‘No Time’ Summer Peach Tart

If you haven’t yet visited Food52’s website, you’re in for an appetite-inducing good time. Food52 is a one-stop online wonderland of recipes and cooking tips. As a devoted Instagram follower, Food52’s photo feed never fails to inspire me to cook or bake when I have time or make me infinitely jealous of those who have…

Brussels Sprouts and Tofu

I love to cook, though you wouldn’t know from the lackluster effort I’ve made in maintaining The Crafty Cook Nook this summer. Life with a rapidly more mobile infant has meant on-call vigilance every minute she’s awake. While I agonized about SIDS, checking her crib often during her naps and overnight sleep, I had no…

For the Love of Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza

When summer is in full swing along the Front Range and our house heats up to a toasty 86 degrees F, I’m hard-pressed to sidle anywhere near our old oven. Light emanates from the back of the appliance whenever I turn it on, suggesting it long ago gave up attempts to hold all the heat…

National Ice Cream Day is a Good Time for Blueberry Soft Serve

Ever since the good ol’ Internet has taken over my life, there’s been no escape from reminders about “national” food celebration days. Apparently there’s a food holiday every day of the year. I just didn’t distracted with this kind of innocuous clickbait until I carried a computer in my pocket to save me from making…

Mediterranean Kebabs and the Delicious Sauces They Rode in on

Despite the lull between my last post and now, Cameron and I have managed to sneak in some cooking during those rare moments of quiet when our little one has been down for naps or out for the night. When she’s awake, Alice is learning how to crawl, spending lots of time on her belly…

‘Grow The Hell Up’ Slow Cooker “Butter” Chickpeas

In the final season of my favorite small-town government sitcom Parks and Recreation, April grapples with her life’s purpose. She’s no longer the same young and disaffected character from season one. When her husband surprises her with a slow cooker, she has a minor meltdown. They’ve become the boring couple who owns a slow cooker….