Swiss Chard, Mushroom & Queso Fresco Empanadas

These empanadas had me looking on Craigslist for chest freezers the day after I made them. As someone whose freezer is always overflowing with food I make in bulk, I’ve always wanted more space, but after these empanadas I need it! I made about 80 of them the other day but afterwards I still was…

Fermented Peppers

I’ve been fermenting things for several years now, but recently my rotting world has become a whole new beast. Last fall I started fermenting handfuls and handfuls of serrano peppers every month mainly for ease of use; Now I can buy them just once a month when I go to El Rey, where they are…

Chili Powder and Beyond

What’s good? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been in my head. I’ve been surrounded by words and ideas, wrapped up in joy and mischief and smoke. There have been about a million things I’ve been planning on posting during this near year long hiatus, but who knows why I haven’t. I haven’t posted in…

Apple & Violet Pizza with Gorgonzola

Great nights need to be followed by equally great mornings (or as I’ve put it: boycott the comedown) and, quite obviously, the best way to do that is with brunch. Brunch is a meal that knows no constraints of time and has no strict tendency towards traditional; That paired with the most energy you’ll have…

Homemade Dish Soap

A few months ago, I changed the way I wash dishes and started composting my dishwater. I’ve always done it with cooking water (from straining pasta, beans, grains, potatoes, hardboiled eggs, etc.) and my plants love me more for it, but just started with dishes and right away looked into making a soap that was compostable…

Birthday Brunch Board

After putting together last year’s Birthday Brunch Board (I later did another one inspired by Thanksgiving), I noticed there was exactly as many items as years I’ve been breathing. Not one to ignore coincidences, but instead catalog them as fate, I found it fitting to declare it a new tradition…a birthday brunch board featuring an item per year. At…

Raw Brownie Protein Bars

These raw brownie protein bars are good in every sense of the word. They’re completely waste free, vegan and really damn tasty. We’ve been making a batch once a week for such a long time now that I can’t imagine life without them. Burton needs to eat nearly 4000 calories a day and that’s not easy…

Almond Milk

I love the process of making almond milk. For some reason it’s just so gratifying. It’s incredibly easy and turns one ingredient (almonds) into two insanely useful products (almond milk AND the leftover pulp). The milk itself is a whole ‘nother beast from the store bought stuff and only takes about 3 active-minutes (meaning not…

Coconut Mango Body Butter

Since the beginning, I wanted Dear Guts to be strictly a food blog. It wasn’t to be a place to post pictures of furniture I’ve built, travel pictures, household DIYs or even gardening tips without the focus being on a recipe. First and foremost, it’s always been about food. I wanted, I guess, to fit…

Portobello Breakfast Burger

It’s a pretty rare occurrence to eat something that is both one of the tastiest things you’ve ever eaten and one of the healthiest things you’ve ever eaten. All my boyfriend does while eating these portobello breakfast burgers is repeat ‘oh my god’ while looking bewildered, like he had just woken up from a particularly strange…

Curry Pizza with Cranberry Chutney & Labneh

This fall, I made the mistake of telling Burton that I could never have too many pumpkins. Never ever. Too many pumpkins? No such thing, nope, since they’re by far one of my favorite things to cook and just generally look at/be in the presence of. Pumpkin finds its way into everything I make: pesto,…

A Festive Feast

Last night, Burton and I jokingly wondered what kind of poor, tortured shlubs we must’ve been in our past life in order to get so lucky this time around (because that’s obviously how it works). I surprised him with a little painting/drawing station and a feast so special that one look and you knew ‘Christmas…