I’m Joanie. Thanks for stopping by!
In early 2015 I went through a major life transformation, recognizing for the first time in a decade that I was an alcoholic. After tons of hard work and nothing short of a miracle, I stepped into life in recovery on March 23,2015. Through that process, I realized that if I truly wanted to pursue recovery, I needed to realign my priorities. I quit my day job, which was a crazy risk at the time as the sole bread winner for our family of four. But, I knew I needed to be doing something creative, so I got in the kitchen and started cooking. From there, this site was born July 4, 2015 and I’ve been documenting the adventure ever since. You can read that first post (which shocked the crap out of a lot of people) coming clean about my life in recovery.
You’ll notice there are lots of chickens around here. The chicken is a personal symbol of empowerment for me because of a little story from my therapist. You can read the full story HERE. Today, it symbolizes strength, being kind to oneself, beating the odds, and following dreams.
As for the food, I’m a home cook and I love to share my favorites. There’s a healthy dose of spice in there thanks to my Arizona roots. Too, I’m all about balance these days. I’m not particularly into healthy stuff, but I also try to avoid processed foods when possible. It’s solid home cookin’. You can search my recipes here on my site or head to YouTube to catch me in action.
You’ll also find a cast of characters here on the site, on my social media and in my videos. My husband Ryan and I both work out of our home so you’ll see him around a lot. He’s Mr. Cool-Calm-and-Collected and super handy. He built me the kitchen studio that I use for my videos! As for the two little stinkers, Blaise (5) and Calvin (3) are my top taste-testers and snack-sneakers.
As for the videos and photos, everything you see on this site is the property of Joanie Simon Media unless otherwise stated. My work has been featured in Uptown Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine, Java Magazine, The Arizona Republic, TODAY and numerous other online publications. I also shoot for a lot of food brands and have worked with fabulous folks including KRAFT Foods, Traina Foods, Shamrock Farms, La Brea Bakery, Nestle Canada, Knorr, California Pizza Kitchen, Fluff It Marshmallows, Tyson Foods and Brownie Brittle. Want more details about my professional work, experience and services? Check out the Work With Me page.
If you want to use images from this site, please contact me. A full list of my equipment and the software I use for photography and videos is on my Tools page.
On a personal note, this site and all of the work that flows from it are evidence of the incredible people around me who support me in my recovery and passions, and who love me like crazy. I thank Jesus every day for these people and hope to never take these gifts for granted.
Cheers and love,