Yearly Archives: 2016


Italian Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Soup

By | December 11th, 2016|WayneBites|

I hadn't made this recipe in a long and time and a friend of mine asked for a great wintertime hearty soup.  I sent him a list of some of my favorites and he picked this one.  He reported back that he liked it and that suddenly gave me a taste for it too.  I made [...]

Apple Pear Cranberry Pie

By | November 20th, 2016|WayneBites|

I have a collection of favorite holiday desserts.  But I thought I'd experiment with a new one this year.  I've take Granny Smith Apples, Anjou Pears, Cranberries and the juice and zest of a Naval Orange and made a new holiday pie for this season.  The recipe uses my mom's cream cheese crust, which is [...]

Texas Bourbon Pecan Pie

By | October 18th, 2016|WayneBites|

My parents have two large pecan trees in their backyard, so pecan pie has always been an easy favorite of mine to make. But, recently, my friend and syrup maker extraordinaire, Tim Burton, of Burton's Maplewood Farm in southern Indiana, introduced me to his bourbon barrel aged maple syrup. It's really delicious and I've incorporated [...]

Jamaican Rum Maple Syrup Frozen Custard

By | October 17th, 2016|WayneBites|

A good friend of mine, Tim Burton, is a syrup maker. His pure maple syrup is really tasty. But, recently he has been creating infused versions that are flavored in distillery barrels. I tasted his Jamaican Rum version and had to make a frozen custard with it. This recipe is really can certainly use [...]

Mom’s Apple Pie

By | September 19th, 2016|WayneBites|

This recipe is pretty basic. But, it uses my mom's special crust, which combines margarine (or butter) and cream cheese. Also, you can really go crazy with decorating the crust by taking leftover dough and cutting out patterns either with a knife or with decorative pastry cutters (available at most housewares stores). Mom's Pie Crust [...]

Bacon Bomb Meatballs

By | April 5th, 2016|WayneBites|

My brother recently sent me a photo of these bacon wrapped meatballs that were inside an onion skin.  They looked great but my sister-in-law thought that the onion flavor was a bit strong.  So, I decided to try to make them using par-boiled onion slices. The first step is to cut two onions off at [...]

Irish Stew

By | March 16th, 2016|WayneBites|

My Chicago friends, Donncha and Cathy Carroll gave me this recipe years ago.  I'm constantly modifying it a bit, but the basic flavors are from the original recipe. Irish Stew Courtesy of Donncha and Cathy Carroll with a few modifications from Wayne Serves 4 to 6. Ingredients 1/4 cu Olive Oil 1 1/4 lb Stewing [...]

Bacon Lattice Work Apple Pie

By | March 14th, 2016|WayneBites|

I created this segment on March 14, 2016 (which is 3.14.16).  Pi is 3.14159, or also 3.1416.  So, in honor of Pi, I decided to make a fun pie.  This bacon covered pie is a tasty combination of sweet and savory.  But, if you like the taste of pork and apples, I think you'll like [...]

Texas Style Kolaches

By | March 1st, 2016|WayneBites|

Everything is just a little bit different in Texas.  Almost every style of cuisine has a little spin on it when you encounter it in the lone star state.  And, Kolaches are no different. the traditional kolache The traditionally round Czech sweet pastry, that usually has a nice dollop of something sweet on top, like apples, [...]

Italian Sausage And Pepper Soup

By | February 22nd, 2016|WayneBites|

I really like the taste of Italian sausage and peppers.  Just sautéed together in a skillet they are great.  But, I wanted to go one step further and make a heart soup with these great flavors.  This recipe is really easy.  In fact, the most challenging thing you'll have to do is peel the [...]