5 Questions, Joy Goff

Here’s the first in an ongoing series called 5 Questions, where I shine a light on regular folk and their unique relationships, traditions, and preferences around cooking and eating. In this Goosefoot first you’ll meet Joy Goff, an artist, mother, and weekend camper who lives in Prescott, AZ. Full disclosure: Joy is a longtime friend, and is also the talented illustrator of the Goosefoot recipe icons.


What does eating well look like for you?

Eating well means making and eating meals that taste good and are nourishing, often incorporating vegetables from our local CSA share. It also means a green smoothie in the morning, a great way to use up the excess greens and veggie tops from that CSA share. I also really like kitchen projects, so eating well means picking apples in the neighborhood and making applesauce or baking a spectacular birthday cake for a family member.

What is a favorite and reliable everyday dish for you and your family?

Carbonara is absolutely a favorite go to recipe...a few years ago we started adding peas, at your suggestion, Kristin! 

Can you share a defining food memory?

Honestly, it's home made angel food cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream, eaten in the kitchen at my Nana's house in Boston. I think I definitely picked up from her the joy of food and sharing food and singing while you make food.

What topics around food are you most interested in, and why?

Interested in local food and sustainable farming practices; I am so thankful we have an amazing farm we can support in our local area. Shout out to Whipstone Farm in Paulden, AZ. One of the things I really love about being a CSA member is knowing my farmer, now for over 10 years, trusting their growing practices and their commitment to the land and water we all share. I also love being able to guilt my kids, just a bit, with the fact that they know our farmers and how hard our farmers work and so they really ought to eat that vegetable because wouldn't Cory and Shanti be sad to see us toss it?

I have to ask. What would you hope for as a last meal on this earth?

Hmmm, last meal. I actually think it might have to be Eggs Benedict prepared especially for me by Alexander Dixon, along with his cinnamon rolls and hash browns. I still miss Z's Cafe in St. Paul, MN. I have never had a better hollandaise, though I've sought it out all over the country.