Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


Happy Friday, Friends! Please excuse my absence. Life has gotten in the way lately. I’m so happy to be back to the blog after such a long break. I hope everyone has been enjoying summer to its fullest in the meantime. It seems like we have had one party or celebration after another this summer, […]

Reclaiming Joy in My Home

Reclaiming Joy in my Home - Kitchen Joy

A few months ago I ordered a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. The title alone makes quite a claim. Life-changing? What can a person possibly have to say about cleaning and organizing that hasn’t already been said, and how could it possible change my […]

Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

Grilled Spatchcock Chicken - Kitchen Joy

Life has definitely been complicated lately. I’m not sure how else to express it except for to say that it’s been messy, and we’ve been desperate for some time to unwind. That was our goal for this past weekend. We spent a lot of time together enjoying the nice weather and unwinding from the crazy […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake - Kitchen Joy

Let’s talk about cake. When nothing else in life makes any sort of sense, and you can’t manage to find the words to express your feelings, and no matter how out of control everything feels, there is something comforting about the familiarity and comfort that baking can bring. It feels so normal when nothing else does. […]

Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Mushroom Sauce - Kitchen Joy

When life gets messy, make something saucy. I’m sure someone has that embroidered on a pillow or something like that. If not, they should. Life has been completely crazy lately, but we’ve still been eating well. One of the greatest skills I’ve acquired while teaching myself to cook has been learning to make sauces from scratch. This recipe […]

Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits - Kitchen Joy

Buttermilk biscuits are so simple, yet somehow they seem a little bit intimidating. Making them from scratch takes about the same amount of time as using the canned variety, but they’re not even comparable in terms of flavor, texture, or even cost. This time of the year, I get the itch to start making more […]

Peach Pancakes with Caramelized Peach Syrup

Peach Pancakes with Caramelized Peach Syrup - Kitchen Joy

Michael and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary later this year, and in keeping with our love to travel, we have been researching possible locations for our getaway. There has been much talk of visiting Las Vegas and we’ve been looking into the different features that each resort has to offer. I (obviously) am […]

Lessons Learned While Living in Italy, and the Meaning of Home

Lessons Learned While Living in Italy and the Meaning of Home - Kitchen Joy

I wrote this in the last days of our time living in Italy. The whole experience was a bit too raw to share until now. Please understand that these are merely my reflections on my unique experiences, and in no way do I claim to be an authority on Italy’s culture or people. There are countless definitions […]

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee - Kitchen Joy

Cold brew coffee is sort of all the rage right now and unlike some of the other trends in home-brewed coffee lately, this one I am on board with. For one, it is so embarrassingly simple, but it is also delicious and requires no fancy gimmicks or expensive pods. Michael and I have several coffee […]

Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies - Kitchen Joy

Spring has finally arrived, friends. I can’t even begin to express my utter glee after a sunny weekend spent up north at our cabin the last few days. Sunshine + Cabin + Awesome Cookies = Best weekend in a VERY long time. I ate way more of these cookies than I would care to admit, […]