DINNER IDEAS
June 12, 2019

Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad

This grilled chicken caprese salad combines my two favorite summer dinners salads and grilled meat. Why? Because it means I’m not in the kitchen! I marinated […]
May 30, 2019

Grilled Shrimp Spring Roll Bowls

Any time I go to a Vietnamese restaurant, I always start off with an order of spring rolls. Today I’m sharing my twist on this recipe […]
May 24, 2019

Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you’re planning on smoking a brisket, be sure to save some of the flat because you’ll want to make a brisket grilled cheese sandwich with […]
May 22, 2019

Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Smoked pork belly burnt ends are these little meat candy nuggets that are to die for. They’re loaded with smoky flavor and are sweet and melt […]

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, sharing the meals I create for my family. It’s 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 14, 2019

Upgrading My Kitchen Look With This Weekend Project

Weekend projects are what I live for. Since moving into our new home, I’ve dubbed Sundays “Project Day” And with craziness of the holidays is behind […]
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 […]
September 28, 2018

Preventing Food Waste with Frozen Fruit Smoothie Packs

If I had a dime for every time I tossed a carton of unused strawberries, well… I’d have like 50 cents. Because that was the old […]
My Latest Recipes
June 12, 2019

Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad

This grilled chicken caprese salad combines my two favorite summer dinners salads and grilled meat. Why? Because it means I’m not in the kitchen! I marinated […]
May 30, 2019

Grilled Shrimp Spring Roll Bowls

Any time I go to a Vietnamese restaurant, I always start off with an order of spring rolls. Today I’m sharing my twist on this recipe […]
May 24, 2019

Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you’re planning on smoking a brisket, be sure to save some of the flat because you’ll want to make a brisket grilled cheese sandwich with […]
May 22, 2019

Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Smoked pork belly burnt ends are these little meat candy nuggets that are to die for. They’re loaded with smoky flavor and are sweet and melt […]
May 21, 2019

Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Lasagna Stuffed shells are a great way to change up pasta night. I’m taking traditional lasagna and putting a twist on it by stuffing pasta shells […]
May 13, 2019

Smoked Pulled Pork Cheese Fries

Pulled pork cheese fries are an easy way to re-purpose leftover smoked pork shoulder the next day. Smokey, cheesy and I mean, who doesn’t love fries?! […]