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

Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies

Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies

very good baker has a lot of secrets.   They have a secret stash of chocolate hidden in the back of the pantry (usually behind the garbanzo beans).  They have an amazing recipe for the very best Peach Pie that they share with exactly zero people.  They have a secret cookie scooper they don’t let anyoneRead more

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas and a giveaway!

mothers day gifts

other’s Day is right around the corner which means we better have our greeting cards thoughtfully worded and sent, our flowers ordered, and our brunch aprons poised and ready for action.  I’m not much for the obligatory holidays… the kind that require chocolate, flowers, hugs, and generally unnecessary celebration, but when it comes to celebrating MOM…Read more

Strawberry Lattice Pie

Strawberry Lattice Pie

It’s Summer Pie Practice Season.  Isn’t that what you call Spring?   Beautiful strawberries are starting to hit the markets, and they’re a bit early for super sweetness, but not too early to start experimenting with pies and practicing our lattice technique!   I hope this coming weekend finds you in the kitchen baking away.Read more

Apple + Fennel with Pistachio + Apricot

It feels like we’re in the middle of things.  Like we have to begrudgingly set down our watermelon and water balloons and pick up our infinity scarf and pumpkin spice latte.  Seasons don’t happen in a snap.  There’s a transition period… a kind of grace that allows us to take a deep breath, absorb ourRead more

Weeknight Cobbler For Two

weeknight cobbler for two

This is a safe place.  This is the place you can openly admit to watching Bachelor In Paradise and eating chocolate chips for dinner. It’s Monday and the sheer fact that we’re making it through the day means that anything goes including chocolate for dinner and super easy crumble cobblers for dessert.  It’s as simple as that, really.Read more