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.

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 [...]

The Fallen Halo Cocktail

By | April 18th, 2018|WayneBites|

Halos Mandarins are sweet, juicy, and seedless little tastes of goodness. I recently purchased a bag of them on sale and decided to have a little fun creating a cocktail centered around their mandarin orange flavor. I first tried juicing them the traditional way by slicing them and squeezing. But, then I realized if I [...]

Low Carb Cauliflower Cloud Bread

By | April 14th, 2018|WayneBites|

I’ve been experimenting with low carb recipes for a long time. I made my version of cauliflower pizza crust over a year ago and still enjoy making it. Recently, I took a look at the many recipes for “Cloud Bread” or “Oopsie Bread”. These recipes use a combination of whipped egg whites folded into an [...]

Ham Stir Fry With Broccoli, Carrots, Snap Peas, And Red Peppers

By | April 6th, 2018|WayneBites|

I’m continuing my recipe series that I call, A Man, A Ham, & A Plan. I bought a 5 1/2lb thin cut carver ham and I wanted to see how many dishes I could create with it. I was able to make 6 different dishes, each serving at least four. This fifth dish is a [...]