Three Cheese Butternut Squash Pasta Bake with Mushrooms + Chard

Three Cheese Butternut Pasta Bake with Mushrooms + Chard Recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegetarian #burrata #casserole

Some weeks ago I saw a Tasting Table video on Facebook I couldn’t resist. Jumbo shells, stuffed with roasted butternut squash and ricotta, topped with burrata and baked. It was undeniably appealing, instantly evocative of the frozen, cheese-stuffed jumbo shells my bestie Whitney and I used to heat up for summer lunches back when Costco was Price Club and we still owned more cassette tapes than CD’s. Looking in my fridge, I was heartbroken to remember using the last of our ricotta on that morning’s toast (with sliced pears and honey — never a bad idea) — but was blasted with hope in the form of plenty of parmesan and at least a cup’s worth of aged sharp cheddar, otherwise known fondly around here as “orange cheese” (and exponentially more appealing to a rapidly-approaching 2-year-old whose entire world seems to hang on the texture of her dinner). Taking the same tiny being into mind, I got the squash roasting and browned up a heap of quartered criminis — we’ve had weeks of late where they’re one of only things we’re certain she’ll devour — then wilted down a massive bunch of chard we’d just received in our CSA (in the same pan, no worries) and crossed my fingers … Read More

mini chili cheese dog pot pies

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

spicy pastrami reuben mac n’ cheese

spicy pastrami reuben mac n' cheese | via thepigandquill.com

Just a quick one today because it’s too beautiful outside not to get the to-do list tuh-dun so the behbes and I can take a walk in the sunshine. I’m strongly contemplating taking along the stroller (we got one! this one! with these wheels!), just to see how it rolls, but then I’d just be that crazy pregnant lady walking her phantom child attempting to talk-text via Siri instead of just that crazy pregnant lady attempting to talk-text via Siri because that’s more normal. But seriously, walking and texting — like finger-slash-thumb-texting — is kinda dangerous in a neighborhood of slim-to-no sidewalks, so crazy is maybe sane in this instance. Eh, ehhhhhhh? Just saying. Also, I’m 97% sure speaking things aloud like “Siri, text Chris: going for a walk period maybe it’ll make me poop exclamation mark” is totallllly socially acceptable. WHO ARE YOU LOOKING AT, LADY WALKING YOUR CAT. I’m with child. What’s your story? I don’t blame you if you’ve stopped reading at this point. This reuben mac n’ cheese, guys, is so, SOOOOOO good. It’s even Chris-approved — and he’s ordinarily a Blue Box Traditionalist, so that’s saying a lot. It’s got everything there is to love about … Read More

cantina laredo carne asada nachos

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

Creamy Baked Eggs with Chimichurri (Christmas Eggs! w/ gf option)

This week has been a whirlwind. I’d point out my lack of posting, but perhaps you’ve already noticed? We learned a few days ago that Chris will be starting a new job in two weeks (he’s such a smartie!), we’re toying with the idea of moving (locally, but is moving ever easy?) — and after months of anticipation research, we finally sealed the deal on some new wheels for this little lady. Which begs the question: where was this heated steering wheel thing when I was driving to work in Level 3 snow emergencies a few years ago? Or 4WD, for that matter? Doing things backwards is fun. Happily, Thanksgiving weekend also marked the arrival of a snazzy 6′ Noble Fir, which is looking positively handsome in his Christmas skirt and wing-ed angel top hat. He’s a classy dude. And he’s totally rocking big, floppy plaid bows like it’s 1991. And a few well-placed My Little Ponies, just to keep things kitschy. We’ve even got this grapevine twine garlandy thing going on in all its Pottery-Barn-meets-actual-barn glory. It’s so freaking hip in here, you guys. I can’t even. And I don’t know about you, but once the tree goes up, … Read More

Spicy Prosciutto Cheese Straws (w/ vegetarian twist)

Spicy Prosciutto Cheese Straws | an easy snack or app for entertaining -- done in 25 mins! Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com | #recipe #holiday #appetizer #snack

How excited are you guys for Daylight Savings Time? I’ll tell you what: I’m frickin’ stoked. This morning I slept in until the grand ol’ hour of 7am and it was still dark as eff when I rolled out of bed. ‘Sokay, because good thing I have the lamest night vision ever. I only jammed my thigh into the footboard twice before successfully making it to the light switch. Black and blues are sexy. Fortunately, injuries are a great excuse to reward yourself with fatty indulgences. When I was four, I tripped over the hem of my nightshirt and tumbled down a flight of 13 stairs, end over end. Ain’t no thing — momma fixed me a banana split FOR BREAKFAST! Homie totally plays that. So hard. Twenty-six years later and nothing has changed. I just whined my way all the way to the kitchen where I motored through half a dozen cheese sticks — and voila! Mah leg felt just dandy. Well, ok, no, my leg throbbed, and I was actually swearing like a yooknow since the trip to the kitchen also included an en route toe-stubbing on our club chair, but who doesn’t want spicy, cheesy pastry for breakfast? All … Read More

Jalapeno-Cheddar Chicken Melts

Do you ever wish blogging could be like a Choose Your Own Adventure Book? I sure do. Particularly on days like this when I’m just not sure what trivial detail of my personal life I feel like rambling on about before I awkwardly somersault my way into a recipe for open-faced melty goodness. I could tell you about the four servings of salt and pepper potato chips I just hoovered before realizing that a “portion” is NINE FREAKING CHIPS. Or I could mention that we’re going to New York this coming week for the first time both A) together and B) not for work to celebrate my big Three-Oh where I will be sucking down Salty Pimps like they’re going out of style. (Did you click the link? If not, I can only the imagine the type of person you think I am at this moment.) Or I could get into my new affinity for Zumba, which I know I’ve mentioned in passing but haven’t really given the attention it deserves. You know those ladies that you always see at Starbucks that look like they just came from something active except they aren’t really sweaty and their hair is a … Read More