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 [...]


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 [...]

Roasted Corn and White Bean Salad

By | July 13th, 2015|WayneBites|

White Bean and Corn Salad serves 6 Ingredients 3 ears Fresh Sweet Corn in their husks (or 2 - 15oz cans sweet corn drained) 2 cans Cannellini (white kidney) Beans, 15oz size 5 Green Onions, chopped, green parts included 2 tbl Red Onion, chopped 1 cu Grape Tomatoes (about 25), sliced in half 1/4 cu [...]

Margarita Pizza

By | July 11th, 2015|WayneBites|

My favorite homemade pizza is the simple, yet flavorful Margarita Pizza.  It has three simple toppings: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.  The crust is easy to make and I highly recommend that you get a pizza stone for baking and a pizza peel so that you can easily slide your creation into and out of the [...]

Mediterranean Potato Salad

By | June 29th, 2015|WayneBites|

Fresh summer salads are always a cool option for dinning on a hot evening. This mediterranean potato salad is easy to prepare using simple ingredients, can be made in advance, and makes a colorful presentation. The original recipe came from my friend Marcus Riley. Mediterranean Potato Salad serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 lbs Red Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" [...]

Sweet Love Rainbow Frozen Yogurt

By | June 27th, 2015|WayneBites|

For some reason this week (#LoveWins), I was inspired by the rainbow flag to create a colorful dessert. I made six flavors of fresh fruit frozen yogurt to mimic the six colors of the rainbow flag. I also created two fun desserts, a colorful six-layer parfait and a tasty banana split that is big enough to [...]

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

By | June 21st, 2015|WayneBites|

One of the "must see" things to do in Chicago, whether you're a resident or visitor, is the Chicago Architecture Foundation's River Cruise.  The 1  1/2 hour tour takes you up and down the Chicago River and the incredibly well trained docents share information on Chicago's rich history and background information on over 100 buildings. [...]

Smoked Turkey en Croute

By | June 19th, 2015|WayneBites|

One of my favorite summertime appetizers is this stuffed French bread.  It's easy to make but it looks really fancy and often confuses guests as to how you made it.  You can make it early in the day or the night before and slice it just as your guests arrive.  It's always a hit at [...]

Smoked Babyback Ribs

By | June 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

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 and then covered with tangy barbeque sauce. As long as you can regulate the temperature [...]