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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 [...]

Mom’s Pecan Topped Sticky Fingers

By | April 24th, 2015|WayneBites|

The Recipe makes 25 individual servings Ingredients 1/2 lb Butter 1 1/2 cu Dark Brown Sugar 1/2 cu Light Brown Sugar 2 lg Eggs 1 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Maple Extract 25 Pecan Halves 2/3 cu Chopped Pecans 1 1/2 cu All Purpose Flour Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in a [...]

Marty’s Martini Bar

By | April 17th, 2015|WayneBites|

Marty’s Assistant General Manager, Erasto, was kind enough to share the recipe for two of my favorite drinks at this cozy bar in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Erasto’s Margarita Royale Ingredients 2 Parts White Tequila Splash Triple Sec 1 Part Chambord Splash Lime Juice 1 Part Pomegranate Juice Champagne Topper Lime Wedge, for garnish Method Fill [...]