Flourless Persimmon Cake with Black Pepper-Molasses Date Caramel (DF/GF)

Flourless Persimmon Cake with Black Pepper-Molasses Date Caramel (DF/GF) (via thepigandquill.com)

Thank you so kindly for the dramatic outpouring of support I received here and across social media following my last post. While I’ve been a bit delinquent about responding to comments and messages, it’s only because your generous gestures have left me without adequate words. ♥ I’ve thought a lot over the past few weeks about how to start this blog post. In the wake of my last post, I’ve experienced no shortage of heart-warming gestures of love, support and generosity, any of which would make a fine anecdote with which to kick off this recipe for wintry spice cake. If you fancy yourself a writer (as I sometimes dare to), you may relate to the giddy elation that occurs when, mid-shampoo, words you’ve been struggling with begin to rise from within — coaxed forth by the similarly rising steam, or perhaps the safe anonymity of the fogged-over mirrors — only to find they’ve retreated when you finally make time to put pen to paper (finger to keyboard) too many long moments later. It’s not that I intended to go this long without checking in, but after the first few false starts, it started to feel a little forced. So today. Tonight. Without poetry or … Read More

Coconut Red Curry Sweet Potato Bisque (Dairy-Free)

Coconut Red Curry Sweet Potato Bisque recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree

Phew. What a weird week, huh? Chances are, if you live in the US, the past couple of days have been a trip. An SNL sketch that has gone on and on, until you’re starting to feel more than just a little uncomfortable for the actors. And I say this not as a woman or a parent or a proponent of preserving love and withholding judgement — though I am all of those things. I say this an American. And I think that, regardless of which way you voted, you probably feel the same. Things got a little circus-y. Or more fittingly, we let things get a little circus-y. And now it’s time to take down the tent, shovel up the elephant shit, and act like grown-ups. To the best of our ability. Also, pretty sure elephants aren’t allowed in the circus anymore, but you get me. It was that or a Tim McGraw reference. Let’s talk about soup. Soup is, for me (as I’m sure it is for many of you) the very near epitome of comfort food — bested only, perhaps, by potatoes in any iteration. It makes sense, then, that soup largely comprised of potatoes is as close as … Read More

Savory Pumpkin Cannelloni with Candied Walnuts + Crispy Sage (Dairy-Free)

Savory Pumpkin Cannelloni with Candied Walnuts + Crispy Sage Recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree

As I write this, Lana is on the baby cam arranging her bed buddies around the perimeter of her crib, and her baby doll just won’t sit up the way she wants. It’s fascinating to me the way she’ll prop her up, watch her slouch forward, frown, prop her up again, etc., without so much as peep — when I know that, if I were in the room with her, she’d be whining almost instantly for my help. It’s moments like this — little, stalkery episodes where I stand back and admire her persistence or strength (she deadlifted a compost pail full of rocks and carried it across the backyard when I was just out of sight) — that I wonder if my constant presence isn’t a hindrance of sorts. When she comes up against a step and reaches for my hand. When she shoots her arms skyward the moment I walk into her room. (Ut! Ut!) When she pushes her spoon toward me, followed by the oatmeal. Like, you scoop it, mom, not me. I question if all my help is actually hurting her a little, or if she’s just an opportunist. And if it’s the latter, shouldn’t I take advantage? … Read More

Triple Coconut Tres Leches Cake with Honey-Vanilla Summer Fruit (DF/GF)

Triple Coconut Tres Leches Cake with Honey-Vanilla Summer Fruit recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #glutenfree #dessert

Alanna (The Bojon Gourmet) and I met when I was just baaaaarely pregnant — those first days when you’re still wincing at sneezes and consulting your sustainable seafood app for fear of mercury poisoning at every turn. Both of us being only somewhat formally employed at the time (note: if you’ve read the tale behind the name of her blog, you’ll know she takes no offense to this; note-within-a-note: she is now a bonafide cookbook author!!! while I am still…whatever the hell I am…), we met up for a weekday brunch at Plow where I promptly broke out into a cold sweat over how to slyly avoid bacon, runny eggs and booze at a meal traditionally designed around all three. “Should we get champagne? Mimosas!” she suggested. (Clearly we were designed to be lifelong friends.) “Oh, how fun! But I’m driving back right after this. Plus, you know…Asian. Low tolerance. I turn sooo red…….” I wet blanketed back. Which is why I didn’t have the heart to confess, when we ordered a delicately dressed salad topped with an undeniably soft-cooked egg, just how many early-day preggo fears were wrapped up in that taut little trembling sack. But what kind of food blogger doesn’t eat runny … Read More

Gazpacho Andaluz with Smoked Paprika-Glazed Almonds

pacho Andaluz with Smoked Paprika-Glazed Almonds recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegetarian #dairyfree #vegan #soup #summer

Note: Before you lose interest amidst all my BS, let me get straight to the punchline: share a fruit or veggie selfie using the #DrinkGoodDoGood hashtag on social media, and Naked Juice will donate 10 lbs of produce to communities in need. It’s so easy, you guys. And you love selfies. YOU LOVE THEM. K, back at it… Clean undies. Bubbly water. Freedom. Oh hi there. Today we’re listing things I take for granted. How about: fresh produce? Seriously. While I’ve been known to snobbishly scoff at Trader Joe’s overpackaged stone fruit or dimpled avocados, the truth is, for most folks living the lifestyle that many assume of Silicon Valley residents, fresh, seasonal and — more often than not — locally grown and organic fruits and veggies are pretty easy to come by. Within just a mile or so of my house, there’s a weekend farmer’s market, a Trader Joe’s, an upscale specialty market with a highly Instagrammable produce section and a Whole Foods. Tack on another mile and there are two more farmer’s markets, a handful of year-round produce stands and even more gourmet food stores than I can count. If you want to be that girl with a baguette … Read More

Chile-Lime Coconut Mango Pops

Chile-Lime Mango Coconut Pops recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegan #dairyfree

Hey guys! Little known fact: I am only capable of starting posts with hey guyssss. They are literally the first two words that pop out every time I open a new draft. And then, like, 64% of the time I come back to the top and force a new opener. Or just add a bunch of sssssssss’s. Or swap in a super original spelling of hey. I’m kinda digging haaaaaaiii but sometimes heyyo slips out, too. Hihihi! Hehwoooooooh. Heyeyeyeye. Hajjjjaieyeewwww. I’m drinking $4 wine. Hey guysssssss. Anyway, these popsicles are so super simple that they leave me with almost nothing to drone on about — it’s hot. they’re cold. but also hot. because spicy. but not too spicy, because you add it after. or you don’t have to add it at all. i’m drinking $4 wine — so I’m just going to talk about a few thangalangs and you can chime in. Like. Stranger Things. STRANGER THINGS! That score, that 80’s typography. That little Dustin guy! Are you watching? I’m going to Denver! We’ve got three days and very few plans so gimme all the places to eat and drink beers and stand up on a paddleboard and buy hipster things and … Read More

creamy white miso + cauliflower soup with candied furikake prosciutto + garlic chive oil

The way I see it, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who enjoy having a mirror directly across from their glass-enclosed shower, and those who do not. And it’s simple. You don’t need any Myers Briggs BS to tell you which camp you’d fit into. Hell, you don’t even need to actually have a mirror directly across from a glass-enclosed shower to determine on which side of the line you fall. Just thinking about it right now, you already know. See? I’ll give you one guess which group I’m finding myself in these days. I don’t know that it has much to do with having carried and then birthed a child in the last year, because I’m pretty sure even before the baby freight I’d be a distinct mirrorus avoidus, but it didn’t help. I mean, I suppose it didn’t hurt, either. It’s not like the parts of me that are softer and squishier have been made so by just hitting the doritos a little too hard (although doritos). I grew a babe from scratch and built her a little apartment with a little water bed and filled her body with all the bits and pieces she’d need to become the Lana-bug she is … Read More

no-bake mini vegan nutella cheesecakes

No-Bake Mini Vegan Nutella Cheesecakes recipe (via the pigandquill.com) #dessert #chocolate #valentinesday #dairyfree

I have no idea how it happened, but Valentine’s Day is upon us. Six months ago, I thought I’d be prepared. I’d take Lana to one of those under-frequented paint-your-own pottery spots, stamp her fat little hand print on a saucer for Chris, and call it a day. In the evening, per tradition, Chris and I would cuddle up with big bowls of Kraft mac n’ cheese, a tray of Scotchmallows and the Mad Men finale — or something equally decadent. And one night in the week that followed, we’d celebrate more formally, pulling up chairs to a tiny table at our favorite neighborhood restaurant and sipping a bold, jammy red from wine glasses blown as big as my head. But here we are, less than 48 hours from cupid’s big day, and I’m stunningly unprepared. No cutesy baby crafts up my sleeve. No Kraft mac in the pantry. And as someone who can sniff out that sweet, honeyed bon-bon from a mile away, I can tell you with absolute certainty there are no Scotchmallows to be found in this house. Date nights out have been few and far between. And, surprisingly, I’m kind of OK with that. Instead of jacking up expectations over one or two big … Read More

no-bake vegan mini pb+j cheesecakes

Mini PB+J No-Bake Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #vegan #glutenfree #cheesecake #dessert

Howdy all — happy 2016! I can hardly believe this is my first post of the year, but if cheesecake is at all indicative of the general direction this year is headed, you won’t hear me complaining. (Lies. You will. Just not about dessert.) (Probably about nap stuffs. Or lack-of-nap stuffs. Although today I actually got to close my eyes with the little one and we dozed together and it was The Freaking Sweetest.) (Also, I hope parentheses are still en vogue this year.) (AS IF THAT CAN STOP ME.) (Typical.) So about these cheesecakes: not sure if you’ve noticed, but the internet is kind of rockin’ out today with a Virtual Cheese Baby Shower in celebration of Sarah’s (aka Snixy Kitchen) forthcoming #cheesebabygirl, and I couldn’t be more excited. One because Sarah is probably one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve had the joy of meeting IRL (clearly anyone who nicknames their unborn kiddo Cheese is destined to be a fast friend) — and two because HAAAAIII CHEESECAKE WHATTUP. When Alana of The Bojon Gourmet and Todd of HonestlyYUM first reached out with the idea to throw Sarah a surprise #cheesebabyshower and gently encouraged participants to bring our sweetest and/or cheesiest game, I was … 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