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Banana Crunch Muffins

By Chef Megan Joy / March 28, 2012

These muffins could easily be thrown into a category I like to call ‘power muffins’. In the summer months, I find myself to be even more active than I am in the winter. My body recognizes that and naturally craves healthy, energizing fuel. I often forgo the Cliff bars and trail mix packages for homemade […]

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Yellow Birthday Cake

By Chef Megan Joy / March 25, 2012

It’s a common story. Sometimes we forget we live at altitude. Then it’s our friend’s birthday, and we decide to bake him or her a cake. And…it fails. Oh yeah. Stuff doesn’t bake the same up here. And you never want to try baking again. Well it’s time to get birthdays back. In a world […]

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Kouing Amman

By Chef Megan Joy / March 24, 2012

There is such a pastry right now, called Kouing Amman (pronounced “queen”), that is getting a lot of attention. And rightfully so! This particular pastry is made from a laminated dough using salted butter and lots of granulated sugar, which gives it a salty-sweet flavor, very similar to salted caramel. Now I am big caramel […]

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Vanilla Cream Scones

By Chef Megan Joy / March 20, 2012

We received a typical spring snowstorm yesterday- wet, heavy snow, and pockets of sunshine. I don’t mind these types of storms this time of year because whatever amount of snow they bring us, the sun usually melts the next day. We’ve had such a mild winter it was kind of odd seeing snow on the […]

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French Macarons

By Chef Megan Joy / March 16, 2012

It wasn’t until I was in pastry school that I first learned what a French macaron was. They are delightful, chewy almond cookies that also happen to be extremely addictive. The flavor combinations span from classic vanilla buttercream to foie gras or curry fillings. Sometimes I’ll make carrot powder from dehydrated carrots and add it […]

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Blueberry Crumb Coffeecake

By Chef Megan Joy / March 15, 2012

Yesterday I drove out to Wolcott with my friend Matt to practice shooting. It’s totally a boy thing, as evidenced by the remnants of television sets, propane tanks, and a lone a high heel. But besides shooting to learn proper gun handling, there is also a feeling of triumph you feel when you make a […]

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Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

By Chef Megan Joy / March 14, 2012

I. Love. Ice cream. I can’t think of a moment in my life that I have ever turned an offer for it down. As a toddler my mom would feed me small spoonfuls of Dairy Queen blizzards, sending my chubby little legs into a delighted kicking frenzy. My first job was in an ice cream […]

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Irish Soda Bread

By Chef Megan Joy / March 13, 2012

There is something that must be said about making your own bread. All over the world, different forms of bread are a staple to everyday life, and perhaps this is why creating your own it is such a satisfying and rewarding experience. The fact that soda breads do not contain yeast cannot take away this […]

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Sweet Almond Orange Buns

By Chef Megan Joy / March 9, 2012

My junior year of college, I lived in a house with a bunch of my closest friends. On Sunday mornings, I used to make the original cinnamon version of these sweet buns. They come together quickly, especially since they don’t require any yeast. This skipped step is great because it frees up your time to […]

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My Family Visits, And A Live Edge Table

By Chef Megan Joy / March 9, 2012

Earlier this week, my parents and little brother arrived. Cam was on his spring break from college. I was so flattered they decided to use his week off by coming out to visit me! We had a really lovely time. The weather was typical March weather in the mountains- blue skies, sunshine, warm temps, and […]