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 bottom and wispy mullet. She is so unbaby-like these days that part of her bedtime routine is to pretend to be a baby, in which she “cries” for momma, asks for milk (water) and tells us she needs a fresh diaper before bed. (This is perhaps the only area where she is still, somewhat, a baby, as potty training has been spotty, at best. My fault, not hers.) At the beach, we formed many a crumbly staircase in the sand, watched our footprints dissolve into sea foam, ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut neatly into quarters, and basically lived the dream … Read More

triple coconut chocolate bread (df)

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

creamed spinach toasts with fried eggs + fennel

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

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

fennel-spiced turkey + bacon breakfast sausage with crispy parmesan home fries

The perfect Christmas morning meal - and so easy! (And the sausage makes a tasty slider, too!) Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #glutenfree #christmas #holiday #recipe #QSquaredNYC

In case you missed it, we’re having a babes. A babes! After years of wanting this, we’re excited, of course. But we — or maybe I should just say I — am also a little…lost with how to feel. And that, in itself, feels more than a little confusing. Chris is full of pure elation and joy and anticipation, his eyes literally alight in a way they’ve never been before as he imagines our new little life with this new little love and all the overwhelming emotion that will surely accompany the growth of our family. And while I have warm-fuzzies just seeing that look on his face, I’m still stuck somewhere between When Is This Going To Feel Real and No Seriously, All Those Nurturing Hormones I Read About Can Make An Appearance Any Day Now. Which kind of settles out into a place of quiet panic. I mean, I do already sense a bubbling up of love for this crazy, tiny, weirdo within, but at the same time, I’m harboring some guilt for not being one of those women who is completely and utterly natural at being pregnant. And it’s not that I’m nervous or scared that this baby won’t be everything we ever … Read More

two-potato latkes with smoky eggplant relish, spiced persimmon-apple sauce + sour cream

Perfect for entertaining! Crisp potato pancakes with two simple toppings that make great recipes on their own, too. Sweet, spicy, smoky, creamy! Full recipes at www.thepigandquill.com // #holiday #hanukkah #recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian

My mom has always said that we, the Chinese people, have an unspoken kinship with Jewish folks — insofar as “where Jewish people have guilt, Chinese people have shame.” That, and we both love to eat. Thirty seconds ago, I shared this theory with my Jewish friend, Randi (we’re sitting on her sofa, re-watching the latest episode of Parenthood — because apparently we gluttons for punishment also share a passion for fug-faced sobbing) and she laughed. And then she agreed. And then she offered me a popsicle. So, there ya go, Momma. #nailedit And with that, I give you: Chinese-approved Hanukkah foods. Hellooooooooooo latkes! Remember that little discussion we had about how much I (read: the pigletus) am loving potatoes these days? I mean, yeah, the duck fat in that last recipe might have had something to do with it — because I would, quite frankly, eat a crate of packing peanuts a la lard d’mallard — but dem spuds be hollerin’ at me something fierce. (I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s happening to my vocabulary.) So instead of putting one potato in these classically prepared tater cakes, I put two. One potato, two potato… That’s all the potatoes. But yay, right? Two-potato latkes. Because the alternative was … Read More

cream cheese + pepper jelly (or blueberry) pop tarts

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

Easy, Steel-Cut Overnight Oats — and the Sambazon 3-Day Purifying Cleanse

WARNING: This is kind of a long, schizo post. I’d love for you to follow the storyline from soup to nuts, but if you just want the low-down on the review, skip to the middle. If you’re jonesing for oats, skip to the end. I don’t know why it took me so damn long to hop on the overnight oats train {t00t t00t}. It’s no more work than fixing a bowl of cereal or assembling my beloved Greek yogs breakie. You just do it the night before — so in a sense, it’s actually easier. Wake up. Eat. Dance party. There’s no cook or prep or even that persnickety pour getting in the way of you and your first meal of the day. It’s gorgeously simple. And now I’m, like, fully onboard, sporting the conductor stripe overalls and brimmed cap and the whole nine. Hell, I AM the conductor. NEXT STOP, HAPPY-CHEWY-OATSVILLE! Chugga chugga. And to think, it all started with a cleanse. A few months ago, Sambazon asked me if I’d like to try a few of their superfood products, and I was totally intrigued. It’s always a bit of a challenge determining if certain brands are a good fit … Read More

Creamy Eggs with Garlicky Greens, Avocado & Chili Oil

You’re so lucky, guys. I’ve got a snap-ton of snazzy stuff headed your way in the weeks to come, like more infused, fruity drinks (since you were kinda bananas for the last one), a pair of pretty, spring soups that will make quick work of all those CSA veggies, and even a CAKE. Yeah, cake stuffs happened and I lived to tell about it. And I totally didn’t drop my favorite ceramic measuring spoon down the running garbage disposal in the process. (No really, I didn’t. But that’s a very real fear of mine. Like, I imagine it happening nearly every time the two — the running disposal and the spoon, that is — get within 10 inches of each other. I guess it’s really the spoon that gets all up nears the disposal, since the latter is kind of in a fixed position, but please believe me when I say that I literally imagine this poor spoon’s inopportune death all. the. time. It’s kind of sick. Send help now. And tell them to bring along some metal measuring spoons so I can put this fear to rest for once and for all. KTHX.) Wow, maybe I should have saved that for the actual … Read More

Q Squared NYC “Luv Yo Momma” MoDay GIVEAWAY

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! ANOTHER giveaway?! I know right. It’s been a real party around here, and we’re just gonna keep right on boogying. Don’t touch that dial. So, remember when I first mentioned those pretty ladies at Q Squared NYC and all their fun, artsy-meets-modern-meets-vintage-eclectic-meets-eyelet-dresses-and-Hamptons-garden-parties dinnerware? WELL. They like you guys so much, they want to give one lucky little pig a 4-piece “Breakfast in Bed” set (retail value $75) featuring pieces from the Peony and Madison Bloom collections — for freeeeleeeleeeleeeleeleeeeleeeleeleeeleee. Oh sorry, that’s just FREE in Xena warrior cry. No big. Can we talk about how much I love this set? ONE, it’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift, hence my super creative giveaway name. So Momma can be all like, “Dude, this is such a pimp breakfast set!” and you can be like, “Ya dig?” Happy MoDay. Done and done. Also, did I tell ya that Q Squared is the passion project of mother-daughter duo Nancy & Alaina? Too. Perfect. TWO, um that tray? Yes. Between brunches, stack that B with a couple of spring fashion mags, a bud vase and a maybe a tropical mercury glass candle. (Not that I’ve thought about this.) … Read More