A Denver Home Companion | sweet treats at crema coffee house

sunday sweet treats at crema coffee house. what’s your sunday tradition?


besides being the place where ramona first learned to use chopsticks, uncle is a new-ish noodle bar in the LoHi neighborhood of denver. we’ve been twice now and, each time, leave happy and satisfied. the service is a bit aloof but certainly not rude or unprofessional. there are no reservations, which i’m partial to bc it makes it more of a neighborhood place — the place you want to pop into when you want some warm, comfort food. however, it still works great for a fun night out with friends. i’m not a food critic (and neither are you, you delusional yelper) so you can read all about the food at uncle here. suffice it to say, the powerdriver family loves the restaurant: the counter service, the cool cat servers, the limited menu, the sparse decor, the proximity to our home.

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easy peasy recipe for chicken tacos cooked in a crock pot. i’ve been eating this a lot (maybe too much) recently.



  • chicken thighs (3 to 4), frozen or thawed.
  • 2 tbs chopped chipotles in adobo with sauce (find them canned in your grocers’ ethnic foods aisle)
  • 4 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (if you don’t want it too tomato-y, halve this)
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 good grinds black pepper
  1. put all the ingredients in the slow cooker on high (phew! that was hard)
  2. remove chicken after four hours and shred (make sure to get the bones and cartilage parts out!)
  3. Add enough sauce to make delicious (i usually drench it!)
  4. serve w corn tortillas, rice, black beans, shredded cheese, avocado, diced red onions, whateveryoulikeonyourtaco!

if you’re designated to bring a dessert for a family christmas gathering or one of the many holiday parties you’re probably attending this december, bring this easy homemade apple pie. it is simple but will wow everyone. i made this for thanksgiving and will probably insist it’s made for christmas eve dinner when we’re back in minnesota later this month.

  • 8 – 11 medium granny smith apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • two ready-made pie crusts (or make your own. but you’ll have to find your own recipe for that).
  1. heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. core and peel the apples
  3. slice them thinly
  4. mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  5. add to the apples and mix or toss or somehow move around to make sure they are all equally coated
  6. line a pie pan w one of the pie crusts
  7. heap in your apple mixture. pile it high!
  8. cover this with the second pie crust
  9. pinch the sides together and make slits in the top for air vents
  10. bake for 50 min
  11. let cool for at least an hour before serving

serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

sunday, family day, we three took a meandering walk to the park, little bean. we had no intentions of stopping for ice cream. but after chasing you around the playground and seeing you try to steal a little boy’s cup of ice cream, it was the perfect end to a family stroll. i chose the avo-nilla ice cream in a sugar cone for you and me to share. pretty sure, once i handed that bad boy over to you, our licks were not even near equal. you gobbled that ice cream up so fast the way your papa does — he’s finished with his bowl before i can even get comfy enough on the couch to reach for my late-night dessert.

i love you, funny face ice cream monster.

love, mama.

(little man ice cream is our favorite ice cream shop in denver — a city where you can eat your ice cream outside at the end of november and be perfectly warm.)