parmesan-ricotta spaghetti squash fritters with crispy fried sage

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When we lived in San Luis Obispo — that is, a near lifetime ago, full of workdays ending at 4pm, leisurely evening bike rides and long morning strolls through the quaintest of downtowns (remind me why we left again?) — one of our favorite lazy Saturdays was a drive through the hills of south county, taking the seemingly less-traveled backroads past horse farms and vineyards, through sun-shattered corridors of black oaks, all the way to Pismo Beach. Ok, full disclosure: it’s maybe a 20-minute drive, but as the saying goes, distance — or maybe just time — makes the heart grow fonder, and the nostalgic poet within is apparently wholly smitten with every detail of those carefree jaunts, efficient as they may have been. We’d pass the time at Pismo with a nap on the sand, bread bowls of briny chowder thicker than sausage gravy — and too many instances of me charging down the pier, attempting to sneak up on seagulls and instead reeling with fear when they’d boldly stand their ground. Because apparently I was (um, am?) a hyperactive 9-year-old. At dinner, we’d forego the trendier Pismo dining scene for the comfort of Rosa’s, a homey enclave of heirloom Italian recipes, … Read More

Emparmesan-ricotta spaghetti squash fritters with crispy fried sage

cream cheese + pepper jelly (or blueberry) pop tarts

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easy homemade cream cheese + pepper jelly (or blueberry) pop tarts | the pig & quill

Oh looksie there! We meet again. Pardon my absence while I’ve been off playing Let’s Not Break the Internet. You know that game where you’re basically betting against Newman’s head popping up with a taunting “ah-ah-ah” and crossing your digits that if all hell breaks loose you can wrangle the raptors before that chunky little monkey runs off with the Barbasol can? Is that not how it goes? I feel like you feel me. I mean, if you’re reading this, that’s probably a good sign. The internet is still intact. And you’re maybe even lookin’ at a snazzy new P&Q! Or else everything is 1’s and 0’s and looks like total butt. (  |  ) Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be updating a couple of other fancy features, like adding recipes you can actually print (oh heeeeeey 1993) and a recipe index so you can look up stuff by season or dietary restriction or booger content. Just joking on that last one. Unless you like you some boogies. Not that you’ll find any here. I mean, I don’t put boogies in pop tarts. But I can’t control what you do in your own kitchen. …what… Is this where I rewind and say if you’re … Read More

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Chile-Lime Watermelon Paletas (vegan + paleoish/gf)

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A couple weekends ago, Chris and I were holed up in a Truckee hotel for a night during one of his mountain bike races. He was in the bathroom tending to one of his “it’s cool, I think a butterfly bandage should hold it together” injuries (ew) while I distracted myself with Food Network in the bedroom. Because that’s what married people do in swanky euro-mod hotel rooms. First aid and cable. Anyway. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives was on, of course (is it not always?), and exclamations like BANGARANG and BOOYAH and TAKE ME TO FLAVORTOWN were shooting out of the TV like Cyclop’s laser beams. HOLY CLAM, BATMAN.* GIVE THAT BAD BOY A TASTE. And that’s when it hit me. Blind people probably think Guy Fieri is a porn star. I mean. Is that an OK thing to have people believe? I don’t think so. I think not at all is that OK. So, Public Service Announcement: Guy Fieri is the host of a food show. Tell your blind friends. Moving on. Bangarang-Booyah-Flavortown-Paletas!!!!!!!!! In case you were wondering, I’m in 100% denial that summer is anywhere near over. I’m getting watermelons on the weekly from my CSA, tomatoes are … Read More

EmChile-Lime Watermelon Paletas (vegan + paleoish/gf)

Grilled Melon and Prosciutto Caprese (grain-free) – and a P&Q birthday

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Somehow, today marks two years that I’ve been blogging here with all of you (!!), and I’m feeling rather romantic about a number of things. About the blog, yes. And also: every stitch of clothing in the latest Anthro catalogue. This sofa. Chef Sean Brock. Be still my beating heart, this is a crush I won’t be shaking any time soon. I had the chance to dine at the original Husk restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina when my mom and I embarked on our unforgettable Southern Eats birthday road trip this time last year. We arrived for lunch just as the restaurant opened, my pulse as tickled with anticipation as my skin was tacky with the coastal Carolina humidity. The burger lived up the hype. The impossibly creamy grits a whimsical celebration of a cuisine that, as Sean insists in his season of The Mind of a Chef, really is rooted to the soil of the South and the fruits, veggies and heirloom grains it pushes forth. Of course there’s pig, and fried chicken, white gravies — all of which is slap yo’ momma good (I refrained, as she was to be my travel companion for a good week or more). But it’s so … Read More

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Hawaiian Street Corn with SPAM + Pineapple (gluten-free)

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Hey guys, and welcome to Day Two of Street Corn Two Ways. It’s a pretty efficient series. Yesterday, we started things off with this classic Mexican Street Corn thingy and today we’re wrappin’ it on up with an islandy (I guess? For lack of better descriptor?) spin that’s sweet and salty and soy-y and scallion-y and best of all bests — SPAMMY. *contented sigh* SPAM is, no joke, one of my most favorite food groups ever. Like, remember that time I was like, “out with factory farmed meat!” Um, canni tell you a secret? I never ditched the SPAM. (Shhhhhhhhhh, fancy people think this blog is clean and legit and whole foodsie and stuff.) I almost always eat SPAM the same way, which is browned with a little shoyu and sugar and served with hot rice, salty-sweet furikake and a drippy egg (optional but highly encouraged). Sometimes, it’s more than acceptable to swap the rice for, I dunno, RAMEN. And this summer — because that’s when genius epiphany happened to strike — it’s aallllll good to put that slivered SPAM all over some nutty grilled corn with sweet-tart pineapple, sharp scallions and mayo. It’s Hawaiian Street Corn, dudes, and you can (and should) … Read More

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Summer Street Corn Two Ways (gluten-free)

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Ok guys. Here it is: the post (or rather, posts) that’s officially gonna take your “waaaaaah it’s already August, Poopiecakes McBacktoschool” and turn it into “it’s peak sweet corn season beeeyahs, mah summer’s juuuuuuust getting started!!” Because a summer without corn is just pool hair and ReddiWip. Ear cuffs and Dippin’ Dots. Rollerblades and boy bands. Oh, sorry, thought we were listing our fave childhood shit. Are you still there? The shameful thing is that corn actually isn’t all that commonplace in our house, even when it’s at the peak of candy-sweet, 10-for-a-dolla awesomeness. The simplest explanation would be that Chris is so neutral on corn that it breaks my heart a little each time he fails to give it even a passing glance. But really, it’s because corn in our house turns into, without fail, all the corn in my belly. Ever. Like six ears in one sitting and then it’s at least half an hour of “baaaaaaaaaaabe whydyoulemmeeatsomuch cooooooooooooooooooorn.” And then some corny bathroom comment, because together Chris and I have a combined age of, like, 11. This season, though, I was lucky enough to find corn in our crisper more than once, and after seeing vendor upon vendor … Read More

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15 Tips for How to Eat Healthy on Vacation (and a new Foodie App Edition)

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Is half a thinga jicama a balanced meal? What if I add chile salt? Because that’s what’s going down for breakfast this morning, and since I’m too cheap for therapy, I’m turning to you guys to ask if an intervention is in order. Yesterday it was green juice and pork rinds. No, not for breakfast, who do you think I — yes, 100% completely for breakfast. I mean you can totally drink away chicharrones with parsley juice, yeah? That’s what I thought. So we’re cool then. Healthy as a horse. Thanks guys. Speaking of health (they call me DJ PiggySmooth), I put together a fun little post for Full Circle this week on How to Eat Healthy When You’re on Vacation. I realize how backwards it is that I’m making health recommendations in the same breath as admitting a Mexican root vegetable addiction, but I know you guys will cut me some slack. Featuring a few sneaky moves that my Momma and I employed during last year’s most epic road trip of Southern eats — plus some good old fashioned common sense — there are a total of 15 tips that’ll help keep things (read: your diet, pooping, all that good … Read More

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Samosa Croquettes with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

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Oh heyyo friendsies! Long time no chitchattle. Somehow those five days of Mexican bliss I referred to in my last post stretched out into more than a week of no bloggy blogging – and real talk, it was kind of splendid. Not that I don’t love hanging ‘round these parts talking about donuts and dranks, but it is just toooo nice to have someone else – yeah, like someone that’s not me – do the making of the dranks and the delivering of the dranks while I do the lounging on the beach. Which, I’ve determined, I kick major ass at, BTW. I am a superb beacher-upper. Er. Play on, playa. Heh. Also, pirate ships. And THE BEST TACOS I’ve ever had, ever, ever. WhAt! So I made these croquettes (can we call them ‘quettes?) approximately forever ago with the intention of posting them up sometime before all that #soletspigout bidnit, and then. Well, life happened or something. And by life happened, I mean Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Because I’m like three seasons behind. And who needs sunshine. If you’re even one-tenth as smitten with samosas as I am, you’re gonna dig these croquettes ‘quettes something fierce. They’ve got … Read More

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And we’re off! AKA: #TacosAndTanLines

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Hello friends! Just a quick note to tell you little piggies that I'm jetting off to Mexico to join a mariachi band for the next week. Rumor has it they need someone to play that stick fish thing, and if second grade music class is any indication, I'm quite possibly the world's best stick-fisherer. Who knew? (I knew.) Ok, that's not entirely true. But I am headed off for a few days of tacos and tan lines, so it might be a little cricketsy around these parts. A better blogger would have had posts prepared weeks (months?) in advance with this little summer vacay in mind, but that's just not my game. Flying by the seat of my pants and all that. If you can't bear the absence of dated pop culture references and izzle-isms, maybe check out that time Gina interviewed me over on So...Let's Hang Out. If you've already been there, done that, and you're still here reading along -- well, thanks. There was some scary stuff in there, so you're a rockstar (and-a-half)(and a bag of chips?) in my book. Speaking of rockstars, I think I hear a stick fish thing calling. Back in a few! xo and ... Read More
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It’s here! The #SoLetsPigOut Summer Potluck: 27 Bloggers, 31 Rad Summer Recipes

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You guys! It’s Friday! How excited are we! We made it! I mean, not like Gaga playing Madison Square Garden made it, but you know — the rough equivalent in the world of food blogging. Or something. Sort of. You’ll have to excuse me. It’s been a long week. I blame donut brain. And donut tell me that isn’t a thing, because it totally is. It can happen when you eat roughly all the donuts in two days, supplemented only by thick wedges of key lime pie. To keep the scurvy at bay, of course. That’s real life. Around these parts, #SoLetsPigOut week has been off the chizzain. It started with introducing all of you to my co-host Gina from So…Let’s Hang Out. (She’s the one on the right up there with the unmistakably how the eff did I agree to this look on her face.) We’ve spent the past four days grilling up chicken wangs, sipping on mocktails, steaking over your salad and sneaking superfoods into your sweets, all in the name of summer — and it’s only gonna get better. In a #SoLetsPigOut Summer Potluck grand finale of sorts, we’ve invited 25+ bloggy friends ‘over’ to share their favorite summer recipes and … Read More

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