Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I banged my head against the wall one good time.  I wanted cheesecake, like a really big slice of cold creamy cheesecake, and I wanted to do anything anything anything at all NOT to make a cheesecake.   Headbang.  How can I get to cheesecake into my face without leaving my house…  without having to make an actual cheesecake?    The last time I foil-wrapped and water-bathed a cheesecake was probably 1997.  It ended in a tragically soggy crust and I’ll never do it again.  

One good bang against the wall and presto!  Ice cream is the answer.  Cream cheesy and rich to mimic cheesecake flavors,  berries because they’re purple and delicious, and chunks of graham cracker crumbs to simulate the all-important crust.  Dreams:  realized.

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Basically, I’ll do anything not to get all the cheesecake flavor I can without actually making a cheesecake.  Ice cream is my latest cheesecake hack.  Past cheesecake hacks involve using a pie plate instead of a springform pan.  I’m nothing if not clever in the kitchen.  Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pie.  

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Malo’s Beef and Pickle Tacos

Malo's Beef and Pickle Tacos

Malo's Beef and Pickle Tacos

There’s a place in Los Angeles where you can drink feisty margaritas made by half-rude actor/bartenders, munch on half-bad chips and salsa, and watch awkward Tinder dates buzz around you.  It’s happy hour, half-dark at your table, and there is tequila, so… most anything is tolerable.  

The bright spot, the salvation from the meh bartenders and awkward dates around you, the comfort supreme:  Beef and Pickle Tacos!    Crunchy, salty, and cheesy.  Simple flavors and textures combine to make everything right in the world.  Well.. not everything, but most things.  The wonders a pickle can provide.  

See:  Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich

Malo's Beef and Pickle Tacos

Here’s what we’ll need for taco dinner, at home, where it’s cozy.  

Ground beef:  lean is cool.  

A big ol’ boiled Russet Potato:  help extend the meat with cheap potato starch.  

Sharp cheddar cheese: finely shredded  

Kosher dill pickles:  sliced and snacked on.  

Spices:  cumin, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, and smokey paprika.  It’s like making your own taco seasoning.  Extra delicious.  

Tequila:  a sip for us and for good measure.

While you’re at it… maybe make a full jar of taco seasoning for future taco adventures?  Yes:  Taco Seasoning + Charred Corn Tacos.  

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Marakesh Carrots

Marrakesh Carrots

Marrakesh Carrots

Someone in my family (I forget exactly who to blame for these memories), was very fond of adding grated carrots to the bottom of their Jell-o molds for holiday dessert.  Come to think of it, there were grated carrots and a can of fruit cocktail at the bottom of the red Jell-o mold dessert.  Criminal.  At least the Jell-o was red. 

There are things better things to do with shredded carrots.  Things that are less jiggly, and frankly, less rude.  This carrot salad fits the bill.  It’s hearty, sweet and spicy, salty and crunchy, durable enough to last a few days in the refrigerator, and just generally polite… not rude at all.  

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This recipe comes from Sara Forte’s brilliant salad-brain. You know Sprouted Kitchen? Beautiful, whole, and healthy food (and a really cute baby, too). The new Sprouted Kitchen book Bowl + Spoon is a tasty collections of breakfast bowls, salads, and sides that are elevated, healthful, but still totally comforting.

Tracy made Beet + Avocado Poke Bowls from the book.  The beets are gorgeous.  

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Let It Be Sunday

mom and me

mom and me

Hello!  Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day!  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about some of the lessons I’ve learned from my mother.  The lessons mostly involve kindness, compassion, understanding, how to clean a toilet, the timeframe within which a thank-you note is appropriate, and how to donate everything and throw nothing at all away.  

My mama is a gemstone and I am richly blessed to grow up under her care.  She also makes a really delicious Bundt cake and the smell of her perfume is embedded in my happy-home brain.  

I hope your day is spent with people you love.  

If you need some words to read, here is the Internet this week:  

•  A Free Life In Iraq.  The life of a heroic journalist fighting for for the future of Iraq.

 The tragic and powerful story of Madison Holleran.  I read this days ago and it’s still on my mind.  Depression doesn’t always look like we’d expect, especially when passed through all of our social filters:  Split Image.  

•  I love you, California.  I miss you madly.  Photographer Pieter Hugo captures San Francisco’s most infamous neighborhood:  The Tenderloin.  

•  The Pseudoscience of Beauty Products.  Can I get some straight answers about what to do about these wrinkles on my neck or… no?  That’s just natural?  But isn’t there some sort of cream for that…?   

•  How a watch can make you bigger, better, faster, and stronger.  Or not.  Upon This Wrist:  a week with the new thing.  

•  How shadows are changing New York City:  light and prosperity.  

•  A dude on a skateboard to park your car.  Someone to do your laundry, make you dinner, bring you a cocktail, and give you a massage.  All the people to meet all of your needs… all on your smartphones.  There’s An Uber For Everything Now.  

•  Why Do Cats Purr (and why can’t I)? 

•  Last year I read Maya Angelou’s autobiography Mom & Mr & Mom.  It’s been on my mind since today is Mother’s Day.  Such a beautiful life.  

•  Cropped and Ferned.  Find me in this all summer long.  

•  Always do what Mama Says.  

I think you are wonderful.  Have the best Sunday!

xo Joy

Lavender-Infused Mom Collins

Mom Collins

Mom Collins

Good ol’ Tom Collins is about to get all gussied up.

The classic Tom Collins cocktail is a simple mixture of gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and sparkling water.  Essentially, sparkling gin lemonade.  Undeniably delicious and summery.  

This Mother’s Day update includes floral lavender which plays very well with herbaceous gin and bright lemon.  Essentially, we’re giving this classic cocktail and sweet and feminine twist because we’re endlessly clever and thirsty.  

Cheers!

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Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas and a giveaway!

mothers day gifts

mother's day brunch ideas

Mother’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… there’s just no excuse not to.  That my mom endured every tantrum of mine between 1.5 and 33 years old is a downright miracle.  The least I can do is offer her flowers and breakfast once a year.   

I mean…

Here’s our breakfast inspiration.  It’s extra important this weekend:  

•  Lavender Blackberry Scones:  fragrant and berry studded.  You might swap the blackberries for blueberries or strawberries.  Whatever you prefer!

•  Baked Brown Butter and Pistachio Baked Donuts:  these gems are totally worth storing a baked donut pan in your kitchen cupboards for.  Salty, sweet, so pretty, so delicious.  

•  Kale Avocado and Tangerine Salad:  greens, creamy avocado, and bright citrus to balance out an otherwise rich and sweet brunch menu.  

•  Fresh Blueberry and Mint Lemonade:  I was obsessed with lemonade last summer and this deep purple blueberry concoction is just perfectly sweet, herby, and tart!  Also see:  Peach and Cardamom Lemonade.   

•  Muffuletta Pasta Salad:  New Orleans sandwich turned hearty pasta salad.  Dooooo it! 

•  Salty Honey Pie:  Pie means love.  This unique, sweet and salty pie would be delicious with fresh fruit and whipped cream.  

•  Sausage Cheddar and Grits Frittata:  For what this quiche lacks in crust, it makes up for in GRITS!  Savory, cheesy and eye-wideningly good.  

•  Brown Butter Banana Bread:  A standard.  Never to be outdone.  

•  Spinach and Strawberry Chopped Salad:  If you put fruit in your salad… it’s more dessert than salad, right?  Almost.  

mothers day gifts

Let’s talk about gifts too!  Here are a few of my favorites for Mom and a GIVEAWAY if you read the details below! 

•  The Wreath Recipe Book.  My mom loves flowers and gardening and I love the idea of a recipe flower arranging and wreath making.   Clever as ever.  

•  Pansy Pink Nail Polish.  Bright and youthful for Summer.  

•  Diana Ralys Skin Health.  My favorite face products are all-organic, lovingly made, and super effective.  I think the Moisture Detox Mask would be great for Mom, or treat her to a luxe gift set that includes everything.  

As a gift to one of you, if you leave a comment below between May 7th and May 9th at midnight set, one of you will win a Mother’s Day Gift Set from Diana Ralys Skin Health!  

•  Cake Stand from Tapuy Glass.  Beautiful lace-inspired glass.  Super feminine and pretty.  I also love the small plates.  

•  Crystal Posy Studs.  Sparkly and classic.  

•  Red Handled Italian Kitchen Knives.  Good classic knives are the best gift, just don’t ask to ever borrow or even use it once it’s been gifted.  Sacred.  

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope you do it up right! 

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Kiwi Mint Mojitos

Kiwi Mint Mojitos

Kiwi Mint Mojitos

It’s time we start perfecting our Porch Sit game.  

A Porch Sit is a late-afternoon gathering of friends, neighbors, a dog or two, a guitar or harmonica (optional), overlapping conversations, and sweet cold cocktails.  

A Porch Sit is vital to summer, happy relationships, and good health.  They stretch on into the evening and usually coincide with snacks, some sort of pasta salad, and a small dose of half-whispered gossip.

Cocktails are only part of the equation.  Part but essential.   

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How To Make The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Im not one for secrets.  Especially where chocolate is involved. 

I always have a few tricks up my sleeve and I can never keep them secrets for long.  Brown sugar baked bacon is one secret.  Sweet, salty, crisp, and perfect.  Adding that bacon to biscuits,  completely over the top good!  Brown butter in everything, most especially chocolate chip cookies…. another secret I just couldn’t keep to myself.  

Today another secret comes out.  We’re talking about the most perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Soft, glossy, light and spreadable… and the secret ingredients are Rich Chocolate Ovaltine and heavy cream!  Malted chocolate milk powder and cream to add extra body, and a light whipped texture to our frosting.  It’s unexpected and perfect!  

I hope there is cake (and waaaay too much buttercream) in your future.  

The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Three sticks (1 1/2 cups or 12 ounces) softened, unsalted butter.  I think it’s best to leave the butter out overnight to softened to room temperature through and through.  Softening butter in the microwave makes the butter more melty than soft and can break our perfect buttercream,  

•  Unsweetened cocoa powder, and lots of it.

•  Salt, to balance the mountain of powdered sugar.

•  A mountain of powdered sugar. 

•  Milk for moisture and softness.

•  Rich Chocolate Ovaltine, the chocolate malted milk powder adds a creamy softness to this buttercream and makes it extra rich, glossy, and luscious.  

•  Heavy cream because, always.  

•  Extra credit:  pure vanilla extract.  

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Let It Be Sunday

sunday sunday

Hello friends and happy Sunday!  Should we talk about the fact that it’s already May or does that make you hive-y?  Me too.  The days run away.  They really do.  Let’s do out very best to breathe deep and take in every bit.  

I’m at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee this weekend.  I’m not sure there is any place more lovely and pleasant and I’ll tell you more about my adventures next week.  Suffice it to say, I’m eating everything, I’ve ridden a horse, gazed at mountains, and have yet to eat a single blackberry.  Working on it.  File under:  weekend goals.  

I hope your day is extra caffeinated and all sorts of lazy.  

The Internet, this week, distilled:  

•  We need to talk about Baltimore, about Freddie Gray, about what’s happening with our nation’s policing.  I think the best person to do that with is David Simon.  David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish.  

•  Images from Nepal. In our prayers.    

•  Caution:  Appearing happy on social media can be used against you in a court of law.  

•  David Letterman on 33 Years in Late Night Television.  A legend.  He just can’t go.  We won’t know what to do with ourselves.  Really.  

•  The best and worst fonts to use on your resume.  We’re leering at you, comic sans.  

•  The anonymous sharing app Secret is shutting down but another anonymous app called Whisper is doing better than ever.  So… yes, apparently we still all want to sneak secrets to one another over social media, or at least some of us do.  The rest of us are still trying to figure out if we need to Snap Chat and why Pinterest is just all cat photos.  

•  Oh… should we talk about the fact that Millennials Don’t Trust Anyone?  Like… no one, except maybe every other person they follow on Instagram.  

•  Dr. Oz is kinda going through it right now.  Oprah broke up with him a little.  

•  As we head into summer months:  The Story of the Bikini  aka How Fun It Is To Be In Public In Your Underwear… it’s not.  

•  I LOVE these Hawaiian Floral Vans.  

•  Currently reading and absolutely loving:  This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.  

Have the happiest day!  Tomorrow we’re talking about Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Get your spoons ready now.  

xo Joy

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Maple Tamari Roasted Almonds

Maple Tamari Roasted Almonds

Maple Tamari Roasted Almonds

I have to find clever ways to NOT buy a bag of potato chips at the grocery store.  By ‘clever’ I mean I just don’t go down the chip aisle.  It’s my danger zone.  I know that if I do, I’ll likely eat potato chips for lunch and dinner that day, and repeat that same process for probably three days straight.  

I like salt and crunch.  I really like potato chips.  More than most.  More than many.  

I have to find creative ways to satiate my salt-tooth (like a sweet-tooth but different), and that means making my own gobble-able snack.  

These salty tamari and maple roasted almonds are all the spicy, salt, sweet, and crunch I need.  They’re not potato chips but… well, not even close but dang good, healthy and satisfying.  

Did I mention that I really like potato chips?  Just checking… 

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Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

I have good news for us, friends!  Two things.  One:  it’s Sunday.  Two:  life is not boring.  Life is big and beautiful and staggering and hard and long and short and thank goodness for Sunday.  

I hope this day finds you settled and just a little bit lazy.  I’m off to Jazz Fest here in New Orleans.  If you need me I’ll be in the Gospel Tent with a daiquiri.  

Happy day to you.  

I took some of the Internet and gathered it for you here:  

 •  Wonderful people are made, not born.  This is so great:  The Moral Bucket List 

•  This is staggering.  “In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia.”  Read.  1.5 Missing Black Men 

•  Robert Durst and another cold case.  Seriously? 

•  Is the first date too early for couples therapy?   Answer:  no. 

•  Belle Gibson lied about having brain cancer.  Generally and universally speaking, totally not cool.  But here’s why we’re part of the problem, too.  

•  A brief look inside the bizarre and sadistic Presidential Fitness Test.  I remember being reeeaaallly proud that I passed this test with flying colors.  

•  How to design a roller coaster that will make you beg for mercy.  I’d call uncle about 8 seconds in and that picture you captured of me in my moment of supreme terror… well that wasn’t very nice of you at all.  

•  I’m going on the I’m-Running-For-President Diet.  Oh wait… NO I’M NOT.  I confused myself with Jeb Bush which I’ll never ever do again.  

  Give this a listen:  Julia Turshen on The Design Observer.  

•  2015’s list of the 150 Best Bars in America.  Just in case.  

•  Inside the largest Buddhist settlement in the world.  There is big beauty in the world.  

•  Provisions by Food52 has some really beautifully crafted kitchen and life items.  I love this Blue Tart Plate and these perfect Biscuit Cutters.

Have the most wonderful Sunday!

xo Joy 

Strawberry Lattice Pie

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.  Maybe throw some blueberries in this pie, or a handful of raspberries.  It’s the perfect time to get our Summer frame of mind right.  Also, doesn’t everyone want a pie in their house come Sunday night?  

Strawberry Lattice Pie

These strawberries are big, beautiful, and not quite sweet enough for pie.  Not to worry… nothing a little brown sugar can’t fix right up.  

For more in pie adventures, see:  Gluten-Free Strawberry Ginger Pie or Peach and Blueberry Pie… though it’s a little soon for peaches.  I suppose we just need to be more patient before we get all Summer-pie-happy.  

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Crispy Avocado Fries with Melty Cheese Dip

Avocado Fries

Avocado Fries with melty chess dip

It’s starting to look like I moved to New Orleans as an excuse to deep fry my California vegetables, make melty cheese dip, live off Red Beans and Rice, and plate after plate of fresh beignets.  That’s to say nothing of the sazeracs and oysters.

Truth is, I moved to New Orleans for the suffocating humidity alone.  

Not true at all.  No one has ever ever done that.  

We’ve entered into the 12 most beautiful days of the year here in New Orleans.  After living here for one year, I’m talking like I know…

These are the 12 days when it’s perfectly warm with pleasantly bearable humidity, long pink sunsets, and almost cool evenings.  It’s the perfection before the wrath of summer.  It’s… well, it’s what California is like ALL THE TIME.  

Let’s not talk about it anymore… let’s just fry these avocados. 

Avocado Fries with melty chess dip

Can I tell you a secret about free avocados?  

If you’re in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans or Brooklyn you can place an order with the awesome people of Good Eggs and receive a free bag of avocados!  Seems like the very best idea. 

Photographs by the lovely Gabrielle Geiselman with styling (aka throwing food around) by me.  Gabrielle is my friend, neighbor, and fellow avocado fiend.  

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Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

What if there could be a treat that was like Rice Krispie treats, but also like a bowl of kettle corn, and then also salty, but then dotted with an obnoxious amount of sprinkles?  That would be good news.  Actually, that would be what’s happening here!

It’s success and celebration, all in a popcorn bowl.  

Happy Monday!  Just go for it: sprinkle and marshmallow everything today.   

Related:  I’m really into aggressively-flavored popcorn… Roy Choi’s Furikake Kettle Corn

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Let It Be Sunday

sunday

Hello friends!  I hope this morning finds you happy and rested, ready for buttery toast and a leisurely morning. I’m back in New Orleans making the biggest mess of my kitchen just for you.  We’ve got fruit pies, avocado things, and a crazy marshmallow concoction coming your way in the next few days.  I hope you’re into it!

Have the most lovely day.  Let’s be good to the people around us.  

The Internet, distilled:  

•  One hundred and fifty years ago this week, President Lincoln was assassinated.  Here’s the story of The Insane Story of The Guy Who Killed The Guy Who Killed Lincoln.  

•  One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a year.  How? The CEO cut his own million dollar salary to increase the salary of his employees over three years.  Yea… think about it. 

•  The Fascinating, Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge.  Tall towers and tight corners, over and over again, amen.  

•  Taking Back Detroit, portraits of a city and its people.  

•  The Time Has Come To Redefine Old Age.  Maybe we should define old age by whether or not you SnapChat.  Related:  I’m not on SnapChat.  I’m old. 

•  Something to make us all feel old and technologically inept:  Instagram’s TMZ.  

•  Really interesting:  The Making of Dr. Oz, how an award-winning doctor turned away from science and embraced fame.  

•  Let’s learn Why Knuckles Crack.  

•  What’s So Special About 350 degrees F?  The science of what happens behind the oven door from The Kitchn.  

•  When I first moved to New Orleans, Jessica Bride graciously invited me into her home to teach me how to make a Louisiana specialty: crawfish pie.  She invited her photographer friend Gabrielle, and I was quickly welcomed into their food-loving friendship. Crawfish Pie and the power of cooking with strangers.  

•  The ladies of Spoon Fork Bacon have a new and beautiful book out!  I’m baking from it this afternoon.  It’s The Perfect Egg.

•  For when we need our shoes to say a lot about who we are.     

•  Speaking of things we wear.  How about this for our new Spring Dress?  I like. 

•  New high or new low?  Custom Printed Pet Photo Pillows.  

Happy Sunday!  I love you.  xo

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Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

The days really are warming.  There are the prettiest strawberries in the market.  It might almost be time to daydream about watermelon wedges.  But… I still need soup.  The unapologetically comforting kind of soup with soft carrots, big bites of chicken, almost too much thyme, and the fluffiest floating dumplings.  

It’s Winter comforts in Spring.  Let’s bridge the gap.  You know… like wearing a light scarf or shoes with no socks… except this is food and way way delicious.    

Chicken and Dumplings

Boneless and skinless chicken thighs to start.  I like chicken thighs because they’re more fatty and flavorful than chicken breast.  Always go for flavor!  

The meat is seasoned well and browned in hot hot olive oil.  This is where the layers of flavor begin.  

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Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Hello my friends! 

It’s Sunday and I hope you’re ready for some Spring sunshine and frothy cappuccinos.  Maybe treat yourself to a donut. Treat a friend to a donut.  Do things that make you smile.  

I’ve been missing my California home these days.  Something about California air just feels familiar and settling to me.  You can take the girl outta California… but you can’t take California outta the girl (no matter how many times I try to say y’all).  Above photo by Jon Melendez (who just made a Jambalaya Pizza!!).  

Enjoy this beautiful day.  

Here’s the easy of the Internet this week:  

•  We need to keep talking about this California drought business:  are almonds and other nuts really drought villains?

•  An art director on Why She Wears The Same Thing To Work Everyday.  In my world it’s more like, Why I Wear The Same Dress For A Week Straight:  laze and convenience and security. 

•  5 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton.  Bonus thing:  she’s a boss. 

•  From the series “Why I Teach”:  Why I Teach My Students To Be Brave.

•  Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work, Here’s What Does.  I mean… with a title like this you haaave to click, right?  Spoiler alert:  write a list and make a plan.  

•  “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”  50 of the most beautiful lines in The Great Gatsby.  

•  Women Answer Questions Men Are Too Afraid To Ask.  On bras and why it takes us so long to get ready… straight face emoji. 

•  It’s Spring and I feel like now is the time to put root vegetables in our desserts.  Don’t worry… it’s cool.  It’s going to be good.  I promise!  Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting.  

•  Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goat Cheese.  I’d eat my fill.  

•  What if your name was Beyonce… but you weren’t Beyonce.  Are You Beyonce, Beyonce, or Just Regular Beyonce?  It’s complicated.   

Have a most lovely Sunday!

xo Joy

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Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

Hey friends! I’ve been here, there, and everywhere lately eating dang near every single thing I can get my hand on from New Orleans, north to Philadelphia.  This week I’ve been in Philadelphia where I’ve found GOOD everywhere I’ve gone:  good people, good coffee, seriously good bagels, good donuts, and what might be one of my favorite places in the country:  The Reading Terminal Market.  

The Reading Terminal Market is Philadelphia’s indoor public market, packed to the gills with fresh produce, local meats and fish, Amish baked goods, quality coffee, cannolis like whoa, and the best roast pork sandwich is all the land.  I love the Reading Terminal Market because the quality and range of food is bonkers… I can nerd out about food around every corner of this market… but the people that fill the stalls, aisles, and countertops are free of food-person pretensions (eye roll) and just there because they know what’s good.  It’s the most wonderful place.  

Here’s a look inside: 

Reading Terminal Market

Every countertop has people gathered.  Dutch Eating Place for lunch ooorrr the best Roast Pork Sandwich with broccoli rabe and peppers from  DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef.  Seriously with that sandwich… outta control. 

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Peanut Butter Bacon and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Bacon and Dark Chocolate

Peanut Butter Bacon and Dark Chocolate

These cookies are asking for your attention.  Not so much begging or pleading, but asking nicely for you to pay attention.  

They’re here to tell you that they’re a little to big, a little too sweet, have a little too much bacon, and yea… too much chocolate, too.  They’re crisp and they don’t care about your affection for chewy.  They’re gluten-free, but really… they never needed gluten in the first place.  They’re the boss.  They know it.  Don’t play.

Peanut Butter.

Bacon.  

Dark Chocolate.  

Get on the bandwagon before these cookies raise their voice.  Nobody wants that. 

See also:  Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes.  Sorry.  Also, not sorry. 

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Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Hello friends!  

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!  

How are you feeling this week?  Standing with both feet on the ground?  Wearing a good scarf?  Beating back allergies?  drinking too much coffee?  Me too.  All of the same.  

Last week I was in Nashville.  This week I’m eating and coffee-ing my way through Philadelphia.  I’ve run away from home.  That’s the long and short of it.  

(picture above from HubBub Coffee.) 

What happened in the world and on the Internet this week?  These things, I think:  

•  Amazon’s new Dash Button.    Household items, reordered at the touch of a button.  But doesn’t this take away from standing in line at the grocery store on a Friday night buying a bottle of wine, tampons, cat liter, and a box of mac and cheese?  I feel like there’s real glory in that.  Now… either I’m getting old or I’m just in a constant state of “who are we and what have we become”.  The Horror of Amazon’s New Dash Button.  

•  “As we increasingly outsource our memories to devices, we may be forgetting the pleasures of imperfect recall.”  Remembrance of Things Lost

•  Completely heartbreaking and totally inspiring:  Teenagers Facing Early Death, On Their Terms.  

•  Ellen Pao and The Sexism You Can Quite Prove.  

•  Almonds are drinking all of California’s water.  10% of California’s Water Goes To Almond Farming

 Should Grown Men Use Emoji? (straight face emoji)   

•  Weekend read about Mad Men as we enter the final season:  The Shock of the Pretty.  

•  Billy on the Street with David Letterman.  Thank you!  

•  Watch a Calligrapher Perfectly Draw Famous Logos From Scratch with Pen and Ink.  

•  The one-way ticket to Mars you were hoping for may not be such a good idea.  YA THINK!? 

Have a lovely day, my friends!  Catchya tomorrow! 

xo Joy