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,…

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…

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…