These dishes are just as tasty as you’d expect.
Joanna Gaines—of HGTV’s Fixer Upper; The Magnolia Story; the Waco, Texas, Silos; and so much more—is known across the country for her signature rustic chic design aesthetic and for her playful, heartfelt relationship with husband Chip and soon-to-be five children. She has left her mark across the interior design world, Waco, and HGTV, and now she’s leaving her mark on the culinary world, too.
Joanna’s first (and hopefully not last) cookbook, Magnolia Table, was released April 24; a restaurant of the same name opened in Waco earlier this year. In the cookbook and the restaurant, Joanna shares recipes for everything from comfort food to family-favorite dishes—and Real Simple was able to sample a few dishes from the Fixer Upper star herself at a luncheon celebrating the cookbook’s launch in New York City.
Unsurprisingly, everything was delicious: The biscuits were fluffy and rich, the cookies were complexly flavorful, and the chicken salad was a refreshing delight. All these recipes—and many, many more—are available in Magnolia Table, but here are some of Real Simple’s favorites, with recipes for you to sample for yourself at home.
Joanna’s famous biscuits are served at Waco’s new Magnolia Table, and they’re the perfect blend of Southern buttery richness and fluffiness. Yes, they’re intended for breakfast, but they’ll pair well with any meal—particularly one involving macaroni and cheese or barbecue.
Asparagus & Fontina Quiche
A quiche is an elegant crowd-pleaser for any brunch, breakfast, or luncheon, and this one is made with rich fontina cheese for a delectably cheesy finish.
Mom's Bulgogi with Cucumber Kimchi Salad
This traditional Korean dish is a favorite for the Gaines family. Joanna’s mother makes it with an American twist for family gatherings, but its sweet flavors and tender texture will make it a crowd-pleaser for any setting.