DINNER IDEAS

November 23, 2022

Apple cinnamon hand pies from scratch

Apple cinnamon hand pies with a from-scratch all butter pie dough, and a deliciously sweet cinnamon apple filling. It’s perfect for holiday baking! Make an apple […]
November 2, 2022

Mussels in cream sauce over fries

Mussels in a white wine cream sauce served over paprika fries is an easy to make recipe with little prep time that feels like you’ve been […]
October 14, 2022

Carne Asada Fries

A Citrus and Beer based carne asada fries recipe right in time for game day season. Marinated flap meat grilled and chopped, and topped over cheese […]
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 […]

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

November 23, 2022

Apple cinnamon hand pies from scratch

Apple cinnamon hand pies with a from-scratch all butter pie dough, and a deliciously sweet cinnamon apple filling. It’s perfect for holiday baking! Make an apple […]
November 2, 2022

Mussels in cream sauce over fries

Mussels in a white wine cream sauce served over paprika fries is an easy to make recipe with little prep time that feels like you’ve been […]
October 14, 2022

Carne Asada Fries

A Citrus and Beer based carne asada fries recipe right in time for game day season. Marinated flap meat grilled and chopped, and topped over cheese […]
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 […]