About Us

Hello! Welcome to How To Feed a Loon! We are thrilled you stopped by!! If you’re new to our blog, you may be wondering, What in the world does “How To Feed a Loon” mean?  We’re glad you asked!

We (Kris Longwell and Wesley Loon) have been married for over 27 years!  We met in 1989 in New York City and it was truly love at first sight.

To repeat: Wesley’s last name is ‘Loon.’  As you may have noticed, there has never been a more aptly named person in the world.  Which is why I affectionately refer to him as my “Loon.”  And, he loves to eat my food and gets such joy helping me in the kitchen.  When trying to think of a name for our blog way back when it all started, it came pretty naturally: How to Feed a Loon.

Kris and Wesley of How To Feed a Loon

CULTIVATING CULINARY SKILLS

Throughout the years, I have continuously worked to hone my skills as an expert home cook. I have studied with some amazing chefs, participated in intensive culinary ‘boot camps’ at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in New York, and have read and devoured what seems like every cookbook and food blog in the world.  Wesley and I have had the honor of cooking and demonstrating our skills at numerous home and culinary shows throughout the country.

I had the exhilarating and somewhat surreal opportunity to compete on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games on the first-ever “Home Cooks” edition.  Before filming began, Guy explained to us that he was reluctant to have a ‘home cooks’ episode, because the show is so demanding, and, up until then, only included professional (and often high-profile) chefs.

He told us four contestants that his producers scoured the internet and after many, many auditions and interviews, landed with four of the best home cooks in the country.  I was honored, and admittedly terrified.  But it was amazing and the judges loved my food.

Guy Fieri with home cooks for Guy's Grocery Games,

In the fall of 2013, How To Feed a Loon started as a hobby, but soon turned into something beyond our wildest dreams. Throughout our journey, Wesley has become a master at food photography, video editing, food styling, and much more. His photography has appeared in dining/recipe calendars published by BIC Graphic, digital and hardcover cookbooks, and on the Cooking Channel.

You will notice that many of our recipes include a video of us in the kitchen making the dish. Through plenty of laughter, we show you exactly what you need to know to make the “Loon Approved” dish at home.

TEACHING WHILE HAVING FUN

We have the most amazing fans and followers on the planet. What we hear most is how we help home cooks feel at ease in the kitchen. We strive to bring joy and fun as you prepare comforting dishes that you will not only be proud to serve to family and friends, but recipes that you will want to make time and time again.

Here is a comment from a wonderful home cook in Texas that touched us so deeply:

“As are all of your recipes, y’all (yes I’m from Texas) are both gifted with the ability to take some of the most difficult and seemingly incomprehensible recipes and show us how to prepare them in such a way that we feel there’s nothing we can’t do in the kitchen….Y’all are a part of my family, from my sons and daughter that cook to my husband , myself and many more extended members of our family that I have shared your amazing site with.So from our family to yours; Love and thanks from Deep in the heart of Texas ❤️”

We have a simple premise here at How To Feed a Loon: Let’s do really delicious food, and let’s have a ton of fun doing it. 

And most importantly, let’s show you exactly how it’s done in an easy-to-understand way, so your kitchen becomes your ‘happy place.’

Kris and Wesley of How To Feed a Loon
Thanks for stopping by. Please come back often. And don’t ever hesitate to send us a note with any questions, thoughts, or feedback about particular recipe or video, or anything that might be on your mind!

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND NETWORK TV!

And don’t forget to follow us on: YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.  And if you are a subscriber to the RCN Network, check out our TV Show (check local listings for air-times).

We love hearing from our friends and fans! We couldn’t do what we do without you or our two beautiful dogs, Ebenezer and Florence, or as we call them…Eb and Flo.

And why would we want to?

We wish you the very best life has to offer…and here’s to Fun, Food and Fabulousness!!

Cheers!

Kris & Wesley

Kris and Wesley of How To Feed a Loon

152 Comments

  • So happy I just happened to find you on the “web”. Bought an instapot and watched your video on short ribs. Well, you sure made me feel more comfortable with that new method of cooking, and the ribs are delicious! So, thank you both, and I look forward to learning more cooking tips and recipes.

    • Hi Kathleen!! We are THRILLED you found us and we found YOU!! Yay! Congrats on your new Instant Pot! You will get more and more comfortable with it the more you use it. We have quite a few recipes that we think are great IP dishes. And we’ve got more on the way! Thank you for the great review and please stay in touch!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • Hi Kris and Wesley,
    I just went to the store and am about to make your Bolognese sauce. But I just had to tell you first how much I love you guys. Your videos make me happy (sometimes I just stream a bunch for entertainment purposes:) and get me excited about getting in the kitchen and whipping up something fabulous for my husband. I think he loves to eat almost as much as Wesley! Have made several of your recipes and can’t wait to add this one to my “Amazing” list. Even though I haven’t made this yet the 5 star rating is for y’all. Wonderful website, fun and mouth watering videos, amazing recipes and pictures. You guys are the total package. God bless

    • Hi Darlene!! We can’t express enough how much this means to us!! We do what we do because of awesome people like you!! And it’s great to have a partner in life who loves to eat your culinary creations, right?? LOL!! Let us know how the bolognese sauce turned out and what you and your husband thought of it!! Thanks again for the wonderfully kind words and the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Hey guys! This is way more than a cooking experience! Cooking and food is a form of sharing, loving, and letting people know they are important. You guys are the ambassadors to all of the above! You allow people who would never attempt to cook from scratch the confidence and knowledge to expand their hidden culinary skills! We are so blessed to have you guys! Keep up the amazing work and I’m still waiting on the loon cookbook! Will be a New York Times bestseller!!

    • Jay!!! You have no idea how much you have filled our hearts with joy from reading your message to us! We love doing what we do because of people like you!! Thank you so much. That truly means the world to us! Stay in touch and stay tuned…lots more food and fun on the way!! And eventually a cookbook, we promise!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • I make your ‘Best Ever Chicken Salad’ every Sunday evening for my lunch during the week! I usually put it on top of a bed of arugula drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar! IT IS THE BEST!! When I make it, people are always commenting on how good it is!! Thank you for such a great recipe!! You guys make me smile!!!!!

    • Hi Cara! And YOU make us smile!!! We are so happy you are loving our chicken salad recipe! And thank you for letting us know! We appreciate that so very much!! Best, Kris & Wesley

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