DINNER IDEAS
October 14, 2020

Honey Garlic Salmon With Potatoes and Broccoli SHEET PAN RECIPE

Honey Garlic Salmon is the PERFECT combination when baking in the oven. It’s buttery, savory and with a hint of sweetness that will please the whole […]
October 7, 2020

30 Minute Marinara Sauce

This 30 minute marinara sauce makes spaghetti nights taste so much better than any of that canned stuff. It’s full of flavor, its vibrant and its […]
September 30, 2020

Chamorro Finadene Sauce

Finadene sauce is a Chamorro condiment that is spicy, tangy, and full of umami. It’s simple to make, and goes great on a while variety of […]
September 23, 2020

ONE PAN: Leftover Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese and Cheeseburgers. These are the two meals my son is CONSTANTLY asking me for! So I HAD to combine the two and make […]

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
October 14, 2020

Honey Garlic Salmon With Potatoes and Broccoli SHEET PAN RECIPE

Honey Garlic Salmon is the PERFECT combination when baking in the oven. It’s buttery, savory and with a hint of sweetness that will please the whole […]
October 7, 2020

30 Minute Marinara Sauce

This 30 minute marinara sauce makes spaghetti nights taste so much better than any of that canned stuff. It’s full of flavor, its vibrant and its […]
September 30, 2020

Chamorro Finadene Sauce

Finadene sauce is a Chamorro condiment that is spicy, tangy, and full of umami. It’s simple to make, and goes great on a while variety of […]
September 23, 2020

ONE PAN: Leftover Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese and Cheeseburgers. These are the two meals my son is CONSTANTLY asking me for! So I HAD to combine the two and make […]
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.