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…

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…

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…

Roasted Mushroom, Pumpkin & Sage Pesto Filled Ravioli

I’ve, regrettably, spent the first 25 years of my life ‘not that into’ mushrooms (the culinary ones, anyway). I’m not sure what launched the drastic change of tastes, but…yeah, I’m really into mushrooms lately. I haven’t made a single special meal without including them in months. I even made a creamy mushroom taco filler, with a sauce…

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…

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…

Sunday Quick Post: Preserved Lemon Dressing with Tarragon & Honey

My Sunday was so familiar. Got up early and cleaned a bit while Burton started seeds (brussels sprouts, cumin, stevia, milkweed and chamomile), went out for breakfast (with his dad and brother, good dudes) and ran around the rest of the afternoon. Once we got home, we were both hungry but wanted something light after…

DIY Dry Shampoo with Homemade Potato Starch

It’s extremely likely that this post won’t appeal to anyone except me. Every time I’ve brought up rendering my own potato starch, it was quickly made clear that, apparently, it’s not an interesting subject of conversation. Store-bought potato starch isn’t expensive, hard to find, nor does it contain any unwanted ingredients. So why make it…

Sunday Quick Post: Homemade Ricotta

If you’ve never made ricotta before, you are seriously missing out. It doesn’t even resemble what’s sold in stores. It’s luxurious, impressive and so, so easy. Making homemade ricotta is as easy as making boxed macaroni and cheese. The huge jump in quality also makes it more versatile; it’ll find its way into salads, dips, every baked…