• Entrees,  Food

    Creamy Potato Soup

    A simple hearty classic with all of our favorite ingredients. I would say this is perfect for cooler weather, but I think I will reach for this throughout the year.

  • Entrees,  Food,  Smoker

    Grilled Suya

    A co-worker from Africa sent me some videos/pictures from a trip back home where the street vendors were grilling up various varieties of Suya. From what he has told me this is great with many different types of proteins, I will try out some chicken next time.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Ultimate Sandwich

    This sandwich is a combination of a BLT, a grilled cheese and a fried egg sandwich. It is also the sandwich featured on the movie Spanglish as the "Late Night BLT with Fried Egg and Cheese".

  • Entrees,  Food

    Hot Brown Turkey Sandwich

    When you can't quite decide what you want, this may be a good option. A hearty open-faced sandwich has all the key ingredients: bacon, gravy and a little turkey on simple slice of bread.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Chicken Enchiladas

    This dish comes together quickly and has intense creamy flavors that make it an awesome item for a quick get together or a small family meal.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Cottage Pie

    Cottage pie is the beef version of the more well known version of Shepherd's Pie which is served with lamb. This entree is pretty quick to prepare, easy to add a variety of vegetables to, and the leftovers reheat well. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite entrees lately.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

    This recipe came to me highly recommended from a friend and it has now been added to our regular rotation of meals. It is a little time consuming, I have reworked the recipe some to reduce the time, but it makes quite a bit of food so you can take a few days off and eat leftovers.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Cheddar Ranch Turkey Burgers

    These two extra ingredients will ensure that turkey burgers will be in regular rotation during the grilling season. The cheese oozes right out and each bite is loaded with flavor.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Pizza Dough

    This simple recipe makes a dough that can be used for pizza, breadsticks, garlic knots, calzones etc. Simple, tasty and fool-proof.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Mongolian Beef

    I didn't have high expectations for this dish, I have tried similar recipes and have never been impressed. However, this one is a keeper, and it is simple.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Summer Vegetable Casserole

    This rainbow of color is sure to spruce up your table and provide a change of pace compared to a regular vegetable spread. When done properly the layer of cheese makes this smell like a delicious pizza.

  • Entrees,  Food

    Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Peppers

    This was one of our first recipes to try out from the Home Cooking Cookbook, and while it is a little more intensive, it produces great results. The techniques learned here we have used for other dishes.

  • Drunk Chicken
    Entrees,  Food

    Spicy Drunken Chicken

    After falling in love with the Drunken Chicken at Yats, I had to find something similar. This recipe is super simple and lasts for quite a few meals and scales nicely for larger groups like a board game night.