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 turing all that passion into fun ideas that I can share with folks.

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 [...]

Oven Smoked Baby Back Ribs

By | February 17th, 2016|WayneBites|

With spring in the air, thoughts of grilling and summer foods can't be too far away.  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 [...]

Texas Smoked Beef Chili

By | February 7th, 2016|WayneBites|

Growing up in Texas, I was always a fan of chili with no beans.  And, since I got a smoker, I've been experimenting with adding a little smokey flavor to the beef that goes into my chili.  Rather than using ground beef, I always use top round and cut it into small bite sized pieces. [...]

Mardi Gras King Cake

By | February 4th, 2016|WayneBites|

Made popular by Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana, the King Cake is an annual favorite sweet treat.  This braided cinnamon and sugar filled pastry is covered with icing and colorful sugars.  It's a little decadent.  But, hey, it's only once a year.  It's also traditional to hide a little plastic baby in the cake.  Whoever gets [...]

Crockpot Jambalaya

By | February 1st, 2016|WayneBites|

Jambalaya is a great dish that is traditionally a mix of chicken, sausage, shrimp in a tomato base with cajun spices.  I originally created this crockpot version for a football party because I wanted to get all the work out of the way before my guests arrived.  I decided to make the rice separately so that my [...]

Cauliflower Crust Veggie Pizza

By | December 7th, 2015|WayneBites|

I've been on a bit of a health kick lately and I wanted to try making a cauliflower pizza crust for a vegetable pizza.  I've heard a lot of comments about cauliflower crusts being a bit too watery or spongy, so I experimented with a few different ways of doing it.  Some folks will microwave [...]

Mom’s Sweet Potato Pie

By | November 25th, 2015|WayneBites|

Growing up in Texas, I remember sweet potato pie always being the dessert of choice for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I've enjoyed it for years and finally decided to share the recipe along with a few tweaks from me.  The crust my mom makes uses three ingredients: flour, cream cheese and margarine.  I've substituted butter [...]