I enjoy cooking. While I am not a chef my any means, I feel quite confident in my meal preparation for the family. Over the years I have tried and succeeded with many recipes either from someone else, or my own spin on something common.

Cooking to me is more about the journey than the destination. The process of picking a recipe, getting the ingredients and then cooking is one of my favourite things to do. I spend a lot of time flipping through cookbooks for inspiration or watching YouTube channels like Sam the Cooking Guy for more ideas and techniques. Online cooking shows and how-to videos have changed the landscape in a way that makes cooking much more inclusive than it has ever been.

If you follow my Instagram feed (and you should), you know I post a lot of food pictures of the latest barbeque session or recipes I am proud to have pulled off.

As a kid I was not that involved in the cooking or where dinner even came from. You sat down every night at 5pm and ate whatever was put in front of you. It was not until I was in my late 20’s that cooking clicked with me. Before that I pretty much stuck to burgers and dogs on a grill.

But as my love of cooking has grown, so has the variety that our kids have access to. Some of these dishes they are fans of now, I did not even know existed when I was there age.

So I hope first, they develop a wide love of different foods and by seeing both their parents enjoying cooking, it will click for them as well.

With the rise of meal kits and food delivery, I always wonder if they will want to cook, or even need to? That’s a depressing thought based on how much enjoyment I get out of it. Preparing a meal from scratch for the family or for guests and seeing how much they enjoy the food is one of the most awesome feelings. Even if you feel you could have done better – which is usually the case for me. I know, the chef is never 100% happy.

On this page I will be compiling all of the recipes I cook both my own and from other sources. I will also list my favourite cooking references as well.

Go and cook something today.

Like a Dad’s Favourite Recipes

Texas style chili

Spaghetti Bake

Sam style hot dogs

Jamie Oliver’s mega meatball subs

Pulled Pork with honey mustard


Baby back ribs

Po-taco Pie

Fennel and chorizo rigatoni

Meatloaf muffins

Tator tot skillet

Pizza Casserole

Chicken wings

Ham hash

Meatball and noodle soup

Penne with red pepper sauce

Potato, broccoli and cheddar soup

Kentucky hot brown

Baked cavatappi with sausage

Nashville hot chicken meatloaf minis

Sam’s chicken smash burgers

Beer can chicken

Jalapeno poppers

Roasted chicken drummies

Taco casserole

Buttered chicken

Prosciutto penne with spinach

Chicken and sausage gumbo

Cheeseburger quinoa bake

Grilled flank steak with avocado salsa

Blue cheese-crusted filet mignon

Nashville hot chicken

Toad in the hole

Grilled pizza

Smoked ham

Cooking Channels

Sam the Cooking Guy

Food Network

Like a Dad’s Favourite Cookbooks

The Dude Diet

The Dude Diet Dinnertime

Favourite Things

Chetty’s hot sauce