Beyond the Kitchen

Peach + Pink + Toasted + Roasted

peach and blueberry pie

I’ve been reminiscing a lot these days… mostly because I’m wearing the same pair of jean shorts that I’ve worn for the past two summers, and they’ve either shrunk or my thighs are getting… stronger (see what I did there?).  The summer days have me thinking in peach dreams and strawberry fields.  It’s in the air.  I also love how the streets in my little beachy neighborhood are abuzz with people carrying surf boards and beach towels.  I love it!

I’ve spent a lot of summers here on Joy the Baker which means I’ve made my fair share of amazing summer treats.  Can we talk about that?   Can we be inspired by the past?  Can we also talk about the Lasagna Grilled Cheese Sandwich I’m going to bring you tomorrow?  Oh man… the other day I did a search for ‘grilled cheese‘ on Joy the Baker…it’s too real.

I’m thinking PIE this summer.  Are you? This  Peach Blueberry Pie feels particularly festive.  The smell?  Don’t even get me started.

peach cobbler scones

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a stacking addiction.  I might also have a scone and butter addiction.  Addictions (and peaches) collide: Peach Cobbler Scones.  

 peach and raspberry crumble 

These are the flavors I dream about in November.  Peach and Raspberry Crumble!  Just to be clear, I can eat this whole pan by myself.  No problem.  

lemon raspberry rolls

If you’re going to make breakfast rolls, they really should be Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Rolls.  This was a tremendous day with yeast. 

strawberry and raspberry quick jam

Don’t put me in a kitchen with jars and boiling water and ask me to combine them in some sort of canning situation.  I’m just not the one.  

Strawberry Raspberry Vanilla Quick Jam is well within my kitchen limits and out-of-control delicious.  Ps.  You’ll need biscuits.  

brown sugar roasted figs

Figs blow my mind!  I can’t believe this candy grows on trees.  This Brown Sugar Roasted Fig Oatmeal features figs from my friend Clemence’s tree and remind me of the time I chased chickens down the street with her children.  

coconut milk rice pudding with strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam Coconut Rice Pudding:  I’m sorry you’re about to eat the whole pot.  Also… you’re welcome.  


Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Cake  is made in a skillet and served in a skillet which makes it perfect for every season, all day, every day.  

toasted marshmallow squares

Toasted Marshmallow Squares are like camping cookies.  Not cookies that you take camping… rather, cookies that you sit on your couch and eat while imagining that you were camping.

Couches are more comfortable than camping.  #provenfact

roasted plums with olive oil and thyme yogurt

Roasting fruit changes the fruit in the most delicious way.  These plums are tender  and herby.  With yogurt and granola Roasted Plums with Olive Oil and Thyme Yogurt are an incredible (and majorly easy) weekend brunch happening.  

tomato cobbler with blue cheese biscuits

Please consider this you dinner for the entire month of August.  Summer tomatoes and blue cheese biscuits.  Just hush.  Tomato Cobbler with Blue Cheese Biscuits

fore street mussels

Last summer I went to Maine, ate a tremendous amount of food, hung out of a big boat, looked at the starry sky and then came home and ate Fore Street Mussels with Almond Butter on my couch.  It was all the best thing ever.

I hope you’re in the kitchen and at the beach this summer.  Bake the cookies.  Bring the sunscreen.  I love you so much.