Seafood Macaroni and Cheese – Not a Corporate Food Gift

Cooking with Tristan Seafood Macaroni and CheeseIt is really amazing how food plays such a big part in our lives. We use corporate food gifts to thank our customers sometimes with a logo and sometimes not. We start morning meetings with fresh coffee and danish or to get a large crowd to an Realtor open house or meeting, food usually plays a big part too. I have never really been a fan of cooking. It is the big clean up that I don’t really like. If I make the mess while I am attempting to cook, then I am the one to clean up and that has never appealed to me.  However, the most fun I have had in the past two years is watching my son cook, and filming his “Cooking with Tristan” cooking show.  We have spent two or three hours filming a food segment that might last less than 10 minutes.  It is the bond that has brought us together. The bloopers and the laughing are so much fun and even when I am looking through all the clips to decide which to keep and which stay on the kitchen floor these segments bring a smile to my face or a laugh out loud!  Once again, it is food that brought us together and plays a large part in our lives. I am sure that food does this for your family too.

Tristan’s latest episode “Seafood Macaroni and Cheese” is still a work in progress of his acting abilities. But that doesn’t hurt the fact that this recipe is scrumptious!  As with all recipes you need to make them your own. So add a little more cheese or a little less shrimp because ultimately you know what you like and it is fun to experiment with recipes. Give this “Cooking with Tristan” episode a try and let us know what you think by going to Tristan’s facebook page.

Moist Chicken Breast Dinner – Quick and Easy to Make

Moist Breaded Chicken Breasts – Quick and Easy on Cooking with TristanI don’t know about you but I am not a fan of the kitchen, so anything that tastes great and still takes very little prep time is for me. This time we shot this video in less than a half an hour. Not as many bloopers as we normally have because this is a very simple breaded chicken recipe with only 3 ingredients. You have your chicken breasts, mayonnaise and Italian breadcrumbs. That’s it, very easy. Tristan did a great job showing how this dinner was made, and even young children can make this dinner and feel real good about themselves because it is so delicious. Just a little help from mom or dad to take the chicken in and out of the oven, but other than that a 5 year old could easily make this all by their self.  You can click here for the full recipe and measurements. To see more recipes on video visit Tristan’s You Tube Channel – Please subscribe if you get a chance.

Hash Brown and Sausage Casserole Recipe – Great for Breakfast or Brunch

Hash Brown and Sausage Casserole Recipe – Great for Breakfast or BrunchThis hash brown and sausage casserole recipe is so easy to make. You can make it the night before you want to serve it, or if you have a couple of hours in the morning you can make the hash brown and sausage casserole and serve it right out of the oven.  Putting together the ingredients takes no time at all for this easy breakfast casserole. It is the baking time that will make some of you think about making it the night before. However, as we do most of our cooking shows in the late afternoon or evening, we tend to eat whatever we are making on Cooking with Tristan, for dinner. This hash brown and sausage casserole recipe was very nutritional and the boys wished we had baked two!  For the full recipe with measurements visit and click on the Hash Brown & Sausage Recipe.

Banana Crepes Served for Breakfast or Dessert?

Crepe RecipeSometimes you might just be looking for something a bit different to serve for either brunch with guests or as an unusual dessert. Crepes are not your average dessert faire. These Banana Crepes, also known as French Pancakes, on this week’s episode of Cooking with Tristan are an incredible dish for both breakfast/brunch and dessert. If you like banana’s this recipe is for you. The crepes are easy to make – check out Cooking with Tristan episode 100 for the basic recipe, and then follow the rest of the Banana crepe recipe for the filling and crepe topping.

Tristan made this for dinner one evening and his brothers could not get enough of these. We had to make a double batch just so they could get their dinner and dessert fix. Of course this was one of those nights where you don’t really feel like cooking a “real” dinner, so your kids talk you in to doing breakfast dinner. We added sausage to round out the meal, and of course a glass of milk. Give it a try, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you like this recipe, please subscribe to Tristan’s YouTube Channel or visit us on facebook. For the complete recipe with measurements visit


Frozen Citrus Pie – A No-Bake Graham Cracker Crust Pie Perfect for Summer

Cooking with Tristan "No Bake Citrus Pie" The hot days of summer are straight upon us. It is blazing hot here in Florida and this Citrus pie recipe comes at the perfect time. I suggest making two or three pies, one to eat tonight and a couple more to pull out for unexpected guests or your next party or gathering. What I like about this no bake citrus pie is you can use either lemon or lime, I am pretty sure that even frozen orange juice concentrate would work for an orangey dreamsicle flavor.  Check out “Cooking with Tristan” on YouTube, to see how easy this pie is to make, and for the full recipe and measurements go to and click on Cooking with Tristan. To make comments or suggestions for other recipes visit our facebook Page:

Fresh Salsa Recipe a huge hit for Cinco de Mayo

Did you know that salsa is America’s favorite condiment? The word “salsa” is the Spanish word for sauce. Turn up the heat and make this Fresh Salsa Recipe from “Cooking with Tristan”. The ingredients and instructions are very simple, and it will be a huge hit at your next Mexican Fiesta. Spice it up with more garlic and jalapeno or use a little less. Take the basics and adjust them to your tastes. This recipe is a huge hit, and mixed with fresh avocados, it makes a very tasty guacamole!  For the full recipe and list of ingredients or to see more recipes visit Tell us what you think by giving us a “Like” on Facebook.

How To Make Smoked BBQ Ribs on the Grill

How To Make Smoked BBQ RibsA couple of weeks ago Tristan learned how to make smoked BBQ ribs on the grill and in this “Cooking with Tristan” video he shows you how easy it is. We visited our friend Vickie Grigsby’s home and she walked Tristan through the steps. This was also the same time we filmed “How to Make Onion Rings with Horseradish Sauce Dip”. It was a long afternoon of good times with a good friend. – Did you know that if you marinate your baby back ribs in apple cider it is a great tenderizer? If you want to see the video visit, and if you need the recipe so you can follow along and find out any tips that may have been missed while filming, visit Cooking with Tristan’s – How To Make Smoked BBQ Ribs recipe.

How To Make Shrimp Scampi on Cooking with Tristan

This Shrimp Scampi Recipe with Angel Hair Pasta is absolutely delicious! We had to make it twice in one week it was so yummy. If you use wheat Angel Hair Pasta instead of just regular Angel Hair Pasta, it will be healthier. When we used the regular pasta, it turned almost doughy, the wheat version was stronger and tasted much better. Also, the first time we used pre-cooked shrimp that was frozen, and just de-peeled it. It tasted just as good as the shrimp we used  the 2nd time that was white shrimp, not pre-cooked. So whatever will make it easier for you, will work. If you have a bit more money, buying shrimp that is already peeled and devained, will save you about 15 minutes.  Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you.

How To Make Your Own Gourmet Pizza

Pizza with Veggies and MeatWho doesn’t love Pizza? It is the dinner of choice on Friday nights at our house, and I am sure on Sunday’s during football season – who knows, maybe it is the food of choice for all sporting events that are watched on TV at home. Instead of ordering pizza out next time, you should try making your own pizza.  There are so many recipes out on the internet that you can get some great ideas for sauce and really go to town.  That is what Tristan did this past weekend – He created his own delicious pizza sauce.

Who would have thought that honey would help enhance the taste of the pizza sauce? It is the secret little ingredient to a delicious tasting sauce. In the first pizza with all the veggies, a ¼ cup of honey was used and the taste was a nice sweet blend. Only one of three boys didn’t like the sweetness, but it did go very well with a glass of wine.

On the second pizza an 1/8th of a cup of honey was used in the recipe and it was not as sweet, but the taste was still very pleasant. Everyone really liked the veggie and meat pizza the best, but make the recipe yourself and you decide.

If you want to see how Tristan created this delicious gourmet pizza, and see the notes about what he learned about creating his very own pizza sauce you can see the recipe and the video right now!

How to Make Ms. BJ’s Frito Pie – Cooking with Tristan

Frito PieMs BJ’s Frito pie is the most asked about appetizer for parties, and unexpected guests – and it is quick and easy to make.  Do you ever have an unexpected house full of teenagers? This happens at our house all the time. My oldest son, Tristan brings home his friends without giving us the heads up and of course while they are here they get hungry. What teenager doesn’t get hungry all the time? Ms. BJ’s Frito pie is the answer to the problem.

 Sometimes you just don’t have chips in the house and you don’t always want the kids eating a lot of junk food. Ms. BJ’s Frito Pie has cheese and chili without beans and the kids love it every time we make it. The ingredients are something you can stock up on with a quick trip to Sam’s Club or Costco. This works the best with scoops as that is really the way they eat it without dirtying up your dishes, but any corn chip will do if you don’t have the name brand in the house. Check out Cooking with Tristan on youtube for the how to or visit for the actual recipe, and other recipes from Cooking with Tristan.