10 Guy-Approved Recipes {Appreciation Post}

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10 guy approved recipes

Today, instead of posting a new recipe, I’m joining a group of bloggers who decided to proclaim it “Significant Other Appreciation Day” and do a post all about the person that sits across the kitchen table.

I write about Shawn all the time, but I never really “introduced” him, so I thought this was a fun idea. There’s a short interview with him and I had him think back through all of the recipes I’ve posted over the years and pick his absolute favorites.

I really appreciate everything that he puts up with for this blog: from eating lukewarm meals that have been manhandled so I could get the perfect photo, to politely eating at least a few bites of all of my recipe flops, to basically never getting to eat the same dinner twice. He’s my chief taste-tester and my food-photo-site-submitter (if you’re a blogger, you know how important that last one is!)

He’s super smart and he always makes me laugh.

Sometimes he even cooks.

He’s my favorite. (Considering the fact that we’ve been married for 8 years and have been a couple for 14 – omg – I would hope so!)

Meet Shawn.


 Me: What is my favorite blog called?

  Shawn: Is Pinterest a blog? No?

 Me: What’s my favorite prop?

 Shawn: Uh, its a… grey floor tile

 Me: What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen me do for a blog post?

 You videotaped going to the farmers market.

 Me: That’s weird?

 Shawn: Yeah, for you!

 (Note: I’m pretty sure I’ve done much stranger things. Like baking Christmas  cookies in June, Dying Easter Eggs in February, or flying across the country to do a demo in front of hundreds of people despite that fact that I’m terrified of public speaking. But ok, we’ll go with the farmer’s market video.)

Me: If you could have your own blog what would you call it?

If I could come up with a name, I would already have a blog.

Me: What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?

Shawn: I run a residential program for disabled adults. My hobbies include driving, reading (you know… looking at pictures on Reddit), and dining in and out.

Me: Who does the dishes?  

Shawn: The dishwasher? I guess it’s me… but only when I have to.

Me: What’s the worst thing I’ve ever made you eat?

Shawn: Atichoke skin. (Backstory: This was forever ago. I was trying to make a recipe for Jeruaslem artichoke chips that everyone at weight watchers was raving about, but I didn’t realise that Jerusalem artichokes weren’t the same as regular artichokes. He’s right: they were gross.)

Me: What’s the best thing I’ve ever made?

Shawn: Short ribs. Or Lamb in Fiery Chili Sauce! 

10 Guy-Approved Recipes, handpicked by Shawn:

(You’ll notice a few trends here. All of these recipes have big, bold flavors and, for the most part, the only vegetables you’ll find are in the form of hot peppers or tomato sauce. There’s also lots of whisky. While they’re all delicious, it’s pretty obvious that it’s a list that was cultivated by a guy.)

1) Southwestern Short Ribs

2) Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews

3) Crispy Duck with Whisky Sauce

4) White Bean, Sausage, and Turkey Cassoulet

5) Seafood Chowder in Bread Bowls

6) Taco Bake

7) Spicy Crab and Corn Chowder

8) Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese

9) Ropa Vieja with Olives and Capers

10) Oatmeal Cookies with Whiskey-Soaked Cherries

Want to learn more about some of the other men behind the blogs and learn about their favorite foods?

Lauren from Keep It Sweet Desserts made M&M Kit Kat Cake

Rachel from Rachel Cooks made Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Shanna from Pineapple & Coconut made Best Ever Chicken Enchiladas

Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie made Homemade SpaghettiOs

Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeehas)

Cassie from Bake Your Day made Something Fabulous

Erin from The Law Students Wife made Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Heather from Sugar Dish Me made Bourbon Apple Shortcakes

Dorothy from Crazy For Crust made Pretzel Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies

Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain shared At the Table with Mr. B

Tanya from Lemons for Lulu made Something Fabulous

Erin from Texanerin Baking made Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jen from Jens Favorite Cookies made Chocolate Pudding

Jamie from Thrifty Veggie Mama made Something Fabulous

Diane from Created By Diane made Rocky Road Cookie

Nikki from Seeded at the Table made Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Meagan fron A Zesty Bite made Something Fabulous

Taylor from Greens & Chocolate made Something Fabulous

Amanda from i am baker made Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust

Kristy from Sweet Treats & More made Something Fabulous

Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts shared a Round up of Hubbies Favorites

Rachel from Set the Table made Mexican Chocolate Shake

Julie from Julie’s Eats and Treats made Something Fabulous

Stefani from Cupcake Project made Graham Cracker Waffle Cones

Katerina from Diethood made Something Fabulous

Betsy from Java Cupcake made Something Fabulous


Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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38 thoughts on “10 Guy-Approved Recipes {Appreciation Post}”

  1. I laughed out loud at the Pinterest bit and that he would have a blog if he could come up with a name!! Oh my gosh, I am still laughing! AWESOME hubby! 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh those answers are hilarious. This is so much fun! And also I am raiding your dude-friendly recipe file for some dinner ideas!!!

  3. My husband will be happy to know he’s not the only one to eat lukewarm food! I love reading about your hubby, I lOVE your round up! If these are hubbies favorite, I have to try them!

  4. “is pinterest a blog” for the win. ha ha ha!!! Great “guy” recipes, I know my husband would love them. I want the cookies with whiskey soaked cherries – YUM!!


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