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.

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 [...]

Spicy Pumpkin Soup topped with Toasted Pine Nuts

By | October 27th, 2015|WayneBites|

Years ago, my friend Andy Avalos, meteorologist for NBC Chicago, shared his wife's pumpkin soup recipe with me.  It's been a favorite ever since.  There are simple ingredients in this soup but they come together beautifully, especially with the toasted pine nuts and croutons on top.  As with all of my spicy recipes, you can [...]

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 [...]