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Split Pea Soup

I've had this recipe for over 30 years, written on a note card. I can't even remember where I got it. But I love it. I serve it with my Irish Soda Bread recipe and it always feels like a wholesome, healthy, and very tasty meal.

Smoked Turkey

This is just like the Roasted Turkey recipe, but better.

Eggplant Parmesan (Adapted from Ina Garten’s Recipe)

I recently purchased Ina Garten's Cook Like a Pro cookbook (it's another winner!), and found a recipe for an eggplant parmesan that roasted (not fried) the eggplant. When I made it for Jill, she declared it the best thing I'd ever made. Thanks Ina! Please find my version of Ina's recipe below.

Karen’s Canadian Christmas Wreath Cookies

These cookies are easy to make and the walnuts make them spectacular! So bring a little Canada into your Christmas, or anytime of the year!

Shrimp and Grits

I love going to The Faded Rose in Little Rock, Arkansas and eating their Shrimp and Grits!

Jilly’s Mini Pumpkin Pies

Once the Halloween Tree goes up, it's time for Jilly's Mini Pumpkin Pies!

Chocolate Pecan Pie

This is one of my all time favorites, combining southern pecan pie and chocolate. How bad can that be? It is really, really rich, and I like it best served a little warm with some whipped cream.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

I started working on a spicy cranberry sauce back in 2010, and I really like this recipe that is an amalgamation of many ideas. It's a hit on Thanksgiving and great with leftovers, and it just takes a little time. I hope you like it!

Baked Brie

We have made this dozens of times, for our own parties and as an appetizer for others.  Each time I have served it, people can’t get enough of it.  We're kind of famous for it in our own neighborhood.  It’s not hard (don't tell the neighbors), and you can be as creative as you want with the filling. I’ve used phyllo dough and I’ve used puff pastry. The puff pastry is way easier to make and much less mess when you eat it.

Irish Soda Bread

When I was 16, my family ventured to Ireland for a 3 week bike trip.  It was not a tour, but just my adventurous dad leading us around the country.  We camped half the time.  We were always hungry after a big ride, and we would love anything our parents would make at camp.  This is where my dad uttered his wisdom that I repeat often: "There's nothing like food when you're hungry!"  Truer words have never been spoken.

When we stayed in bed and breakfasts, the brown irish soda bread was my absolute favorite.  It filled me up and gave me energy for the day, and I absolutely loved it with good creamy butter.  And I still do!

I found this recipe many years ago at  I have not changed it, and it is a super easy bread to have in the house any time.



Jilly’s Chocolate Chip Scones

One of our favorite days happens when Jill makes scones (she pronounces them with a short O sound from her year in Australia. She's not alone in that pronunciation.) She uses this recipe from an old Williams Sonoma Chocolate cookbook, and it is a crowd pleaser!

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