Kitchen On The Move

Byebye French Quarter

Byebye French Quarter

I feel like I haven’t been in my kitchen in ages!  

Well… I’ve been in my kitchen, it just hasn’t been to cook.  I’ve packed up my French Quarter kitchen and moved it box my box, beater by beater, to the Irish Channel.  It’s a process!  Do you know how many spoons I have?  A weird amount of spoons.  

Thank you for your patience with me as I get my life, my brain, and my kitchen sorted.  The thing is… I’m still the only person that writes this blog.  It’s just me, making all the donuts I want, and coming here to tell you about them.  That makes times like these… when I don’t have a stockpile of already shot and edited recipes, a little awkward.  Also, moving is hard on the brain, too.  I’ve considered using the packing tape to adhere my car keys to my forehead so I can stop losing them.  This blog is the real life (the super styled, extra delicious version) of my kitchen, so maybe this is a good time to take a few deep breaths and let it be what it is.  

Tron would agree.  It took him a day and a half to pack up all his toys and he’s a little stressed out.

Enough about me.  How are you?  Sincerely.  What’s inspiring you these days?  What are you hungry for?  Can I make you a Sazerac?  I’m practicing.  How should I christen my kitchen?  Stew?  Banana bread?  Chocolate chip cookies?  I need your guidance.  I think I packed my brain alongside my whisks.  

More soon.  Straight from the oven… something good, I promise. 


Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

I was having one of those days where I was certain that everyone in the world around me was mostly thoughtless, unkind, and out to drive reeeeaallly slowly, and ruin my day.  Turns out, if you feel like every single person around you is a dolt, it’s time to look within, get yourself a snack, and simmer all the way down.  It’s not them; it’s you… or in my specific case, me.  The cure to my crunchy day was a cup of coffee, a breakfast sandwich, and a stop to look at the beautiful blooming Magnolia trees.  

I need to call my mom and say hello.  It’s been too long and she’s probably getting worried.  She’s also probably reading this…  I’ll call you, Mom! 

Here’s what the Internet wants us to know this week:  it’s cold so we’re moving to Mars.   

•  What the heck is going on in Boston!? Boston’s Winter From Hell.  Would it help if we sent them all of our sunshine and space heaters? 

•  My Own Life:  Oliver Sacks On Learning He Has Terminal Cancer.  “I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential.”

•  One Way Ticket To Mars.  No, please. 

•  Life lessons from The Kitchn.  We know this to be true, but we need a reminder:  Five Times To Say “No Thank You” and Three Things To Do When You Hear It.  

•  Hey, you guys!  Eggs Are Back (along with a list of new dietary guidelines)!  Get excited.  We’re all about whole foods and egg yolks.  Full disclosure:  I read this article while eating boxed mac and cheese, straight from the pot, at 12:21am.  I’M DOING IT RIGHT.  Stay tuned for Joy the Baker dietary guidelines.  Coming soon.

•  Let your brain soak up these election-style Oscar predictions.

•  Shopping while hungry, beware!  “Findings suggest that hunger creates an acquisitive mindset that encourages people to get more stuff in general—no matter if it is offered for free or carrying a price tag.” Hungry Makes You Buy More Stuff, Even If It’s Not Food.  

•  Quick note:  Humans can only distinguish between about 30 shades of gray.    

•  Gray vs Grey

•  Excuse me while I eat 100% of this Taco Salad.  

•  Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips.  Don’t be mad at it.  

I love you.  Happy Sunday!  


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I Love You, New Orleans

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras
New Orleans, you beast.  You wild, unpredictable, crazy fun, wholly overwhelming place.  New Orleans isn’t just a city… it’s a spirit and culture.  It’s a lady and a trouble-maker.  It’s palpable and  irresistible, and will not be ignored.  New Orleans, you excite me.  New Orleans, I’m hungry.  New Orleans, I love you.  

I’ve lived for the past year as a new New Orleanian.  Fresh in this world.  Wide eyes.  Lost in the streets.  Enamored by the sights and sounds.  And sometimes… well, I’m a little overwhelmed by new city.  There’s a lot for this California girl to learn about the Deep South.  A lot to learn about Southern hospitality, being a neighborly neighbor, oyster eating, and brunch.  Those are all the easy things to learn.  

I’ve spent the past year living smack-dab in the middle of the French Quarter.  It’s been nutty:  filled with music and art and always new tourist friends.  I’m saying goodbye to the French Quarter and moving my kitchen, all my cookbooks, and TronCat… Uptown.  Let’s go cook in a new kitchen!  I can’t wait to share my new space with you.  It’s quaint and you’re invited over for cookies, always.  

Here are a few things I’ve learned so far in New Orleans:  

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Joy the Baker’s Best Winter Recipes

Joy the Baker's Best Winter Recipes

Joy the Baker's Best Winter Recipes

Happy Tuesday!  

Are you thinking about black coffee and chocolate croissants, or is it just me?  Two chocolate croissants.  Two please.  Warm.  Thank you.  

Now that we’re past the holidays and into the part of the year where we’ve conveniently forgotten our New Year’s diet resolutions, it’s time to get in the kitchen, crank up the oven and bake some cold weather comforts.  

Here’s some inspiration.  There’s tons!  

•  Butter Pecan Biscuits for some reason these biscuits put REO Speedwagon in my head.  I can’t fight this feeling anymore.  Pecans make me want to sing. 

•  Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie. In which we spend quality time with chicken and pie crust.  It’s rich, creamy, and worth every bit of time it takes to make this beauty!  

•  Morning Glory Oats are sweet, hearty, and comforting.  It’s like carrot cake, in a bowl, for breakfast.  

•  Maple-Spiced Almond Milk with a hint of pumpkin is Winter-spiced, naturally sweet, and totally huggable.  

•  One Pot French Onion Pasta has all the savory comforts you want from a dinner pot.  Plus it makes the house smell like caramelized onions which is exactly perfect.  

•  Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup.  I hesitate to say it, but the word ‘ZESTY!’ really applies here.  

•  Vegan Banana Pecan Muffins.  Would it sway you to know that my Mom makes these muffins almost every week?  Also, flax seed eggs: wave of the future! 

•  Mushroom and Brussels Sprout Hash.  Just add poached eggs.  Game over. 

•  Roasted Potato Galette with cheddar and chives.  It’s carb on carb.  Totally a Winter tradition.  

Joy the Baker's Best Winter Recipes

•  Turkey and Bacon Meatloaf for sandwiches and beyond.  An embarrassing amount of ketchup is encouraged. 

•  The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: there are no better words.

 •  I love this Apple Fennel Pistachio and Apricot Salad because it’s the perfect balance of bright, fresh, and sweet.

•  Beer-Battered Onion Rings are for any and every season! No excuses.

•  Classic Lemon Bars: one of the first things I learned how to bake and the recipe  remains the same! 

•  Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze. I can’t stop. Neither should you.    

•  Winter Lemonade with Ginger and Cloves is spiced and sweet and full of health promoting Winter goodness!

•  Salty and Malty Brown Butter Treats becsuse Rice Krispie treats are just a blank slate for all the good things in life.  

•  Sausage and Mushroom Risotto is so good! Go on at get your pot on the burner. So hearty and satisfying with earthy mushrooms and spicy sausage! 

Let It Be Sunday

let it be sunday

What a lovely Sunday to live in!  I hope this finds you happy, well, and still in your embarrassing pajama bottoms.  I mean… I’m still wearing my Christmas pajamas too.  No shame in my game.  

Mardi Gras has been swirling around me and WHOA, just whoa.  I’ve lived in New Orleans for one full year and boy do I have some wide eyes and words about it.  I’ll share those soon.  

This week the Internet has offered us some gems.  These are them:  

•  Bob Dylan has some really excellent and humbling words about what it means to be an artist and to live and breathe in that space. He’s wise.  “These songs didn’t come out of thin air.”   

 It feels like civil rights is only as pressing as our current news cycle dictates.  That’s a problem.   The Public Life and Private Doubts of Al Sharpton.  

•  The current state of public shaming.  We have a problem, but then again… we’ve always had a problem.  How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

•  How The New York Times Works.  You know… that old thing.  

 I wasn’t allowed to be a picky eater as a kid.  Not an option.  The Tyranny of Chicken Fingers

•  Worry is an important part of being a moral person. Anxiety reimagined.  

Martha Stewart’s beauty routine.  Saying “I don’t get clogged pores” is like saying “I don’t bloat”.  Oh HUSH Martha.  YES YOU DO! 

•  If Stanley Tucci Were Your Boyfriend, “it would always be the second week of fall. The sun would never set before 8pm, but you would never sweat again.”  Isn’t that the TRUTH! (We can also stop eating Cheetos in the shower, which is mostly a relief.)  

•   Fired Sony Executive Amy Pascal thinks actors are “bottomless pits of need”, and also… magical.  

•  Stop what you’re doing:  Salami of the Month Club

•  I’m reading:  The Girl Who Fell From The Sky.  

•  Ten Things You Should Know Before Getting Into a Relationship with Someone Who Loves Food.  More salt, please.  

•  Let’s do this blue

•  Lastly, The New Yorker reviews Fifty Shades of Grey aka “the Downton Abby of bondage”.    

I love you, I do.  Have a most wonderful day!

xo Joy

Grub Street Diet

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Joy the Baker Grub Street Diet

Of course I’m nosy!  Invite me over, please.  I’d like to look in your fridge. I’d like to know what you feed your cat.  I’d like to know how you take your coffee and what kind of cold cereal you have in your cupboard.  I won’t go snooping in your medicine cabinet, because that’s just rude, but I may take a peek inside your linen closet.  I’m sorry.  I’m curious about your thread count.  

One of my favorite ways to be nosy (without being such a creep) is with Grub Street Diet, NY Mag‘s weekly column about who is eating what.  Fred Armisen eats a lot of Grape Nuts.  Diablo Cody knows her way around a Taco Bell.  Molly Ringwald is a wine girl.  These are important things to know about strangers!  Important and totally useless and I’m absolutely positive I’ll bring them up in conversation and get strange looks in return.  

This week, well… I’m featured on Grub Street Diet.  If you have ever wondered what my diet looks like for five days (and wwwhhyyy on Earth would you wonder that?), all of your questions have been answered.  Spoiler alert:  I drink a lot of coffee, impulse buy Good & Plentys, and eat cake sitting on the floor.  It’s really glamorous, all of it.  

Joy the Baker:  Grub Street Diet 

Clockwise from left to right above:  

I ate all the grapefruits in Louisiana // Donuts from District // Ate this cheese plate as Jon made it // Jon also made cocktails (nailed it!) // I made waffles and burnt my hand // Bought all the Girl Scout Cookies 

Clockwise from left to right below: 

Grilled oysters at Cochon (reason enough to visit New Orleans)  //  Perfect daiquiri from Cane and Table  //  Coffee, cranberry water, vitamins, repeat  //  KING CAKE! // In n Out at Dockweiler Beach //  Making brunch with onions, eggs, and asparagus  


Happy Friday!  I love you, bye-bye!

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Mini Jam-Swirled Baked Donuts and Lavazza Coffee Giveaway

Mini Jam-Swirled Baked Donuts

Mini Jam-Swirled Baked Donuts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and, well… we need each other.  Let’s hold hands and get through this together! 

We’re going to need some tools this holiday weekend.  By tools I mean, baked donuts, strong coffee, and festive sprinkles.  Coffee, donuts, and love are fitting for every day of the year, but especially appropriate for a Valentine’s Day weekend.  I hope you sleep in and share coffee and donuts with someone you want to high-five for life.  

JTB V-DAY Coffee Collage

To celebrate the holiday I’ve partnered with Lavazza Coffee to give away a Valentine’s Day Survival Kit!  Just a few important things to inspire a lazy Valentine’s Day morning lingering over really fantastic coffee and sweet, tender donuts.  

1 •  My favorite Bodum French Press.  Makes perfect cups of coffee!  

2  •  Make if official with couple mugs.  Few things are more precious.  

3  •  A good throw blanket.  For picnic-style morning coffee adventures.  

4  •  Critical in any at-home coffee date is the perfect cup of coffee!  Lavazza Italian Coffee is my new favorite!  Dark, rich, and round coffee without a hint of bitterness. Lavazza makes home coffee feel extra special.  

5  •  Two people, lots of love, one journal.  It’s like a little time capsule of your years together!  

6  •  Mornings should smell great with this Capri Candle!

7  •  I always want to watch When Harry Met Sally and I know you do too.

8  •  No coffee date is complete without donuts!  They’re tender, sweet, and jam-swirled.  Get into it!  Here’s the pan you’ll need

9  •  Games of skill and chance on the living room floor:  checkers and chess.  

To enter to win a gift basket filled with Lavazza Coffee, a $25 gift card to Lavazza, and the rest of these Valentine’s treats, please leave a comment below with your favorite Valentine’s Day tradition.  Winner will be randomly selected Saturday February 14th at noon est! 

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Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

Y‘all… it’s TIME.

It’s time for the brioche-rich, cinnamon-swirled, colorfully sprinkled cake that is KING CAKE! 

It’s carnival time here in New Orleans.  That means that we’re celebrating life, pushing the limits of indulgence, dancing in the streets (most literally), catching as many beads as we can, throwing as many beads as we can, and eating King Cake… all before Lent next Wednesday.  We have a lot to fit into this next week!  

In New Orleans, which is a world in its own, we eat King Cake between very specific dates:  January 6th to honor the Three Kings and Fat Tuesday (the madness just before Lent).

What’s with all of the colorful cake madness?  History.  We need a history lesson.

“The King’s Cake accompanies festivities to commemorate the Epiphany, the day the Magi (interpreted by some to mean “kings”) arrived in Bethlehem and presented gifts to baby Jesus the twelfth night after his birth. The cake is a reenactment of Epiphany, with a bean or baby figurine baked into the cake to symbolize Christ and is eaten throughout Carnival festivities.”  – Three Men and a Baby: A Brief History of King Cakes 

I hesitated to make this cake at home this Mardi Gras.  King Cakes are absolutely everywhere in New Orleans and really… there’s no need to make one at home.  That would be like visiting Paris and staying indoors to make your own croissants. I’m also very new to New Orleans.  Who am I to make a dang King Cake?  Well… here goes nothing (/everything).  

•  Is that a plastic baby Jesus in my cake?  Kinda yea.   

•  10 things to know about Mardi Gras.  Yes… Mardi Gras is only a legal holiday in Louisiana.  It’s a different world.  

•  Mardi Gras Mix Tape Zing!

Mardi Gras King Cake

Here’s what we need:  flour and salt, milk, sugar and yeast.  The makings of a fine and good yeasted bread.  

What takes this treat from bread to cake is fat and flavor.  Lots of melted butter, five creamy egg yolks, ground cinnamon, and lemon zest!  

We’re also going to need a mega amount of sprinkles.  Purple for justice, green for faith, gold for power.  And a little plastic baby to sneak into the cake after baking.  Whomever gets the cake has to buy the next King Cake… and the circle never ever ends.  

If you’re not with us here in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, I hope you make this cake and fill your kitchen with the spirit of this city.  It’s special.  It’s delicious!  It’s Mardi Gras!  

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Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Winter Salad

Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Salad

Roasted Cauliflower, Beet, and Farro Salad

I don’t seem to have a brain for meal-prep.  I’m guilty of wandering the grocery store aisles picking up cold cereal, crackers, a really expensive bar of soap and… little else.   I’m notoriously horrible at actually making myself dinner and, as it turns out, scrambled eggs with hot sauce make a tremendously fine dinner meal.  

Understanding my shortcomings, and being entirely tired of scrambled eggs for dinner, I’ve discovered that if I have a big bowl of something in the refrigerator, I’m saved.  

Something could be a big bowl of Carrot Jalapeño Soup, a big bowl of Apple and Fennel Salad, or something like this… with hearty roasted cauliflower and sweet earthy beets.  Farro makes the salad filling and solid.  

A big bowl of something.  Good, hearty, real food that isn’t scrambled eggs that you can eat straight from the fridge… if you’re into that sort of thing (and we’re all into that sort of thing).  

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Let It Be Sunday

let it be sunday

I‘m back in Los Angeles for five minutes.  Well… one day and five minutes.  I came to celebrate my mom’s birthday.  I came to eat this cheese burger, play at the January beach, and watch the waves.  

It’s funny being back in the house I grew up in with my parents and sister.  Reunion usually means a lot of yelling across the house… just like old times.  I’m also sleeping on the trundle bed of my youth.  Go ahead and be jealous.  That’s understandable. Suffice it to say, it feels REALLY good to be home for these few minutes.  Really quite nice. 

Here’s the world, on the Internet and in your Sunday.  

•  Still the worst.  Still with the hate and terror. Why ISIS murdered Kenji Goto. And, in all the madness this past week,  Jordanian airstrikes may have killed the ISIS’s last remaining American hostage

•  How to grieve when you lose an Interneto friend.  There’s no closure in this weird world of living and dying and twitter.  

•  Weekend Read:  The Forgotten History of Bruce Jenner.  Read this, think about the Kardashians, build a rocket ship, move to the moon, build a new Kardashian-free life.  Good luck.   

•  Captain’s Log(s).  Two friends, all up on a boat.  Making friends and enemies. 

•  I’ve had this tab open in my browser for weeks.  This ring is so so pretty!  Can I borrow $855?  Cool, thanks. 

•  Do you read the Grub Street Diet column from New York Magazine?  It’s a peek inside the lives and diets of awesome people.  The Kerry Diamond edition is a favorite!

•  If you don’t have anything nice to say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS.  Writer Lindy West confronts one of her worst internet trolls… and he apologizes because he’s a human with feelings.  INSANE!   

•  We get another book from Harper Lee.  Yea we do!  

•  Get the know the most influential women in food.  Go on, ladies. Get it. 

•  Why cats love boxes.  Because they’re passive-aggressive and anti-social.  Cool, me too! 

•  Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Dip?  Not mad at it.  

•  Valentine’s Day.  This is a thing we have to recognize, right? Sigh.  How about Lemon Raspberry Pie Crust Hearts?  Or better yet, how about we just have a donut and call it a day.  

 •  ThinkPiece:  I regret to inform you that you simple aren’t doing your best.  

And with that, I leave you to Sunday.  I love you, bye-bye.  

xo Joy

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Brûlée Orange and Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Orange and Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Orange and Cream Cheese Pound Cake

 I‘m going to start a new line of pillows made exclusively out of this cream cheese pound cake.  Edible bed pillows.  Lay your head down at night and snack-and-sleep.  If we’re going to turn aaanny cake into a pillow, this is it.  

This is the softest, most tender cake thanks to both cream cheese and butter.  Sponge-y and moist without being cloying or obnoxious.  It’s the perfect pillow material.  Like memory foam but… edible cake.  

Or.  I suppose you could serve this cake sliced on platters and plates.  Also a viable option, just without the beauty rest.  Think about it.  

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Homemade Salmon and Oat Cat Treats

Homemade Crunchy Cat Treats

Homemade Salmon and Oat Cat Treats

I‘ve done a lot of research on cats.  By ‘a lot of research’, I mean that I’ve lived with an nutcase of a cat-animal for the past four years, and there are a few things I’ve learned.  My cat, in particular, is bossy and unwilling to compromise.  He’s a fan of avocado, anything I open with a can opener, buttermilk, and actually… anything that I eat, he wants to eat.  

Since I am a maker of cookies for human consumption, I feel like it’s only fitting to make healthy and wholesome treats for my monster cat as well.   

Homemade Salmon and Oat Cat Treats

The best thing about these cat treats / cat cookies, is that they’re made out of actual whole foods! Oats, pink salmon, egg, olive oil, and dried catnip because cats are crazy for it.  Cookies for cats!  Let’s do this!

Homemade Salmon and Oat Cat Treats

Tron is happy that, for once, I’m not waving him away from my food prep area.  This time, it’s actually treats for him… not my cookies and biscuits.  

No joke, three seconds after this picture was taken, Tron literally tried to tear through the bag of Purina Beyond Cat Food.  He’s not a subtle creature.   

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Let It Be Sunday

let it be sunday

let it be sunday

There’s spirit in the air.  It’s palpable.  It feels like confetti and excitement… the kind of excitement you might confuse for anxiety until you realize that there’s confetti, bubbles, and beads in the air. Literally and metaphorically.  

Last night the Krewe du Vieux parade passed by the house.  In other news, New Orleans is magic, New Orleans is Mars, and it’s Mardi Gras so get all the way into it!

This week was a mish-mash of this and that: work, rest, dentist appointments, afternoon lunch with a new friend.  I’m doing my best to slow down, look around me, and take hold of all the inspiration floating in the air.  Let’s get it all.  Also.  Next week:  CAKE. See batter above. 

It’s also Superbowl Sunday, but you should know that the words Deflate Gate mean nothing to me.  Nothing. 

•  BREAKING NEWS!  A ball pit for adults has opened in London.  BRB MOVING TO LONDON FOREVER. Send hand sanitizer, and chewing gum, and maybe a pair of overalls.  

•  David Simon (creator of The Wire and all around crunchy dude and great writer) doesn’t care what you think about… anything really, but especially Omar.  David Simon, Show Me A Hero.  

•  Consider The Bartender.  I’ll have a Sazerac, please. 

•  The Evolution of Diet.  Does this mean donuts are out?  

 Deep thoughts:  The Forgiveness Boost.

•  I went to a spa for my uterus and this is my story.  If you’re raising your eyebrow in question… the answer is YES, of course we have Gwenyth to blame.   

•  Men outnumber women on the planet by a cool 60 million: a story of drinkers, genocide, and unborn girls.  That’s real. 

•  One year ago this week I was in Uganda with Compassion.  I think about these faces everyday.  Gah!  The love I have for them is big.

I hope your Sunday is one of those Sundays you remember in your bones come Wednesday.  

XO joy

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Baking Bootcamp: Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread

honey whole wheat loaves

Baking Bootcamp:  Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread

Sometimes I can’t believe the fun we get to have here!  All the biscuits, all the cookies, and all in the name of work!

Today we’re talking Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread!  It’s the last in our 4-challenge King Arthur Flour Baking Bootcamp!  

First we made Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread, a braided bread stuffed with loads of fresh berries, cinnamon and butter. 

We made Apple Pie Biscuits with sweet fall apples and tender biscuit dough.  

This Winter we made Gruyère and Green Olive Loaves, big salty, satisfying and cheesy loaves.   

Baking Bootcamp:  Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread

Now!  Hearty loaves of honey, oat, and wheat!  

These oatmeal studded loaves bake up light and golden!  Perfect for slicing thick and topping with softened butter, ripe avocado, or fruity jam.  

As we move through January, I find myself craving staples… simple foods that I can slather in butter for warmth and comfort.  

Baking Bootcamp Essentials IV

Here’s what we’re going to need: 

1 • King Arthur Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour.  A sweeter and more mild whole wheat flour.  Perfect for adding whole wheat goodness without being too dense.  

2 • I use this King Arthur Flour Bench Knife just about everyday in my kitchen. It’s perfect for scraping little dough bits from the countertop… something a sponge just pitifully attacks. You might also use the bench knife to slice though the center of the rolled dough. It’s sharp too! I love this tool!

3 • Kitchen fashion is important to me. Hedley & Bennett understands my needs for a functional, durable, totally chic apron. Not too frilly. I always want to be more badass than 50’s housewife-y in the kitchen.

4 • Lovely and durable kitchen towels for resting our dough from LoomedNOLA.  

5 • Having Colorful Mixing Bowls is the kitchen equivalent of having a great black dress in your closet. Necessary treat.

6 • Loaf pans for loaves of bread and pound cakes.  

7 • These wooden spoons just get better with time.

8 • Is it normal to have a completely mismatched set of Measuring Cups, or should I just treat myself to a matching set like this? Don’t answer that…

9 • The Pyrex glass measuring cup.  A forever kitchen classic.

10 • Same goes for the Measuring Spoons… it’s nice to have a full matching set.

Baking Bootcamp:  Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread

 Let’s get baking!  We’re in this together.  Here are some important details!  

• All of these step-by-step photographs in the post were done by the incomparable Jon Melendez.

• Baking 101: The Difference Between Baking Flours for all the nitty-gritty on bran and germ and protein content.

• King Arthur Flour’s Baker’s Hotline is a fantastic resource for curious home bakers to discuss your fears, concerns and eventual successes. Give them a ring! It’s magic. 1-855-371-2253

Four Flours + Four Recipes Challenges + One Instagram #bakingbootcamp + Four Awesome Sets of Prizes!

The idea is simple!

• Make the Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread and take a picture of your creation!

• Follow @joythebaker and @kingarthurflour on Instagram

• Photograph your beautiful bread and post to Instagram with the hashtag #bakingbootcamp

• When you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win a one year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!! Official rules and details can be found here.

By entering the challenge you’ll also have amazing loaves in your kitchen, so… you really can’t lose.

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Hearts of Palm Fries with lemon and jalapeño

Hearts of Palm Fries

Hearts of Palm Fries

 The old dip-and-fry.  It’s like the bait-and switch but much less tricky and much more delicious.  

I’ll dip and fry just about anything.  Onion rings, dipped and fried.  Raised donut dough, fried and dipped (preferably in sugar).  

This week Hearts of palm meet the fryer.  They’re tender and lightly pickled, made warm and crispy and spicy.  Have you ever had Heart of palm?  They come in a can, they’re slightly salty and soft… like canned artichoke hearts, but completely different.  They make very fine salads and fried bites… and that’s why we’re here.  

I also want you to know that I have Mardi Gras King Cake on my mind… I just have to get all of these salty fry things off my mind first.  King Cake is in our future.  

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The Sparkle Chain

The Sparkle Chain

The Sparkle Chain

The kitchen is my happy place, my photography studio, my comfort zone, my snack bar, and my office.  It’s where I find the best treats and really, the biggest messes.  It’s my zone.  Lately I’ve noticed that my kitchen is also where I tend to keep my favorite little keepsakes and memories, all of which add sparkle and joy to my everything space.  

This month I teamed up with ocelo ™ brand to celebrate the little touches that make our kitchen space feel extra special, and I helped them introduce their Sparkle Chain!  Remember last week’s  Kitchen Hand Scrub?  Really good.  So to share the sparkle, ocelo sent me the most lovely engraved, wooden recipe box.  So many of my recipes are written in note books scattered all over my house and this little box is a nice way to gather my recipe notes and thoughts!  

I want to pass on the sparkle!  Everyone should have color, life, and inspiration in their kitchen.  Why not surround ourselves with thoughtful tokens, pops of color, and family memories?  Since sparkle was so generously shared with me, I’m sharing the love with these twelve sparkle enthusiasts!  Thanks for playing along with us on Instagram! 

JTB Sparkle Winners

Thank you for sharing your kitchen sparkle and what inspires you in the kitchen!  I love the glimpse inside your bright, happy, well-loved kitchen spaces.   Each of the twelve winners will receive a package with daisy measuring spoons, a copy of my cookbook Homemade Decadence, a few surprise items, and the chance to pass the sparkle along to inspire others in the kitchen!   

Sparkle Chain

What do you love in your kitchen space?  What makes your space sparkle?  

Thank you for ocelo ™ brand for the kitchen inspiration!

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

How can I do the least amount of work, but still get the most amount of cinnamon rolls into my mouth?  Super valid question.

How long would it take to go through airport security and stand in line at the Terminal C Cinnamon?  Is that time shorter than the time it would take to make yeasted dough, roll it, fill it, slice it, rise it, and bake it?  

How can I go from zero to cinnamon roll in one hour flat?  

Here’s how!  Ready.  Set.  You know…. 

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Let It Be Sunday

January in New Orleans

January in New Orleans

Hello friends and Happy Sunday!

I hope you’re entering the end of January feeling happy and productive, still in your January intentions and resolutions.  These days feel filled with challenges and beauty, sunshine and chill.  

I don’t even know how I’m feeling this week?  That’s got to be ok to say… sometimes just the day to day is enough feeling.  Right?  

Here’s some of the superficial Internet.  I didn’t make it, I just listed it for you.  

•  I distinctly remember saving up my paycheck from my ice cream scooping job in high school so I could buy myself an outfit to wear after prom from Abercrombie and Fitch.  I bought a pair of forest green parachute pants with orange details and a navy linen kinda boho embroidered shirt.  I dunno.  It was the Abercrombie & Fitch hay-day.  We all went nuts for that mess, remember?  Well… their CEO is now 70 years old.  So there’s that:  The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch

•  They’re giving all of our traffic secrets away:  New Traffic Apps May Be Pushing Cars Into Residential Areas 

•  The last thing you need:  Twitter While You Were Away.  Isn’t it all happening while we are away anyway?  

•  Inventing A Better Cat Call. I’ll take a sonnet or an edible arrangement, please and thank you.  

•  Would I come off as too defensive if I said that noooo, I don’t have a Tinder profile but still find the whole madness fascinating?  Reasons Why Your Tinder Profile Is Horrible.

•  12 Historical Women Who Gave No F*cks.  Go read this.  I’ll wait here, slow-blinking… and we can discuss when you return.  

•  Grab a cake or grab a spoon:  Chocolate Frosting.

•  It’s really inspiring to look through a different lens (and hold pictures in your hand).  Un-Instagram: Fujimax Instax Camera 

•  I’m going to see the movie American Sniper tonight.  People have thoughts about it.  Here are some:  I Served In Iraq and American Sniper Gets It Right.  But It’s Still Not The Warm Film We Need.  

•  RIP:  An Ode To SkyMall As It Files For Bankruptcy.   

•  I could legit use the Bracelet Assistant and I want a Jumping Hot Dog just for fun.  Here are 12 of SkyMalls Weirdest Products.  

Have more coffee.  Have a great day.  The two are inextricably linked.

xo Joy

Burnt Orange Salty Caramel Sauce

Burnt Orange Caramel Sauce

Burnt Orange Caramel Sauce

What are you supposed to do with a no good, very bad toothache? 

Warm salt water rinse?  An emergency visit to the dentist?  Eighty seven bottles of over-the-counter pain killers?  Bourbon?  Marathon viewing of old Seinfeld episodes?  

I’ve been trying to figure this out all week.  So far I’ve found the most solace in a pint of smooth vanilla ice cream and this sweet Burnt Orange Caramel Sauce (and an exciting appointment with my new New Orleans dentist).  

Cool story, right?  Hopefully you can treat yourself to a sweet caramel sundae without the pain.  

(Oh!  If you’re thinking that the reason I have a toothache is because I eat too much dang caramel… No.  Not listening.)   

Burnt Orange Caramel Sauce

These oranges were gifted from Martine Chaisson.  Glory be! 

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Sausage and Mushroom Risotto

Sausage and Mushroom Risotto

Sausage and Mushroom Risotto

As I move through the days, the months, the year, the seasons, I’ve noticed that my body always tells me what I need.  These days it’s all citrus juices and earth flavors.  Don’t get me wrong, I generally move through my days filling my body with coffee and sugar in various forms, paying very little attention to the little voice inside me crying for baby carrots.  

These days my cravings have been undeniable.  I want big bowl of warm goodness that make me feel like I have my feet on the ground.  This earthy and salty risotto is undeniably grounding, comforting, warm, and otherwise perfect.

This is the first time I’ve made risotto on the stovetop.  I’ll walk you through my technique and mild panic.  

If the stirring is more than you can handle (no judgement, I get it), you can try this Baked Lemon Risotto.  One stir and some quality oven time.  A dream, really! 

And!  For sweeter Arborio rice indulgences:  Maple Ginger Rice Pudding.  In other words, I’m not leaving my house again until I need to go stock up on more rice.  Until then, I’ll have the Do Not Disturb sign on my door. Thaaaanks! 

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