Welcome to Kitchen Joy®! My name is Mandy, and I’m so glad you’re here.
This site began in 2013 as a way to chronicle my adventures while cooking my way through my cookbook collection. It has evolved since then into a place where I share my own tried-and-true recipes that my family loves. We strive to live by the motto that “Homemade is better than store-bought”, and it rarely lets us down. I love learning more about food every day and sharing my excitement with anyone who will listen.
In 2014 my husband and I packed up and moved to Italy for a temporary relocation with my husband’s job. I left my full-time job as a dental hygienist to follow him to beautiful Venice. It was there that I started to pour more time into testing and developing my own recipes, and learning more about the cuisine of Italy as well. Several months later we moved back to Michigan and we couldn’t be happier to be home in the state that we love so much.
Several cooking classes, a heartbreaking miscarriage, and now two healthy little girls later, I am thrilled to be spending my days as a stay-at-home mama and food-blogger. This little adventure has turned into something so fun and passionate for me. I truly adore being able to share my love of food with others, and it is a dream come true to be able to have this little business to help contribute to my family financially through doing what I love. This site is a one-person operation, so I am the one writing and testing recipes, hand-drawing the logos, taking all the photos, and handling all of the technical aspects of running a website. If you have any questions about anything, or are having issues with the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or social media.
Also, if you aren't already aware, I recently published my first cookbook! My Little Michigan Kitchen is my love letter to family meals and life in Michigan. It's full of straightforward, family-friendly meals that make me feel like home. Read more about the book HERE: https://kitchenjoyblog.com/cookbook.
Thank you so much for visiting Kitchen Joy®. It truly makes me do a little happy dance when new people find my site and enjoy these recipes. I can’t thank you enough for supporting this little business of mine.
Disclaimer: I am in no way compensated or affiliated with any product or brands that I mention in my posts. I do not receive free products. I have come to love the products that I share naturally. If that ever were to change, I will make that very clear. If you happen to already use Amazon for purchases, by purchasing via some of the links on this site, I can earn a small commission. No added cost to you. thank you for helping to support my small business.