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 [...]


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 [...]