Monthly Archives: October 2015


Spicy Pumpkin Soup topped with Toasted Pine Nuts

By | October 27th, 2015|WayneBites|

Years ago, my friend Andy Avalos, meteorologist for NBC Chicago, shared his wife's pumpkin soup recipe with me.  It's been a favorite ever since.  There are simple ingredients in this soup but they come together beautifully, especially with the toasted pine nuts and croutons on top.  As with all of my spicy recipes, you can [...]

Chicken And Waffles With Apples And Sage

By | October 17th, 2015|WayneBites|

I woke up this morning with a craving for chicken and waffles.  I think it was because there's a chill in the air as fall starts descending on us...and because I just had a taste for a little southern comfort.  Either way, I put this little recipe together and added a bit of fresh sage to [...]

Smoked Zuchetta Rampicante Soup

By | October 4th, 2015|WayneBites|

My friends Rob Barba and John Charmello gave me this zuchetta rampicante from their backyard garden. Honestly, I’ve never prepared one before. But, it is from the squash family, and since there’s a bit of chill in the air, I decided to make a soup. I also wanted to see if I could infuse a [...]