DINNER IDEAS

September 29, 2022

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan coated with an Italian seasoned parmesan cheese breading, then air fried to perfection. It’s a low calorie alternative that still is packed […]
September 28, 2022

Philly cheesesteak taquitos on a flattop grill

Philly cheesesteak taquitos recipe with shaved beef, onions and bell pepper grilled on the Blackstone griddle. Rolled in corn tortillas cheese and fried on the griddle […]
September 20, 2022

Esquites on the Blackstone griddle

Hatch Chile and Bacon Esquites cooked on a blackstone flattop grill, loaded with cheese and absolutely delicious. Perfect as a game day snack, a topping for […]
September 15, 2022

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken chow mein with a savory oyster and soy sauce made from scratch. Throw out your take out menus because after you learn how to make […]

HI. I’M DEREK.

I AM A DAD, FOOD BLOGGER, AND FIXER OF BROKEN TOYS.

I’m a home cook, grill and barbecue junkie – and love fishing out doors.

But most of all, I  love to sharing meals I create for my family!

My passion in life to use food to take a break from life, and re-connect  as a family at the dinner table.

I love encouraging families to cook by sharing recipes, tips and tricks that make cooking simple, enjoyable and delicious!

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DAD LIFE

January 13, 2021

Immune Supporting Orange Juice Smoothie

This orange juice ginger and turmeric smoothie is the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack to get a great source of immune supporting nutrients into your system. […]
April 17, 2020

Smoked Barbacoa Tacos on a Weber Kettle

Smoked barbacoa tacos is a great way to change up taco night. I wanted to get a really good flavor. So instead of using my Traeger […]
September 11, 2019

Chicken Enchilada Rollers For Lunch Boxes

Figuring out an easy back to school lunch for kids in different phases is a little tricky. I think I’ve nailed it with these chicken enchilada […]
November 18, 2018

Charcoal Grilled Apple Galette

I love making apple galettes but can’t give up that wonderful smoky flavor of the summer. This grilled apple galette is a wonderful blend of fall […]

MY LATEST RECIPES

September 29, 2022

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan with Marinara Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan coated with an Italian seasoned parmesan cheese breading, then air fried to perfection. It’s a low calorie alternative that still is packed […]
September 28, 2022

Philly cheesesteak taquitos on a flattop grill

Philly cheesesteak taquitos recipe with shaved beef, onions and bell pepper grilled on the Blackstone griddle. Rolled in corn tortillas cheese and fried on the griddle […]
September 20, 2022

Esquites on the Blackstone griddle

Hatch Chile and Bacon Esquites cooked on a blackstone flattop grill, loaded with cheese and absolutely delicious. Perfect as a game day snack, a topping for […]
September 15, 2022

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken chow mein with a savory oyster and soy sauce made from scratch. Throw out your take out menus because after you learn how to make […]
September 1, 2022

Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders – LIKE POPEYES

One thing I cannot resist – Popeyes Chicken tenders. They’re tender, flakey, and perfectly seasoned. Today I’m sharing my take on them, cooked a couple ways […]
August 31, 2022

Chilaquiles with a fried egg

Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish that consists of fried tortilla chips, smothered with a red (or green) sauce that is very similar to an enchilada sauce. […]