Asian

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Appetizers

Mussels with garlic and white wine

Mussels with Garlic and Wine

Mussels with Garlic and Wine have been a favorite dish of both the Loon and me for many, many years.  The mussels add an…

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…

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…

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…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

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…

Comfort At Its Best

Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are absolutely amazing.  There is a touch of sweetness to the sauce, which counters perfectly against the beef…

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Shrimp

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Shrimp

This recipe for Pumpkin Gnocchi with Shrimp is one I learned while studying an intensive summer boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America…

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Wings

How To Make Teriyaki Chicken Wings

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Wings shows you how easy it is to make a party dish that combines two of our favorite types…

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….

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…

Delectable Desserts

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

Entrees

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…

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…

Italian

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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…

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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…

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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…

Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops

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…

Kitchen Essentials

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perfect Popcorn

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

Ranch

Homemade Ranch

We just love Ranch.  And making it from scratch is absolutely the way to go.   Once you make this, you’ll never use the bottled…

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

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Risi e Bisi

Remember having ‘Risi e Bisi’ as a kid growing up?  Really, you don’t?  Well, to be honest, neither did the Loon or me, he…

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…

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

I’ve been making this curried chicken salad for many years.  The Loon flips his wig (yes, his wig) every time I make this for…

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

Please give this a recipe a go, serve it to someone you really love.   And be happy.   This really may be the…

Scrumptious Sides

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…

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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…

Risi e Bisi Feature

Risi e Bisi

Remember having ‘Risi e Bisi’ as a kid growing up?  Really, you don’t?  Well, to be honest, neither did the Loon or me, he…

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….

Seafood

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Southern

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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…

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…

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

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…

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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)…

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 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…

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…

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…