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Welcome to Principalchef.com!

My wife Jill and I do a lot of cooking and entertaining in our home. My older son Ryan is living on his own and now teaching me some new tricks, and my younger son Dawson can handle himself in the kitchen and on the grill as well. It’s a way of life in our home. My cooking influences are my Mom, my Arkansas roots, my friends and amazing cooks in our neighborhood in Malibu (thanks Chris, Karen, Laurie, Pete, and Sheri!), and my California living since 1980. I love using this site to share recipes and stories with my family and friends. I am a school administrator by day (and often by night), and I love to cook whenever I get the chance, hence the name – principalchef. Cheers! – Mike.

Fried Rice

Take stuff that’s already in your fridge, freezer, and pantry, add some cooked rice from the night before, and you are ready to be a fried rice hero!

Not That Bad for You Banana Cream Pie

That pie shaped empty space that’s been in my life so long? It’s all good now.

Skillet Apple Blackberry Pie

I adapted this recipe from the amazing chefs at Cooks Illustrated. It’s super tasty, it’s easy, and it’s one more chance to showcase your cast iron skillet.

BBQ Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

BBQ Chicken. It’s a pretty perfect food. You can serve it at a dinner, a lunch, a picnic, or anything, and if you do it right, it makes great leftovers. Don’t be that guy who cooks the chicken over a hot grill, ending with the outside burned and the inside raw. You’re better than that! Here’s my version.

Heather’s Crab Cakes

My friend Heather is well known as the person who does just about everything in our school district. She’s amazing at work, and to top it off, she’s a spectacular cook! This is one of her favorite recipes, and now that she’s shared it, it’s one of mine too.

Pizza Dough

Pizza Night is a big deal in our house. It’s so easy to do! We’ve done one batch for our family or 5 batches for a neighborhood pizza night!

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