Midwest Nice

A Handbook for Healthier Holiday Hosting and Festive Family Fare

Nicholas' premier cookbook focuses on the role of "The Host" in the Midwest. Oftentimes holidays center around a lavish but nutritiously lacking dinner. His holiday menus are replete with healthful and seasonal meals that utilize local, sustainable, and ethical ingredients. Here are some sample photos from the work.

Brie en Croûte
Brie en Croûte

Wine and Cheese Party

Bento Box
Bento Box

Park Picnic Date

Grilled Romaine Caesar salad
Grilled Romaine Caesar salad

Father's Day

The Summer Salad
The Summer Salad

Summer Solstice

"Watermelon Sugar" Kale Salad
"Watermelon Sugar" Kale Salad

Fourth of July

Seared Cod with Gnocchi, Zucchini, and Broccoli
Seared Cod with Gnocchi, Zucchini, and Broccoli
Nicholas' Tofu Scramble
Nicholas' Tofu Scramble
Pumpkin Gouda Tart
Pumpkin Gouda Tart
Curried Autumnal Soup
Curried Autumnal Soup

Oktoberfest

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Fried Egg
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Fried Egg
Apple, Fennel, and Sausage Flatbread
Apple, Fennel, and Sausage Flatbread

Halloween

Pepita Salad
Pepita Salad

Día de los Muertos

Tacos de Zanahoria
Tacos de Zanahoria

Dia de los Muertos

Thanksgiving Leftover Buddha Bowl
Thanksgiving Leftover Buddha Bowl

Black Friday

Lentil Chestnut Chili
Lentil Chestnut Chili

Winter Solstice

Holiday Thyme Salmon
Holiday Thyme Salmon

Classy Christmas Eve

Roasted Parsnip Salad
Roasted Parsnip Salad

New Year's Day

Delicata Squash Pasta
Delicata Squash Pasta

Veganuary

Tempeh Pot Pie
Tempeh Pot Pie

Snow Day

Not Your Mama's Tuna and Noodles
Not Your Mama's Tuna and Noodles
The Perfect Cheese Board
The Perfect Cheese Board

Valentine's Day