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…

Vegan Pho

This is the 20th huge pot of pho I’ve made since September, so I figured it was finally time to give it the attention it so rightfully deserves and demands on the blog. Pho is one of the most addicting and nourishing things I’ve ever come across. If you don’t want to get sick this…

Potato and Cauliflower Gratin

  It’s that time of the year where all you want is hearty meals, straight from the oven, and I’m here to help you with that. The top to this gratin is as crispy as potato chips, but below the surface is layers and layers of rich, velvety deliciousness. It’s satisfying yet not too heavy;…

Thanksgiving Tacos

Cranberry/Chipotle sauce between the shells. Cornbread stuffing ‘meat’balls. Apple cider brussels sprout slaw. Sour cream gravy.  When telling my friend about these Thanksgiving tacos, I said “it’s like a pilgrim came in your mouth”. Though I know I’d probably be better off not having repeated that sentiment, I’m not sure how else I’d adequately describe…

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…

End of Summer, Lowkey Moroccan- Inspired Feast

I call this a lowkey feast because it comes together easily despite being composed of a good number of dishes and the prep work is separated over two days, meaning you don’t have to spend the precious last days of summer in the kitchen. What is all that beautiful food, you’re wondering?? Grilled Butternut Squash…

Pickled Watermelon Tonic

  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…

Brie & Fresh Fig Crostini

Fresh figs are such a rare and charming treat, perhaps even the rarest and most charmed. We only find them in our grocery store about once per year and, even then, they’re only available for a day or two at most. The first thing I buy after moving into a house that I know I’ll…

Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells in a White Bean and Miso Sauce

I think this is the most frequently I’ve posted since starting Dear Guts. I’ve been trying to distract myself, from myself, lately. Usually that entails a lot of lying in front of my stereo, with my feet in the air, shuffling through the same 5 songs. It has also included a lot of wearing shirts…