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Appetizers

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…

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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…

Breads and Doughs

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Cajun

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Cele-Brunch

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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…

Comfort At Its Best

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…

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…

Delectable Desserts

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Entrees

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…

Incredible slow cooker baby back ribs

Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

These Incredible Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are the bomb.  Of course, being raised in Texas…I know all about good BBQ.  These aren’t slow-cooked…

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…

Italian

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…

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.  …

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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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Pizza

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Sauces Dressing and Dips

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Savory Soups

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Scrumptious Sides

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….

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…

Seafood

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Southern

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TexMex

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Thanksgiving

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The Loon Favorites

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…

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…