Hello, I’m Audrey!
I’m an artist, gardener, and home cook based in Colorado, sharing this journey with my husband and culinary collaborator, Nick. Our kitchen adventures range from crafting plant-based and gluten-free recipes to experimenting with lacto-fermentation, home brewing, cocktails, and everything in between.
At We Make Pretty, discover a collection of diverse recipes, from sesame cauliflower wings to homemade cold brew coffee. My goal is to give readers an opportunity to break free from the ordinary and embrace something new.
Cooking has been my passion since childhood, but my culinary journey took a turn in my early twenties when health issues led me to explore gluten-free and dairy-free living back in 2008, a time when such options were scarce. Meeting Nick in 2011 fueled our shared love for plant-based meals and the fascinating world of fermentation. As a life-long vegetarian, his expertise broadened my culinary horizons, emboldening me to create unique recipes and tackle more challenging projects .
In 2017, Nick and I cooked all of the food for our wedding, in addition to brewing wedding beers and designing cocktails. Then, in 2018, I lead the creation of the entire food and beverage program for So Radish, an award winning vegan restaurant in Arvada, CO, with help from my husband and a few friends. Amidst the restaurant’s whirlwind, the kitchen beckoned me back, sparking a new creative chapter.
Spirits & Cocktails
At home, we savor simplicity with classics like Negronis and Manhattans. Hosting friends amps up the creativity—tailoring cocktails to complement our culinary creations. In the restaurant world, I’ve crafted memorable cocktails like the Rosemary Ginger Margarita, Lavender Lemonade and a variety of seasonal delights.
More About Us
Currently residing in Colorado, our life revolves around a bountiful garden filled with heirloom veggies, herbs, and fruit trees. We both eat a primarily plant-based diet, so having quality produce is key. Audrey, the self-appointed “head gardener,” finds joy in creative pursuits, like pottery and painting.
Nick, the household “saucier,” sous chef, brewer, and farmhand, spends his free time mountain biking, flying drones, mixing house music, and coding. Nick has previously worked as a wilderness guide and instructor. Nick’s diverse pursuits can be explored at at nickbrogna.com or follow him on Twitch at twitch.tv/whocareswhodjs.
Follow along at @we_make_pretty for a glimpse into our plant-powered, creative lifestyle.