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Mom’s Apple Pie

By | September 19th, 2016|WayneBites|

This recipe is pretty basic. But, it uses my mom's special crust, which combines butter and cream cheese. Also, you can really go crazy with decorating the crust by taking leftover dough and cutting out patterns either with a knife or with decorative pastry cutters (available at most housewares stores). Mom's Pie Crust (makes two [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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" [...]

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 [...]