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.

Mom’s Apple Pie

By | September 19th, 2016|WayneBites|

This recipe is pretty basic. But, it uses my mom's special crust, which combines 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 (makes two [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]