One of the easiest ways to impress a date is to cook her a great meal. For those of you who cringe at the thought of cracking a recipe book and dicing vegetables all afternoon, Mike Farley has two words of advice: chill out. There are all sorts of easy meals and snacks that you can cook up for your girl or, yes, for poker night with the boys. That's right -- why not ditch the chips and pretzels and offer your buddies some loaded potato skins or grilled buffalo tenders? After all, while whipping something up in the kitchen takes more work than grabbing a couple bagged snacks off the grocery store shelf, your guests and your taste buds will all agree that it was worth it. Dig in!
You can also get more ideas on grub for guys by checking out Mike's food blog at Mikey's Kitchen and on Twitter @FoodForMen.
March 19, 2013
It's too late to change your bracket, but you can still mix things up in the kitchen with these quick and delicious snacks.
Updated: December 19, 2012
If your idea of holiday party food is a bag of flavored potato chips and the good pork rinds, let Mike help you make some awesome holiday appetizers that will knock the socks off your guests.
February 2, 2012
Mike Farley spices up your party with our Super Bowl Spread IV, featuring queso meatballs, pizza potato skins and more.
December 19, 2011
Treat yourself this Christmas with a memorable meal like Mike's beef tenderloin with horseradish dipping sauce.
June 24, 2011
Add some Southwestern flair to your next cookout with Mike's spicy Green Chile Burger.
February 3, 2011
Chips? Pizza? Burgers? Your stomach and your guests will thank you for getting a little creative this year with some Buffalo Chicken Nachos or Brat and Wisconsin Cheddar Mini Pizzas.
November 4, 2010
The calendar has turned to fall, a chill is in the air, football season is in full swing...must be chili time! Mike's traditional chili and white chicken chili both bring plenty of flavor and heat.
September 28, 2010
Quesadillas for breakfast? Check out Mike's instructions for making a Breakfast Quesadilla as well as Spicy Chicken and Cheeseburger versions.
August 26, 2010
It may be a clogged artery waiting to happen...but damn, is fettuccine alfredo good! If you like your meals with a little kick, try Mike's Cajun chicken fettuccine.
July 29, 2010
Burgers are the most basic of summer foods, but they can get a little stale if you're just dealing with meat on the grill. Mike adds peanut butter and bananas for an unusual but tasty burger.
July 1, 2010
Instead of serving the same ol' dogs at your Fourth of July party, try dressing them up a bit. Mike lays out his Chili, Chicago-style and Buffalo dogs.
June 3, 2010
Think pasta salad is too girly? Dude-friendly dishes like buffalo chicken pasta and cold sesame noodles will put hair on your chest and pleasure in your belly.
April 27, 2010
They say it tastes like...well, try it and see! Mike channels his inner good ol' boy with this recipe.
March 16, 2010
Corned beef takes center stage this time of year, and Mike delivers a St. Patty's Reuben using coleslaw instead of the traditional sauerkraut. Eat, drink and be Irish!
February 24, 2010
With winter winding down, Mike offers up a stew that will warm up the remaining chilly days while helping you burn off the spare tire you've been working on all winter.
February 4, 2010
The food is almost as important as the game on Super Bowl Sunday. Spice up your party with Mike's Buffalo Turkey Meatballs, Steak Bites, Olive Poppers, Smoky Chipotle Dip and Fiery Snack Mix!
December 30, 2009
Mike offers up a Dude Stew and Kickass Chicken & Rice knowing that you'll need something to keep you warm and nourished when you're watching all the bowl games and NFL Playoffs.
November 25, 2009
Don't waste that bird when Turkey Day passes. Mike offers a five-pack of recipes for your leftover fixin's, including breakfast hash, a Big Easy-style sandwich and pizza topped with potatoes.
Halloween candy special (10/27/2009)
Candy is dandy, especially around Halloween. Mike names the best, worst and healthiest candy of the season, in case you want to cherry pick your kid’s treat haul.
Ham, olive and three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich (09/23/2009)
Add a cup of tomato soup to this variation on an old favorite, and you've got hearty comfort food in a flash. Mike's buddy Matty pounds them down three at a time, but your cardiologist says a little restraint never hurt.
Meat and Potatoes II (08/27/2009)
Ready for the next level? Mike started out slowly, teaching you the basics of meat-n-potatoes cooking. Now he brings recipes for Flank Steak with Grilled Tomato Salsa and Twice Baked Potatoes, tasty twists on the old standards. Fire up the grill, oven and food processor, as you add to your culinary repertoire.
Fresh Summer Grilling (07/30/2009)
Summertime cooking isn't just all dogs 'n' burgers, or some type of meat slathered in BBQ sauce. Mike presents recipes that add sweetness and spice, like chicken with pineapple and jalapeno salsa, and that other white meat (pork, of course) marinated in lime juice and served as a taco.
Guy guzpacho (06/29/2009)
Cold pizza? Sure. Cold meatloaf sandwich? A real treat. But what about cold soup? If you thought it was only for orphans and prisoners in a dungeon, think again. Mike's Guy Guzpacho recipe is an intentionally cold tomato-based soup that makes for a great summer meal.
Meatball stuffed eggplant (05/28/2009)
No, an eggplant doesn't come from a chicken, but you can use poultry in this recipe that brings together an unusual vegetable with turkey meatballs. Mike shows how a little time in the kitchen, along with a prepared food, equals homemade goodness.
One healthy turkey sandwich (04/17/2009)
Mike marries tasty turkey with good-fat avocado (via guacamole) in this sandwich on whole-grain bread. Add crispy bacon and lettuce and you've got a meal that's crunchy, smooth and not too bad on the arteries. Limit yourself one or two beers and you're happy while eating healthy.
Slow cooker beef stew with beer (Yum, beer!) (03/03/2009)
A slow cooker isn't the first appliance you think of when imagining a guy's kitchen gadgetry, but Mike says crock pots aren't only for girls. His beef stew with beer recipe fills the air with a hearty aroma and the stomach with a tasty meal, and best of all, it can cook while you watch the game!
Super Bowl Spread I: Slow Roasted BBQ Ribs, Spicy Salami Sliders, Killer Taco Dip, Veggie Panini and Savory Cilantro Chili Corn Muffins (01/28/2009)
Aren't you tired of serving the same old grub at your Super Bowl party? Chips, pretzels, pizza, wings...blah, blah, blah. Mike's Super Bowl Spread will help you get creative for this year's game with easy recipes for BBQ ribs, Spicy Salami Sliders, Killer Taco Dip and more. Eat up!
Looking To Lose That Holiday Weight? Mikey's Cobb Salad, Grilled Buffalo Tenders, Cheese/Peanut Butter Squares and more (01/16/2009)
Chances are you put on a few (or more) pounds over the holidays. For those looking to shed some of that extra weight in the New Year, Mike offers up a tasty selection of low-carb options that will make life a bit easier when you're trying to shrink that gut.
Thanksgiving dinner: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy for the common dude (11/20/2008)
Guys usually leave the cooking to someone else on Thanksgiving, but Mike presents recipes for the classic turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and ensures us that it's not too complicated, even for the novice cook. Just be sure to save room for pumpkin pie.
So you have a hangover? Hangover Soup and Bloody Mary (10/23/2008)
What helps when your head feels like it's packed in a vice with a bag of cotton balls in your mouth? Some protein, some fluid and a bit o' the hair of the dog. Mike Farley comes up with recipes for Hangover Soup and a Bloody Mary to turn down the volume on the boom-boom-boom of the morning after.
Chipotle Mac & Cheese and Tex-Mex Meatballs with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce (09/25/2008)
The term "comfort food" conjures up images of mac and cheese, chicken soup or maybe meatloaf and mashed potatoes. But comfortable doesn't mean bland. Mike adds a spicy twist to a couple of old favorites in dishes that bring the heat while satisfying the soul: chipotle mac & cheese and Tex-Mex meatballs.
Cheeseburger Wellington (09/04/2008)
It sounds damn fancy, but hey, it's just a cheeseburger. Mike dreams up a taste treat and emerged from the test kitchen with his Cheeseburger Wellington, using puff pastry instead of a bun and ground beef in place of filet mignon. On the side, he adds home fries. Greasy, salty, but oh, so good.
Quick & easy grilling (08/12/2008)
Your backyard grill can become a source of interesting and easy foods, beyond the basics of burned beef. Mike Farley offers up recipes for chicken, pork and shrimp, and some marinades and spices to season them. And don't forget what Mom said: Eat your vegetables and fruit!
Real Man quiche and bistro pasta (07/07/2008)
A great date begins with you cooking her dinner and ends with you making breakfast the next morning. Mike suggests starting with Bistro Pasta with tomato and basil and then capping off your sleepover with Real Man Quiche. It may not sound very manly, but trust us -- she'll eat it up.
The Best Damn Chicken Wings, Period. (06/24/2008)
Smoke 'em if ya got 'em. Mike presents his recipe for chicken wings, a twist on the familiar fried or baked poultry pieces. Prepped in a range-top smoker, he then adds Cajun spices and grills the wings to crispy perfection. Added bonus: your house ends up smelling like bacon.
Mini pizzas: buffalo chicken and chili dog (06/10/2008)
Mini-anything doesn't sound like Grub for Guys, but duuuude, these mini pizzas hold two all-star male-oriented edibles: buffalo chicken and chili dogs. Mike advises that a knife and fork may be needed to chow down on these tasty tidbits, and, hey, no one said you can't have a half dozen of 'em.
He-Man fiery sausage and peppers (05/28/2008)
Are you the kind of guy who likes to singe his tastebuds with spicy food? Then Mike's latest Grub for Guys offering may be right up your alley. His He-Man Fiery Sausage recipe is the perfect dish for a get-together with the guys. Just make sure to have plenty of frosty beverages on hand!
The Morning After: Huevos Rancheros (05/13/2008)
After a night of imbibing, you may want a little bit of the hair of the dog, but try this dish instead: Mike’s quick and easy Huevos Rancheros. They are filling, high in protein and spicy enough to cut through the fur coat on your tongue. Maureen McGovern was right – there’s got to be a morning after.
Spaghetti Sauce 101 (04/28/2008)
Put down the Prego, fellas. Mike offers up a killer spaghetti sauce recipe that you can whip up while watching the game or playing "Guitar Hero." Simple and, even better, inexpensive, Mike's Spaghetti Sauce 101 recipe is the perfect way to impress your lady.
Meat and Potatoes 101: Steak, baked potato and grilled vegetables (04/10/2008)
After waiting all winter, it's finally time to get back behind your grill. Mike Farley offers up a simple menu that will satiate any carnivore, whether you're grilling up something nice for your lady or just throwing together a filling meal for yourself.