About Josie


Hi, I'm Josie! I am a 32 year old mother of four young children, so needless to say, my life is simultaneously fun, busy, and scary!  My sweet girl Caroline is in Kindergarten, Smith is a fun-loving two-year old, and I have twin baby boys, Henry and Tucker.  They were born last January, and have been a delightful and crazy addition to our family.  My husband Joey is an amazing father and husband, but he also hold the roles of taste-tester, dish-washer, spider-killer, and tickle monster.  We live in the suburbs of Atlanta, and love being close to the city for dining out, shopping, the endless number of kids' activities, and Georgia Tech sports.


When we first got married, I loved to spend every spare minute in the kitchen cooking and baking elaborate meals.  As a result, I gravitated toward recipes that were more involved and time-consuming.  Over the years I've come to realize that it doesn't matter how long the ingredient list is, or how long it took you to cook.  What matters is that you used quality ingredients, seasoned it properly, and cooked a meal that you love.  


My kids love helping me in the kitchen, and it makes me so happy to have them in here with me.  I consider almost every recipe on here to be "kid-friendly," because with very few exceptions, kids should eat the same things we do.  I don't believe in serving my kids chicken nuggets and mac & cheese, while we enjoy salmon and green beans.  Instilling a love of nutritious and delicious food is one of the most important goals I have as a mother.  My hope is to inspire other parents out there to urge their kids to be adventurous - both in the kitchen and in life!


As a born and bred Atlantan, it should come as no surprise that my favorite cuisine to cook is southern food.  No other cuisine in the US has such a strong and rich heritage, and I just love the history and legacy of the south and its food.  I love giving recipes a southern spin, or putting a unique spin on other classic dishes.  

I started this blog in 2009, right around Caroline's first birthday.  When she was born, I quit my job as a chemist at the CDC to stay at home full-time with my baby.  I stopped researching chemicals and environmental toxins, and started researching food.  I devoured cookbooks like novels, spent way too much time reading food blogs, and read cooking magazines cover-to-cover in one sitting.  I eventually decided that starting a food blog would be a fun hobby, and Pink Parsley was born.  Over the years I've made thousands of recipes, taken even more pictures, and made some of the best friends I'll ever have.





One of my goals is to cook as seasonally  as possible, so don't expect to find tomato recipes in January, or pumpkin recipes in July.  I love to cook simple foods with quality ingredients, and I draw inspiration from many sources:  family recipes, cooking magazines,  restaurants, food blogs, and some of my favorite chefs.  Thanks so much for stopping by!





28 comments:

Alex said...

I LOVE THIS! thank you!

KB said...

I'm sure you've seen that I've made so much of what you post, and I will continue to do so. You really do make everything that my husband and I like just before we know it's something we would love! Haha! Just wanted to say that we love your food! :)

Tamara said...

Hi Joise, I've just stumbled upon your blog,
love your recipes and photos, keep up the great work :)
Love,
Tamara

Ann said...

I read your posts on the Nest and follow your blog religiously. I have many, many favorites, but you are probably my #1. I always look forward to your updates, and you child is literally too adorable for words!!

Caitlin said...

Hey there!
I'd like to pass along a Stylish Blogger Award to you! I love your blog. You can pick up the award on my blog post here:
http://meandmyroommate.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/stylish-blogger-award/

Kelli H said...

I've been reading your blog for about a year & I love it! Everything I make that you share is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen said...

So excited to have recently found your blog...it's fantastic! So many great recipes and photos! Keep the great recipes coming!

Sheila said...

Hi!

I recently found your blog, too. I started blogging last year and have really come to love seasonal cooking, too. Can't wait to keep reading!

Michael said...

Josie - My wife sent me a recipe from your blog (Pimiento Cheese Fritters), and I was checking the address of Relish. Saw it was Roswell, and then thought I could recommend another great Atlanta culinary retreat...a little place up on North Avenue...maybe you know of it...The Varsity! Hands down the gold-standard for onion rings.

Go Jackets!

Lise said...

Hi

Found your site - and must say i judt LOOOVE it. Im SO gonna try all these great recepies. Im living in Denmark, so there is a LOT of new recepies here we havent tried yet. Im gonna try the Macaroni & Cheese as the first one :) Thanks for a great and very inspirering site :)

kyleen said...

I love Alton Brown too; the science-y stuff of baking and cooking is really awesome. I really want to get my hands on a copy of Modernist Cuisine, but unfortunately, I don't have a spare $600 lying around...

Wandering Mist said...

Lovely blog, Josie! Hope that you continue to share your culinary treats!!! Loved the recipes!

Debbie said...

Love your recipes and have tried many of them. I wish you had a print feature for your recipes to make it easier and use less paper.

Amy said...

Love your blog!!! You have some great recipes on here. I don't love the chemistry of cooking, but I am always interested in what Alton Brown has to say. But mostly I love that you perfect something then put it up for us to try!!!

litigatorpro said...

I also stumbled onto your website while lookimg for photos of Savannah, Georgia. I'm a Southern California girl and love your recipes! Your recipes are yummy and feminine for any party. You have a beautiful family~
Thank you for sharing~
Kari

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog, Love it! :o) count me in as (hopefully another!) aussie fan. Thank you for your beautiful foodie photography!

Erin B. said...

Hello! I just wanted to send you a note and say that I love your blog so much that I awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! I received this award from a fellow blogger and as a recipient I had to award it to a few of my favorite bloggers :)

You can read more about it on my blog, www.tealandtulle.com

Congrats!
~ Erin

Cara said...

I love your blog! I just stumbled upon it while looking for a recipe on foodgawker, and I can't stop reading through all of your great recipes! I'm a pescetarian (vegetarian who eats fish!) and while at University, I find it hard to come up with new dishes to make for myself. Now I know where I will be getting my weekly recipes from- these recipes look delicious, simple, and innovative- keep it up, and thanks!

Southern Girls Kitchen said...

Hi Josie.. It was so nice to meet you at the Aida Mollenkamp event.. Your blog is fabulous.. : )

poldol said...

Josie I love love love your blog and look forward to shopping in farmers markets and eating healthier as a breast cancer survivor.

Angie said...

You sound like someone Id love to hang out with.

laurasmess.me said...

Your blog is beautiful Josie, and so is your family. I love the fact that you're into the science of food... that's something that I struggle with (in terms of baking ratios and reactions that cause a particular result!) so I'll be following your recipes closely! Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. Can't wait to read some of your archives (and I hope that your pregnancy is going well.. or have you had them already? Twins, wow!) xx

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Alyssa said...

Hi, Josie! I recently discovered your blog (via your plum ice cream post), and I've been enjoying it very much! I'm a midwesterner living in California, and I'm trying to discover the wonders of southern cooking :) I'll look forward to being a continuing reader!

Best,
Alyssa

(You can find me at my home/food blog: abdaisy.com)

Anonymous said...

Hi Josie, Your cousin Pam recommended your blog and website. Always looking for cooking tips and recipes

Savannah said...

hey josie! funnily enough, i've been reading your bog for a couple of years, but it's not until tonight (when i was looking at pictures of zelda fitzgerald) that i realized you have a 'twin'! https://www.google.com/search?q=zelda+fitzgerald&client=firefox-a&hs=JRx&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=uAx7UpCRJcnXqgG5uYHIDg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=670#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=NWClu8aEbNc7iM%3A%3Byhw4gtQe6THOsM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Flondonoa.files.wordpress.com%252F2012%252F07%252Fzelda-fitzgerald.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Flondonoa.com%252F2012%252F07%252F16%252Fzelda-fitzgerald-the-first-american-flapper%252F%3B611%3B404

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Josie! It's so nice to meet a fellow Southern blogger! I have copied so many of your recipes and can hardly wait to try some of them! I love living in the South and cooking our local regional food. Where I live, there is no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, so I have to use what I can. We try to grow a big garden; and we also have lots of fruit trees and blueberry bushes. The nectarine is my new favorite 'peach'! Thanks for sharing your recipes and love for food! Blessings from Bama!

Josie said...

Hi Felecia, thanks so much! I'm so glad you enjoy my blog! :)

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