Recipes from Arkansas to Malibu
Welcome to! Follow me @principal_chef for what I'm cooking this month. 2018 is here! One of my new year's resolutions is to blog and post more. Here are some of the recipes I've been making! Click "browse all recipes" for a full list!

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Garlic Chicken

So easy, so inexpensive, and pretty darn awesome! How can you not like it if if has garlic chicken gravy?!?

Cambodia Yellow Curry Sauce

This mild Cambodian curry dish is a my combination of Fish Amok and Kep Fish, except that there is no fish. You choose what to serve it with - fish, shrimp, tofu, and chicken all work well. Serve over jasmine rice and you have a full one-dish meal!

Silver Palate Wild Rice Salad

My friend Kim brought this over for Friendsgiving Dinner and it was a huge hit!

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.

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.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

OK, OK. Quit wrinkling your nose. This is good stuff. Worthy of the Thanksgiving table and great for any meal. We love them!

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!

Salmon – Cast Iron Skillet Style

This is my new favorite way to cook salmon. It's so easy, and it looks fantastic. The key is the cast iron skillet.

Ham on the Green Egg

Ham on the Green Egg is a perfect brunch food. It's hard to screw up! The ham is already cooked. You're just giving it some extra flavor and showing off your smoking passion and skill.

Tomahawk Steaks

I have been eyeing the Tomahawk Steaks at our local grocery store for sometime. I decided it was time and invited our friends Steve and Karen - great cooks themselves - over to enjoy. They are quite a show and really fun to cook, serve, and eat! These were tender and spectacular!

Dawson’s Roasted Potatoes

These are the best roasted potatoes I've had.  It's adapted from a recipe in my favorite cooking magazine, Cooks Illustrated, and its fantastic.  My son Dawson loves these and will go for seconds and thirds.

This recipe is not quick.  You are making a commitment when you cook them, but it's worth it so you can achieve hero status.

Chimichurri Sauce

Want to make almost anything better? Add chimichurri sauce!

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