Mandy takes us back to pastry basics from her makeshift kitchen in Italy. Inspired by a fruit tart and pastry that she and her husband ate upon arrival, she sets out to see what she can create with minimal baking ingredients and very few appliances. These peach hand pies started with the seasonal peaches she… Read More »
“ I am a passionate home cook with the firm belief that homemade is always better. I love recreating meals from my travels in the comfort of my own home. I cherish food for its ability to capture and share experiences and memories with others in ways that words sometimes cannot. ”
Michigan-based, Italy-bound Mandy is the creative culinary adventurer at Kitchen Joy. Her love of travel coincides with a passion for homemade food. Mandy encourages you to take a trip down south with her Creole Jambalaya, and a leap over the Atlantic with classic Fish and Chips. Her interest in Italian cooking shines through a housewarming spinach Erbazzone and a festive and fluffy Pumpkin Tiramisu. While her everyday recipes typically serve a table of two, she knows how to celebrate special occasions with a towering Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake. And beginning with soup-worthy crackers and english muffins, she’ll convince you to replace store-bought staples with simple homemade creations. No matter where her travels take her, you can count on Mandy for a lovely batch of recipes in time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sweet-tooths will line up for blocks to wait for an authentic Italian bakery’s cannoli. The Sicilian pastries can be filled with ricotta or mascarpone, but Mandy combines the best of both. Her take is as authentic as it gets: hand-rolled cannoli dough, hand-dipped, fried shells, and fresh, homemade ricotta combined with mascarpone for an incredibly light… Read More »
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