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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 [...]

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 [...]