple Sweet Tacos!   Make the cinnamon…

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…

Kicked Up Grasshopper Milkshake

Spiked Grasshopper Milkshake

Wesley likes to say his milkshake brings all the grasshoppers to the yard…that is – his Spiked Grasshopper Milkshake does!! Well, I’m not sure what…

Iced Green Tea Mojito with Asian Pear Juice

Iced Green Tea Mojito with Asian Pear Juice

Wesley’s Iced Green Tea Mojito with Asian Pear Juice is so unbelievably good!  It’s really refreshing and such a nice layer of flavors.  …