In The Kitchen With Joanna Gaines

One of the Christmas gifts Kyle got me was Joanna Gaines Magnolia Cookbook. So I’ve been cooking + baking anything + everything Jojo. I highly recommend it! My family has loved everything I’ve made from it. If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, go grab one!

Here are my favorites by category;


+ Pie Crust 

Pies are not my strong suit… I usually fail with pie crusts so most of the time I either, A. Don’t make pies, or B. Buy a pre-made one from the store. I was nervous to make this. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out great. It was super easy to make and very yummy; flaky and buttery. Could be used for savory or sweet dishes. It’s recommended with any quiche she has – there are a lot to choose from!

+ Overnight French Toast *****

I originally got this recipe from a Magnolia Holiday/Winter edition 2 years ago. I’ve been making it every Christmas morning since. I love a good overnight meal for a busy morning that you can just pop in the oven. It’s filling + delicious. Holiday food coma for sure!

+ After-School Banana Bread 

I’ve been making my grandmas banana bread ever since I remember, so I usually don’t veer off from that but I was temped to try this one. I love the different variations she suggested (adding pecans or chocolate chips to it) and I love the sugar on top; gives it a bit of a crunch. This is something thats fun to make with kids and they’ll eat it up like wolves afterwards. It was gone within a day.


+ Curry Chicken Salad *****

I’ve been craving this ever since we tried it. Looking at the recipe, it has unique + different ingredients than any other chicken salad but I’m never going back to a plain chicken salad again. I love pre-making things like this for easy, on the go lunches for Kyle and I. The curry powder and the water chestnuts are my favorite thing about it. It awakens your taste buds! This is definitely one of my TOP recipes from her book.

+ Poached Chicken Breasts 

For the chicken salad, I used this recipe to prepare the chicken breasts. I prefer this to store bought rotiserre chicken. Just a personal preference.

Appetizers + Starters 

+ Party Queso

Who can ever turn down a good queso recipe? Most quesos I’ve made in the past have  been vegan and we love them! Every once in awhile I like to treat us with the real stuff! I love how she added two different beans to this recipe to give it some sustenance. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m so happy she suggested blue corn chips with this because I’m a blue corn chip girl! I don’t even eat regular tortilla chips anymore unless we go out to eat.

+ Sheet Pan Nachos 

So I modified this one a bit. I used blue corn chips because duh, and we’re not big red meat/beef eaters so I use Trader Joe’s beefless meat crumbles. The only meatless crumbles that aren’t in the frozen section! One of my favorite things to do is fool people with them. Most don’t know they’re not eating real beef. Kyle can usually tell the difference if I get Morning Star or any other frozen section meatless crumbles. This is an easy lunch/dinner option when I’m feeling lazy and everyone in the house destroys it! I recommend pairing it with the party queso + a salad.


+ Mexican Rice + Beef(less) enchiladas *****

This was a straight win with all the boys/men in the house. Kyle asked me if I could make this once a week — Mexican food is his favorite. Safe to say, this is a staple. Honestly, I’m not usually an enchilada fan but this tasted better than most restaurants I’ve been to.

+ Chicken Spaghetti 

Talon + Cohen are spaghetti lovers so I had to make this. It was a hit! They loved it and even ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. That never happens. I definitely recommend poaching the chicken breasts ahead of time, otherwise it can time consuming to make.

+ Baked Chicken with Bacon Bottom & Wild Rice 

This was a treat because like I said, we don’t eat bacon very often. But I’m a wild rice lover. It took more time, but I actually made the wild rice from scratch. She calls for boxed wild rice. Let me tell you, this was greasy in all the right ways. If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, this is not the one for you. haha. Kyle couldn’t get enough of this. He was in heaven. Next time, for a healthier alternative.. I might try making it without the bacon.

+ Grilled Salmon With Meyer Lemons *****

We’re big fish eaters. Especially Salmon. We have it at least once a week. And I’ve tried a lot of different salmon recipes. This one is by far my favorite. I didn’t grill them… I pan seared them instead. It seems like a simple, lemon salmon but marinating it ahead of time made it very robust and I think the dill gave it that extra flavor that I loved so much.

+ Blackened Fish Tacos With Red Cabbage and Mango Slaw *****

This is another staple in our house. Taco Tuesday anyone? My favorite thing about this? The Red Cabbage and Mango slaw. I ate it the next by itself and loved it just as much, if not more. This recipe made us realize that we don’t have to order tacos to get the flavor we want.

+ Gaines Family Chili 

Another one I made beefless. Chili is my favorite thing to make on a cool Sunday Evening. This one is super easy to make and tastes like it’s been in the crockpot all day, yet it only takes less than hour to make. Kyle suggests mixing it with mac + cheese hahah.  * Tips from a foodie.

+ Jalepeno Cornbread *****

From now on, this will be what I make with every Chili and Stew. You can go without the pickled jalepenos, but personally… That’s my favorite thing about this cornbread. It’s not spicy, just has the right amount of kick to it.


+ Brownie Pie 

This was Talon’s favorite! The flaky pie crust and chocolatey gooey center makes my mouth water for more. She hits the nail on the head when saying it’s the best of both worlds.

+ Mina’s Lemon Bars *****

This was Cohen’s favorite! They were trouble to have in the kitchen because no one could stop eating them! The first day I made them, I think I ate 5. Cohen keeps asking me to make more but I can’t control myself when it comes to anything lemony. Special occasions only! Saturday is special right?



+ JoJo’s Biscuits

+ Brussel Sprouts

+ Sour Cream Coffee Cake

+ Ricotta Pancakes

+ Lemon Bundt Cake


What are your favorite recipes from Magnolia Table? Comment below!

Published by HoisiHouse

Hi, I'm Spencer Joii. I'm a mother of 2 boys renovating our family home one room at a time.

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