Hi friends! It’s February in New Orleans and technically I have absolutely no business complaining about winter. I’ve brought new JtB editor Abby Mallett who lives in Chicago (and has every right to complain about winter) in to share a few of her favorite Joy the Baker recipes to beat back the winter blues with kitchen cozies. Here’s Abby ——>
There is a period between the middle of January to the end of March where the laws of time do not apply. My daily routine becomes as abstract as a Dalí painting. One might find me eating vanilla wafers with cubes of sharp cheddar cheese on my couch for dinner. Iced coffee lunches, followed by anxiety naps. When is the last time I watered my plants? Nothing matters, I’m starting New Girl for the fortieth time, and have gone on a leg shaving strike.
Thankfully, these 5 recipes offer an intense amount of grace, a low amount of brain power, and enough flavor to let you know there is a light at the end of the wintery tunnel. Spring is nearer than you think – the days are getting longer! Allergy season is nigh! Let these gently lead you back to a daily routine, and for the love, eat a vegetable. You got this!
Easy Sunday Lemon Pasta – This is a recipe staple. Perfect for late nights and comes together quickly after a long day at work. The bright zest with the creamy cheese is sure to put a smile on any grumpy face.
Chili Baked Sweet Potato Fries – Sometimes fries for dinner is the best way to get through the week. When working remotely means answering emails on your living room floor with a glass of wine at 8pm, please let these fries be a comfort and a balm.
Easy 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies – I offer four more ingredients to make this complete: a heavy blanket, a warm mug of milky, sweet black tea, tweezers because we all pluck our chin hairs on the couch, don’t deny it, and the current season of Love Island.
One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken – An impressive and satisfying meal, with minimal effort. It offers balance and can be put over anything, like rice, quinoa or pasta. Or could be eaten alone, standing up next to your kitchen sink. Not that I speak from personal experience.
When all else fails, popcorn for dinner, and Let It Be. We’ll try again tomorrow. Winter cannot last forever, thank goodness.