Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

By | January 7th, 2018|WayneBites|

The popular kitchen appliance this year was the Instant Pot...so many of my friends were excited to get one.  I actually have a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker which I've used for years.  And, recipes translate quite easily.  So, here's my Butternut Squash Soup recipe.  It takes only 6 minute at high pressure.  My YouTube video is [...]

Pressure Cooker Risotto With Mushrooms, Bacon And Corn

By | January 5th, 2018|WayneBites|

It seems like everyone I know got an Instant Pot this Christmas. I'm a little off the trend with my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker, but it definitely sill gets the job done. I decided to create this risotto recipe for the pressure cooker by modifying one of my favorites made the traditional way. After the prep [...]

My Dinner at El Ideas

By | September 7th, 2017|Videos, WayneBites|

Just had an amazing dinner at El Ideas, fine dining in a casual setting, with my friend Kelly Jones. Here's the whole menu and the space:

Pressure Cooker Red Beans And Rice

By | July 13th, 2017|WayneBites|

Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice makes 8 servings Ingredients 1 lb Smoked Sausage, sliced at an angle 1 lb Dried Red Beans, rinsed in cold water and drained 1 med Yellow Onion, chopped 2 tbl Cajun Seasoning 1 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Black Pepper 2 Celery Stalks, split and chopped 1 [...]

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Breakfast Empanadas with Chicken Andouille Sausage, Eggs and Cheese

By | May 28th, 2017|WayneBites|

I had some friends in from out of town and wanted to make easy "hand" food for the morning.  So, I made these breakfast empanadas.  There's a little work involved on my part, but they're very easy for my guests to enjoy.  Here are some pictures of the steps, and the recipe follows.   Once [...]


By | May 17th, 2017|WayneBites|

Extra Layered Lasagne This is a modification of a recipe I saw at Epicurious a while ago. But, I've modified it to create a huge family style size that can easily feed 10-12. The recipe uses two boxes of lasagne noodles in 8 total layers. With my lasagne pan, it takes four noodles per layer [...]

Cajun Chicken, Andouille Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo

By | February 26th, 2017|WayneBites|

Like a lot of folks, I enjoy celebrating Mardi Gras, primarily because of the food.  I love gumbo and thought I’d create a new recipe for this year’s Fat Tuesday celebration.  The key to this gumbo is the roux and you have to take your time to do it right.  If you burn the roux, [...]

Irish Coffee

By | February 12th, 2017|WayneBites|

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I fell in love with Irish Coffees.  The combination of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and cream is a perfect match for the cool breezy climate of the city.  The Buena Vista Cafe, in San Francisco's Marina District, is supposedly the birthplace of the Irish Coffee in the [...]

Italian Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Soup

By | December 11th, 2016|WayneBites|

I hadn't made this recipe in a long and time and a friend of mine asked for a great wintertime hearty soup.  I sent him a list of some of my favorites and he picked this one.  He reported back that he liked it and that suddenly gave me a taste for it too.  I made [...]

Apple Pear Cranberry Pie

By | November 20th, 2016|WayneBites|

I have a collection of favorite holiday desserts.  But I thought I'd experiment with a new one this year.  I've take Granny Smith Apples, Anjou Pears, Cranberries and the juice and zest of a Naval Orange and made a new holiday pie for this season.  The recipe uses my mom's cream cheese crust, which is [...]