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Appetizers

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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…

steakhouse onion rings

Steak House Onion Rings

These steakhouse onion rings are so light and not heavy, but yet, still, bursting with flavor. I’ve played around with different kinds of battered…

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Fantastic Focaccia with Rosemary and Olive Oil

This fantastic focaccia with rosemary and olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt is pure perfection.  Serve this before your main feast, and folks will…

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 with farm fresh flavor.  …

fried tomatos feature two

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,…

heirloom salad feature Two

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

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…

Seared Pork Chops with Caper Sauce

Seared Pork Chops in Caper Sauce

Seared Pork Chops in Caper Sauce is truly one of those dishes that looks gorgeous, and is equally as delicious.  We just love the…

Southern Crab Beignets

Southern Crab Beignets

It’s hard to find the words to describe how delicious these Southern Crab Beignets are.  Crunchy on the outside with luxuriously crab meat-filled inside.  Out…

How to Make German Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy

How to Make German Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy

How to Make German Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy has us in the kitchen making one of our all-time favorite go-to dishes.  It’s the perfect…

Beef & Broccoli Chow Fun

Beef & Broccoli Chow Fun

Beef & Broccoli Chow Fun is Chinese comfort at its very best.  They don’t call it FUN for nothing!  It’s always FUN to make…

How to make Chicken Francaise

How to Make Chicken Francaise

How to Make Chicken Francaise (or Chicken Francese) shows you how easy it is to make this iconic dish.  I don’t add butter at…

Delectable Desserts

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Entrees

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…

Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Ladies and Gents…it doesn’t get much tastier than this:  Southern-Fried Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce.  Of course, there are many, many ways to prepare…

Italian

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…

polenta with sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions

Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Words can’t describe this one: Velvety Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions.  A perfect start to an amazing meal.  Or…the perfect lunch.  This…

This restaurant-quality Caesar salad is amazing

Restaurant-Quality Caesar Salad

Yep.  This is good.  Really, really good.   We love this Restaurant-Quality Caesar Salad.   Using homemade Caesar Salad (from HTFaLoon)…and you’ll be a…

Kitchen Essentials

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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

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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…

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…

Yukon Whipped Potatoes with White Cheddar and Chives

Yukon Whipped Potatoes with White Cheddar and Chives

Gold Yukon whipped potatoes with white cheddar and chives are the perfect side to a good hearty entree, like roasted brisket or chicken with…

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Cakes with Citrus Kale Salad

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Cakes On a Citrus Kale Salad

Well, lately, I can’t think of two more trendy, but delicious and healthy food items than quinoa and kale.  Seems like everywhere you look,…

Stuffed mushrooms with Italian Sausage and peppers

Mushrooms Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Peppers

These are mouth watering good.   Another great dish for serving at a party, or as an appetizer to a wonderful Italian dinner party….

Seafood

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Southern

TexMex

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Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

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…

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

Ready to impress?  Make this Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin.  This roast is incredibly moist and explodes with flavor.  We just love the pan gravy that…

How to Make Fresh Banana Nut Bread

How to Make Fresh Banana Nut Bread

How to Make Fresh Banana Nut Bread is from our Cele-Brunch TV episode.  This bread, fresh out of the oven, is so amazingly delicious, so heartwarming,…

Incredible Key Lime Pie

Incredible Key Lime Pie

Okay…this Incredible Key Lime Pie really is INCREDIBLE.   I absolutely love using fresh ingredients in recipes.  But, there are some that are just…

Country Italian Pasta

Country Italian Pasta

This Country Italian Pasta is hands-down one of the Loon’s all-time favorites and one he requests often.  This is especially good during the cold…

Extreme Chocolate Layer Cake

Extreme Chocolate Layer Cake

Like chocolate?  Rich, dense, gooey, deeply flavorful chocolate?  Well, this Extreme Chocolate Layer Cake is your cake.  Chocolate through and through.  So moist, and…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches are truly something special.   Don’t have a smoker to slow cook your pork shoulder? Trust me, these…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

You can’t find a much more comforting soup than Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.  Oh, you probably could…but this one is right up there with…

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie

Brace yourself…this recipe for Amazing Chicken Pot Pie is almost too good to mention.  But I will.  This is comfort food at its all-time…