Over the years, grilling has evolved from a hobby to a lifestyle. I spend as much time as I can on the grill, and with our new outdoor kitchen, I’ve been taking my grilling skills to the next level. If you don’t know where to start with grilling, or maybe you want to improve the […]

Cottage (Shepherd's) Pie | Chris Cooks

Let me tell you, this is not the shepherd’s pie you grew up with. Technically it’s actually a cottage pie since it’s made with ground beef rather than lamb (I also added pork sausage but we’ll get to that). All I’m saying is that if you’re looking for a cottage pie, reinvented with elevated flavors, […]

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (a thyroid autoimmune disease) about 7 years ago. Although, I have been on medication ever since, my body does not respond to medication alone. I have to get blood work done every 8 weeks and have to eat a pretty strict diet to keep my numbers in check. I mostly […]

The Perfect Pot Roast

There are few meals as comforting as a slow-cooked pot roast. And with a healthy portion of vegetables added in, it’s well within the bounds of many of our New Year’s resolutions. Equipment used: Cast Iron Pot Cutting Board Cook’s Knife


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