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About DadCooksDinner

About DadCooksDinner:

I’m Mike Vrobel, a food-obsessed dad who cooks dinner for his family every day. I blog to share my passion for food.
If I didn’t share, I’d probably explode.

I believe in home cooking, simple cooking, and cooking with real food.

I believe that basic techniques set cooking free from recipes. I also believe that technique can constantly be improved.
Especially my technique. I’m a self-taught home cook, so I’m constantly learning new things.

I believe that understanding the science behind cooking makes me a better cook.

I focus on grilling and rotisserie cooking because I’m a guy, and cooking over a live fire satisfies deep seated Y chromosome needs. I write about weeknight cooking because I cook for myself, my wife, and our three kids every night. Beyond that, I go wherever food mania takes me. This covers a lot of ground, from what to do with that strange new vegetable in my CSA to how to make Vietnamese Pho in my pressure cooker.

DadCooksDinner is a one-man effort; I am the writer, editor, photographer, cook, recipe tester, grill lighter, and dishwasher.
*OK, my wife and kids help with the dishwashing.

I hope you enjoy my ramblings about food.  Please stop back soon!

[DadCooksDinner grilling in the snow – picture by Kev Anderson]

Contact Information:
Email is the best way to contact me. Email me at dadcooksdinner@gmail.com

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Found you through Google search for the All-Clad Factory Sale. Can’t believe you’re just South of me (Macedonia). Love the blog, look forward to reading more.

  2. Nathan A says

    Thanks for all the great content Mike. Your site is a wealth of information. Found your site while looking for some good pressure cooker recipes. I’m a huge advocate of grain-free cooking and using quality ingredients for my family. Virtually evey one on your recipes feature real ingredients with an emphasis on efficiency.

    I’m still fascinated with my new pressure cooker but once the novelty wears off, I look forward to trying your other amazing looking dishes. Keep it coming brother.


  3. This is the first I’ve heard about page turning problems. I’ve checked it on the computer (Mac), iPad, and Kindle keyboard versions without any issues. I’ll keep an ear out…but I think it might be the table.

  4. Belgique says

    Love the site and book. Just got the 22.5 Weber and the rotisserie. Great ideas here and the book. Q on the Kindle book. Has anyone reported a problem with page turning? On my Sansung Tablet it hangs on many of the pages with the beautiful pictures. Requires many taps to turn. No big deal…it may just be my Tablet. Thanks! steve

  5. Tom,

    Thanks for the kind words. I use the (regular) Shun honing steel – I had it before I bought the Kramer knife, so I just kept using it. It works fine.

  6. Tom says

    Hi Mike, congrats on a great book, I really like it. I see that you have a shun bob Kramer chef knife from sur la table, I have one too. My question is what type of honing steel do you use to keep it sharp? I see there is a honing steel from sur la table in the bob Kramer line, but I couldn’t tell how good it was.

    Any suggestions on honing steels you use/like please let me know, thanks. -Tom.

  7. Rhonda says

    Hi Mike,
    Just got back from the All Clad sale (Saturday).  Got there at noon and only waited 5 minutes to get in.  Got the d5 2 and 4 quart sauce pans, 4 quart Saute pan, 5.5 quart stock pot, a stainless saute pan, large spoon, and digital read thermometer.  I had a blast and also stopped at the Fiesta outlet and Ikea.  It was a fun road trip! 

  8. Kitdesigns says

    Found you on bing! We just got the rotisserie attachment for our older BBQ and wanted to try it out. Your site got us so excited, we went and bought 2 rib roasts! We’re a little worried about the cook time since we don’t have rows of burners, but we’re going to try it on about a dozen friends tomorrow.
    I’ll report back!

  9. Vincent,Denmark says

    Thanks for replying,and hello foodies around the world 😉

  10. I’m slimming down the topics so I can have a central “Index” page…but it’s not ready yet. So, for now, you get the worst of both worlds.

    Sorry about that…


  11. Aaron says

    It’s much harder to find things since you changed the format of your blog topics. It was much more fun to browse when the list of topics was longer.

  12. Vincent,Denmark says

    Hello there from Denmark,an Irishman filling the bellies of his family ,like yourself and everyone else on your page,enjoying the moments and a glass of wine `painting edible pictures`,being creative out of the blue.Wonderful indeed;-)
    But I`m wondering about your use of Kosher salt all the time–why?If its religious then the Jewish community will use it anyway.Or has it a distinct flavour that Im ignorant about?This is a culinary question and nothing else,maybe my salt world will be expanded again,like maldon etc.
    As my mother said-KISSIN DONT LAST,, COOKIN DO!


  13. Just found your blog, actually my wife did and showed it to me. Love the choice of Fiesta, I am an engineer at Homer Laughlin. I too cook most nights for the family and am always looking for easy meals through the week that are healthy.

  14. Thanks, Kerry. I’m happy with blogspot; it’s easy to work with, and free. (Free is always good.) I pay about $10 a year for my own domain name, and blogspot takes care of the rest.

  15. Kerry says

    Just found your blog in an effort to find a slow cooking recipe for beef – lovely, clean, funny, attractive, eminently useful blog!  I am getting ready to do a blog myself on skin issues.  I still really like the look of blogspot…

  16. Anonymous says

    just found your blog thru a google search. sounds like fun. you sound like the guy from smoking meat which i really enjoy, looking forward to some fun recipes.

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