Recipes from Arkansas to Malibu

Cooking Method: In the Kitchen

Belgian Waffles

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

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: At least 4 servings

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!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 12 Muffins

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!

  • Prep: 1 hr 33 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 16-20 Biscuits

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

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