Asian

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Appetizers

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…

Chorizo stuffed dates

Chorizo Stuffed Dates

Look no further, there is no better holiday appetizer than this one.   Chorizo stuffed dates are simply amazing….

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)!  …

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…

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…

Meat pie

Classic Meat Pie

The Loon and I have always loved a good meat pie.  How many times have we headed for the…

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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…

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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…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

Classic Gazpacho

Classic Gazpacho

Talk about an incredible Summer favorite:  you can’t get much better than Classic Gazpacho!  So refreshing and simply exploding…

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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…

Fried Oyster B.L.T.!

Fried Oyster B.L.T.

This Fried Oyster B.L.T. sandwich is about as good as they come.   Go to your local fish market,…

Tomato Cheddar Bacon Pizza Pie-2

Tomato, Cheddar and Bacon Pie

This tomato, cheddar and bacon pie is a must when tomatoes are at their peak.  Heirlooms are the ideal…

Comfort At Its Best

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.  …

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…

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…

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….

How to Make Classic Pesto

How to Make Classic Pesto

How to Make Classic Pesto shows you how to make one of the easiest sauces in the world, yet one…

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Authentic Chicken Curry

Authentic Chicken Curry The Loon and I live in a very culturally diverse part of the Northeast, United States….

Delectable Desserts

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…

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.  …

Entrees

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….

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…

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…

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Pasta Primavera

Spring is bursting out all over!  And Summer is practically here!  This is the perfect time to make one…

One Post Chicken Vesuvio

One-Pot Chicken Vesuvio

This One-Pot Chicken Vesuvio takes the classic Italian-American specialty (originated in Chicago) and simplifies the steps but doesn’t skimp…

Italian

Braised short ribs

Braised Short Ribs

Braised short ribs are simply incredible.   Fall off the bone tender.  And so much flavor.  The Loon says…

Chicken Parm

Authentic Chicken Parmigiana

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

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…

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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…

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…

Fresh linguine

Fresh Linguini

Fresh linguine is easy and delicious.  Use this in your favorite pasta dishes.  Boxed pasta is really just fine,…

Kitchen Essentials

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perfect Popcorn

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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

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Savory Soups

Mixed Green Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts, Apple, Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Mixed Green Salad with Gorgonzola

This mixed green salad with Gorgonzola, pancetta, walnuts, apple, cranberries and pine nuts, in a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette is…

Rustic Tuscan Lentil Soup

Rustic Tuscan Lentil Soup

Cold out?  Need something to really warm your cockles? (does anyone really know where one’s cockles are located?).  Well,…

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Classic New England Clam Chowder

Classic New England Chowder   Okay, I’m a Texan boy…but I’ve been living in the Northeast U.S. for over…

cream of broccoli soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Slow-cooking the vegetables, pureeing them, and then adding in the super silky voulte sauce sends this soup through the…

Scrumptious Sides

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

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

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…

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…

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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…

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…

Seafood

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Southern

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…

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Cowboy Cornbread

I don’t know why I call this Cowboy Cornbread…it just sounds like the perfect name for this awesome cornbread….

TexMex

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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!!…

How To Make Texas Caviar

How To Make Texas Caviar

How to Make Texas Caviar was such a blast to do at Pride in the Park in Lehigh Valley, PA…

Gourmet Tuna Casserole

Gourmet Tuna Casserole

Everyone loves a good tuna noodle casserole, right?   Well this Gourmet Tuna Casserole forgoes the canned soup version…

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…

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…