Category Side Dishes

Beet Salad with Fennel, Parmesan, and Egg + My Writing Process Blog Tour

In January I went to a food blog conference in Birmingham. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was kind of going to see how much I wanted to dedicate myself to CrandleCakes. Like I imagine any “industry” conference can be, there was a lot of really useful information and discussion, some idol worshipping […]

Italian White Bean Hummus

Sometimes on my husband’s day “off” from the restaurant, we go out to eat together. Now, Waco isn’t known for its plethora of dining options, at least not for a vegetable-eating, bread-avoiding type like me, so there aren’t that many places to choose from. Still, it takes us ages to decide where to go. I […]

Lemony Purple Kale & Sorrel Salad

This week I’ve been out of town as one side of my family goes through a difficult time. My role has been to hang out with my brothers, be an extra driver, and generally find ways to keep people occupied as we go through this. My husband has had weeks like these, and like he […]

Honey-Ginger Glazed Carrots

This recipe is for the procrastinators among us. I don’t know them. You don’t know them. But they’re living among us as. Telling themselves they’ll finish in time. Watching Breaking Bad instead. They live with their secret shame. Since I’m sure you and I are stand-up citizens and have had our Christmas potluck contributions in […]

Italian White Bean Salad with Lemon

“Oh,” he mumbles, his mouth stuffed with food, “this is the bean salad I used to just shovel!” “Used to?” I think, secretly glad I’ve found another meatless, cheeseless dish Shorty likes as much as I do. When I first started cooking, I made this bean salad as a side dish pretty often, mostly because […]

Cranberry Sauce

Funny story. Back in my Boston days, the Roomz initiated me into all her food obsessions (And I her. I’m sure she’ll never forget the time I tried so hard to make chestnuts a thing.) There were her pumpkin cookies. There were her molasses cookies. Her zucchini bread. Her dad’s coleslaw. Beef and barley stew. […]

Holiday Party Food 101: Hummus! (GF, Vegan)

I’ll admit. I haven’t always been a fan of hummus. It’s one of those “hip” foods that foodies discovered early on. Back in (those long ago days with) Teach for America, it used to come in my packaged lunch with these dried up triangles of pita. Anything that comes in a pre-boxed meal is becoming […]

Bleu Cheese Creamed Kale Gratins

ERMAHGERD. This kale. If you’ve been following Crandlecakes for a while, you might have noticed my kale obsession, and you might have gotten tired of it, and then you might have stopped listening to me when I talk about kale. Well wake up. Because this is the most delicious holiday side dish I’ve ever tasted, […]