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.

Chicken And Waffles With Apples And Sage

By | October 17th, 2015|WayneBites|

I woke up this morning with a craving for chicken and waffles.  I think it was because there's a chill in the air as fall starts descending on us...and because I just had a taste for a little southern comfort.  Either way, I put this little recipe together and added a bit of fresh sage to [...]

Smoked Zuchetta Rampicante Soup

By | October 4th, 2015|WayneBites|

My friends Rob Barba and John Charmello gave me this zuchetta rampicante from their backyard garden. Honestly, I’ve never prepared one before. But, it is from the squash family, and since there’s a bit of chill in the air, I decided to make a soup. I also wanted to see if I could infuse a [...]

National Bourbon Heritage Month

By | September 23rd, 2015|WayneBites|

In 2007 The US Congress actually decreed that September is now National Bourbon Heritage Month.  With the great history of bourbon making in this country, I think it was a great move.  And, in honor of National Bourbon Heritage Month, I got together with a few of my buddies at Marty's Martini Bar, a great [...]

Smoked Chicken Chili

By | September 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

Coming from Texas, I love my beef chili.  It's thick, rich, spicy, and has no beans.  But, occasionally, I do like to mix it up and experiment with other types.  I created this chicken version because I wanted to see if I could infused a bit of smokey flavor to the chicken before putting it [...]

Heirloom Tomato and White Peach Bruschetta

By | August 26th, 2015|WayneBites|

The was so much gorgeous fresh fruit at the market today I just had to do some experimenting. So, I combined white peaches and heirloom tomatoes to make a really fresh tasking bruschetta. The flavors really work well together. The right amount of salt was also key for me…just enough to brighten the flavors of [...]

California Inspired Antipasto Board

By | August 20th, 2015|WayneBites|

I'm out in California for two weeks and of course I'm going to sample the local fare and get some culinary inspiration. My first stop was the Foreign Cinema, a wonderful restaurant in the Mission District.  It's a beautiful space with an outdoor patio.  In the evenings they project movies on the large white washed [...]

Fried Green Tomato BLT

By | August 2nd, 2015|WayneBites|

Fried Green Tomato and Making A Lattice Bacon Layer (so there's bacon in every bite) I love BLTs and now with tomatoes growing in my backyard, it's easier than every to just munch out at a moments notice.  But, I posted one of my caprese salads on Facebook recently, bragging about my tomatoes, and one [...]

Star Shaped Nutella Filled Bread “Edelweiss”

By | August 1st, 2015|WayneBites|

Star Shaped Nutella Filled Bread Inspired by Baker & Nosh's Edelweiss Ingredients 1 Brioche Dough Recipe (click here) 1 jar Nutella 1 Egg White Method This recipe was inspired by my friend Bill Millholand, Chef/Owner of Baker & Nosh, a wonderful bakery in my Uptown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago.  Bill's "Edelweiss" is [...]

Brioche Dough

By | August 1st, 2015|WayneBites|

Brioche Dough Recipe Ingredients Sponge 1 pkg Active Dry Yeast 1 tsp Sugar 1/2 cu All Purpose Flour 1/4 cu Whole Milk, warmed to 105 degrees F 1 lg Egg, room temperature Dough 3 1/2 cu All Purpose Flour, plus 2 tablespoons 1/4 cu Granulated Sugar 1/2 tsp Salt 4 lg Eggs 12 tbl Unsalted [...]

Gazpacho

By | July 19th, 2015|WayneBites|

A chilled soup in the summertime is always a tasty way to beat the heat.  This gazpacho recipe is just loaded with fresh ingredients and is really easy to make.  If you have a blender, a sharp knife and a cutting board, you're good to go.  The only challenging element to this dish is peeling [...]