Breakfast Strata

So we found ourselves with another stockpile of eggs from our chickens again over the weekend, and needed a way to use a bunch of them up at once.  Usually I’ll make a quiche or something, but this time I had some leftover sourdough loaves that were a bit stale, and decided I would make up…

Roasted Red Potato Nachos

whats better than delicious nachos with “the works” you ask?  Its nachos made with potatoes instead of chips.  Yes you heard correctly, nachos with crispy baked (or even fried) potato wedges are the beez kneez, and you’ll wonder why you’ve never done this before.  Some of you may have had Tater Tot Nachos a.k.a. “tatchos”…

Pierogies

If you have never heard of a Pierogi, its basically made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough (basically pasta dough made by mixing water and flour together, sometimes using eggs) around a savory or sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water, much like a ravioli or dumpling.  Its a popular dish in Poland, Ukraine, and Slovakia, and…

3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

The name pretty much explains it all!  It literally just has those 3 things in it, which makes it a great go-to healthy “dessert” option.  I mean, you could probably have these for breakfast (and If there were any left, they would’ve been).  I know I’m not the first person to make these (I’ve seen…

Italian Sausage Bread

One of my favorite holiday time foods has always been this sausage bread (like a Stromboli) my family makes, usually around Christmas time back in Upstate NY.  Its pretty much a staple appetizer item at the extended family Christmas Eve dinner, but with the amount of it we always ate, it might as well have been a main…

GLORIOUS Bacon Cheeseburgers w/ Fried Egg & Avocado on a Brioche bun

tell me what’s better than a juicy bacon-y cheeseburger being shoveled into your face… nothing…. nothing is better than that.  It’s the definition of “glorious”, which is why I wanted to share with you how to do it, from scratch. Sure, you can head out to a nice restaurant and dish out $20 for one,…

Steak for Two

I’ve been loving me some steaks recently.  Even my wife who said she never really cared for steaks before, has been devouring these up lately when I make them. I know everyone has their own way of how they like them, and trust me, when I have to cook my wife’s “well done” I cringe…

Sourdough

I’ve been doing quite a bit lately in regards to sourdough.  Every weekend i’ll spend a few hours mixing, folding, shaping, etc. a few loaves to stock up on (and storing/freezing) for whenever we need a loaf of bread for sandwiches, stews, toast for breakfast and whatnot. I’m not much for baking, but for some…

Honey Fire Fried Chicken Tenders w/ Fried Jalapeno Mac n’ Cheese

so we got a bit off the healthy train today.  Recently my wife and I had went out for a valentines dinner to this cool new restaurant in downtown Nashville, and one of the dishes served was mac n’ cheese topped w/ buffalo or “hot” chicken, which looked pretty awesome, so i’d been thinking of…

Turkey & Broccoli Mac & “Cheese”

So I still haven’t eaten dairy in like… 5 months or something like that, but had really been craving that flavor of delicious gooey cheese.  There are tons of recipes out there with cheese alternatives (and some are just blehhh), so I decided to try something myself, and I came up with this (I even…

Let’s Taco ’bout It

Sometimes you just need a good taco… and by sometimes, I mean, pretty much, whenever you can. Lately i’ve been craving them more than usual, but in typical Derek fashion, I wanted to make it all from scratch.  Despite not having a tortilla press (although I’ll have one soon!) I went out and got myself…