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.

14 days of quarantine kitchen

Day 1 My daughter Rosie, 13, and I return from food shopping with two plump weeks worth of food. This ritual once contained great likelihood of impromptu reunions by the dairy cooler; now we assess...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Eating in quarantine: How to stretch your groceries

My enthusiasm for cooking these days is a moving target. Maybe it’s the exhaustion of sampling from the daily platter of quarantine-inspired emotions. Maybe it’s the vagaries of my teenagers’ taste...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

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

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