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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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Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

April 13, 2014  |  BBQ, Cheese, Chicken, Dinner, Dinners, Easy, Lunch, Quick, Savory  |  9 Comments

We are a pretty darn simple family, in every way possible, and we wouldn’t have that any other way. Sure, life is pretty chaotic and crazy at times, but who’s isn’t? From school projects, to baseball and basketball, to family gatherings, blogging, and now my wife’s pregnancy, we don’t have much free time to simply take a breath and relax. As parents, our favorite saying is “the days are long but the years are short”, and that gives us perspective in all we do. We appreciate every minute.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza | Real Food by Dad | Grab the  the recipe for a no-knead, no-rise thin crust pizza

Staying with that theme, it becomes vital that we squeeze in quick, easy to make meals for the family. And this time, I knocked it out of the park with this Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza. Our boys love the BBQ Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen, but the time and money involved doesn’t make sense to me sometimes. So I figured I would do it myself. It literally took me 30 minutes to make from start to finish and while it is simple, it is the best pizza I have ever had. Half of us are extremely picky, so that’s always got to be taken into consideration with every meal. And this one covered that. Super easy, super tasty, and super happy boys and wife. That made me Super Dad, at least for an hour or so.

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