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…

Holding onto Summer with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Right around the third surprise March snowstorm in Colorado, I start daydreaming about shorts weather and fresh produce, longing for the days when I can step into my backyard and harvest the first tomatoes of the season. Every year we’ve planted tomatoes in our gardens, we’ve managed a good enough haul that we can share…

‘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…

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…

Homestyle Vegetarian Collard Greens

Collard greens, like most dark, leafy greens, were not high on my “to-eat” list until I stumbled into my thirties. Even though collards are a Southern staple, I didn’t like their bitter taste when I was a kid and dreaded when my parents served them up at the dinner table. These days I crave collards…