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Appetizers

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…

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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…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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…

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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…

Comfort At Its Best

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…

Zucchini and Summer Squash "Pasta" Salad

Zucchini and Summer Squash “Pasta” Salad

Zucchini and Summer Squash “Pasta” Salad is literally brimming with fresh garden flavors.   I love the trick of adding a little salt to…

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….

Gourmet Sliders (World's Best)

World’s Best Gourmet Sliders

These World’s Best Gourmet Sliders are beyond description.  Well, maybe not beyond description…but trust us…they are EXTREMELY delicious! Get ready.  Hold onto your buckles.  This…

Delectable Desserts

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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…

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,…

Carrot Cake with Macadamia Nuts and Crystallized Ginger

Carrot Cake with Macadamia Nuts and Crystallized Ginger

This is yet another slight twist on everyone’s favorite cake…Carrot Cake.  The Loon has requested this version…carrot cake with macadamia nuts and crystallized ginger…many…

Entrees

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…

Grilled Cowboy Ribeye Steaks

Grilled Cowboy Ribeye Steaks

The Loon could only think of one word when I made him Grilled Cowboy Ribeye Steaks…YEE-HAW!!  These are so good.  Typically, Cowboy Ribeye steaks…

Spaghetti with Lamb and Sweet Pepper Ragu

Spaghetti with Lamb and Sweet Pepper Ragu

Lamb pairs nicely with the sweet red and yellow peppers in this Spaghetti with Lamb and Sweet Pepper Ragu.  I’ve been using thick-style spaghetti…

Roasted Chicken Enchiladas with Verde Sauce

Roasted Chicken Enchiladas with Verde Sauce

Yum!  We love just about any kind of enchilada, and this is a version I’ve been making for many years.  I think this recipe…

Italian

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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…

Chicago-style deep dish pizza

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

What can we say about Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza?  Well, honestly, both the Loon and I are crazy about New York Pizza.   But…

Kitchen Essentials

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perfect Popcorn

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

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

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…

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…

Garlic and Parmesan Fries

Garlic Parmesan Steakhouse Fries

Garlic Parmesan steakhouse fries are amazing.  Give them a rough cut, mix with some olive oil, parm cheese, pressed garlic, parsley, thyme (and if…

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…

Fresh spinach and blue cheese bread pudding

Fresh Spinach and Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

Fresh spinach and blue cheese bread pudding is amazing.  The Loon and I really love brunch…that’s why we call it Cele-Brunch.   You can…

Seafood

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Southern

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…

Skillet Seared Okra with Garlic

Skillet Okra with Garlic

Both the Loon and I really love okra.  Okay..down south, you’re mostly going to see it fried…it’s also stewed nicely with tomatoes…but the simpicity…

TexMex

Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

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.  …

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…

How to Make Mexican Coffee

How to Make Mexican Coffee

How to Make Mexican Coffee is Wesley showing how to make Mexican coffee..with a serious kick!  Adjust the alcohol and cayenne to your own…

Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts

Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts

Warning: These Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts are addictive.    They’re that good.  We just love apple cider, and mixed with cinnamon and then made…

How to Make Perfect French Fries

How to Make Perfect French Fries

Want to learn how to make perfect French fries at home?  Well, look no further!  Watch Kris and Wesley show you a fool-proof method…

How to Make Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

How to Make Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

Want to make something really amazing for the Big Game, or party…or just anytime you’re ready to impress…then watch How to Make Ancho Chili…

Braised Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos

These Ancho Chili Short Rib Nachos are to die for.  I mean, you just can’t get much more delicious than this dish.  Talk about…