Joanna Gaines Is Hosting Mini Cooking Classes to Keep Us Busy in the Kitchen

It's time to get off the couch and start cooking!

There’s no point in sugarcoating it: self-isolation and quarantine are tough for pretty much everybody. Nearly everything’s closed down right now, and as a result (at least if you’re anything like us), the couch and its pal, the TV, have become an integral part of your daily life.

But wait! What about your kitchen? It deserves some love, too. And now, you can get back to your mixing bowls, pans and blenders with the help of a Joanna Gaines cooking class.

This Is What Joanna Is Posting on Instagram

You probably remember Joanna from the show Fixer Upper, but she and Chip have been plenty busy since then. The couple has opened a bakery and a restaurant and even started a magazine. (If you’re a fan of the Gaines family, you’ll definitely want to read about how Chip and Joanna donated $1.5 million to St. Jude, too.) It only makes sense that they’re keeping busy right now!

Joanna’s been posting free mini cooking lessons on her Instagram, and honestly, we’re so excited to try her ideas. The recipes—like chocolate chip cookies and chili—are super easy to make, and they use ingredients you probably already have in the house. Check out the video for cookies below:

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With life looking quite a bit different than we’re all used to, our @magnolia family is looking for ways to focus on how we can make the most of our time spent at home, because honestly there’s no better place to be right now – and in the midst of all that’s going on, we believe that there is room for connection, creativity, laughter, and inspiration. ⠀ ⠀ So here’s what we’re gonna do: for the next few days, we’re going to share a new challenge and/or activity that we can all get in on together and share. To kick it off, Drake has filmed us making the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the first cookbook. ⠀ ⠀ Now it’s your turn! I want to see what you’re cooking at home – just post on your account or in your stories and tag @magnolia and #webelieveinhome

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While you’re self-isolating, here’s our advice on how to make the most of your time indoors.

The Best Recipes to Make Right Now

If you’re excited to be back in the kitchen and want more easy recipes, look no further. Here are super simple recipes you can make with canned goods, like cheeseburger pasta, simmered turkey enchiladas and red pepper chicken. Don’t worry—you’ll have all the ingredients already if you’ve stocked your pantry according to our expert’s advice.

Bottom line: We’re all in this, indoors, together. But while we’re inside, we figure we can at least cook some tasty food—there’s never been a better time to do it.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.