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San Francisco + Seattle + Tulsa

Joy the Baker West Coast

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for coming out to celebrate Homemade Decadence with me in New Orleans + New York + Philadelphia.  After working on this book for two years, it’s such a mega blessing to see your smiling faces, write in your books, and talk about pie.  It’s the best ever!  Thank you for taking the time to come say hello.  It means everything!

I’m headed west in the next few weeks.  Here’s the deal:

November 3rd  •  SAN FRANCISCO  • JCC  3200 California Street 94118  •  415.292.1200  •  7pm pie making demo and KitchenAid giveaway $25 for demo or $45 demo and book.  •  Free signing at 8:15pm  •  Sign up here!

November 5th  •  SEATTLE  •  Book Larder 4252 Fremont Ave 98103 •  (206) 397-4271  •  6:30 pie making demo and KitchenAid giveaway also includes a copy of the book $30  •  Free signing at 7:45pm  •  Sign up here!

November 13th  • TULSA  •  Book Smart  1719 S Owasso Ave 74120  •... Read the rest of this post..... »


Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing

Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing

Consider me an occasional fan of tofu.

My parents were early adopters of tofu.  Remember back when health food had as much cheese and potatoes as tofu?  Sure… there was the weirdest brown rice ever, but we covered it in cheese and sauce and all was right with the world.

Nowadays, I’m an occasional tofu enthusiast.  Count me among the few who just realized that you can make a delicious dipping and salad dressing from TOFU!  Did you know this?  Were you keeping it from me?

This thick dressing is creamy, satisfying, and doesn’t read as tofu per say… not that that would be a bad thing, but you know what I mean.   This dressing is more Ranch in distinction.  Herby, bright, and almost so good you want to rub it on your face (which is weird).

Creamy Vegan Herb Salad Dressing (1)

Into the food processor with silken tofu.  Firm silken tofu is key!  It blends up super smooth and creamy.

Add fresh parsley and fresh basil for bright and herby elements.  Lemon and vinegar for a necessary... Read the rest of this post..... »


Do You Ever Worry About Running Out of Ideas?

finding inspiration

Hi friends! New York City has lots of views of walls and windows.  It feels like a mirror with strangers on the other side.

At this weekend’s book signing at The Brooklyn Kitchen (which, incidentally, is an AWESOME place) someone asked me this question:

Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?

Can we talk about this?  For real tho.  For real.

Here’s the calm, cool and collected response to that question:  No way!  I am confident that my brain has an unlimited amount of really awesome ideas to sustain me from now until forever and ever amen.

Here’s the real-life answer:  OHMYGOSH YES!  What if I’m working from a well that I’ll soon reach the bottom of!?  What if that’s real!?

The deal is, creativity and inspiration must be fostered and fed.  But good grief, how do we have time to foster and feed things these days? My cat is fostered and fed because he’s really demanding with his loud meows and untrimmed claws.  My creativity is... Read the rest of this post..... »


Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Krispie Treats

Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Krispie Treats

You know my tricks.  You know the games I play around here.  The more browned butter, sea salt, and chopped pistachios, the better! It’s just that… pistachios are the best, browned butter reigns supreme, and I think good sea salt is my secret weapon in my baking pantry.  I’m not wrong.

We’re keeping it simple by shoving all of the good things into one pan of rice krispie treats.  Fancy rice krispie treats are totally my go-to party trick.  They never disappoint.  Also consider Salty and Malty Rice Krispie Treats.  So much win.

I’m traveling these next few weeks to meet you and celebrate the release of my cookbook Homemade Decadence.  I’m in Philadelphia Tuesday 10/21 and you should totally come say hi!  Keep in mind that for some reason I’ve been listening to the Once soundtrack nonstop for the past week, so… just so you know where I’m at and that I’m weird.  Ps. Do you know how easy it is to cry to the Once... Read the rest of this post..... »


My Favorite Autumn Bakes

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jason priestley mac and cheese drip mugs

It’s about time we get down to it, wouldn’t you say?  Time to roast all of the vegetables, carve all of the pumpkins, peel all of the apples, and eat all of the mac and cheese.  It’s Autumn and we have every right to apple our doughnuts and put chicken in our pot pies.  Here are a few of my very favorite Autumn recipes… full of all sorts of comfort and joy.

•  My Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie is hands-down my favorite treat to bake during the chilly Autumn months.  And when I say ‘perfect’ I mean ‘without a single flaw’, and when I say ‘favorite’ I mean ‘heeck yes it’s the best thing in the world’… just so we’re clear.

•  This recipe for Morning Glory Oats is so warm and satisfying.  Finely shredded carrots, sweet currants, and steel-cut oats.  Who knew carrots belonged in a warm bowl of breakfast?  Think of this is carrot cake in a bowl with oats.  This... Read the rest of this post..... »


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