Nikki Gardner

"If I were forced to give up every fruit in the whole world but one I would have absolutely no trouble choosing. The lemon wins, hands down." —Laurie Colwin, from More Home Cooking

I carry a book, camera, and pen along with me on my many adventures, which often take place close to home in farm-rich western Massachusetts. As a writer, photographer, and home cook, I document my passion for good food and living. When I'm not exploring the open road, you can find me in the kitchen cooking  sweet and savory vegetarian dishes. Read more about my everyday life at Art & Lemons.

My Blogs

roll with it (vegan soup and blondies)

This sweet potato soup and sunbutter chip blondie night happened twice last week. I wish you could have been here. The first time, I made them at home and the next, I made them for a cooking demo at the Worcester VegFest ....more

into squares

I’m talking about five quick ways to photograph in squares over at Mortal Muses today. See you there… ...more

let it fly — chocolate sunflower seed butter

With the little one on the verge of now eating solid foods, I’m into resourceful cooking and prepping produce for several meals at once. Roasted or steamed vegetables turn into soup, sauce, and baby food. Beans and nuts are in a continuous soaking rotation ....more

we’re in this together

winter light on film ...more

winter afternoon

Film from a winter afternoon. ...more

coffee and pie

morning: coffee and pie (blueberry) Polaroid Spectra | Impossible Color Spectra Film ...more

Anatomy of a photo project

I’m two cups of coffee into morning followed by a bowl of oatmeal. The sun is ultra bright and I just wrapped up a photo shoot about coffee and pie. Watch out, I’m on a roll ....more

february morning

Over at Mortal Muses today with morning on film and a list of things I’ve learned as a photographer. ...more

valentine + photo e-course

Happy Valentine’s Day. ...more

Sunday in February

Before he came down with a fever, they went to the movies. We danced in the kitchen. Adventureland Soundtrack on repeat ....more