Recipes from Arkansas to Malibu

Category: Cooking for a Crowd

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

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

BBQ Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

BBQ Chicken. It's a pretty perfect food. You can serve it at a dinner, a lunch, a picnic, or anything, and if you do it right, it makes great leftovers. Don't be that guy who cooks the chicken over a hot grill, ending with the outside burned and the inside raw. You're better than that! Here's my version.

  • Prep: 1 hr 5 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 mins
  • Yields: 4

Silver Palate Wild Rice Salad

My friend Kim brought this over for Friendsgiving Dinner and it was a huge hit!

  • Prep: 24 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

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

Ham on the Green Egg

Ham on the Green Egg is a perfect brunch food. It's hard to screw up! The ham is already cooked. You're just giving it some extra flavor and showing off your smoking passion and skill.

“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

Veggie Lasagna

What I love about this lasagna is you can really taste all of the different flavors. I can’t explain it – normally, lasagna is a great conglomeration of flavors, but when I eat this one, it feels like I am tasting a lot of individual flavors. I love it.   Jill got the ideas for this recipe from her friend Jacqui and from Cooks Illustrated. Her Aunt Joanne suggested the artichoke hearts. I hope you enjoy it.


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

Disneyland Turkey Legs (aka Caveman Pops)

What I do love about Disneyland is their high quality turkey legs. Caveman Pops. I love a good meal on a stick, and this is the mountaintop of such meals. This is my attempt at reaching the Caveman Pop Summit. Enjoy!

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings