‘Almost Autumn’ Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Swiss Quiche

With the hottest summer on record for Colorado this year, it’s been dusty enough along the Front Range to make me think I landed back in Nevada if I squint just right. In fact, a lot about my neighborhood reminds me of my years in Reno. From some neighbors’ colorful quirks to the few nut…

‘Head Cold Helper’ Slow Cooker Sausage and Chickpea Stew

With a baby in daycare and a husband who teaches full-time, our home has become a cold and stomach bug black hole. Beware all ye who enter: there is no escape. Health-wise, I lucked out as a kid. Beyond a few winter colds and the chicken pox rite of passage, I had little excuse for…

‘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…