Recipes from Arkansas to Malibu

Cuisine: Comfort Foods

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

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

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!

Quiche – So Hot Right Now – Quiche

Why don't I make quiche more often? That's what I always say after I make this quiche!

  • Prep: 21 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

“Put Some Mustard On That!” Warm (or cold!) Potato Salad

A fantastic go-to potato salad for dinner or a picnic/bbq lunch.

  • Prep: 21 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 8

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.



  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 12 servings

Skillet Cornbread

My mom made this for me a few years ago. It is a non-sweet cornbread (I suppose you could add sugar), but the best part is that it bakes in a cast iron skillet. It looks spectacular!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

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.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins