Hi. My name is Kristen Massad, I am a mom of two beautiful girls and a sweet baby boy, the wife to the most supportive husband and a pastry chef for all to enjoy! I am a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in NYC and owned and operated Tart Bakery in Dallas, Texas for over 8 years. After growing a successful retail and wholesale bakery, I had a great opportunity to sell it and enjoy this special time with my family.
I started Ink Foods as a creative outlets to highlight original recipes created by me as well as some of my favorite recipes from my Nannies recipe book, other books, magazines and the web that have been edited to meet my sweet tooth.
Last year, I launched JOY + OLIVER, a small batch confections company that specializes in sea salt caramels. I’m thankful to be back in the kitchen while home with my little ones!
Favorite Meal : My favorite meal: and something that we make as a family once a week is Shrimp Aglio olio (garlic and oil). It is one of the most simple meals to make but the flavors are pure and strong and my kids love it as well!
Favorite Restaurant: In Dallas there are some amazing restaurants, but a restaurant that we recently discovered and frequent to often is Sushi at The Mercury. It is a tiny and hidden sushi bar inside The Mercury Restaurant. Very fresh and unique sashimi and great appetizers.
Favorite Kitchen Gadget: I can’t live without my kitchen aid mixer. I use it to bake and experiment with recipes all week long. It sits on my counter ready to be used at all times.
Recharge Batteries: With 3 little ones and working from home, there is very little time to recharge, but simply a glass of wine with my husband once the kids are asleep helps to refresh. I also love a facial to relax and feel energized!
Hostess Gift: A good bottle of wine or a box of sea salt caramels is my go to hostess gift because who doesn’t love that!
Entertaining Must Have: My husband and I love to entertain and we always have more appetizers than food for the main meal. I feel like people always come hungry and it is the best place to snack and mingle.
Favorite Holiday to Host: Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, it is all about family time and food.