Red Grape and White Peach Tabbouleh Salad

Red Grape and White Peach Tabbouleh Salad

hen I was a kid, you couldn’t pay me to eat parsley. Actually.  That’s not entirely true.  You could have paid me in candy bars to eat parsley… but no one was doing that… that would have been a dream come true.   Now.  Grown (mostly).  And I love parsley.  I think it’s bright, hearty,Read more

Peach and Buttermilk Lassi

Peach and Buttermilk Lassi

‘d easily enjoy a daily diet of milkshakes and french fries.  Steady. I’d never flinch.  It would be a dream.   In related news, I just spent the last six minutes browsing milk shake machines on Amazon.   Milkshake diet aside, I’m currently content with my fresh peaches, yogurt, and blender.  It’s the reasonable alternative toRead more

Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad

Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad

ea.  I definitely stood in the kitchen, staring at this gorgeous summer salad, wondering/hoping/wishing/longing to put all of these ingredients between two slices of bread to make an extra buttery, extra mozzarella-y grilled cheese.   I think watermelon in a sandwich might be out-of-bounds.  I think this ultra fresh summer salad belongs on a plateRead more

Gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Pie

Gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Pie

ust in case you’re looking for an excuse to consumer obscene amounts of whipped cream or French Vanilla Ice Cream… just in case.  Here we are! The days are long and warming and I’m pretty sure I can smell peaches and berries in the air.  It’s intoxicating and has me daydreaming about fruit pie combinationsRead more

Peach and Cardamom Lemonade

peach and cardamom lemonade

It would seem as though I’m trying to drink my way through the rainbow, lemonade style.  First there was bright red with Beet Lemonade.  Here we have a  pretty peachy-orange color with Peach Cardamom Lemonade.  We also worked in the deep purple with Fresh Blueberry Mint Lemonade. I’ve missed green lemonade but I figure we can work someRead more

Peach Cobbler Cinnamon Rolls

peach cobbler cinnamon rolls

I’ve come to infiltrate your weekend. You may have had plans to sit on the couch, go to the beach, do some sort of house work, eat a hot dog… NO!   Scratch all of that.  Forget it.  No good.  There are cinnamon rolls in the mix! Seriously… can I elbow my way into yourRead more

Tomato and Peach Salad with Buttered Bread and Pistachios

It’s starting. It’s starting. It’s starting!!! Get pumped. Get in the mood. Get out your pretty sandals and toe nail polish. It’s TIME! …I’m talking about summer… and not the dreaded jean short, bikini life-styling, good beach hair part of summer that is totally stressful. I’m talking about peaches. With fresh peaches and ripe tomatoes,Read more

Peach Tomato and Mozzarella Crostini


Working in a busy restaurant is sort of like going on a diet.  It’s strange. You top plates with special food… food that you’ve made partially out of nightly work routine, and partially out of deep care and love.  Food is hustled out to tables and enjoy amongst conversation, wine, and candle light… and thenRead more

Peach Cobbler Scones


I woke up needing the comfort only provided by morning carbs and a pre-noon nap.  Carbs can be a standard morning happening, but Thursday morning naps are probably considered illegal. I think summer vacation is trying to take root in my brain.  I want to sleep in, wear jean shorts, smell like sunscreen, get grassRead more

Peach Cobbler for One (or two if you’re nice)

Update!  Check out the latest Joy the Baker Podcast!  Episode 13 is LIVE! Things I Say Too Often: – Duh.  Totes. – How you livin’? – Why is this orange juice making me more thirsty!? – Shut it. – Huh? – Dddrrrriiiiiiiiivvveeeeee (faster please)! – Small coffee.  Room for cream, please. This I Don’t SayRead more

Peach and Raspberry Crumble

  The smell of peaches reminds me of: dusty, dirty sneakers.  light coming through peach tree leaves.  shade.  drinking from the hose.  wet jean shorts.  caked mud.  my yellow Sony sport walkman.  that Counting Crows cassette tape i loved.  my sister’s freckled nose.  my dad’s hands.  my mom’s laugh.  sleeping in the sun in theRead more

Vegan Peach Berry Crumbles


I’m not allowed to be vegan because: I sometimes carry a pound of butter around in my purse. I stir fry my tofu in bacon fat. I seriously consider grating cheese on my pillow before I go to bed at night. (ok… not really.  that’s just weird.) I think heavy cream should be awarded itsRead more

Peach Brulee

Reason #457 why I love this warm weather, sunny spring that leads into summertime:  the ponytail. It’s bouncy, it’s festive, it helps me look like I’m having a good time even when I’m just standing in line at the grocery store, and it makes me feel like a cheerleader… which is strangely satisfying. The ponytailRead more

Blackberry Peach Bread Pudding with toasted pecans

Bread pudding exists in the sweet space between breakfast and dessert.  With all of the milk in the recipe, bread pudding feels like eating the most ridiculously rich breakfast cereal.  I suppose for most people, it’s a bonafide dessert.  Perhaps I’m just trying to find as many ways as possible to eat dessert for breakfast.Read more

My Six Favorite Summer Drinks

We can’t let these gorgeously warm, mostly steamy, sunshine-y days go by without sitting on our stoops, waving away lazy mosquitos, and enjoying an ice cold, condensation-sweaty glass of something cold.  A little something something… with a splash of bourbon or without… let’s keep our glasses full and our company constant.   1  •  Here’s whatRead more