DINNER IDEAS

July 26, 2021

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

This fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich is simple, yet so delicious. It’s savory, sweet, and the crisp bit of the fried bread makes it a […]
July 15, 2021

Smoked Tri Tip With Texas Style Rub

If you want to make an amazing tri tip roast, look no further. I smoked a tri tip roast with a Texas-style rub this week and […]
July 13, 2021

Balsamic Herb Bruschetta

Bruschetta, is my favorite Italian appetizer. It goes great on a crusty bread, or can even be used as a topping for sandwiches, salads or chicken. […]
July 9, 2021

Taco Seasoned Beer Can Chicken

When I think staples to backyard barbecue, I think beer can chicken. And when mexican food is life in our family, I just have to do […]

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

July 26, 2021

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

This fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich is simple, yet so delicious. It’s savory, sweet, and the crisp bit of the fried bread makes it a […]
July 15, 2021

Smoked Tri Tip With Texas Style Rub

If you want to make an amazing tri tip roast, look no further. I smoked a tri tip roast with a Texas-style rub this week and […]
July 13, 2021

Balsamic Herb Bruschetta

Bruschetta, is my favorite Italian appetizer. It goes great on a crusty bread, or can even be used as a topping for sandwiches, salads or chicken. […]
July 9, 2021

Taco Seasoned Beer Can Chicken

When I think staples to backyard barbecue, I think beer can chicken. And when mexican food is life in our family, I just have to do […]
June 29, 2021

Best Backyard Grilled Burger

Mustard lined ground chuck, grilled onions and a secret sauce. These are all I need to make the best backyard grilled burger that is sure to […]
June 9, 2021

Grilled Steak Summer Salad with Mango Vinaigrette

This grilled flank steak summer salad with mango vinaigrette has got flavors coming in from left and right, You have grilled flank steak and mushrooms for […]