DINNER IDEAS
November 30, 2020

Buttery Shrimp Rolls

Don’t let lobster prices get you down. These buttery shrimp rolls are so dang good, you’ll forget that a lobster roll even exists! This is an […]
November 27, 2020

Red Bean Jambalaya with Turkey

I am a sucker for Red Bean Jambalaya. Add some leftover turkey, and you have got the perfect way to reimagine some Thanksgiving leftovers! I’m always […]
November 25, 2020

Breakfast Stuffing Acorn Squash

Breakfast Stuffing Acorn Squash loaded with maple sausage, pears and apples, and with a sweet maply syrup infused stuffing. Do I have your tastebuds going yet? […]
November 20, 2020

Chili Dog Sliders

Chili Dog Sliders are a fun way to change up your chili night. Slightly fried hot dogs on a slider bun, topped with a hearty chili […]

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
November 30, 2020

Buttery Shrimp Rolls

Don’t let lobster prices get you down. These buttery shrimp rolls are so dang good, you’ll forget that a lobster roll even exists! This is an […]
November 27, 2020

Red Bean Jambalaya with Turkey

I am a sucker for Red Bean Jambalaya. Add some leftover turkey, and you have got the perfect way to reimagine some Thanksgiving leftovers! I’m always […]
November 25, 2020

Breakfast Stuffing Acorn Squash

Breakfast Stuffing Acorn Squash loaded with maple sausage, pears and apples, and with a sweet maply syrup infused stuffing. Do I have your tastebuds going yet? […]
November 24, 2020

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

This pumpkin creme brulee recipe is a great way to switch things up for Thanksgiving dessert. It’s got a little pumpkin pie vibe to it, with […]
November 20, 2020

Chili Dog Sliders

Chili Dog Sliders are a fun way to change up your chili night. Slightly fried hot dogs on a slider bun, topped with a hearty chili […]
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 […]