Ultimate Fall Chopped Salad with Honeyed Tangerine-Turmeric Vinaigrette

Ultimate Fall Chopped Salad with Honeyed Tangerine-Turmeric Vinaigrette (via thepigandquill.com) #vegetarian #vegan #dairyfree

There are no new words to communicate how quickly this holiday season came upon us. There are even fewer words to relay how unprepared I am for the coming days of packing, travel and stretchy pants. And the internet knows far more than me about how to put your best bird forward, so I’ll spare you my attempt. Instead, as has become habit of late, I’ll keep things on the short side (I’m actually working on a new pigtales piece that will exhaust whatever vocabulary I leave on the table in this post) and just drop this most colorful salad into your laps. Something to brighten what can often be an otherwise beige holiday table. Or something to greet you on the other side of decidedly beige weekend. (To be clear: beige in these references is not necessarily a bad thing. Gravy knows no bounds, and rightly so.) I’ve so named this salad ultimate fall based on the foundation components, alone, but the dressing is truly something to behold, so I’ll start there. A hefty dose of turmeric, given away by the dressing’s beckoning golden hue, meets honey (or maple syrup), freshly squeezed tangerine juice, plenty of black pepper and just enough apple … Read More

simple chorizo hash and eggs with smoked paprika mayo

Simple Chorizo Hash and Eggs with Smoked Paprika Mayo recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #cincodemayo #brunch

Ok, so first: I realize that posting a Cinco de Mayo on actual Cinco de Mayo is probably not helpful at all, but what if I told you this is a Cinco de Mayo recipe that also happens to be fiiiiiiiiine Mother’s Day brunch fare? Does that make things better? How about if we acknowledge that it only takes 30 mins to make? More importantly, do we really need an excuse to get foodstuffs as lovely as this into our faces? I think not. When Mother’s Day came around last year, I was still finding my new momma footing, cradling a teensy Lana who wasn’t even three weeks old and just barely beginning to shed the weight of that suffocating, wet blanket that is the baby blues. Our parents drove out for the day and brought with them a veritable feast of homemade favorites that any emotionally stable momma would clap her hands at in glee — fried rice amply studded with chinese sausage and roast pork, barbecued ribs, foil trays expertly loaded with chicken enchiladas — and yet I barely managed to mime my way through the day’s events. Present, but not fully participating. Functioning in a kind of safe mode, all … Read More

charbroiled lemongrass chicken + tamago banh mi tacos with five spice mayo

lemongrass chicken + tamago banh mi tacos with five spice mayo (via thepigandquill.com) #tacos #asian #recipe

Gonna keep things simple today because we’re off to spend a long weekend with ye’ old granfolksies and homie needs to pack up all the shit that apparently is required for a 13-lb human to function. Oh, ok — to function in style. But it’s a lot of shit, you guys. And that’s not even counting the actual, um, shit. Which is surprisingly unshitty. Wow, really getting you revved up for tacos, aren’t I? Rewind. It’s no secret I love tacos. Or even, specifically, fusion tacos. It’s also no secret I love banh mi. As Joey Tribbiani wold say, put your hands together. Voilà. (You thought I was done, huh?) These little gems are so stinkin’ good — and my favorite part might be that the chicken is broiled until all the little dark meat nubbies are blackened and charred and rocking that kinda faux charbroiled flavor you get from a Burger King patty — except not at all like that and one hunny pecent legit. (Here’s where I admit that I really do kinda like that sneaky fast food charred flavor. Like, a Whopper Jr. with all that grilly goodness and a solid attempt at crisp, cold lettuce? I almost wouldn’t say no to that … Read More

herbed asian quinoa salad (vegan + gf)

herbed asian quinoa salad recipe (gluten-free) | via thepigandquill.com

You know that feeling when you drag yourself up from the depths of a particularly realistic dream only to stumble through your house like a stranger? Bathed in the buttery glow of early morning, the rooms are all the same: there’s salt in the pig, dust on the turntable. The down pillows on the sofa are dented just so (hi-YAH!) — and yet you turn down the hallway with fresh eyes, taking it all in the way you would when the light blinks green and the door swings open to a freshly turned hotel suite. It’s refreshing and disorienting and quietly intoxicating all at once because it happens maybe once in every hundred dreams. You curse and revel in the unfamiliarity of your own space. You know that feeling? That is parenthood. A novel and jarring distortion of your previous reality. Or simply: an awakening. Apparently, it takes eight weeks to recognize this phenomenon. Maybe it’s because the initial stupor of having your every breath revolve around a being wholly separate from yourself is slowly lifting as it evolves into something you’re rather fondly coming to see as the new normal. Maybe it’s lady hormones. Ok, it’s probably the latter. I say this because I’ve eaten … Read More

peking duck poutine | i am a food blog guest post

peking duck poutine | i am a food blog guest post (via thepigandquill.com)

Hi fraaaaands! Back again today with another fun guest post, this time from superstar Steph of (award-winning!) I Am A Food Blog fame. As many of you already know, I’m an unabashed Steph fangirl; maybe it’s her super saturated, uncluttered photography, for which I swear the foodporn hashtag was created; maybe it’s her uncanny ability to whip up temptingly comfy, creative (and oft-Asian-infused — my fayvsies!) recipes that are truly accessible enough for real folk.  Or maybe it’s her knack for Totorofying all the things. Or authoring a fantastically tasty cookbook, Easy Gourmet, that will inspire many a weeknight meal. But most probably all of the above. Real talk, once you check out Steph’s peking duck poutine, below, I implore you to get to know her a little better over at her place — or, of course, on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. If you can say no to her Chicken Fried Steak Bites, Shepherd’s Pie Grilled Cheese, Crispy Cornmeal Pancakes with Clementine Syrup or Honey Garlic Eggplant, you’re a far stronger soul than I! First off, congrats to Emily and Chris! They’re both enjoying the deliciousness of new parenthood and I wish them the best with their tiny bundle of joy! Emily asked if I … Read More

slow cooker vegan mole chili

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

toasted walnut enchilada hummus with cilantro + lime

Two recipes in one: toasty, nutty hummus drizzled with a fast and foolproof spicy sauce. Super addicting! Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #vegan #superbowl #snacks #recipe

Oh yay! You guys are still here. Meaning my affinity for hot dogs (and a decidedly Americasian interpretation, at that) didn’t scare you away. I knew you could hang. As your reward, this week we’re talking more Superbowl-ready eats that are borderline goofy (enchilada sauce on toppa hummus? she dun lost her shit!) but silly delicious all the same. You’ll see what I mean when we get into the nitty gritty later on. And really, is it even that weird? It’s clearly not bizarre enough to warrant the gibberish I keep slapping in between all these parentheses (like this crap — which is here solely for the purpose of example), but I feel a little insecure every time I post something that’s not, like, THE Trending Item on Pinterest. (Side note: until I dunk an Oreo in waffle batter and drizzle it with peanut butter, I’m not sure I’ll ever be That Trending Item.) (Side side note: I would so eat that.) You want to lob a boomerang at my head right now, don’t you? (It would be kind of poetic and all given its parenthesis-y shape…) I’m stopping. So, late last week, I went into the lab for glucose testing, which is … Read More

Summer Street Corn Two Ways (gluten-free)

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

Grilled Thai Beef Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette + a California Olive Ranch Olive Oil Giveaway — #SoLetsPigOut

Remember that time it was 1:30 in the morning and your #SoLetsPigOut Day 3 joint post with Gina was supposed to go live in 6 hours? But then you spent a good 40 minutes googling The Bachelorette spoilers? And eating too many handfuls of Chicago mix popcorn? But really you just picked out all the caramel ones? Hello. Welcome to my now. We should totally be talking about salad. When Gina and I were brainstorming the menu for #SoLetsPigOut, she was stuck in the midst of some Whole 30 BS and I was in the process of shoving circus animal cookies in my face. So when it came time to choose a main course of sorts, naturally we both honed right in on salad. Her because, um, grass and twigs and whole stuff. And me because salad later = more cookies now, and that's the kinda math I can get behind. I mean, it's right up there with you! + me! = us! Calculus! ... ... ... To the three people that got that, we're officially BFFs. Let's braid hair and compare retainers. Mines blue with glitter! Squeal! When it comes to salad, I like 'em on the hefty side. The husky ... Read More

Roasted Cauliflower Street Tacos (gf w/ vegan option)

Do you guys do the Taco Tuesday thing around your digs? We never really intend to, but for the last couple of weeks it’s just kinda worked out. It’s like some otherworldy being (I’d like to think it’s Alf) just really wants us to be stuffing our faces with stuffed foods. A taco is a stuffed food, right? I wonder if I say stuffed foods enough times how it’ll affect my Google rankings. I’d like nothing more than for some poor schmuck searching for Hot Pockets to get tricked into finding these balls-good tacos instead because of — whoops — stuffed foods. Side note: if you’re the poor schmuck I’m referring to, let me clarify: I love that you’re here. I don’t not love Hot Pockets. As in, I kinda like them. I want that to be past-tense, but they taste like hugging college. In a good way. Although, admittedly, these tacos are much better. Please be my friend. Moving right along. ‘Member the other day when we made Cauli Steaks for Gina and I mentioned that I end up with only, like, three cauliflower steaks and a HEAP of random florets? We’re gonna put that heap to good work here, you guys. So … Read More