Winning Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes

Three days until friends and family gather around the table for America’s annual autumn feast. Cameron, Alice, and I will be sharing a meal at my in-laws’ home this year, and like past family holiday meals, we’re one of several folks contributing food to the menu. While I’m no longer a strict vegetarian, I’m always…

From Garden to Pasta Pot: Homemade Marinara Sauce

Yesterday I hurriedly retrieved the last of the tender summer vegetables from our backyard garden. The bright, cloudless sky made it hard to reconcile the meteorologist’s forecast of a 40 degree temperature drop in a matter of hours as a significant winter storm blew in over the mountains. Life at high altitude promises weather extremes,…

Operation Palisade Peach Preserves

Every summer since moving to the Front Range, I’ve happily anticipated the peach harvest from Palisade, Colorado, a stone fruit and grape mecca cultivated on the Western Slope. I have no qualms about stocking up on peaches while at the grocery store, but I prefer purchasing a box directly from friends connected to peach orchards…

Dancing with the Dead and Oaxaca’s ‘Tablecloth Stainer’ Mole

Dia de los Muertos is coming our way in a few weeks. A three-day festival honoring those who have passed, Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced back to pre-Columbian Mexico. These days Dia de los Muertos coincides with the Catholic Hallowtide calendar of All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day and takes…

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…

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…