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Potato Boats

September 24, 2014  |  BBQ, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Pork, Potato, Savory  |  104 Comments

My obsession for throwing a fried egg on everything continues. This Power Breakfast baked potato is totally legit, and a face-stuffer—and if that isn’t enough, I also had to make a Meat Lovers baked potato and a Pulled Pork baked potato.

Power Breakfast Baked Potato via Real Food by Dad

Are you sensing a run, here? I figured I might as well swap the popsicle out for a new fun run of something, since Summer is now behind us.

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Slow Cooker Ribs

June 29, 2014  |  BBQ, Dinner, Easy, Pork, Savory, Slow Cook  |  74 Comments

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It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through 2014 already. Where has the first half gone?? Before you know it, we will all be in full holiday shopping mode, which we love. Slow down, Matt. I know, I know. I get like that though. I should say, “we” get like that. Anxious for special moments and memories. Naomi and I love being parents and enjoy making every moment special with and for our boys. And this weekend was no different.

Slow-Cooker Ribs from Real Food by Dad

Two baseball tournaments for the boys, 25 miles apart, but thanks to our awesome friends (& neighbors), we made it work. While the tournaments haven’t been a big success so far, we make sure our boys play “in the moment” and look at the big picture. While we love to win, it’s not always about that. I am a coach, but I am first and foremost a dad, and it’s important for the boys to learn that life has its up and downs, lots of both in fact. It’s how they deal with both, especially adversity, that will build character and help them develop a good attitude. Which is what we always tell the boys – a good attitude will get you far in life. Am I right?

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

June 17, 2014  |  BBQ, Comfort, Dinner, Dinners, Easy, Lunch, Pork, Sandwiches, Savory  |  96 Comments

When the boys are around and the TV is on, it’s baseball, basketball or Spongebob. And while I am a big fan of all 3 (yes, ALL 3), I need a little more mental stimulation occasionally. Sorry boys. In that rare instance where I have some kid-free time and actually get to sit on the couch by myself or with Naomi to watch TV, I am almost always disappointed with what’s on. So inevitably, I end up putting on a classic movie, like an old western, or a sitcom, such as Seinfeld, my all time favorite show. And both never fail to entertain me. Even when I know the entire script by memory, which annoys the heck out of Naomi.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich from Real Food by Dad

When it comes to food, I similarly find that sometimes, a return to a classic brings me the same type of joy and contentment. In this instance, it worked with this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Yeah, everyone says their pulled pork recipe is the best, but I’m not sure if I’m quite ready or skilled enough to make that claim. But what I can say is that this one is a little bit sweet, a little bit smokey and where it differs from all others lies in the bread. Take it from me, skip the usual sandwich bun and use a sweet sliced bread, grill it with some Parmesan cheese on the outside to give it a slightly salty taste, then finish it off with a dusting of powdered sugar. And that’s what sets this apart from all others.

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