Author Archives: Karen Milling

About Karen Milling

Freelance Photographer and Writer with a passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking. Currently my work can be viewed online at my three blogs: Buried Carrots is devoted to colorful writing and delicious vegetarian and vegan food; Composing Kitchen focuses on my efforts, together with my partner, to follow our passions and design our lives; and Karen Milling Photography features my work as a portrait, headshot, wedding and food photographer.

Homemade Apple Butter for Fall

Last night was cold — the first cuddly, cold, hot chocolaty and tea, burrow under the comforter fall night. And I bundled up and loved it. The seasons are shifting. We’re trading in summer salads for crock-pot stews and flip-flops … Continue reading

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Simple Homemade Gnocchi With Marinara

Sometimes just the quiet repetition of a simple task brings extraordinary comfort. With gnocchi there is the careful rolling of each tiny piece of dough, the attention and care demanded by every individual bite. Going through these motions becomes so … Continue reading

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Elephants, Inspiration, and Sage, Apple, And Cheddar Scones

I wanted to see the elephants. I wanted to do something different with my day. While out for my early morning run, I took a different turn from my usual route so that I would run past the zoo and see … Continue reading

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Chipotle Chocolate Sorbet

There will be a day this winter when a warm sweater won’t be enough, a day when the chill reaches all the way to my bones, a day when I will want more than anything to curl up with a … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Basil Coolers.

I tell myself not to let anything stand in the way of achieving my dreams. I tell myself that I am courageous and intelligent and beautiful. I tell myself that no matter what happens, I still get to choose to … Continue reading

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Vanilla-Bourbon Ice Cream with Cherries and Chocolate Swirl

The wind kicked up quite suddenly and now it has begun to rain. I was just about to step outside to take some photos. Now I’m shifting gears. Sometimes life gives you a little nudge, lets you know you should … Continue reading

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Simplicity and Caprese.

I wish everything in life were as simple as Caprese. The garden tomatoes are ripe and bursting with flavor. The basil plants are filling out more and more each day — offering sweet, spicy leaves. Add some fresh mozzarella and … Continue reading

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Coconut Sorbet With Chipotle Spice Chocolate Syrup

Hot Chocolate. I can barely utter the words because the searing summer temperature is supposed to top 101 degrees today. The last thing I want is a steaming hot cup of sipping chocolate. And yet… Every time I open my … Continue reading

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Orange, Ginger, Mango Sorbet — Made With Stevia.

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There has long been a dream in our house: a dream of the perfect, chewy, chocolaty, brownie… that’s calorie-free. An impossible dream, perhaps, but it’s a lovely dream nonetheless. Recently, this dream inspired us to purchase some stevia packets to … Continue reading

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Hello, Tom. And Other Seattle Eats.

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There is a trend happening in the food and restaurant world, and it goes hand in hand with doing things more sustainably, and using fresh, local ingredients. This trend is toward doing a few things – just a few things … Continue reading

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