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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.┬áIn 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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Tequila Chicken Quesadillas

Another awesome Father’s Day has come and gone. And when I say awesome, it was perfect. Not because we did anything particularly exciting, but because it was another day with the most important people in my life, my wife and sons. And our first Father’s Day with our new little guy, Connor. A fun baseball practice in the morning followed by a day at the pool and a nice family dinner, my idea of awesome. After dealing with some major health issues the last couple of years and finally starting to feel like myself again, I never take a minute for granted and feel so incredibly blessed to be a dad.

Tequila Lime Chicken Quesadilla via Real Food by Dad

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I get on a roll with certain things. Mexican food, popsicles, stuffed food, etc. So last week, I made some Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles and figured these Tequila Chicken Quesadillas would be the perfect meal to eat prior to a couple of those popsicles (the popsicles for adults of course). And they were a perfect pre-cursor to the popsicles! Seriously, my boys could eat quesadillas all day long if they could, but the way they like them is soooo boring to me, so I rarely make them, unless I’m in a total jam or time crunch. Seriously, 2 tortillas and a slice of american cheese, microwaved? Yuck.

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Taco Pasta Salad

April 17, 2014  |  Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Dinners, Easy, Lunch, Mexican, Pasta, Quick, Salad, Savory  |  4 Comments

Since my wife is pregnant, I have learned to pick up many of the cooking duties around here. And to my surprise, I absolutely love it (hence the blog). And to quote one of my favorite television shows, this makes her “happy, happy”. Perhaps due to my short attention span, my goal with every meal that I make is to get it done in 30 minutes or less and it’s got to be something we all like. And that’s not always easy with me and one of my sons being picky, Naomi’s cravings changing day to day. So this Taco Pasta Salad that I came up with was a big hit.

Taco Pasta Salad | Real Food by Dad copy

This one came about following one of Cole’s Little League games, where we were all starving and on the verge of crankiness, but none of us wanting to go out to eat. We are all burned out on that. We made a quick run to the store, grabbed some 90% lean ground beef and some rigatoni pasta, and I got to work the second we walked through the door. Being from Southern California, we’ve always got cheese, taco seasoning and toppings on hand, so that made this even easier to prepare.

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