BBQ Sauce

By | June 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

Wayne’s Texas BBQ Sauce Ingredients 1 cu Hot Water 1 tbl Beef Base ( or 1  bullion cube) 1/4 cu Butter, 1/2 cu Minced Onion 3 stocks Celery, finely chopped 1 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and minced 2 cloves Garlic, smashed and minced 2 lg Tomatoes, chopped 1 cu Ketchup 1/2 cu Cider Vinegar 1 cp [...]

Grilling Spices

By | June 12th, 2015|WayneBites|

Whether you are gilling outside or roasting in the oven, a dry rub spice mix can add wonderful flavor to beef, chicken, pork or fish.  I've created these four separate mixes and have given them to friends for gifts.  They are always a big hit. You can double or triple the ingrediens so you have [...]

Coconut And Macadamia Nut Cookies

By | June 7th, 2015|WayneBites|

The one item I make that seems to be a favorite with just about everyone is my Coconut and Macadamia Nut Cookies.  I actually should call them Coconut, Oatmeal, Honey and Macadamia Nut Cookies because there's just as much oatmeal as there is coconut and the honey, though only 2 teaspoons worth, really is a [...]

Sweet Potato Pie

By | June 5th, 2015|WayneBites|

One of my favorite desserts, no matter what time of year, is sweet potato pie.  It is always popular during Thanksgiving, especially where I was growing up in Texas.   But, I love it year around.   This recipe is very simple with basic ingredients.  Some folks add evaporated milk to the mixture, but I like [...]

The Perfect Pie Crust

By | June 5th, 2015|WayneBites|

I do a lot of baking and make a number of pie crusts.  But, I do my crust a bit differently than most.  Rather than using a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour, I use a food processor with three ingredients: flour, butter and cream cheese.  The cream cheese adds to the [...]

Mason Jar Chicken Salad for Dining at Chicago In White

By | May 28th, 2015|WayneBites|

I’m going to a really special event here in Chicago this summer and I’m taking along a fun meal. The annual event, Chicago In White, is a social gathering where hundreds of folks, all dressed in white, meeting at an iconic location and simply enjoy food, entertainment and a wonderful evening under the stars. Everyone [...]

Chicken Biscuits And Gravy

By | May 23rd, 2015|WayneBites|

Growing up in Texas, one of my favorite weekend breakfasts was biscuits and gravy.  My mom also made a simple variation of that with sausage gravy over toast.  It was such a creamy, gooey, tummy filling treat, and I still enjoy it today.  But, the version my mom always made was with pork sausage and [...]

Texas Guacamole

By | May 14th, 2015|WayneBites|

Guacamole is absolutely my "go to" dish when I'm making appetizers for friends, especially during the summer.  A great way to start any social gathering is with an ice cold beer or margarita, some spicy guacamole and tortilla chips.  The one thing I will say about this recipe, though, is that the measurements should never [...]

Refrigerator Pickles

By | May 7th, 2015|WayneBites|

I love pickles...especially ones that are sour and sweet at the same time.   These refrigerator pickles are really easy to make.  They are crunchy, tangy and only take two days in the refrigerator to make.  They're great on sandwiches and are one of the ingredients for my ultimate "WayneBite" burger. Refrigerator Pickles makes two [...]

Kentucky Derby Party

By | April 29th, 2015|WayneBites|

My friend Barkley Payne is a native Kentuckian and has had many Kentucky Derby parties over the years. When I told him I was looking for ideas for throwing a party of my own, he was more than happy to share some of the recipes he has enjoyed in the past. Barkley also credits his [...]