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Appetizers

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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 Corn on the Cob with Chili, Lime and Cotija Cheese

Fresh grilled corn on the cob with chili, lime and Cotija cheese is incredible!   I know it may sound a little weird using…

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Fried Green Tomatoes on Corn and Tomato Saute

Well, what does one say about Fried Green Tomatoes and Corn and Tomato Saute?   The usual adjectives come to mind…amazing, delicious, mind-blowing.  Well,…

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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…

tomato, cheddar, bacon pie

Tomato, Cheddar and Bacon Pie

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

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…

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Watermelon Gazpacho with Jalapeno, Feta and Fresh Mint

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.  This watermelon gazpacho with jalapeno, feta and fresh mint is the perfect summer dish.  So incredibly fresh and…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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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…

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.  …

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Fried Green Tomatoes on Corn and Tomato Saute

Well, what does one say about Fried Green Tomatoes and Corn and Tomato Saute?   The usual adjectives come to mind…amazing, delicious, mind-blowing.  Well,…

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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…

tomato, cheddar, bacon pie

Tomato, Cheddar and Bacon Pie

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

white chocolate blueberry muffin

White Chocolate Raspberry & White Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

These are the bomb.  White Chocolate Raspberry & White Chocolate Blueberry Muffins!  I got this recipe a while back when we visited San Fran…

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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…

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…

Comfort At Its Best

Rotini alla Caprese

Rotini alla Caprese

Caprese salad is one of our all-time favorite dishes, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.  So, let’s go a step further, and do…

How to Make Cross Hatch Sweet Potato Chips

How to Make Cross Hatch Sweet Potato Chips

How to Make Cross Hatch Sweet Potato Chips has us in the kitchen making one of our favorite snacks in the world.  We had…

Panzanella (Bread and Tomato Salad)

Panzanella (Tomato and Bread Salad)

Panzanella (Tomato and Bread Salad) is the perfect warm weather salad, especially when tomatoes are in peak season.  Panzanella is a Italian dish originating…

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…

Delectable Desserts

Entrees

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…

Halibut with braised kale, beans & tomatoes

Halibut with Braised Kale, Beans & Tomatoes

We just love halibut.  Firm, yet flaky, and not too fishy.  (The Loon doesn’t like his fish too fishy…he reminds me this often).  Matched…

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 on any of the flavors….

Porterhouse Steak with Peppers, Sausage & Potatoes

Porterhouse Steak with Peppers, Sausage & Potatoes

Ready to impress?  Ready to eat like a carnivore?  Ready to eat like the Romans do?   Well, look no further.  Porterhouse Steak with…

Amazing Asian Ribs

Asian Braised Short Ribs

These Asian Braised Short Ribs are seriously finger-licking good.  The Asian influences are Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean.  They are literally fall-off-the-bone good.  It’s…

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…

Italian

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…

Authentic Chicken Picatta

Authentic Chicken Picatta

Okay…so this is a living, breathing blog…created by two human beings:  Kris & Wesley.  And dammit…mistakes can happen.   We had finished taking shots…

Risotto with roasted chicken, butternut squash and asparagus

Risotto with Roasted Chicken, Butternut Squash and Asparagus

Risotto with Roasted Chicken, Butternut Squash and Asparagus is divine.  I make this with sauteed pancetta and toasted pine nuts.  Be sure to use…

Classic Penne Alla Vodka

Classic Penne Alla Vodka

Classic Penne All Vodka: This dish is one of mine and the Loon’s all-time favorite.  Be sure to use home-made marinara, it really makes…

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…

Italian-Style Braised Artichokes are amazing!

Italian-Style Braised Artichokes

These are really a great appetizer.  If you want to make them 100% vegetarian, use veggie stock…I use my standard chicken stock…either way..they’re chock…

rustic lasagna with fresh spinach pasta and bolognese sauce

Rustic Bolognese Lasagna With Fresh Spinach Pasta

This is probably my most classic dish: Rustic Bolognese Lasagna with Fresh Spinach Pasta.  I have been making some variation of lasagna for me…

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 the perfect start to a…

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, this soup does the trick….

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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 20 years now.   My cousin,…

White chile with roasted tomatillos, chicken and white beans

White Chili with Roasted Tomatillos and Chicken

I honestly don’t remember where I got this recipe, but I’ve been making it for years and it so good, especially on a cold…

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 roof.  In a word: AMAZING!…

Scrumptious Sides

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…

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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…

Amazing Cajun rice

Perfect Cajun Rice

This rice is perfect for all your favorite Cajun dishes.  Oh boy, is it good.  The Loon said….”It’s just rice…it is so good!” Perfect…

Best-Ever Baked Potato

Steakhouse Baked Potato

Treating these a little differently than how you usually make baked potatoes, the Steakhouse Baked Potato will make you think you are at your…

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…

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 nicely with tomatoes…but the simpicity…

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…

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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.   This really is chock-full…

TexMex

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Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

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…

How to Make Pomegranate Bellini Martinis

How to Make Pomegranate Bellini Martinis

How to Make Pomegranate Bellini Martinis is from our Cele-Brunch episode.   This will certainly liven up any brunch, that’s for sure!  And, for…