About

Hi, I’m Joanne! Welcome to Fifteen Spatulas.

I created this blog for people who love to try new recipes and appreciate a little guidance when they’re cooking.

I have step-by-step photos of the process so you know how things are supposed to look every step of the way, plus recipe videos, helpful techniques, tidbits about the how’s and why’s of cooking, and more.

The recipes you’ll find on this blog are all made from scratch, using real ingredients.

About the Fifteen Spatulas blog:

Started in 2010, there are over 700 from-scratch recipes on the blog, with no cake mix or powdered sauces in sight.

The recipes are approachable for cooks of all levels and are meant to focus on flavor.

To me there’s no point to making something if it’s not going to taste good, no matter if it’s a salad or a cookie.

Mexican Corn and Black Bean Salad - Perfect summer picnic and potluck recipe

Why I love food so much:

In my childhood home, it wasn’t uncommon to see fresh dungeness crabs crawling around in our kitchen sink, picked up 30 minutes prior from the San Francisco fish market and ready for my mom to cook it into a fiery thai curry stir fry.

To say my mom was an incredible cook is kind of an understatement. She made me a borderline food snob and I feel pretty grateful that she made us such amazing food.

I ate everything from authentic Korean food, to beouf bourguignon, to the best darned cornbread in all the land.

When you grow up eating delicious things, you never want that to end.

I love to cook because I love to eat wildly delicious things. If you feel the same way, you’re in the right place.

Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

About my cooking style:

I had severe gastroesophagael reflux problems my freshman year of college, and was ill every night. After an endoscopy and a series of GI doctor visits, the doctors got me exempted from the school meal plan and told me to start cooking my own meals.

So that’s what I did. I rented a car every week, drove to the grocery store, got my ingredients, and cooked myself meals in the communal dorm kitchen.

Making the switch from horribly processed cafeteria food to homemade meals completely fixed my stomach illnesses and taught me that my body needs real food. That’s how my cooking style came to be: food made from scratch using whole ingredients.

What that means is I’m equally all in for ingredients like butter, kale, and everything in between.

A lot of people make claims about what is healthy and what is not, and for me, I believe in using whole foods and natural ingredients, which means checking that the chicken breast I buy isn’t 20% phosphate chemical solution. People villainize foods like sugar or butter, but I think it’s fine to enjoy these things in moderation.

A comforting recipe for a cozy dinner! This Cheddar Biscuit-Topped Barbecue Chicken Pie is creamy heaven.

My whereabouts:

Although I’m pretty sure my soul wants to live in Manhattan forever, my husband Pete and I just moved out of NYC to a little suburb 90 minutes from the city, and 30 minutes from Philly.

We blame James for our switch to suburban life, but he’s totally worth it.

You can read all about the adventures of James in the Baby section.

Now head over to my Recipe Index to get cooking! Or go to my recipe blog for the latest posts. Talk soon!

Contact Me:

The best way to reach me is via email at joanne@fifteenspatulas.com

Press:

Click here to go to my press page and see where I’ve been featured in the media.

Professional Bio:

Joanne Ozug is a food and lifestyle blogger, on-camera personality, and creator of the Fifteen Spatulas food blog, where she shares approachable recipes made from scratch. Joanne believes cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be intimidating or time-consuming, and shares step-by-step photo tutorials and videos for her recipes. Joanne‘s food style is founded on the idea that above all, the food must be delicious, and salads and cake can be equally delicious in different ways. Joanne has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, Home & Family, the Cooking Channel, The Dr Oz Show, and more.