Recipes from Arkansas to Malibu
Welcome to! One of the few benefits of this Safe at Home era in our lives is the fact that we are all cooking A LOT more at home. I've included some of the recipes I'm going to during this time below. Click the BROWSE ALL RECIPES button to see all recipes. Happy Cooking!

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Belgian Waffles

Waffles for breakfast! Chicken and waffles for dinner! Invest a few bucks in a waffle iron and you are ready!

Biscuits with Black Pepper and Cheddar Cheese (or without!)

The Arkansas kid in me still loves biscuits. I have tried a variety of recipes, but now I have the one I'm sticking with.  Yes, it has an obscene amount of butter in it. But maybe you just shouldn't worry about it for this one thing? I adapted it from Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table cookbook, and I just love it. The black pepper and cheddar cheese make them savory additions to breakfast, brunch, or dinner. You can make the dough ahead and cut the biscuits up to 3 days ahead, then pop them in the oven when you absolutely need to have them. I think you'll love them!

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.

Dawson’s Favorite Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

It's a great day for all of us when Jill makes these amazing muffins for Dawson. He gets all of them, except for the ones that I eat!

Shrimp and Grits

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

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!

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.

Sheri’s Spanish Rice

Our friend Sheri loves to entertain in her beautiful home.  One of the dishes we have 'stolen' from her is her Spanish Rice.  It is spectacular and it's now a regular in our home.  The pineapple juice element adds so much to the recipe!

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!

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.



Pastrami Cheeseburgers

Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives loves a good burger, and so do we! His favorite burger is the Pastrami Burger from a place called Hodad's in San Diego. We will go there one day, but in the meantime, it is often cooked in our house.

Lemon Chicken

This is another recipe I grew up with. I remember watching Mom make it all in the pan, and it was soft and buttery chicken that was filling and wonderful.   She would serve it with her brown rice recipe, making quite a meal. I was a pretty lucky kid. This is now my son Dawson's favorite chicken recipe.  He asks for it when he has friends over for dinner!  I could not ask for higher praise!

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