A lot of my friendships are based in a common love of food.
When my friend and I had our poster accepted to a research conference in Seattle, the number one priority was finding good places to eat. Actually making the poster? Way down the list.
When another friend called to tell me all of the hot, steamy details about her honeymoon, that meant telling me about a tasting menu served by a world-class chef. (In turn, I rushed home from celebrating my first wedding anniversary to write her a lengthy email recounting every dish Nick and I ate at Charleston.)
So it’s not surprising that an enthusiasm for food is often a big attraction factor for me. I have a serious crush on Andrew Knowlton, aka The BA Foodist. And I cannot be the only person who suddenly wanted to have a date night with Samuel L. Jackson after seeing the commercial where he consults Siri for mushroom risotto recipes, right?
My most recent culinary crush is Joy the Baker. She unapologetically celebrates peanut butter and pickle sandwiches and she puts bacon into baked goods. And she makes homemade cat toys. I love her. And so she tops the list of “People I Don’t Know but Kinda Secretly and Very Much Creepily Want as a BFF.”
Her recipe for Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones won me rave reviews after making them as favors for a friend’s baby shower. And the Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits?? Oh my. The downside is that I did not photograph either of them, so you’ll just have to go to her blog and look at her photos. They’re prettier than mine would be anyway.
Fortunately, Joy also offers healthy recipes. Recipes that are so healthy, they could wash away any hint of regret you have about eating buttery biscuits that are studded with brown sugar-coated bacon. But let’s be honest- there is no regret in eating such biscuits.
I made this Ginger & Lentil Soup a couple months ago, but just rediscovered it via the giant container in my freezer. It’s delicious and easy, and I follow the recipe exactly, so just go check it out here. I took pictures of this one. They’re still not as pretty as Joy’s photos, but I took them, so you should look at them.