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JoanG  The Very Best Fruit Crisp

Somewhere in and around teaching educational psychology at the college level and finishing up her own food memoir, Minneapolis-based JoanG has managed to concoct an array of deliciously inventive dishes. With an obvious knack for turning classic breakfasts (oatmeal, eggs, french toast) into experiences that will undoubtedly revolutionize your day (Mexican Chocolate Baked French Toast or Creamy Ramps with Eggs, anyone?), JoanG's food is the kind that makes you wish she were your mother -- for the morning, at least.

And, we would expect no less from a teacher than a real lesson in recreating the notion of the home cook. From her Peachy Sweet Wings, which unabashedly call for peach baby food (it's essentially peach purée anyway!), to her Peppery Salmon Cakes, which rely on pepper jelly for their kick, we can't help but want to stop by JoanG's for a taste of her ingredient creativity. So, JoanG, we ask you -- what's for dinner tonight and (let's pretend it's July) would it please end with The Very Best Fruit Crisp?

Read JoanG's profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
  • live sea urchin in Morocco


  • What do you cook when home alone?
  • a mix of leftover vegetables, grains and condiments with a scrambled eggs, ends of cheeses and creme fraiche.


  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
  • My Cuisinart Convection/Toaster oven, or my Le Creuset cast iron gratin pan


  • Your ideal meal:
  • A pefect slice of quiche, a green salad with great vinagrette, and a crisp glass of wine


  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
  • Real caviar (to eat), salt cod (to cook)


  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
  • 60


  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • 10


  • Kitchen pet peeve:
  • When my husband puts my utensils away in the wrong place


  • Your favorite cookbook:
  • Local Flavors by Deborah Madison and A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg


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Comments (21)


over 4 years ago irishlioness

This is such a well deserved spotlight!!! You are an amazingly talented and creative cook who cook, eats, and lives her value of healthy and tasty food. Your breakfast/dinner table is the best place to be nourished!! I love the way I eat when you cook! Thanks for being my teacher and mentor. Michael is soooooo lucky!


over 4 years ago friendlyoaks

JoanG you are a wonderful cook and creator. All your dishes tend toward the luscious category. Keep it up. And congratulations on the spotlight.


over 4 years ago AppleAnnie

Congratulations to a creative and original cook. I love your eye-catching photos also!


over 4 years ago JoanG

Oh my goodness, I am overwhelmed to see I am in the spotlight and to get such wonderful comments from all my cooking colleaugs. THANK YOU ALL! Food52 is the best!!!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Yum.... I could go for a big bowl of your fruit crisp right now!


over 4 years ago cheese1227

Pleased to meet your, JoanG.


over 4 years ago mcmiller

yay, Minnesota!


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hello JoanG! Congrats on the spotlight!


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Way to go JoanG! And woohoo Minnesota! :)


over 4 years ago Kayb

Congrats on the spotlight, JoanG, and just let us know when the fruit crisp is on the menu!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Congratulations JoanG! I share the same pet peeve with you and Bevi - though on my profile I didn't mention my husband by name. Left it a little vague. I love your recipes.


over 4 years ago VanessaS

Congratulations! Your pumpkin baked oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast recipes!


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hurrah JoanG great to see you here in the spotlight!!!


over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Great to see you in the spotlight - congrats!


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats Joan G! I'm so happy to see you in the spotlight here. So well-deserved...I love so many of your recipes!!


over 4 years ago Bevi

We share a pet peeve, JoanG!


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Me too! I just drives me nuts to be on scavenger hunt when I'm in the middle of a recipe!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

What!...your husband puts things away??


over 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

Congratulations Joan! It is good to know that I am in fine company regarding the frustrations of misplaced utentils (yesterday, I found that three components of my food processor were put away in different cupboards and drawers!)


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations--so nice to see you in the spotlight!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations! I love your recipes!