Maybe it's a guy thing, but I hate following instructions. Just give me the pieces and I'll put it together. If it doesn't look like it's supposed to when it's done, oh well! I guess I've just created something new and innovative, or, in some cases, a complete mess.

I take a similar approach to recipes. I like to cook, but in my own way. If I want to try something new, I'll browse recipes online to learn a general technique and basic flavors, but when it's time to get down and dirty my computer gets shutdown. I use my new found knowledge to inspire me to create something unique. Most of the time it works out and I feel accomplished, but at times (very few times, mind you) it turns out to be a complete mess (don't worry, I'll never post a recipe for a mess on here) and it's on to Plan B - grilled cheese and soup. I enjoy taking risks in the kitchen and believe you should too!

The recipes featured below are meant to be ideas and general guidelines. I don't actually measure when I cook, so any measurements are estimates, albeit close estimates. If you want to follow the recipe exactly I don't think you'll be disappointed, but I encourage you to experiment and play around with the food too. Yes, I am telling you to play with your food despite the wise words often prevalent in my childhood, "Daric, don't play with your food!"

Lasagna-styled Enchiladas topped with Fire Roasted Corn + Avocado Relish and Chipotle Crema

Inside Out Chicken Taquitos
Margherita Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breast
Pineapple & Coconut Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Fire-Roasted Corn Guacamole

Chipotle Black Bean Grilled Tostada Pizza

Orange Juiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Little Labor Baby Backs

Side Dishes
Chipotle-Lime Rice
Punch-drunk Barley
Shrimp-Coconut Rice

Grilled Salm-wich with Pickled Red Onions and Parsley Aioli