Recipes from Arkansas to Malibu

Cooking Method: In the Kitchen

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.

  • Prep: 1 hr 8 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 6-8 Servings

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!

  • Prep: 16 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 8

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.

  • Prep: 33 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 35 mins
  • Yields: 8

Dawson’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

It's always a good day when Jill decides to make these for Dawson and me!

  • Prep: 22 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 12

Jill’s Green Sauce/Dip/Dressing

This is one of the best things to happen in our house in 2018. Jill found the "Magic Green Sauce" recipe from Pinch of Yum. It's so easy and so awesome! We have served it over chicken, tofu, as a dip, on a sandwich, on potatoes, and so many other ways. It's like chimichurri sauce without the bite and the smooth jazz feel of avocados!

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!

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4

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.

  • Prep: 44 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Yields: 8 Slices

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.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

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.

  • Prep: 44 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2-3

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!

  • Prep: 1 hr 23 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 3-4 Servings