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Rachel Turiel

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: sanjuandrive@frontier.net

About: Visit her blog: 6512 and growing, on raising children, chickens and other messy, rewarding endeavors at 6,512 feet.

Cook smarter by roasting vegetables

Sometimes I wonder if there is a more adaptive approach to the regular feeding requirements of humans. I think of snakes, which get by on one plump, wriggling meal a week; or even dogs, which are...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

This winter, just stew it

Like individual snowflakes, the construction of each batch of stew is a variation on a theme, just as it has been since the ancient convergence of fire and pottery. In our house, stew making is a...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Ways to give the gift of local food

Two weeks before Christmas my 12-year-old daughter handed me a “Hanukkah Wish list.” We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, but, historically, our efforts have fallen short of the spangly,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

What does Thanksgiving really mean?

Thanksgiving approaches – that holiday in which we assemble beloved communities into oven-roasted spaces, decadent spreads of traditional dishes almost ensuring we’ll overeat. Meanwhile, on Cole’s...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Luv Box delivers plant diversity in a bento box

Maddalena Stancampiano needs an apprentice. She’s got plenty of basil, lemon cucumbers and kale, but she’d like more time. She produces and delivers 15 to 20 plant-based, catered lunches each day,...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Pickles can be more than just sour cucumbers

“Pickles,” mused my son, crunching a sour, green spear at age 5, “aren’t like food you grow. They come from another food.” It could have been an answer from Jeopardy: The Kindergarten Round. “I’ll...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Fruit season stretches creativity in Durango and beyond

This summer, my family traveled to both coasts to spend time with different sets of extended family. The gatherings were multi-generational, each of us with our own specific link to one another...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Shishito peppers: A summer delicacy available at your farmers market

My 14-year-old son Col is searching for a new mountain bike and I’m a bit boggled by his stringent requirements. I’m not really sure what disc brakes are or why someone would want to propel...

DATE: July 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

In season now: Microbiome-boosting leafy greens

Sometimes I wonder if this human experiment has strayed a bit far from its origins. Maybe it’s the fact of how many hours I spend sitting indoors, pixelated input beaming into my brain’s visual...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Raising kids is wondrous, thank you for reading

It was 11 years ago – a baby affixed to my postpartum body and a toddler ricocheting off my person in search of random dogs’ mouths to investigate – that I dreamed up the idea to write this...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Kids declare themselves in so many different ways

It’s 7 a.m. and our bed has been filled with small visitors and their weaponized elbows for some time. The sun is just rising, except it’s snowing and everything has been transformed. The magpies,...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

In mutual generosity, we can all thrive

It’s a Saturday morning, and I am thinking of nothing more than sipping coffee while the trees outside flare into deeper intensities of their autumnal selves. Later, there may be a bit of tomato...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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