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…

Pickle Relish

This may seem like an ill-timed post, seeing as how most people associate relish with summer/grilling and, as much as we may try to fight it, that season is waving goodbye. But, you know what, I didn’t go to an Amish market at the beginning of summer and buy a crazy amount of little cucumbers…

Mint and Basil Pickled Watermelon Tonics

It’s safe to say this is one of my favorite beverages I’ve ever had. I made it earlier this summer for a canoe trip down the Milwaukee River and then across a bit of Lake Michigan with my neighbors. It tastes like..what it is right now, the peak of summer. It’s a great drink to…

Pear Cider Vinegar

This post has been a long time in the making – I took the first pictures for it on March 19th, nearly 3 months ago. But all good things take time – and this, believe me, is very, very good. It certainly helps that it’s also practically free. If you know me and my boyfriend…

Fermented Celery Root – 3 Ways

Whenever I tell someone I’m fermenting/pickling something, without fail, their first response is always “what are you going to do with that?” And, without fail, my response is “everything”, said with a shrug. I made this post to delve a little deeper into what I mean by everything. Celery roots are pretty large, so I’m…

Mango, Plum and Coconut Soda with Pine Simple Syrup

I’ve been making all sorts of delicious and refreshing drinks lately, especially in the last week. Teas, juices, infused waters but most notably some dank sodas. My two favorites: Citrus Salt and Honey crusted Cantaloupe with Cilantro and Fennel Grapefruit, Blackberry and Thyme Today’s, however, is likely to shove those right out of the picture….