• Desserts,  Food

    Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I first had these cookies when they were brought to a pitch-in at my house and numerous people requested the recipe. They are very unique cookies and even people that don't care of coconut couldn't pass them up. 

  • Entrees,  Food

    Braised Beef Short Ribs

    We often have short ribs since it is a quick way to throw together a meal for Sunday dinner. With minimal effort you end up with a very tender dish that is a cross between steak and roast.

  • Desserts,  Food

    3 Layer Chocolate Custard Cake

    While not a favorite dessert at our house, the fact that one batter creates a 3 layer cake earns its a spot on the site. When serving to guests, it looks like it took considerably more time than it actually does.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Merrick Family Chili

    There have been minor tweaks to this chili over the years, however this is the chili that has consistently placed me in the top 3 at many chili contests, including a few wins. 

  • Desserts,  Food

    Bouchon Brownies

    My wife the expert of all brownies has declared these the greatest brownies in the world. Rich and chocolatey, like a mini chocolate lava cake right in your hand.

  • Desserts,  Food

    Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

    This recipe has generated a huge amount of discussion on the internet, claiming to be a better "chocolate chip cookie". I would have to say that I agree if it wasn't for the soft gooey centers of traditional style cookies.

  • Desserts,  Food

    Madeleines

    These little french cakes are the perfect snack size and have a similar texture to the top of a traditional muffin.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Chicken Pot Pie

    The base of this recipe is good enough to eat on its own as a soup. If you add a crust you have pot pie, toss in some biscuits and now you have chicken and dumplings. Don't be afraid to simplify and use a rotisserie chicken and pre-made pie crusts from the grocery store.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

    Chicken parm is one of our favorite hot sandwiches as well as one of my favorites to order at Italian restaurants. This recipe is much easier than pounding out chicken breasts and produces an excellent crisp meatball.

  • Food,  Sauces and Dressings

    Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

    A friend bought me a small jar of Jerk paste to try out one time and we were really excited to have another way to spice up chicken. This recipe is the closest to date that produces a thick paste for seasoning and marinades.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Chicken Tikka Masala

    For many people Chicken Tikka is the first dish they are introduced to for Indian food, and for good reason. It is flavorful and has a lot of familiar tastes. It isn't usually spicy and doesn't have ingredients people haven't heard of. For me, it continues to be my favorite Indian food and this recipe is my favorite to date.

  • Breakfast,  Food,  Sous Vide

    Sous Vide Egg Bites

    No more excuses for skipping breakfast during the workweek, these portable (Starbucks Inspired) egg bites are very rich and have a wonderful texture. Customize and change-up your toppings to add variety every day.

  • Breakfast,  Food

    Chocolate Scones

    A significantly healthier option compared to most of the recipes on the site, these scones are moist with a light crunch on top.

  • Entrees,  Food,  Smoker

    Smoked – Pulled Pork

    Pork shoulder is a very forgiving and cheap meat to start with if you are new to smoking. During a long cook it slowly transforms to an incredible tender feast for many people to enjoy.

  • Appetizers & Sides,  Breakfast,  Food

    Ultimate Granola

    This is less of a complete recipe and more of an excellent foundation to build a granola with all of your favorite ingredients. Combinations and add-ins are endless, you may find yourself sneaking some before bed as a treat, seriously.

  • Entrees,  Food,  Sous Vide

    Sous Vide Pork Carnitas

    This recipe doesn't get much easier. Super tender carnitas that can be started the night before and ready within 20 minutes for dinner. Add guacamole, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, rice and salsa and you have a full Chipotle bowl at home.

  • Appetizers & Sides,  Food

    Seared Brussel Sprouts

    It wasn't until I tried some roasted brussel sprouts and bacon at a local restaurant that they started to get on radar for a new vegetable to add to my diet. We have made this quite a few times and I am always quite pleased with the results.

  • Desserts,  Food

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

    These cookies are one of my all time favorites: rich, sweet and a soft chewy texture. Don't worry you can make them all year and not just around the holidays.

  • Appetizers & Sides,  Food

    Baked Beans

    Baked beans are a relatively new addition to my menu, but I found this recipe and it has way more flavor than the cans or any restaurant ones I have tried.

  • Appetizers & Sides,  Food

    Yeast Pretzels

    Everyone loves a fresh soft pretzel, the possibilities are endless for mix-ins, dips and toppings. These smell amazing and are up there with the best pretzels I have ever had.

  • Desserts,  Food

    Apple Crisp

    A classic childhood favorite combines my favorite fruit and a crumbly sweet topping. Great by itself or with a scoop of ice cream on top.

  • Entrees,  Food,  Smoker,  Sous Vide

    Sous Vide & Smoked Beef Brisket

    My love for brisket has only recently come about. A local BBQ restaurant started to offer a full-cut brisket option so I decided to give it a try. It is so tender and juicy, reheats well and is probably my favorite smoked meat to date.

  • Breakfast,  Desserts,  Food

    Pumpkin Cake Donuts

    We love donuts at our house, I finally broke down a bought a donut pan. Our first attempt were these moist pumpkin donuts, there will be more on the way like chocolate chip or apple cider.

  • Desserts,  Food

    Chocolate Souffle

    This souffle is really easy and is very very good. Texture comes out like a gooey rich brownie and is fun to watch rise in the oven while it bakes. Save the $8 at the restaurant and make one at home.