Monthly Archives: June 2015


Mediterranean Potato Salad

By | June 29th, 2015|WayneBites|

Fresh summer salads are always a cool option for dinning on a hot evening. This mediterranean potato salad is easy to prepare using simple ingredients, can be made in advance, and makes a colorful presentation. The original recipe came from my friend Marcus Riley. Mediterranean Potato Salad serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 lbs Red Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" [...]

Sweet Love Rainbow Frozen Yogurt

By | June 27th, 2015|WayneBites|

For some reason this week (#LoveWins), I was inspired by the rainbow flag to create a colorful dessert. I made six flavors of fresh fruit frozen yogurt to mimic the six colors of the rainbow flag. I also created two fun desserts, a colorful six-layer parfait and a tasty banana split that is big enough to [...]

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

By | June 21st, 2015|WayneBites|

One of the "must see" things to do in Chicago, whether you're a resident or visitor, is the Chicago Architecture Foundation's River Cruise.  The 1  1/2 hour tour takes you up and down the Chicago River and the incredibly well trained docents share information on Chicago's rich history and background information on over 100 buildings. [...]

Smoked Turkey en Croute

By | June 19th, 2015|WayneBites|

One of my favorite summertime appetizers is this stuffed French bread.  It's easy to make but it looks really fancy and often confuses guests as to how you made it.  You can make it early in the day or the night before and slice it just as your guests arrive.  It's always a hit at [...]

Smoked Babyback Ribs

By | June 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to smoke baby back ribs. Using my electric smoker, I usually make a ton of crowd pleasing slabs of ribs seasoned with my special pork dry rub mix and then covered with tangy barbeque sauce. As long as you can regulate the temperature [...]

BBQ Sauce

By | June 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

Wayne’s Texas BBQ Sauce Ingredients 1 cu Hot Water 1 tbl Beef Base ( or 1  bullion cube) 1/4 cu Butter, 1/2 cu Minced Onion 3 stocks Celery, finely chopped 1 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and minced 2 cloves Garlic, smashed and minced 2 lg Tomatoes, chopped 1 cu Ketchup 1/2 cu Cider Vinegar 1 cp [...]

Grilling Spices

By | June 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

Whether you are gilling outside or roasting in the oven, a dry rub spice mix can add wonderful flavor to beef, chicken, pork or fish.  I've created these four separate mixes and have given them to friends for gifts.  They are always a big hit. You can double or triple the ingrediens so you have [...]

Coconut And Macadamia Nut Cookies

By | June 7th, 2015|WayneBites|

The one item I make that seems to be a favorite with just about everyone is my Coconut and Macadamia Nut Cookies.  I actually should call them Coconut, Oatmeal, Honey and Macadamia Nut Cookies because there's just as much oatmeal as there is coconut and the honey, though only 2 teaspoons worth, really is a [...]

Sweet Potato Pie

By | June 5th, 2015|WayneBites|

One of my favorite desserts, no matter what time of year, is sweet potato pie.  It is always popular during Thanksgiving, especially where I was growing up in Texas.   But, I love it year around.   This recipe is very simple with basic ingredients.  Some folks add evaporated milk to the mixture, but I like [...]

The Perfect Pie Crust

By | June 5th, 2015|WayneBites|

I do a lot of baking and make a number of pie crusts.  But, I do my crust a bit differently than most.  Rather than using a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour, I use a food processor with three ingredients: flour, butter and cream cheese.  The cream cheese adds to the [...]