On April 24, 2018, Joanna Gaines released her new cookbook Magnolia Table, filled with a ton of her all-time favorite recipes. We know they include some delicious chocolate chip cookies, which is one of the six foods Joanna craves during her pregnancy. Those cookies certainly look delicious, but it’s the description of those cookies that have us fan-girling over Joanna Gaines all over again.
Long story short, Joanna loves butter. The Kitchn published the Magnolia Table Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, and in the recipe’s summary Joanna writes that she truly believes that “butter makes everything better.” She makes this point because, surprisingly, she uses a smaller amount of butter in this recipe.
“I developed this recipe over the years, after experimenting with a few classics and having them come out flat every time,” she wrote. “I wanted something that was chunky, beautiful, and also delicious. In the end, one big change I made was to cut back on the butter. I do truly believe that butter makes everything better and no one is more surprised than I am about how amazing these taste even though they’re made with less of the good stuff than most traditional chocolate chip cookies.”
Butter is not only a highlight in her cookbook but also at her new restaurant Magnolia Table. Located in Waco, Texas (where you will find Silos, i.e. where Magnolia is), Magnolia Table was opened by Joanna and her husband Chip. They serve a plethora of delicious plates, including Jo’s buttermilk biscuits with strawberry butter. The also serve Lemon Lavender Donut Holes, which Joanna probably also loves, since it’s her go-to birthday treat.
Jo's father owned tire shop and he saw a picture of her hanging behind the store counter. He convinced himself he was gonna marry Jo even before they had actually met.
Jo was a communications major at Baylor University and she had dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist.
Before getting her big break on "Fixer Upper," she actually appeared in commercials for her father's tire shop. Chip eventually used the commercial in a pick-up line when they first met ... and the rest is history!
As for Chip, he had other aspirations, like being a baseball player or politician.
His ladylove, on the other hand, prefers Citizen low-rise skinny jeans and Frye boots.
As you can probably tell from all their renovations on "Fixer Upper," Jo loves to decorate with pretty blooms and greenery. Her favorite flower? Pink antique roses.
Chip and Jo's Pinterest-perfect farmhouse sits on 40 acres of land, which is just big enough for their 60 animals to roam around in.
Jo knew the value of hard work even when she was very young. Her first job? At an all-you-can-eat buffet. To this day, she says still appreciates buffet lines, but her husband has different thoughts on the matter.
The couple's first fixer-upper home? Their very own abode that they started working on soon after their honeymoon. The 1,700-square-foot Victorian home they currently live in is the ninth home they've lived in and renovated together.
The name "Magnolia," which they named all their businesses after (Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms) holds a special meaning. When they first started dating, Chip would bring blooms from Magnolia trees to Jo.
The Gaines family doesn't own a television! They go over to a friend's house every week to watch their own "Fixer Upper" episodes or in their hotel room during trips.