About Joy Auch

Joy Auch

Joy Auch

Joy lives in Ontario County with her boys (two sons and her hubby). She runs to stay sane and spends lots of time with her boys splashing in their creek and catching frogs and snails. She is a New England native who promises not to share her sports allegiances, although as an alumna of Syracuse University, she loves (loves) SU sports! Joy is a regional communications manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Joy Auch

A surprisingly delicious summer salad

I didn’t expect this “farro” salad to be tasty. Farro is a kind of super-healthy whole grain that at first glance looks unappetizing. It looks like you’re eating a big bowl of barley! Turns out I was wrong. Farro has a nutty and pleasant taste that is extra scrumptious when paired with diced apples, raisins…Read More »

Apple & Almond Farro Salad

10 Pool Safety Tips for Summer

I find a reason every year to delay the opening of our backyard pool. I declared last spring, for example, that the pool was to stay closed until we finished cleaning up the yard and mulching. Since I live on a big lot with too many gardens, the pool remained closed until mid-July. I’ll continue…Read More »

You’ll Never Guess Where the Best Playground Is…

I’d been in the car seven hours with a cranky toddler, fussy first grader, and tired hubby. Even I was out of sorts. But then I turned into a new rest stop on the New York Thruway and all was right with the world. This rest stop was unlike any others I’d ever seen. It was…Read More »

This Tasty Recipe Won the “Chompionship!”

Congrats to the big winner of our Munch Madness “Chompionship.” The Winter Squash Bake recipe “squashed” the competition to earn the coveted crown.  The chef behind the winning dish was Lauren “All Day” Daley, a chef with a knack for super simple comfort food. The Winning Recipe in Action Here is my (video) attempt at…Read More »

Munch Madness Chompionship!

It’s down to the final two contenders for the Munch Madness 2018 “Chompionship”.  This is going to be epic!  Will the southwest chicken cross the road, or be “squashed” by the competition? Whose going to “bean” the best chef? And is winter coming? Confused? Read on. YOU get to decide who comes out on top.…Read More »

Munch Madness!

Beware the Ides of March! As game time approaches, take a peek at some of our most popular recipes. We’ve put them head-to-head in a friendly competition where YOU vote for the winners. Check out these fantastic recipes and then submit your vote on who “won” each of the match-ups. Just tell us your favorite…Read More »

Escarole and Pastina Soup

This delicious Escarole and Pastina soup includes many Italian flavors that remind me of my childhood. This soup is perfect for a wintery day. Add chicken or sausage to make the soup heartier. Print Recipe Escarole and Pastina Soup Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Servings people Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil1 cup…Read More »

Flavorful Escarole and Pastina Soup

This delicious Escarole and Pastina soup includes many Italian flavors that remind me of my childhood. What little Ragazzo or Ragazzi didn’t grow up feasting on ingredients such as escarole, tiny pastina, and cannellini beans? Alisa Fanara, my co-worker (and fellow Italian), shared this recipe. This soup is perfect for a wintery day. Add chicken or sausage…Read More »

A Mom’s Guide: Enjoying Winter in Upstate NY

I’ve recently dragged my family on a multitude of wintery adventures. Winter in upstate New York is frigid, endless and very snowy. I wanted to find ways to enjoy this time of year, not loathe it! All of our adventures revolved (mostly) around getting outside and moving. I’m happy to report that all of our…Read More »