White Bean Chili with Soy Curls

I made a close version of this our first fall in Milwaukee, 8 years ago, and have made it every year since. Burton eats soup for lunch every day in colder months so this white bean chili, our favorite, sees pretty constant rotation from October to April. It’s much lighter than your standard chili, making…

Vegan Tomato Basil Bisque

It’s funny how in June, temperatures in the 70s mean shorts and swimming but in September they mean soup. And with tomatoes and basil both being at their peak right now, there’s no better time to make this vegan tomato basil bisque. This is one of my very favorite recipes, it’s so simple and satisfying….

Zucchini Involtini with Tofu Ricotta

Zucchinis are likely the most productive annual vegetable in your standard garden.  I know a lot of people, myself included, have gone from “oh, great! a zucchini!” when seeing another is ready to harvest to “oh, great…a zucchini…”. This zucchini involtini with tofu ricotta might help bring that long lost excitement back into your zucchini game….

The Creamiest Vegan Mac and Cheese

When I say that this is the best vegan mac and cheese recipe there is, you can really take my word for it. Over the last 8 years I’ve made every variation of vegan mac and cheese under the sun, with the base ranging from butternut squash to cauliflower, sweet potatoes to gluttonous rice flour,…

Cashew Caesar with Smokey Tempeh Crumble and Hemp Parm

This salad has been seriously hitting the spot, maybe all the spots, for a while around here and the dressing has been in our rotation (jk it completely became the rotation) for over a year. It never fails and is somehow always what I want, always just the amount of effort I’m willing to put…

Instant Pot Smokey Beans

I’ve been slow on posting this truly banger of a beans recipe since it requires a bit of, I don’t know..finesse, I guess. Since you use the brine from cooking the beans to make the velvety sauce, you need to have a more or less precise amount of water left after cooking them (which is…

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Burton and I have been eating these sandwiches at least three times a week for months and months now, so this recipe is the definition of tried and true. This chickpea salad sandwich is especially great for people transitioning to a more plant based diet, as it only takes about 5 minutes to make, is…

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…

Lacto-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…