Joanna Gaines’ Quarantine Cooking Recipes are a Preview of Her Upcoming Cookbook

Freda A. Nix

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Joanna Gaines knows a thing or two about making home as cozy as possible. I mean, have you seen the amazing home makeovers and transformations she accomplished on Fixer Upper? But the home decor doyenne has another talent — cooking for the family. In this time of stay-at-home orders and sheltering-in-place, Gaines has been sharing her favorite quarantine cooking recipes on YouTube. Even better? The recipes she’s using come straight from her next cookbook, which is coming out on April 7th and is available for pre-order now.

In her first video, she makes chocolate chip cookies. After asking the family for a vote, she decides to make chewy cookies rather than fluffy or cakey cookies. Her husband, the loveable Chip Gaines, acts as the camera person for the cooking video, and Joanna and Chip have a few adorable moments of back-and-forth throughout the video. Another cute moment? She takes the chocolate chips out of some of the cookies, because on of her kids doesn’t like them.

Now for her baking secret. She doesn’t let her butter get all the way soft before using it in her cookie recipe. Joanna says that by letting it stay slightly cold, you get clumps of butter in the dough. This results in cookies that are both chewy *and* flaky, aka the best of both worlds.

But the Gaines family isn’t sticking to a diet of sweets while they’re on lockdown.

Joanna also shared a recipe for Gaines Family Chili, which relies heavily on canned goods. The recipe can be found in the first Magnolia Table cookbook. Proving that she’s winging it just like us, Joanna makes a side dish of cornbread from a bagged mix, instead of a recipe from her cookbook, as she didn’t have the right ingredients to make her own recipe.

While the chili looks and sounds delicious, our favorite part of the videos is that Joanna’s daughter, who gets cameraperson duties for this segment, interviews Jo about what she’s been up to during quarantine. Joanna says that cooking and gardening has brought her comfort and peace, and that watching her kids be creative has made her happy too. The other questions are worth a listen, too – it’s heartening to hear a parent let their kid ask them as many questions as they want about our current situation.

You can see all of Joanna’s cooking videos, which include cute cameos from the members of the Gaines family, on the Magnolia Table YouTube channel. There are more Magnolia Table Vol 2 preview recipes, more pantry-friendly cooking, and a lot more wholesome content to keep you occupied while staying inside.

Before you go, check out these other impressive Ina Garten recipes.

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