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Pressure Cooker Meatballs In A Tomato Basil Sauce Over Creamy Cheddar Cheese Polenta

By | February 6th, 2018|WayneBites|

This recipe is a bit of a hybrid in that it uses the pressure cooker, the oven and the stovetop. But, the trio work well together to create a tasty dish. The pressure cooker also creates a nice sauce that can be used as a pasta sauce for a second meal. Nice bonus! Pressure Cooker [...]

Pressure Cooker Texas All Beef Chili

By | January 31st, 2018|WayneBites|

I might have mentioned a few times that I'm from Texas, land of longhorns, barbeque, and chili. I'm a big fan of all three. With Super Bowl fever in the air, this is the perfect time to enjoy a steaming hot bowl of Texas chili with a big wedge of jalapeño cornbread on the side. [...]

Pressure Cooker Risotto With Mushrooms, Bacon And Corn

By | January 5th, 2018|WayneBites|

It seems like everyone I know got an Instant Pot this Christmas. I'm a little off the trend with my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker, but it definitely sill gets the job done. I decided to create this risotto recipe for the pressure cooker by modifying one of my favorites made the traditional way. After the prep [...]

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" [...]