Asian

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Appetizers

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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…

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Authentic Homemade Tamales

So, these Authentic Homemade Tamales are the real deal.   They take some time, but that’s part of what makes them so magical.  Families…

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…

Mexican meatballs

Albondigas – Mexican Meatballs

The Loon and I really love meatballs, of course.   But have you tried Albondigas, which translated, means Mexican meatballs?  Boy, oh boy, you…

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…

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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…

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Okay….so, from time to time, I get feedback (I guess you could call it H2FeedBack)…that many of my dishes are packed with calories, 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…

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….

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

salmon gawker

Poached Salmon with Classic Bearnaise Sauce

The Loon is back and forth on salmon, some days “it’s just too fishy!”…and other days: “oh my God, this salmon is amazing”.  …

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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…

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Frittata with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Fontina

The Loon recently has decided that he really LOVES Brussls sprouts.  So, why not Brussels sprouts surrounded with smoked Applewood bacon, Fontina cheese, eggs…

wild berry parfait with mascarpone and vanilla

Wild Berry Parfait with Mascarpone and Vanilla

Wild Berry Parfait with Mascarpone and Vanilla is about as refreshing as you can get.   Use fresh fruit if you can, but even…

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…

Best-ever Monte Cristo sandwich with Mornay

The Best-Ever Monte Cristo Sandwich with Mornay

The best-ever Monte Cristo Sandwich with Mornay has so much history with The Loon and me.  You’ll have to read the Loon Log (soon…

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…

Authentic New Orleans Beignets

Classic New Orleans Beignets

Nothing conjures the tastes of New Orleans much more than these French Quarter gems. Let the dough rise overnight…and you won’t believe how these…

Grandma's Kolaches

Grandma’s Homemade Kolaches

Well, last week I posted about my Grandma Longwell’s amazing homemade cinnamon rolls.  As I said then, whenever we’d travel up to Belleville, Kansas…

Comfort At Its Best

Roasted Chipotle Chicken

Roasted Chipotle Chicken

This Roasted Chipotle Chicken is so deep in flavor.   I’m always playing around with ways to roast chicken and The Loon and I…

New Potato & Radish Salad

New Potato & Radish Salad

This New Potato & Radish Salad with Mustard Dill Vinaigrette is so fresh and so vibrant.  We love all kinds of potato salad, but…

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…

Cranberry Bread Pudding with Orange Sauce

Cranberry Bread Pudding with Orange Sauce

My mom is an amazing cook and every time we go back home, she always has one or two new dishes she surprises us…

How to Make the Best-Ever Chicken Salad

How to Make the Best-Ever Chicken Salad

Watch us make our most popular dish of all time in How to Make the Best-Ever Chicken Salad!  There is a reason this recipe…

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Ultimate Comfort Sandwich!! How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich shows you the simple, but necessary steps to make the most buttery,…

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…

Fried Catfish Po-Boy

Fried Catfish Po-Boy

Boy, oh boy, oh Po-Boy!  We’re talking Fried Catfish Po-Boy!! Nothing screams N’awlins more than a Po’Boy, and fried catfish is about as Down South…

Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

This Coconut Cream Cake is divine.  Moist and so flavorful.  I just love a cake with multiple layers, but you could easily do this…

Delectable Desserts

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Entrees

Mediterranean Tuna Steaks

Mediterranean Tuna Steaks

These Mediterranean Tuna Steaks are loaded with flavor.  The Tuscan influenced sauce marries perfectly with the Mediterranean flavors of tomatoes, olives, olive oil, capers…

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…

Authentic Hungarian goulash with Hungarian egg dumplings

Authentic Hungarian Goulash

This Authentic Hungarian Goulash might be a little different than you’re used to.   There’s no sour cream, no ground beef, no dried oregano…but…

Spanish Braised Chicken

Spanish Braised Chicken

Spanish Braised Chicken is really an amazing stew, in fact, it’s  stewpendous!!   We just love the combination of Spanish olives, with sauteed red…

Thai Green Curry Chicken

Thai Green Curry Chicken

The Loon and I absolutely love Thai cuisine, and this is one of our favorite dishes.  Of course, Thai food has some heat to…

Pan-seared pork chops with Cajun rice

Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Cajun Rice

Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Cajun Rice are a house favorite and easy to whip up on a busy week night.   Of course, they’re…

Fantastic Chicken Florentine

Fantastic Chicken Florentine

We just love sauteed spinach, tender chicken, and top-notch Parmesan cheese.  Throw in shallots, garlic, chicken stock and some lemon…and you’ll just die for…

Perfect Pork Loin Roast

Perfect Pork Loin Roast

The brine for this Perfect Pork Loin Roast ensure this to be super moist and bursting with flavor.  I love to cook directly on…

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…

Italian

homemade Caesar dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing is the way to go when you serve Caesar Salad.   It’s good for dipping veggies, too.  Don’t be afraid of…

fresh spinach pasta

Fresh Spinach Pasta

Fresh spinach pasta is just awesome.  Making fresh spinach pasta from scratch is actually very easy, especially if you invest in a few kitchen…

italian wings

Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Sauce

So, these Italian-style chicken wings are a slightly different take on your standard wings, but, boy, oh boy, are they good.  Both the Loon…

Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala

This can be made with chicken or veal.  Tenderize the meat between two sturdy freezer bags until thin scaloppini thin meat (between a 1/8…

rav glam

Taste of Fall Ravioli: Butternut Squash Infused Pasta Stuffed With Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Goat Cheese and White Truffle Oil in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce

If there ever was a dish that you wanted to emulate Fall, as well impress your guests to the hilt…make this for them.  …

Med pizza 2

Mediterranean Pizza

Oh boy…okay…the Loon and I were going out to have dinner tonight, because its a beaufiful night here near Princeton, NJ.  But, we were…

Big Pork

Roasted Pork Loin Stuffed With Spinach, Pine Nuts, Proscuitto & Fontina Cheese

This takes some time…but it is truly amazing.  Wonderful with polenta or roasted garlic whipped potatoes. Fresh spinach, blanched and finely chopped in a…

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

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Scrumptious Sides

Cajun Dirty Rice

Authentic Cajun Dirty Rice

Brace yourself for this flavor explosion.  Authentic Cajun Dirty Rice will transport you down to New Orleans with one bite.  Kickin’ good! Authentic Cajun…

Roasted broccoli with a kick

Roasted Broccoli With a Kick

Roasted Broccoli with a Kick! This is fantastic.  And so quick and easy.  It’s healthy, it’s gluten-free, and it has a nice spice that…

Roasted cauliflower mac and cheese

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

So this recipe comes from my sister Erin and one of her very best friends of all time, Lorri..let me tell you…they are nothing…

Bodacious Borracho beans

Bodacious Borracho Beans

Both the Loon and I really love these Borracho Beans.  Technically, Borracho means drunken beans…so, it’s like having a big party with every bite….

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Beautiful Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Do you like Brussels sprouts? No?  Okay…try these.  They are like popping little bullets of flavor into your mouth.  They really are good.  Especially…

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…

Featured dressing

Mom’s Thanksgiving Dressing

My mom, Maudell, makes my favorite Thanksgiving dressing.   I know everyone is partial to their own version, or their mom’s, or grandmother’s version,…

Potato Au Gratin

Classic Potatoes Au Gratin

Classic Potatoes Au Gratin…who doesn’t love ’em?  This dish is perfection and is especially good for those wonderful holiday feasts.  A mandoline will ensure…

Seafood

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Southern

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TexMex

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Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

Szechaun Dumplings with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Pork Dumplings with Peanut Sauce

These Pork Dumplings with Peanut Sauce are absolutely delicious.  They are filled with a flavorful pork mixture. For the sauce, we love using probably…

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…

Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is inspired from my mom, Maudell Longwell.  It really is the classic “make ’em smile” cake.  You know me,…

Homemade Italian Meatballs

Homemade Italian Meatballs

Homemade Italian Meatballs are about as good of a comfort food as you will find.  We love them, of course, on pasta, but they…

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller are one of those dishes that people look at and say “Wow!”…then they try one, and really say “Wow, oh wow!”  …

Cool Cucumber & Dill Salad

Cool Cucumber & Dill Salad

This Cool Cucumber & Dill Salad is so refreshing and has some of our most favorite flavors.  The fresh cucumber and dill match perfectly…

Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta & Lemon Pancakes with Vanilla Sauce

These Ricotta & Lemon Pancakes with Vanilla Sauce are incredible! Light, fluffy, and amazing flavor! The Loon took one bite and yelled out: “Are…

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…

Lobster Roll

Incredible Lobster Roll

Let’s face it…the star of this Incredible Lobster Roll is…LOBSTER!!  Keep it simple here folks.  It’s all about the amazing fresh lobster meat.  …