Wayne Johnson

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About Wayne Johnson

I’m a bit of a Jack-Of-All-Trades. I love to cook. I love to entertain. I love to build things in my wood shop and at my crafts table. I love architecture. I love exploring new places and new things. And, I love turning all that passion into fun ideas that I can share with folks.

Bananas Foster over Banana Nut Bread Pudding

By | February 3rd, 2019|WayneBites|

I recently made a pecan banana nut bread. The loaf came out so moist and tender that I started to think of ways of using it in an even more decadent dessert. And, well, with bananas being the central ingredient, the idea of bananas foster over the banana bread sounded really good. But, I decided [...]

Green Chicken Chili

By | January 28th, 2019|WayneBites|

Chili is always a great winter warmup dish. And, I’ve made so many different variations, from smoked brisket to vegetarian. But, my latest favorite is this green chicken chili. Many traditional versions of this dish use a jarred salsa verde as a key ingredient. I chose to make mine with fresh tomatillos instead. I think [...]

Pecan Banana Nut Bread

By | January 27th, 2019|WayneBites|

There’s something about the smell of homemade baked goods during the winter time. It just seems to take the chill out of the air. This recipe for banana nut bread is really easy and with ingredients most people always have on hand. It’s also a great when you have bananas that are close to going [...]

Italian Wedding Soup

By | January 16th, 2019|WayneBites|

I’ve always enjoyed this hearty soup. It’s great comfort food with a flavorful combination of meat and vegetables. The meatballs and soup are both easy to prepare and the entire dish takes less than an hour to make. You can adjust the heat with the red pepper flakes and use fresh oregano versus oregano paste. [...]

Meat Lovers Savory Pie

By | November 4th, 2018|WayneBites|

Meat Lovers Pie makes a 9” pie that’ll server 6-8 Ingredients 2 Pie Crusts (recipe below) 1 lb Beef, cut into small 1/2” pieces (I used shoulder chuck) 1 lb Mild Italian Sausage 5 slices Bacon, finely chopped 1 med Onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 med Yellow Squash, split lengthwise and then thinly [...]

Hearty Chicken Pie

By | October 22nd, 2018|WayneBites|

Some days you just wake up with a craving.  Today, mine was for chicken pie.  I grew up on those individual frozen pot pies as a kid.  And, even though they were processed within an inch of their life, I really liked them.  So, the love of pot pies has been with me for a [...]

Kentucky Mule

By | September 28th, 2018|WayneBites|

A friend gave me a bottle of Knob Creek recently and being as it's after Labor Day and time for dark liquor drinks, I had to make a Kentucky Mule. The ingredients are pretty basic, Knob Creek, lime juice, fresh mint, ice and ginger beer. But, you have to have a copper cup...I love the [...]

Pressure Cooker Apple Pumpkin Soup

By | September 26th, 2018|WayneBites|

I wanted to add a little more depth to my traditional pumpkin soup, so I’ve created a new version that includes apples, leeks, jalapeños, and a combination of spices, including cumin, cinnamon and nutmeg.  The pressure cooker helps subtly bring out all of those flavors harmoniously.  Add a little toasted pine nuts and sour cream [...]

Refrigerator Pickles 2018

By | August 25th, 2018|WayneBites|

Refrigerator Pickles Giving exact measure with ingredients is difficult because of how you cut and pack the pickles in a jar. If you cut the cucumbers into spears, then you can get more in than if you cut them in slices. And, if you cut them in slices, you can get more in the jar [...]

Simon’s Salmon Pasta With Arugula, Tomatoes, Capers And Pine Nuts

By | April 29th, 2018|WayneBites|

My friend Saran and I have known each other for over 10 years since our NBC Chicago days. She's awesome. Recently, she posted this dish that her husband Simon made.  It was this salmon dish with pasta, arugula, capers, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts in a lemony vinaigrette. It looked so good, I asked her [...]