creamed spinach toasts with fried eggs + fennel

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creamed spinach toasts with fried eggs + fennel (via thepigandquill.com)

Easter eggs. Can we call these that? Is that just too easy, too obvious, when I tell you that this brunchy feast is the exact thing you’ll want to dive your face into come Easter Sunday? Maybe so, but I never promised to be a clever one. And freaking Easter eggs – c’mon! It’s kinda cute. Cyuuuuuuute. Kyoooote. I’m getting soft. Ok, but before we talk about eggs real quick, can we just address THE JINX? Have you guys watched it? We were completely sucked in and polished off the whole mini-series in, like, three days. (I’m a liar. Two days.) And then went totally down the rabbit hole reading everything The New York Times has ever written on that squirrelly little muther. It’s only six eppies, you guys. Go watch it right now. And then watch Mad Men, because the first half of Season 7 is finally on Netflix and I ripped through that, too. I can’t tell if I’m liking Peggy or hating Peggy or liking Don or hating Don but I think I’m liking Don and still on the fence about Peggy and probably all men should look as dashing with silver hair as Roger Sterling. Thoughts thoughts thoughts?? It’s … Read More

glazed pineapple-banana loaf cake with walnuts + cherries

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glazed pineapple-banana loaf cake with walnuts + cherries (via thepigandquill.com)

The past couple of weeks have been such a whirlwind. I know I allude to something of that nature every few posts or so, but I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced time moving at quite this rate of speed before. Isn’t there some convention that pregnancy flies by until you hit the last month or so and then everything suddenly stills while you wait…and wait…and wait…? I can tell you, I’m closing in on that last month, and I’m not sure there will ever be enough days between today and the day to tick all the boxes on all the lists. Waaah. One of the lists I’ve almost-barely-but-not-really managed to get under control is the meal prep and planning ‘majiggy I put together for our first few weeks back at home with the wee one. I’m thinking I’ll give you guys the quickie rundown either this week or next, but the main idea is to stock the freezer and pantry with a variety of meals that can come together with next to zero effort when we’re fighting the battles of cloth diapers and fatigue. Variety, I’m figuring, is key — so we’ve got a couple of casseroleish things and a couple of egg dishes. … Read More

greek sweet potato fries with curried tzatziki

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greek sweet potato fries with curried tzatziki (via thepigandquill.com)

Just a shortie today because I’ve got roughly three weeks of freezer meals calling out to be labeled and organized and tetris’d into a spot that was previously occupied by six frozen ‘naners. Which have now become two ginormous loaves of pineapple-banana loaf cake, also headed for the freezer. Systems are failing. (PS – Do you guys have any interest in the whole freezer food game plan? Mehbeh I’ll do a little posty-post about how it’s all coming together and then a Part Deux when it all gets cooked up for countless post-baby dins and inevitably falls miserably apart. Is that completely, totally boring? Comtotesboringo? Snoresville? Lemme know.) This past weekend Chris and I had a small non-shower at the corner bar chock fulla beers and burgers and chicken strips and cuppycakes and exactly zero games and it was awesome. We’re so lucky to be surrounded by friends that have truly become our second family — and as only children, it’s so comforting to know that our little babes will grow up with more honorary aunties and uncles than she can count. (Well I mean, when she can count, she’ll be able to count them, but I’ma keep things low-presh…) In addition … Read More

friday links 03.06.15

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friday links 03.06.15 - fun reading and recipes for the weekend! (via thepigandquill.com)

Oh hai, it’s Friday and I’m actually publishing a post. Been a while since that’s happened. Good thing I never committed to a schedule for this Friday links bidnit, right? Whoopsiepoopsie. Is it normal to be eating curried chicken salad straight from the mixing bowl for breakfast? How about using TJ’s Everything Crackers as a utensil — are we all on the same page there? Can we talk about the anxiety associated with prepping a grocery list for an approximate butt-ton of freezer meals meant to see us through the first few sleepless weeks of baby-on-the-outside-ness?? (P.S. I’m about the last person you should probably trust to do freezer meals, so I’m leaning pretty heavily on Jess’ experience for support…) I feel like red-sauced stuff is going to make a lot of appearances. Also meatballs. Probably taters. Is it problematic that I’m planning disproportionately heavy meals with no regard for the fact that it could be summer by the time we get around to eating them? Who doesn’t like a casserole in June? I bet you weren’t expecting this interrogation. Ok, but one more question. Have you nominated your fave food bloggies for Saveur’s Blog Awards yet? If not, it only takes a minute. … Read More

roasted shrimp + polenta with halloumi (or pancetta) crisps

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Roasted One-Pan Shrimp + Polenta with Halloumi or Pancetta Crisps (via thepigandquill.com)

As I write this, a small being is hiccuping away inside my belly. I’m growing something that hiccups. Is life not an absolute trip? That person I never thought I’d be — you know, that woman completely enamored with what’s taking place inside her as new life blooms into being? I think I’m becoming her. I took my sweet-ass time getting here, but I think it, or she, rather, is finally sinking in. Being pregnant does not The Suck. Nor is it, as I thought it would be for the duration of this experience, Totally Normal. I think maybe — finally — it’s kind of Awesome. <3 I like Awesome. With less than two months to go, Chris and I have entered full-blown nesting mode. (Charming how I’ve lumped him in with me, isn’t it?) We’ve tucked into every corner of our tiny house (and our not-so-tiny garage) in an attempt to clean/repurpose/maximize each square inch of potential living/storage space to the very best of our ability. The folks at the local Goodwill donation center probably know us by name. I’m certain they at least know our car well enough to suppress a small feeling of dread as we make our weighty approach. … Read More

cantina laredo carne asada nachos

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Crunchy baked chips, super addicting carne asada and all the fixins'! (via thepigandquill.com)

Nothing like bouncing back from a vegan chili post with a few slabbies of medium rare bovine, amirite? It’s part of this whole living on the edge thing Chris and I have going on. Just a couple of real risk-takers alternating bites of bean curd and meat. Somebody get me a parachute. Actually, somebody get me a fresh thinking cap, because my brain has been particularly sputtery this past week and I’m a liiiittle afeared for you all. I even went so far as to look up Use Of Words Such As ‘Afeared’ in the symptoms index of my baby book, and scribbled over the original text was a crude drawing of a spherical woman holding a cow over her head, fangs bared, while her friends ran away. This is what I get for cheaping out and buying my references used on Amazon, you guys. The world is full of freaking weirdos, and I can only do so much to warn you away from them. Uh, are you…still…there? Better to just talk about deez nachos, den, I suppose. Look at all dem layers! Ok, but really, I’m done subbing th’s for d’s. Cuz dat’s annoying. Ha…rrrrro? For those of you … Read More

slow cooker vegan mole chili

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Slow Cooker Vegan Mole Chili Recipe -- just 25 mins prep (via thepigandquill.com) #vegan #recipe #glutenfree #chili #crockpot

Let me tell you what I did this weekend. I pushed around strollers for three hours and then ate a sandwich the size of my face. I mean, we also did the Valentine’s Day thing and all that jazz (panna cotta for all!), but sandwich the size of my face was pretty much the highlight. And in case you’re wondering, we are no closer to choosing a stroller than we were before. Namely because there’s apparently no such thing as chic and multipurpose and affordable and joggable and schlep-all-your-shittable without tipping over and knocking your newborn in the dome. I’m about THIS close to just poaching a cart from the Target parking lot and calling it a day. And now I’m done talking about baby stuffs. For this post, at least. Because I feel like there are maybe three reactions to these kinds of rants, and they’re either: Current Parents: Suck it up, porkchop. Hip Young Singles or Not-Yet-Even-Trying-To-Be-Parents: SNORE TIMES A MILLION. My Mom: Tell me everything. Since most of you probably aren’t my mom (hi mom! are you reading this on your new smart phone? proudsies!), I’ll try to rein it in. No promises, though, because babies babies everywhere and not … Read More

“his n’ hers” panna cotta (coconut cream w/ cinnamon-bourbon whip + strawberry-sesame w/ matcha whip)

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Two easy, perfectly romantic panna cotta recipes - Coconut Cream + Cinnamon-Bourbon Whip and Strawberry Sesame + Matcha Whip. Just 20 mins prep + chilling. Full recipes at www.thepigandquill.com. #recipe #sweets #valentinesday #dairyfree

Let’s talk about how I just spent almost half an hour trying to pinpoint the crackling sound coming from the freezer only to realize it’s coming from a wood-wick candle I left burning on the bathroom counter. And now my kitchen is littered with frozen food and I get to play my favorite-ever freezer game “hide the banana(s).” Except it’s not nearly as fun or dirty as it sounds and more like I really, really need to make banana bread some time in 2015. Yikes. A. Bee. Now (Bachelor spoiler) let’s talk about how Farmbeezy Chreezy almost totally redeemed himself this week by ditching not one but TWO girls in the Badlands and then flying away in a helicopter all double-oh-seveny!!! Those girls, though. Kelsey, though. How likely is it that she’s gonna pull a real life Gone Girl on some poor dude? I feel like VERY LIKELY is the only answer. She got that special kind of Calculated Crazy going on that you just don’t fuck around with. Super scary. Ok, now let’s talk about panna cotta. It might seem like kind of a goofy stretch to jump from The Bachelor to Valentine’s Day, but real life, Chris and I watch The Bachelor together every week, … Read More

quinoa + chickpea tabbouleh (gf + vegan)

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Takes only 10-mins and is perfect for lunches or potlucks! Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #vegan #glutenfree #salad #recipe #quinoa

You guys. Parenthood is over. I just finished the Serial podcast. Vampire Diaries is getting a little off its game — even for Vampire Diaries. (But, attractive people…) And do we even want to talk about The Bachelor? This season is a freaking circus of crazies and the ring master is an unfortunately fauxhawk’d makeout slut with waaaaaay less facial hair than is necessary for the whole Iowa Farmer thing to be charming. (Also, that matte pink lipstick looks good on exactly none of you, so stop passing it around. JUSTSTOPIT. Jesus.) I think I need a detox from popular programming. Or maybe just a detox, in general. (I feel like here’s where I should put another picture of this salad thingyding. Isn’t it just the picture of health? Chickpeas! Quinoas! Green stuffs! It’s exactly what should be going into your tummy when limos of drunk girls are going into your eyeballs.) OMG, you kinda like the makeout slut, don’t you? DO YOU? But he’d be so much hotterrrrrr with a reeeeeal beeaarrrdddd…. Ugh. Let’s not even. So honestly, I think I’ve said that recipes are “stupid easy” a time or two, but this time I weeeealllly mean it. Step 1. Lemon juice, olive oil, … Read More

friday links 01.30.15

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friday links 01.30.15

Shut up, it’s the thirtieth of January. A whole dang twelfth of the new year is (almost) gone! What the shit. When did that happen. I feel like I snoozed right through it. (Also, I spelled twelfth like twelf and stared at it for at least a minute before deciding it didn’t quite look right. Who writes out that word ever? No one, that’s who. And me.) Happenings in the piggy household this week consisted primarily of registering for gobs of baby crap I never knew existed (look at this George Jetson swingaling! I don’t want it, but I so want it.); eating all the enchilada hummus in preparation for StoopidBowl Sunday (i.e. National Get Fat on Chips Day, a completely apt description of my annual experience); and spending lots of time practicing my labor relaxation techniques a la Dr. Bradley. This includes learning how much the Pandora “relaxation” stations suck butt. So…please consider this my formal plea for relaxing music suggestions. Ok, on with the show… Friday links! Funstuffs: What bartenders really think of your order. (I wonder what my “club soda with lime. More lime. MORE LIME.” is saying…) This mashup of six nearly identical country songs has been going around, … Read More