DINNER IDEAS
September 16, 2020

Spicy Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp

This Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp recipe uses MASSIVE Shrimp. It’s got texture of lobster, loaded with garlic, Serrano peppers, and is amazing! If you’ve seen […]
September 15, 2020

Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos

Texas Style Pulled Pork Nachos. Smoked Pulled Pork shoulder on top of cheesy nachos is the best way to spend your weekend.
September 11, 2020

Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus

Spaghetti Squash is a light way to get your pasta fix in when you’ve decided to ghost carbs. I’m going all out for this recipe and […]
September 3, 2020

Chicken Esquites Street Tacos

Chicken esquites tacos – grilled chicken, topped with street corn elote is an amazing combo that needs to be one everyones table right now It’s got […]

Hi. I’m Derek.
I AM A DAD, FOOD BLOGGER, AND FIXER OF BROKEN TOYS.

I’m in the IT industry by day, and moonlight as a food blogger. I  love to share 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
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 […]
October 30, 2018

How To Smoke Pastrami Using A Corned Beef Packer

If you’re looking to make your own pastrami, using a brine might be something you’re just not ready to do yet. You can easily make smoked […]
My Latest Recipes
September 16, 2020

Spicy Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp

This Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp recipe uses MASSIVE Shrimp. It’s got texture of lobster, loaded with garlic, Serrano peppers, and is amazing! If you’ve seen […]
September 15, 2020

Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos

Texas Style Pulled Pork Nachos. Smoked Pulled Pork shoulder on top of cheesy nachos is the best way to spend your weekend.
September 11, 2020

Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus

Spaghetti Squash is a light way to get your pasta fix in when you’ve decided to ghost carbs. I’m going all out for this recipe and […]
September 3, 2020

Chicken Esquites Street Tacos

Chicken esquites tacos – grilled chicken, topped with street corn elote is an amazing combo that needs to be one everyones table right now It’s got […]
September 1, 2020

Hatch Chile Esquites

Esquites with Hatch Chiles, is spicy, zesty and so addicting! It’s easily becoming my favorite lunch time meal, and makes a better dinner time side! Think […]
August 20, 2020

Low Carb Country Skillet with Turnips

Don’t shy away when you hear low carb country skillet with Turnips instead of Potatoes. Turnips make an excellent low carb alternative to this dish when […]