Category Vegetables

Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Chickpeas {vegan}

Sometimes when my husband gets home from work, he cracks open a beer, kicks off his shoes, and opens up a container of…wait for it…cottage cheese. Don’t worry, there isn’t cottage cheese in this soup. I only bring it up because I think it’s interesting to notice the little things people eat when no one […]

3-Ingredient Summer Tomato Sauce

“That does look decadent, like you could make it into a sorbet,” my friend Sarah said. She was referring to the bowl basin of frothy tomato juice on the countertop. Sarah and her husband were in town for a wedding and were staying with us. On Friday when she wandered into the kitchen before a […]

Coconut Ginger Chowder

With a greased bar towel I gripped a tiny soup pot in one hand and a kitchen spoon in the other. My hiking sneakers were ill-adapted for the kitchen, and I slipped on the tiles, maneuvering across the pass-through and ducking beneath another cook’s arms. Elbowing my way down the line, I found the lime-fish […]

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 […]

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins - R.T.D. Browning

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Every year when summer rolls around, bloggers unite in a barbaric yawp* against zucchini. It’s almost an inside joke — #zucchiniproblems. I’ll start the hashtag if it doesn’t already exist. See, food bloggers are at least more committed to seasonal cooking than your average bear because their cooking is public, so they have to RESPOND […]

Shakshuka with Spiced Chickpeas

Jump to recipe–> One of the things I loved about living in Boston is the way the city is organized into neighborhood-villages. Technically, I lived in Newton Centre, a township just west of Boston. Newton Centre, like many other neighborhoods in and around Boston, is an actual CENTER. To Texans, that’s kind of like telling […]

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 […]

Asian-Style Fried Quinoa with Vegetables (GF)

A friend, sick of throwing leftovers in the trash and eating out every night, asked me for some tips on cooking healthful, delicious dinners for one without wasting a ton of food (and time). My advice is to steer away from big pots or large roasts and aim to fill the fridge with lots of […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Relish (Vegan, GF)

In 2013, I completed my MA, moved across the country to Waco, TX, married my best friend, bought a house with my husband, and adopted a puppy. I’ve been busy. Not to mention all the smaller things, like the women’s writing group I joined (hey ladies!), the Italian sausage and hamburger pizza topping recipes I […]