Endless Summer Noodle Bowls: Miso Butter Linguine with Sweet Corn, Snap Peas + Summer Sausage

Endless Summer Noodle Bowls: Miso Butter Linguine with Sweet Corn, Snap Peas + Summer Sausage recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #pasta #veggies #basil

And just like that, it’s 2018. We’ve made some modifications to how we eat in the New Year. For some reason, “resolutions” related to what I put in my body are about the only kind that stick. I know it’s easy to look down your nose at such clichés, but if I make them attainable enough (small enough, simple enough), I can convince myself to commit them to habit. Six or seven years ago I gave up soda. (Not that I drank much of it, but fewer things go better with Mexican food than icy Coke.) A year or two … Read More

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cupcakes with Blackberry Lemon Buttercream + a Giveaway!

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cupcakes with Blackberry Lemon Buttercream recipe (via the pigandquill.com) #dessert #baking

Twenty-seventeen, you guys. Woof. And the holidays. Woof Woof. This year was confusing, to say the least. I spent the first half chemically incapacitated, the second half wholly elated, and the whole lot of it at a loss for words as humanity continues its attempts at devolution. But in this moment, I am stuffed to the gills with treats and sweets and roasted meats — and plenty of other fine examples of gluttony that don’t happen to rhyme. And I am pushing cupcakes on you at the very last minute, begging you to make them happen in your own kitchen … Read More

Creamy Cashew-Maple Matcha Lattes (Vegan) + and a Giveaway!

Creamy Cashew-Maple Matcha Lattes (Vegan) via thepigandquill.com #dairyfree #greentea

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! This past year has been so tumultuous — moreso, even, than I anticipated when I was drafting last year’s post on thankfulness from under a cozy blanket of blissful ignorance and optimism. But on Thursday, we’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time since we moved back to California, and I’m ready to spoil the family that has kept our spirits afloat despite the leaden cloak of cancer with love in the form I know best: food. But rather than sharing our holiday dinner plans here (no matter how much I love the word spatchcock, I’m in … Read More

Rice Cooker “Tamagoyaki” Totoros

Rice Cooker Tamagoyaki Totoros (via thepigandquill.com) #breakfast #toddlereats #bakedeggs #totoroweek

A week that begins with pumpkin and ends with Totoro — must be October! Steph is hosting #totoroweek again this year — IMHO, the internet’s most undercelebrated food-party-slash-hashtag-thing — and in classic me style I’m coming in just under the deadline. But these little guys are worth the wait, and I’ma tell you why. They basically cook themselves. Ok, so not in the “one little Totoro stirs the pot while the other climbs in” sense, though that paints an adorably sick picture, but in the “chuck surprisingly few ingredients in a rice cooker and press the little lever thingy” kind … Read More

Salted Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Toast Crunchies

Salted Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Toast Crunchies (via thepigandquill.com) #dessert #fallbaking #sweets #virtualpumpkinparty

Hello hello! Quick one, today. In fact, I’m going to take exactly 30 seconds to tell you, via one extraordinarily long (though mostly grammatically correct) sentence, that tomorrow is the anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis and that, if you asked me six months ago whether I’d give two shits about pumpkin treats come fall, I would have answered with a resounding “I’d give anything to give two shits about anything…” before retreating somberly back to bed — so I’m feeling particularly amp’d to report the biggest issues I faced this week concerned 1) ripping through The Handmaid’s Tale too … Read More

Honey-Lime Watermelon Floats

Honey-Lime Watermelon Floats recipe (via the pigandquill.com) #icecream #dessert #summer

It’s October. Or as Lana has taken to saying, “it’s almost Halloweeeeeeeen tiiiiiiiiime!” (Followed, always, by “the scary guys are just pretend, Mom. The scary guys are just pretend.” Thank you, sweet babe.) So here we are, officially entering into that love/hate time of year where, for procrastinators like me, shit either happens RIGHTTHISMINUTE or gets nudged happily into “early Q1 // happy face // talk soon!,” which would almost explain why I’m pushing a fruity summer float when pumpkins should be springing outta my bum. But as much as this post is, indeed, about my procrastination (as in, I … Read More

4-Ingredient Rolled Sugar Cookies (Egg-Free)

4-Ingredient Rolled (Citrus!) Sugar Cookies recipe via thepigandquill.com #eggfree #baking #lemon #dessert

Thank you Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post. Create a care package for a loved one today and don’t forget to include some baked goods made with Bob’s Red Mill products. To save $1 on any Bob’s Red Mill product, click here. When I left Ohio to move back to California seven years ago, I was mostly elated. I had just spent (what I then thought were) the toughest months of my life living alone in a cornfield-adjacent condo, holding down our Midwestern fort while Chris established a shiny new career 2500 miles away. Without the funds to pay … Read More

Cheesy Corn + Scallion Cakes (with Maple’d Greek Yogurt)

Cheesy Corn + Scallion Cakes with Maple Yogurt recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #breakfast #brunch #toddlerfood

This weekend was a reminder of a lot of things. That the Bay Area isn’t exempt from the effects of climate change. That Chris and I have about the most generous and supportive parents that exist outside of the Hallmark Channel. That Lana is at such an enjoyable age, despite the seven times a day she basically tells me to STFU. On Friday, my in-laws and I scooped up the bug and took her to the beach (where the water was still characteristically ice-cold despite the 90-degree temps), and suddenly this little girl emerged before my eyes, all legs and sandy … Read More

Pan-Braised Meatballs with Spring Onions + Parm (Toddler Friendly!)

First, a tremendous thank you for the comments, messages, virtual hugs and social media shares in light of my last entry. Shortly after pressing publish, I asked Chris how he felt about the post, and he pushed back with “how do you feel after writing it?” To which I offered, “Better.” So. Thank you for listening, for allowing this spot to be about more than just side hustle and SPAM. For indulging me. If I could hug and squeeze every one of you, I would. But as I cannot, I’ll offer up this — the coziest, most comforting gift I … Read More

Pigtales 06: The One About Chemo

Post-Chemo Photo Shoot with Kait Miller Photography

Pigtales is a glimpse at the going-ons that take place (mostly) outside of the P&Q kitchen. Kiddo stuffs, things I love, general musings and other tales from my life as a momma, wife and semi-professional goofball. This particular post is about my personal experience with breast cancer treatment. For more about my initial diagnosis, see this post. I’ll jump right in with the disclaimer that this post isn’t going to start out pretty, and it likely won’t wrap up pretty, either. It’s not intended to solicit pity or, conversely, to suggest that what I’ve been through on this journey is … Read More