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…

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…

Portobello Breakfast Burger

It’s a pretty rare occurrence to eat something that is both one of the tastiest things you’ve ever eaten and one of the healthiest things you’ve ever eaten. All my boyfriend does while eating these portobello breakfast burgers is repeat ‘oh my god’ while looking bewildered, like he had just woken up from a particularly strange…

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…

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…

New Harvest Pierogies

I like the word pierogi because if you had never seen/heard of a pierogi and someone mentioned them, you’d probably picture something pretty similar to the little filled savory pastry that they are. These ones aren’t super traditional but they’re still familiar. Pierogies generally have cheese, usually cheddar, inside them but I’ve never much enjoyed…

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…

Chipotle Refried Beans & Mexican Rice

  Mexican rice is one of my most requested recipes. Why? I haven’t the slightest idea. It’s as straightforward as it gets…I mean, it’s rice, people have been eating it for 10,000 years. And whenever it comes into conversation, people are weirdly surprised I make Mexican rice from scratch. “What, you can make that???” I’m…

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…

Sunday Quick Post: Jicama Slaw

I first made a version of this Jicama Slaw for last year’s Gato de Mayo (my cat’s birthday) and loved it. Despite loving it and, upon first bite, thinking ‘wow I’m going to make this all the time’, it never became a staple. I just don’t think about jicama often, or even give it a second…