about the Dear:
in between these virtual walls you can expect you find recipes built from the ground up, explained by a lady prone to passionate rambling who was never bent on being socially acceptable or appearing put together. while rummaging through Dear Guts, you’ll stumble upon a majority of vegan recipes, with some older ones from my omnivore days. our reliance on meat is the single biggest factor destroying our planet and, you better believe it, our souls. no beef in my grocery bag, just some swishers and a whole bunch of cans of whoop-ass. you’ll also find a lot of fermented things because it’s a whole other world for my imagination to explore without leaving my kitchen. salt + time = love. but, mostly, you’ll just find someone being resourceful with food, who is obsessed with the every aspect of putting together a meal, who believes taste doesn’t have to take the backseat to health.
about the Guts:
I have a weird brain but have learned to trust it, live in Milwaukee and am called Dallas. when I’m not in the kitchen, you can find me nearly drowning in the kickapoo river, gardening, spending an irregular amount of time laughing and navigating my neighborhood alleys to dig through garbage (to find not only treasures but also a better understanding of my neighbors and the world I live in), only coming home after my arms are full. I love movies, especially czech and american new wave and italian horror. sometimes I worry my brain’s real estate is too full of references from movies, stories about people that don’t exist, but who cares? there’s room. and at least I’m not religious. I throw a weekly movie-night at my house on thursdays, when it’s above 40 degrees we watch them outside, and everyone is invited and every night we get out of hand.
Dear Guts has given me an amazing platform to express myself, a place to put my words, my pictures, my life. I appreciate everyone who reads it more than they’ll ever know. cooking has taught me the secret language spoken between my mind and my body; it has made me more connected to, appreciative and defensive of our planet. cooking has given me freedom, health and a way to communicate with people on another level. I have a place in the world, and the world has a place in me.