mini chili cheese dog pot pies

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mini chili cheese dog pot pies recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #superbowl

Whew. How are you guys? I’m, well, tired. We said a bittersweet goodbye to our little old house last week, packed up our tiny kitchen and lingered over many a box recounting the memories we made in one home and everything that awaits us in the next. And now we’ve got company coming tomorrow and a whole heap’a boxes to be unpacked in the guest room, so while I’ve got too much fun stuff to talk about today, I’ll keep things Speedy McGee. Here goes: 1) Kicking things off (wait for it…), oh heeeeeeeeeyyy Super Bowl Weekend — how’re you doin? We’re not a big football household, but we are a big events-that-inspire-smorgies household, and the Super Bowl is nothing if not an excuse to shovel your face full of chips, dips and dogs. The latter is probably my fave (because you know I’m just a big ol’ softie for hot dogs) with my only real qualm being that, so often, hot dog buns really leave something to be desired. In my heart of hearts, I want my bun to be soft, fluffy, pillowy white.* Ethereally light, almost melt-in-your-mouth, and mercilessly devoid of nutritional value. And yet every time we fire up … Read More

no-bake vegan mini pb+j cheesecakes

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Mini PB+J No-Bake Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #vegan #glutenfree #cheesecake #dessert

Howdy all — happy 2016! I can hardly believe this is my first post of the year, but if cheesecake is at all indicative of the general direction this year is headed, you won’t hear me complaining. (Lies. You will. Just not about dessert.) (Probably about nap stuffs. Or lack-of-nap stuffs. Although today I actually got to close my eyes with the little one and we dozed together and it was The Freaking Sweetest.) (Also, I hope parentheses are still en vogue this year.) (AS IF THAT CAN STOP ME.) (Typical.) So about these cheesecakes: not sure if you’ve noticed, but the internet is kind of rockin’ out today with a Virtual Cheese Baby Shower in celebration of Sarah’s (aka Snixy Kitchen) forthcoming #cheesebabygirl, and I couldn’t be more excited. One because Sarah is probably one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the joy of meeting IRL (clearly anyone who nicknames their unborn kiddo Cheese is destined to be a fast friend) — and two because HAAAAIII CHEESECAKE WHATTUP. When Alana of The Bojon Gourmet and Todd of HonestlyYUM first reached out with the idea to throw Sarah a surprise #cheesebabyshower and gently encouraged participants to bring our sweetest and/or cheesiest game, I was … Read More

farewell 2015 // year in review + changes ahead

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This morning while cleaning out my recipe notebook, which inevitably also happens to be my catchall for grocery lists, to-do’s and expired Bed Bath & Beyond coupons, I found the note cards we used to jot down dimensions when we were planning Lana’s nursery space. And I started crying. Happy tears, because I recall so clearly our joy and anticipation and the sheer excitement of the unknown as we detailed the perfect nook in which to raise and comfort our tiny unborn babe. And sad tears, too, for the tiny babe she no longer is and those early days that are already starting to fade away and, truth of all truths, for the parts of me I left behind when I became our sweet girl’s momma. It’s been 8 months since Lana has so completely changed our world for the better, and in all that time, I’ve taken maybe 15 collective minutes to fully realize how I’ve transformed as an individual — and, moreover, how I feel about that transformation. I’m both more me and less me than I’ve ever been, and in these rare moments when I stop to really connect with that realization, it’s confusing as hell. I … Read More

holiday panzanella with duck-fat roasted croutons, winter citrus + hazelnuts

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Holiday Panzanella with Duck-Fat Roasted Croutons, Winter Citrus + Hazelnuts recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #holiday #salad

Hiya folks. Sorry it’s been a quiet couple of weeks around here. Chris was preparing to go on a business trip last week — his first few nights away from Lana — so we soaked up our evenings together, putting the baby to bed as a duo and then sitting down with takeout and a shameless queue of ABC Family holiday movies on Netflix. And then earlier this week, when I had every intention of regaling you with the tale of this salad (which I nearly guarantee will become The Salad you’re asked to bring to every everything from here on out), Lana had a mild allergic reaction to eggs that escalated into a little baby vom-fest two hours after she went to bed. Everyone tells you that one of the hardest parts of parenting is seeing your child sick or in pain, and I can now vouch for that one hundred percent. No one likes being sick to their stomach, but when it’s your little’s first time and she has no idea why her body is being wracked so violently and there’s very little you can do to ease the discomfort in that moment, it’s heart wrenching, you guys. Thank … Read More

triple coconut chocolate bread (df)

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Do you guys ever make up little stories about the people in your neighborhood? Not the people who live next door or across the street, who you presumably actually know a little about — but the people you see every morning on your way to work or every now and then when you walk past the bus stop or queued up in line at Starbucks, all Lululemon’d to the nines, who you truly know nothing about except maybe that they repeatedly order an “Ummm, Hi Short Decaf Nonfat Cap,” to which you repeatedly question (internally, uh’course) Ummm, Hi WHAT’S THE FREAKING POINT? And then you glance at that tidy little Lulu’d bum and totally get it. Bah. Anyway. I do this on the reggie. Short Nonfat Cap is most definitely a techie ladyboss turned jewelry party hostess and a mad collector of Southwestern pottery. Lady Who Runs with Hair Down (seriously, you guys, it’s past her butt! why so long! why so…free?! so very intriguing!) totally loves scouting punny souvenir T’s and giving out ziploc containers of mac nut cookies every Christmas. Starbuck’s Manager Dude is getting his Masters in Sociology and has a Stanford athlete girlfriend and a weimaraner at home. It’s fun, right? Until you … Read More

15-min roasted cranberry compote | happy thanksgiving!

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15-min roasted cranberry compote (via thepigandquill.com) #thanksgiving #recipe #vegan #refinedsugarfree

Hey luvvvvvs! SUPER quick post today to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving week and to quickly share just how thankful I am for everything this year has delivered (heh) — but also for this little space and the friends I’ve made hanging out here. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (and again): I so love the exchanges that take place both here on the blog and across social media and am truly tickled to know that folks actually set aside a few moments of your busy weeks to hear what I’ve got to say (particularly since it’s most often a lot of hullabaloo). I wish I had the opportunity to personally give anyone who’s ever laid eyes on this site a cozy little IRL snuggle of thanks…so if you’re reading this, maybe pretend we’re hugging? Unless that seems weird to you, in which case we can maybe just do a pretend friendly handshake and then awkwardly walk away in the same direction. I hate it when that happens. Also, in case you missed it on Instagram, I accidentally roasted the crud out of a bag o’ crannies the other day and ended up with a sweet and spicy compote that’s … Read More

sourdough stuffing with kale, almonds + grand marnier apricots | sprouted routes guest post

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Sourdough Stuffing with Kale, Almonds + Grand Marnier Apricots recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #thanksgiving #vegetarian #vegan

Hola mis amigos, and welcome to Trading Spaces — the food blog edition! I’m over on Sprouted Routes today sharing the recipe for my (dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free) Mini Sweet Potato Soufflés with Pecan Pie Streusel — so naturally, the lady behind Sprouted Routes, herself, Miss Liz Moody, is hanging out here and talking ’bout stuffing stuffs just in time for Thanksgiving – yay! Like many modern friendships, Liz and I met on the interwebs, and it was love at first ‘gram. In addition to being pretty dang talented with a camera, she’s a pro at eating well on the road (hello, homie has an app!), a fellow Bay Area Bae (← sorry?…) and engaged to be mawwwhied — hooray! She’s also kind of spectacular at taking ridiculously indulgent eats — pumpkin chai waffles! caramel pecan tarts! creme brulee french toast! — and making them totally sinless without tasting like hamster bedding, w00t w00t. (Also, anyone who can rationalize sourdough bread as a gut-boosting superfood is a pal in my book…) Thanks for giving Liz a warm welcome today, guys — and be sure to check her out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too. You won’t regret it. See ya over in soufflé land! … Read More

vietnamese shaking beef with gingered sweet potatoes + a giveaway!

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Vietnamese Shaking Beef with Gingered Sweet Potatoes recipe (via thepigandquill.com) // #grainfree #paleo

In case you didn’t notice, it’s almost the holidays. I swear just yesterday I was sitting on a wintry beach in Maui shoving my little Lana-belly full of fish tacos and shave ice and now she’s here chilling with us on the outside cutting her Third Freaking Tooth and outgrowing her footie PJs like she’s getting paid for it. WHAT. THE. HEDDLE. I don’t know about you guys, but when the holidays are this close in sight, I become decidedly torn about what and how to eat. On the one hand, it’s only too easy to daydream about things like chestnutty stuffing and potatoes and PIE. But at the same time, knowing those things are in my future, I find myself unnaturally drawn to cleaner, healthier foods that boast big, vibrant flavors. I crave them now — before the holidaying really gets going — and, more predictably, I’ll crave them later, once I’ve gorged myself into a carby, beige oblivion. Today, I’m super excited because, in addition to sharing a recipe that totally fits the bill when it comes to that whole clean(er) eating concept, I’m also giving you guys the opportunity to win a free organic meal delivery from Sun Basket that makes pulling … Read More

cider poached pears with apple cider caramel + toasted pecans (vegan)

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Cider Poached Pears with Apple Cider Caramel + Toasted Pecans recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegan #sweets #dessert #caramel #fall

First, a disclaimer: I am writing this in a haze of post-Daylight Saving Time exhaustion. If you have children — particularly small children on whom the concept of “sleeping in” is completely lost, you feel my pain. Add in teething and a sudden desire to skip a third nap (despite offering every indication that a third nap is, indeed, just what the doctor ordered), and you end up somewhere close to here. Welcome to my semi-functioning, yoga-pants-as-real-pants, peanut-butter-pretzels-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner reality. THANK GOD FOR CARAMEL SAUCE. Caramel sauce, I have recently discovered, can be the antidote to a myriad of woes. I say this as if I didn’t know so already, but I think somewhere in the giving-up-of-dairy, I forgot. Those thick, lustrous ribbons of creamy amber syrup. That lingering note of nutty, candied sugar sharply complemented by mouth-watering sea salt. Just go ahead and put it on all the things. And while you’re at it, I’ll take my own personal vat, please. Maybe, like, a keg. A little mini caramel keg. You know, for emergencies. Backed out of the garage without closing the hatch? Just add caramel! Split the seam of your jeans while doing squats* with your little one? Just add caramel! Buoyantly respond, … Read More

fennel spiced tofu bolognese // 15-min fauxlognese

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fennel spiced tofu bolognese // fauxlognese recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegan #fall #pasta

If there’s one thing I crave every time we take a turn for chillier weather (fine.uh.lee.), it’s pasta. Red sauced, finished with a slick of glossy butter and studded generously with little braised bits of short rib or piggy things — or draped lazily around tender meatballs or glistening crumbles of spiced sausage. Praise the lord. It gets me every time. And if we’re telling stories (when are we not?), at least once a year I’ll be standing in line at the market when I catch a glimpse of unapologetically sexy meatballs on the cover of a food glossy and I’ve got to hop out of line and restock my basket accordingly. Rich, meaty, tomatoey pasta. It’s the kind of thing rainy Sundays were made for. And then there’s this. This. Is weeknight pasta. Red and saucy, indeed, but by all means lighter and simpler — and a little less environmentally intensive than its mootiful counterpart. Though, tofu being a soy product, I suppose even that is somewhat debatable. But we’ll save that conversation for another day. Today we’ll just leave it at this: crumbled tofu, sausage-y spices, jarred marinara and bright herbs. Oh, and it’s on the table in about 15 … Read More