Summer Bucket List 2015

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

BUCKET LIST buck•et list (noun): a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have accomplished during their lifetime.  Also, a 2007 comedic film featuring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.  

SUMMER BUCKET LIST sum•mer buck•et list (noun):  a list of things that a person would like to accomplish and experience during the summer months.  If done correctly, should involve water-guns, pool time, and roller-skates.  

Here’s my Summer Bucket List.  Let it inspire you to set some playful intentions for your warm months.  

1.  Brew my own kombucha.  I’m going to use this kit, inspired by my maj Tracy.  

2.  Hang art in my house.  Bye-bye blank walls!  

3.  Work up to running 7 miles.  Straight.  I’m up to running 3 miles now.  Mind over matter.  

4.  Go to the Hollywood Bowl and picnic.  

5.  Write a short story.  Don’t let it be daunting.  

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Sweet Plum Sorbet

Sweet Plum Sorbet

Sweet Plum Sorbet

I always wanted a ponytail.  A ponytail I could position extra high on my head with hair long enough to cascade down to my shoulders, cheerleader-style, youthful, bouncy.  The kind of hair, that you can flip around to express various emotions, from bitchy to bored to flirty.  

I don’t have ponytail hair.  Never did.  

What I’ve always had is a fine, curly, frizzy, perfectly acceptable, head of hair that I’m completely grateful for.  It’s just not ponytail hair.  It’s not hair I can whip around to express my enthusiasm for life.  

That’s how hair works, right?  

Summer fruit, all of the gorgeous peaches, apricots, strawberries, and plums… they’re like a gorgeous, shiny, lustrous, perfectly bouncy, high ponytail.  Showing off, effortless… a little enviable even.  

Luckily, no matter what hair grows from our head, high ponytail or not… it’s our time.  It’s Summer and the markets are bursting with sweet fruit flavors.  Let’s get at em!

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I Stalk You On Instagram

jtb instagram collage

jtb instagram collage

We’re connected.  I have all y’all on my phone and in my pocket.  I take you with me to yoga.  You go with me on walks.  You browse the grocery store with me.  You know what’s going on in my kitchen.  You know when I’m strolling through New Orleans, wandering through Philadelphia, or visiting my family (and the beach… I miss the beach) in California.  

My favorite way that we’re connected is Instagram.  I get to see what you’ve got going into the oven and all the Joy the Baker recipes you’re celebrating your days with.  It fills my heart to see you take my recipes into your kitchen and share them with your friends and family.  That’s what this blog is all about and the fact that you spend your time and energy in the kitchen with my recipes means everything to me.  We’re in this together and seeing you bake on Instagram is a really lovely (am I stalking you?) reminder for me.  Thanks you for sharing with me.  It really means so much.  

I found the wonderful things you’re baking on Instagram using #joythebaker and #homemadedecadence.  Go on y’all!  You’re excellent.  

Here’s what you’ve baked, from left-ish to right-ish:  

•  Peach and Blueberry Pie (it’s gluten-free!) is so nice for summer and beautifully recreated by @gabriellegeiselman.

•  Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins are my very favorite muffins.  I posted this simple recipe years ago and it’s still my favorite.  Thank you, @andrealwan!  

•  Strawberry Raspberry Crisp.  Summer fruit is just too easy.   Lookin’good, @piebelly!

•  It’s always good to get help chopping the crisp bacon for these Peanut Butter Bacon and Dark Chocolate Cookies.  It’s nice to share the kitchen.  @bricksonshea

•  This Marrakesh Carrot Salad is worth all of the chopping and grating.  It’s lovely.  Don’t skimp on the feta. High-five @nosh_happy!

•  Brown Butter and Pistachio Baked Donuts are the best that baked donuts can be.  So pretty, too! Mega: @maysiejones

•  Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream made with blackberries by @marisapinson.  It’s cream cheese in ice cream… I mean, what more could you want? 

•  Dust off the waffle maker because Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Waffles and fried chicken are always in season.  Boom! Pow! @thehappylittleapron!

•  Strawberry Cream Scones toasted, golden, and covered in sliced almonds by @michellefooter_butterscotch.  

•  Your next Sunday plans should include these Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls.  There’s chocolate in our cinnamon rolls and they’re extra speedy to put together.  Right on,  @amoore1014

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Let It Be Sunday!

Let It Be Sunday!

Let It Be Sunday!

Summer Solstice is my favorite day of the year.  The day that officially welcomes Summer.  It’s our (us northern Earth dwellers) longest day, tilted all the towards the sun, spinning round and round through space.  It feels like an extra special day to enjoy bare feet in the grass and warm sun on our shoulders, so let’s!

I’ve spent some very good days this month learning to love Philadelphia.  Between the gardens and parks, murals, fountains, good coffee, and great people… it’s been an easy place to love.  I say that now.  In Summer.  My blood might be too thin for  Philadelphia winter.  

Above, Amos Lee and David Gray at The Mann Center of Performing Arts.  It’s our time for long days, outdoor concerts, picnic blankets, wine in plastic cups, and sweat behind our knees. Let’s live it all for as long as we can.  

More important than the warm breeze at our backs… it’s Father’s Day!  Call your father.  While you’re at it, call my father.  Share the gratitude and love.  Happy Father’s Day, Dad!  Thank you for teaching me how to pay my bills and make really excellent biscuits.  Life skills for…. life.  

The world this week has been hard on the heart.  Here are some links that range from heartbreaking to rather trivial.  It’s the world we live in: 

•  This week, nine black men and women were murdered at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.  These murders are hateful and racist, senseless and tragic.  They should be confounding in this day and age, but here we are.  This, from The New Yorker’s David Remnick:  Charleston And The Age of Obama.

•  Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church: a living landmark

•  “IF Giulia Enders had not contracted a mysterious illness as a teenager that left her covered with sores, she, like most of us, might never have thought much about her digestive tract, except when it was out of whack. She might never have enrolled in medical school, either, and she almost certainly would not have written a best-selling book about digestion last year…”  A German Writer Translates a Puzzling Illness into a Best-Selling Book.  

•  The book?  Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

•  Putting A Price Tag On The Stress Of Having a Child.  Coooolll. 

•  Cheating Sleep.  How to get one over on biology and body chemistry.  But wwwhhyyy? Sleep is so precious.  

•  For our summer travel consideration:  The Best and Worst Airlines, Airports, and Flights.    

•  Get personal, be vulnerable, and tell the unconventional side of the story.  Frankly Speaking:  How I Learned to be Heard.  

•  Papa Says.  He is my father and he is always right.  

•  Tracy turned me on to Thrive Market and now I’m hooked.  Healthful kitchen products, really great prices, without yet another trip to the grocery store.  One of my very favorites:  this coconut oil.  

•  Chloe Sevigny got a hold of some stickers.  

•  Seeing as it’s the first day of Summer, I’m working on my Summer Bucket List:  all the happy things, big and small I want to do and see this summer.  So far I know I want to make my own kombucha (thanks for the inspiration Tracy!), and find a lot of excuses to wear these sweet JCrew heels.  Don’t worry, the list will be more meaningful than drinks and shoes.  

•  Two Weeks of Status Updates From Your Vague Friend on Facebook.  We should all be rolling our eyes at ourselves.  

•  Dark Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cones.  Too easy and too good.

Have a most lovely day!  Go on and live it!

xo Joy

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Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake with maple

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake with maple

Because it’s Monday.  Because it’s just about summertime.  Because we like fruit with our breakfast.  Because we’re grown and we can do what we want…  we get to drink lots of coffee and eat lots of cake for breakfast.  

Blueberries, oats, and pure maple syrup make anything breakfast so… CAKE it is!  

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake with maple

I’ve been experimenting a lot with gluten-free baking lately.  I’m sure you’ve noticed.  It’s possible you have a question mark in your mind about it.  Well… I want to learn how to bake without wheat.  Baking is such a science and I know how wheat flour interacts with leavening and liquid.  Gluten-free flours are a whole different science.  I want to know that I can still make fluffy cakes and flakey biscuits in the absence of wheat.  So far I’ve had some major fails and happy triumphs.  This is one of the triumphs.  

Eventually I’m going to try making my own gluten-free flour blend to use in my kitchen but I’m still getting my footing.  Right now I use King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Flour and I’m going to give Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef’s All-Purpose Flour Blend.  They know what’s what!  

If you’re hoping for more gluten-FULL coffee cake recipes, here’s your jam: 

•  Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze.  A recipe from my cookbook Homemade Decadence.  

•  Pear Crumble Coffee Cake.  You might not be in the mood for pears, but I think strawberries would also be mega! 

•  Coffee Coffee Cake Muffins.  I mean… let’s make our cake taste like coffee! 

•  Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins.  These really are THE BEST! 

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Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

The best part about going out to lunch with another lady is the unspoken assumption that, no matter what, we’re going to order French Fries.  Sure… two salads.  Sure… lemonade and ice water. Sure… we’ll browse the menu for other healthy options and then …order the fries, eat them first, and stare rather blankly at our salads.  The particular fries are from the Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, Philly.  

Good morning and Happy Sunday!  I hope this day brings you sunshine and good shade and a tall glass of something fizzy.  The warm days are asking us to take it easy.  I say we relent. 

The Internet is big.  Here’s just a bit (big and small, sad and silly):  

•  From BBC News, Inside Mosul:  What Life Is Like Under The Islamic State.  

•  I read the story of Kalief Browder earlier this week and have thought about him and his family every day since.  “He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed. Then he spent more than one thousand days on Rikers waiting for a trial that never happened.”  He shared his story with The New Yorker and shed some light on how and who we imprison in this country.  It’s a sad and important story.  

•  President Obama’s eulogy for Beau Biden is beautiful.   

• An interesting read from the NYT.  SEAL Team 6:  “The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight.”

•  I literally can.not.even. right now.  I can’t.  The never-ending story of how older people can’t understand how younger people speak.  Tale as old as time.  Song as old as rhyme.  

•  It’s like 1999 and Serena Williams still reigns supreme.  Just be better than everyone else.  Easy, right?  

•  Watch people from all over the world describe how to spot an American.  Apparently we wear a lot of sweatpants and we’re loud, jolly, and jumpy.  

•  Weekend reading:  Extreme Climber and BASE Jumper Dean Potter’s last jump in Yosemite.  Lost Brother in Yosemite.  

•  We’ve gone too far:  America’s First Certified Organic E-Cigarette Vaping Liquid.  Please, no.  

•  We’re shaving dogs into cubes now. Not a typo.  Thank you, Japan.  

•  Serengeti Selfies.  I wonder how many followers the Serengeti has on Instagram (no I don’t).  

•  Here’s what I’m listening to:  Amos Lee Live At Red Rocks.  It’s out on Tuesday, but you can listen here now! 

•  I’ve made this Garlic Braised Chicken two times this week and I’m trying to pep-talk myself into these Barbecue Ribs from the oven.     

Have a beautiful day.

xo Joy

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Mango and Jalapeño Guacamole

Mango and Jalapeño Guacamole

Mango and Jalapeño Guacamole

Sure, you could make this irresistible guacamole for a backyard barbecue, or a block party, a brunch party maybe… any event that would take you out of your pajamas, off of your couch, and into the presence of other people (gasp.) OR… you could make a giant bowl of this guacamole, keep your pajamas on and settle in for a good, old-fashioned Netflix binge.  I mean.  To me, the choice is clear.

Choose your own adventure.  I will often choose pajamas and privacy, especially where guacamole is involved. 

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Fresh Raspberry and Gin Slushies

Fresh Raspberry and Gin Slushies

Fresh Raspberry and Gin Slushies

I have very fond memories of a stained red tongue, way sticky fingers, and a messy stained t-shirt from those convenience store/ cherry-sweet slurpees.  You know… the ones that come with that long plastic straw with the scooper on the end?  Heaven for an eight year old.  Follow that slupree with a good run through the sprinklers and I’m pretty sure there was nothing better.  

We’re grown now (right?).  We have bills to pay and really… I don’t think we give ourselves enough time for slurpees.  

Fresh Raspberry and Gin Slushies

Until now.  

Say hello to adult slurpee-ing featuring fresh raspberries, lime, and  hallelujah for gin!  

We can skip the sticky fingers and stained shirts these days, but I really wouldn’t be above a god run through the sprinklers.  

Let’s go! 

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Elvis Ice Cream Snackwiches

Elvis Ice Cream Snackwiches

Elvis Ice Cream Snackwiches

It’s part laziness… putting ice cream between two crackers and calling it a treat.  

There’s some guile… folding crisp bacon, banana, and peanut butter into sweet vanilla ice cream.  

It’s all-the-way riiight… dipping anything and everything into melted milk chocolate.  

Elvis Ice Cream Snackwiches

So here we are.  

Crackers in hand.  Bacon in our ice cream.  Melted chocolate all over the kitchen.  And we have Elvis to thank.  The man who made a peanut butter and banana sandwich ultra popular would surely have been wooed supreme but these frozen treats.  

It’s summer snacking!  Long live the King (and bacon in ice cream).  

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Let It Be Sunday!

Coconut Whipped Cream

Coconut Whipped Cream

How has your week been? I hope you’re all eased into the weekend and you’re feeling happy, well, and making your own coconut whipped cream.

I’ve been visiting Philadelphia again this week.  The days are so warm and gorgeous, I feel like everyone that spent a cold cold Winter here deserves these pretty days much more than me.  I’m soaking it all in just the same.   

While you meander through these links, just know that I’m here trying to figure out the easiest, most approachable way for us to make fried chicken at home.  I have a major craving.  I’ll solve this for all of us.  

The Internet for our knowing: 

•  This week Congress reworked the post 9/11 Patriot Act.  This is a big deal because most of us weren’t paying attention to the details of US surveillance until Edward Snowden asked us to pay attention.  

•  NYT Op Ed:  Edward Snowden.  

•  Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been jailed in Iran, without being charged, for nearly a year.  

•  What’s Causing Baltimore’s Crime Spike?  

•  Judge This: the power of first impressions. Clarity or mystery, which do you choose?

 Men that take up more than one seat on a train because they think they deserve a whole lotta leg spread vs. lady who simply wants a seat.  I’ve Been Sitting On Manspreaders For The Last Month and I Have Never Felt More Free.    

•  Google wants to count the calories in your Instagram food porn.  Please no.

•  How my doppelgänger used the Internet to find a befriend me.  So… just for future reference, if you look exactly like me, cool.    No need to stage a photo, I’ll take your word for it.  If, however, you have Tron’s doppelgänger, he’s happily accepting all staged photos and emails.  

•  How Many Steps A Day Should You Really Walk?

•  I’m interested in this book:  The Good Gut. The scientific authors are trying to keep our good body bacteria from going extinct.  The key? All the fiber all the time.

•  Enough with the love locks.  They’re really really heavy

•  I had no idea I should be braising radishes!  From The Kitchn: Braised Radishes with Shallots and Bacon.  

•  Roasted Strawberry and Toasted Coconut Popsicles!  It’s time for popsicle diet. 

Have a happy day!

xo Joy

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Peach and Buttermilk Lassi

Peach and Buttermilk Lassi

Peach and Buttermilk Lassi

I‘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 to milkshakes day and night. 

This lassi is packed with healthful yogurt, fresh summer peaches, tangy buttermilk, and peach pie spice.  The fact that it’s flecked with peach skin feels like a bonus.  It’s summery, healthy, chilled, and supremely refreshing.  

I hope it makes you happy.  Also, I’d totally want cheese on my fries.  

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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Angel Food Cupcakes with strawberries

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Angel Food Cupcakes with strawberries and coconut cream

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Angel Food Cupcakes with strawberries and coconut cream

Before I was tall enough to see over and into the ice cream case at the drug store my very favorite flavor was strawberry ice cream.

I remember the ritual very well because going out for ice cream was so rare and such a treasure my eyes widen now just thinking about it.  

A scooper girl, teen-aged and likely grumpy, would wrap a small piece of tissue paper around a flat-bottomed, kinda cardboard-y cone.  She’d bend forward into the case with an ice cream scoop and emerge with a gorgeously haphazard ball of pale pink, strawberry studded, frozen cream that she’d precariously shape onto the cone.  The treasure would be passed first to my mother, who your take a giant bite out of the cone before handing it down to me.  Let’s not even talk about how frustrating it is to watch your precious ice cream being BITTEN INTO… that’s just childhood, you don’t make the rules but you do occasionally get ice cream.  I’d hold onto the cone carefully but mostly desperately, willing myself not to lick the ice cream off its perch.  

These fluffy strawberry and cream cakes remind me of the days when I was much younger, shorter, and didn’t have to buy my own ice cream.  Those are precious days, indeed.

Oh.  Quick note… once I got taller and could see inside the ice cream case for myself… my favorite flavor was that neon blue bubble gum ice cream.  BUBBLE GUM in ice cream.  Two treats in one!  Such a loophole.  Also disgusting. 

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Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad

Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad

Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad

Yea.  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 plate with a knife and fork.  I think I just want to turn everything into a grilled cheese sandwich.  

Related:  Lasagna Grilled Cheese

 Summery goodness!  And the great news is that tomatoes and watermelon are only going to get better as we get deeper into summer.  

Now excuse me while I go daydream more grilled cheese situations.  

Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad

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Let It Be Sunday!

Birthday Cake!

Hello my friends!  I hope this finds you feeling fine and fresh!  

I celebrated a birthday this week.  That means that my dad posted embarrassing pictures of me on Facebook and people I haven’t spoken to since high school gave them the thumbs up.  Pretty cool.  In more awesome news, someone made me a cake!  In even more awesome news, I ate a cake I didn’t make myself and it had candles that spelled out my name and it was the best thing EVER.  Here’s to 34!  

I hope this Sunday finds you enjoying some warmth and sunshine!  Go on and get it! 

The Internet, here’s some: 

•  “A group of Nepali women first defied the odds by summiting Mount Everest, then the tallest mountain on every other continent. Now they are up against their greatest challenge: rebuilding their country after two devastating earthquakes.”  After The Seven Summits

•  Saying all the things we think in our dark, dirty, not nearly as funny minds:  How Comedians Became Public Intellectuals

•  Long before Bruce Jenner there was Richard Raskind.  A really interesting interview with The Woman Who Paved The Way For Men To Become Women.  

•  We don’t want to read every single thing off a screen.  We still have the printed page.  Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There.  

•  I’m starting a new blog, it’s called:  What To Do If You See A Bear.  

•  I currently have 1544 unread emails.  I’m not even kidding.  Inbox Zero vs Inbox 5,000: a unified theory.  

•  Minnesota:  The Land of 10,000 Dessert Salads

•  I’m 0% sports fanatic but this book is completely fascinating:  The Sports Gene:  Inside The Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

•  The ladies of TasteBuds, Krissy and Jessica, came to visit me in New Orleans!  They took a mighty fine tour of the city and then we made fancy cocktails in pineapples and coconuts!  Taste Buds, brought to you by Ford, is a fun new travel show on YouTube.  Loads of fun episodes can be found here!  Check it! 

•  In related news:  Vanilla Sugar Daiquiris and Grapefruit Margaritas because, YES! 

Have the happiest Sunday!  I’ll see you tomorrow! 

xo Joy

Tastebuds video partnership sponsored by Ford.  

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Gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Pie

Gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Pie

Gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Pie

Just 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 combinations while lingering in the produce section at the grocery.  

Today we peach and blueberry. Soon I’m thinking a strawberry raspberry pie is in order.  Don’t even get me started on apricots.  

It’s about to be a great summer! 

Gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Pie

You know how I feel about pie crust.  I’ve never been shy about coaxing large amounts of butter into perfectly flakey pie crusts.  

Sidenote:  Five Tips For The Best All-Butter Pie Crust From Scratch.  

This version of pie perfection is made with gluten-free flour.  I love the King Arthur Flour variety and the only amendment I made was to add an egg yolk to the buttermilk.  The yolk helps with binding the crust but let me be honest, the crust was still a bit crumbly.  

Here’s the nitty gritty.   

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Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies

Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies

Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies

Every 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 anyone else use.  There’s the vintage church cookbook they like to keep all to themselves, the stack of good puff pastry hidden under the ice packs in the freezer, and the secret spell they cast over all of their batters before they go in the oven… because bakers are actual wizards with magical powers and everyone knows it.  

Olive Oil Raspberry and Sea Salt Brownies

The secret to these dark and fudge brownies… because I try to share all of my best secrets… is Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil.  It’s perfect for baking!  We get all of the good, cholesterol-free fats from olive oil without the overwhelming olive oil taste that we might not want in our sweet baked goods.  Oh!  Pro-tip: this olive oil is also great for frying.  It has a super high smoke-point and can withstand high temperature for frying up treats.  Win!

Now… to celebrate Bertolli’s 150th (!!!) anniversary, let’s treat ourselves to the best brownies!  

To celebrate this stellar anniversary, join me in entering the Taste of Tradition Recipe Contest! Submit your favorite family or original recipe using Bertolli Olive Oils and/or Vinegars to BertolliOliveOil.Tumblr.com for a chance to win a stellar prize:  a trip for 2 to Tuscany!  You have until July 31,2015 but don’t delay!  This is just too good not to celebrate! 

This post is sponsored by Bertolli Olive Oil.  All opinions are my own.  

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Dominique Ansel’s Chocolate Mousse

Dominique Ansel's Creamy Chocolate Mousse

Dominique Ansel's Creamy Chocolate Mousse

I still get kitchen-intimidated.  It happens when I least expect it… like when I’m trying to satisfy a chocolate mousse craving and I stumble upon a seemingly approachable Food & Wine recipe.  

This recipe for extra-creamy Chocolate Mousse is from cronut innovator Dominique Ansel… pastry genius.  

Here’s the thing about pastry innovators:  they tend to make challenging things look really easy, god bless ’em.  

It’s not that mousse is impossible.  It’s mostly approachable and 100% delicious but does require some a candy thermometer, egg whites beaten just-so, and well… some self-confidence and guts.  

No guts, no chocolate mousse glory.  

Dominique Ansel's Creamy Chocolate Mousse

First we hold our breaths and make the meringue.  

Here’s how that goes down in the kitchen:  

Egg whites are beaten in a stand mixer at medium speed.  Feel free to stand there and zone-out as the egg whites become foamy and frothy.  Mark this zone-out as your one and only while making this mousse.  

We can’t dilly-dally for too long because we need to make a hot sugar syrup while the egg whites get frothy.  Water and sugar are boiled to precisely 240 degrees F while our eggs beat to precisely soft peaks.  Yup.  Two forms of kitchen science at once.  Stay present.  Stay in the game.  We’ve only just begun.  

The hot sugar syrup is drizzled into the soft-peaked eggs and with the mixer on high, our two forms of kitchen science form one glossy, light mound of perfect meringue.  Deep breath.  We are successful.  

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Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Hello Sunday friends!   I hope you’re spending this holiday weekend on a beach blanket in the sun, a watermelon sangria in hand, and plenty of friends to laugh with.  It’s just about Summer and I’m all the way ready for long days and cold fruit drinks.  

Enjoy a restful day!  Here’s some of the Internet, made for us:

•  How Rhinos Once Conquered The World (and lost it).  

•  Poor Little Rich Women.  A different world.  This is the stuff reality television is made of.  

•  On Lamaze and childbirth.  

•  How important is it to wash your clothes before wearing them?  Spoiler:  DEFINITELY wash your clothes.  

•  Quick note:  Yes… apparently we still have to worry about biker gangs.  

•  Deb made Fake Shake Shack Burgers, thus, breaking the Internet completely.  

 Hacking the Brain: how we’ll make ourselves smarter in the future.  

•  Why It Pays To Be A Jerk.  This is discouraging.  

•  I love when Terry Gross is on the other side of the questions.  Mark Maron Interviews Terry Gross:  “life is harder than radio”.  No kidding.  

•  Re/Done:  my favorite jeans in the world.  

Have the best day!

xo Joy

Strawberry Cookies and Cream Cake

Strawberry Cookies and Cream Cake

Strawberry Cookies and Cream Cake

With every trip to the grocery store, I run these few thoughts through my mind.  

•  GAH!  I forgot my grocery list.  Do I need lemons?  I probably need lemons.  •  Why is it so cold in here?  •  Do I have my wallet, where’s my wallet, who stole my wallet, oh here’s my wallet.  •  Is that baby sitting in that stroller staring at me or do babies just stare?  •  Would it be weird if I start eating this baguette right now?    •  I hate scallops  •  No, you don’t need a bag of chocolate sandwich cookies… don’t even look at those Oreos… no no no.  •  Wait, didn’t you want to make a recipe with a cookies and cream whipped cream?  Better get the cookies.  Two bags, just to be sure.  

Cut to:  home from the grocery store eating Oreos for dinner.

Could one of you please call an adult and ask them to come live with me? 

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Spinach and Blue Cheese Biscuits

Spinach and Blue Cheese Biscuits

Spinach and Blue Cheese Biscuits

I have an idea!  Spoiler alert:  it’s about biscuits.  

Actually, I’ll just keep this short and sweet.  Let’s make biscuits!  Extra savory, baked with greens and stinky cheese, served with generous amounts of soft butter.  

Our biscuit game just got tangy and spicy, aaand spinach is definitely a vegetable so these biscuits are dang-near healthy.  

It’s time.  

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