Marmalade ‘N’ Cream Pops + Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

Marmalade 'N' Cream Pops + Strawberry Cheesecake Pops (recipe via thepigandquill.com) #popsicleweek #popsicles #icepops #summerdessert

I know. I’ve been hitting the snooze button on blogging pretty hard lately. But if there’s anything that can raise me from my chemo-induced slumber, it’s Billy’s annual #popsicleweek, which is like the ultimate summer pool party in popsicle form, minus the part where you slink into the water as slowly as possible because holy freezing tatas, plus a hundred or so inflatable swans. Or flamingos. Or whatever hip floatie is this year’s jam. (It’s a cactus, isn’t it? Fuck.) This year, I decided to honor Chris and my fave frozen treats from childhood with grown-up, lazy-girl versions that are as simple as they are nostalgic: a sweet and pleasantly bitter Marmalade ‘n’ Cream Pop for Chris (a less-sweet riff on the two-tone flavor we both adore); and, for me, a tart and tangy Strawberry Cheesecake Pop that’s just a teensy bit more sophis than my beloved Strawberry Shortcake bar (admittedly without the squishy crumb coating, which I kinda really dig). Both treats benefit from lots of concentrated fruit flavor and one-step sweetening thanks to good ol’ jam. Jam!!! And both come together with a few whirls of the blender, easy peasy. Make one or both and feel like a kid again. … Read More

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Curry Beef Stew

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Curry Beef Stew recipe (via thepigandquill.com)

If you have any penchant for food blogs at all, you know Cynthia. She’s the quiet, quasi-anonymous beauty behind Two Red Bowls. The kind of writer who uses just enough big words to make you feel a little shy about your own prose while keeping everything warm and casual and best-friendy. A food-styling sensation. And creator of such culinary masterpieces as these beautifully storied umami-bombed noodles; these temptingly grabbable (steamed) buns; and this nostalgic Korean stew that is topped with not one but three of my favorite post-war convenience foods: spam, hotdogs and American cheese. (I die.) If you’ve been reading along in this space for a bit, you might remember when Cynthia popped in with bacony tomato soup and sammies (the bacon being in both the soup AND the sammies, because we are clearly of the same mind) when Chris and I first welcomed Lana. And if you happen to know Cynthia as a fellow blogger, you know she is famous for leaving the best comments ever — friendly and personal and anecdotal and sweet. In short: she is one magnificent gal, oozing with talent and charm and irresistible appeal and completely humble despite it all. And now she’s a momma! To a … Read More

tomato-bacon bisque + apple-bacon grilled cheese | two red bowls guest post

tomato-bacon bisque + apple-bacon grilled cheese |two red bowls guest post! (via thepigandquill.com)

Today I’m beyond elated to have Cynthia from Two Red Bowls generously pinch-hitting for me while I gorge myself on baby Lana cuddles (ok – more like baby Lana feeding. after feeding. aaaaafter feeding. someone takes after her momma…). I’ve adored Cynthia’s culinary creativity (these biscuits + Chinese sausage gravy! this SPAMmy budae jjigae! those pineapple buns!) and distinctively styled photography since shortly after I joined the blogosphere, and her warm heart and sincere voice always keep me coming back to her space time and again. She’s truly an inspiration! If you don’t already follow Cynthia (you silly duck, you…), I implore you to check her out just as soon as you’re done reading about the knockout bacon-studded soup and sammy combo she put together, below. And be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too. With a wedding in the works for this summer — cue confetti pop/bride/blingy ring/hearty-eyes/more confetti pop emojis!!! — she’s extra social media stalk-worthy these days. 🙂 Big hugs for the helping hand, Cynthia! And so many congrats on your upcoming nuptials. Yay! Hi friends! I am so, so excited and honored to be here in such a special time for P&Q. When Emily first asked me … 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

five spice + curried sweet corn soup

A warm and cozy winter soup with a hint of spring. #Glutenfree with #vegan mods. Find the full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com.

Two years ago I gave up soda and factory farmed fast-food for the New Year, and they both stuck. Aside from hippie, home-brewed ginger beer and the like, nary a pop has crossed these lips. Nor a Double Double (thank god for In n’ Out’s grilled cheese is all I have to say about that…). Or a chicken nugget. Okokok, there may have been a little c-nug situation this one time at the Denver Airport because cravings and short layovers and crippled self-control, but I sweaaaars to you, that was it. I also swear I’m not (nor was I ever) really much of a fast food junkie, but once it’s off the table, it suddenly seems so forbidden and risky and deliciously alluuuuuuuring. Thank god for In n’ Out’s grilled cheese is all I have to say about that. Since it seems unlikely that I’ll ever be able to stick to another resolution with that same discipline and finesse (except for that one time at the Denver airport. Thank god for In n’ Out’s grilled cheese is all I have to say about that!), I’m saying to hell with new resolutions and hello to my always faithful friend moderation. Ah, moderation. She’s a … Read More

Samosa Croquettes with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

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

Roasted Beet Soup with Garam Masala & Green Garlic Cream

I did it again. It’s getting dangerously close to 90 degrees outside, and here I am talking about soup. I feel like we’ve been here once before. Ah, yes, the Famous Cheesy Broccoli Soup of Spring 2014. Jeez, it wasn’t even that long ago. But this time is different. This time, I know you guys will forgive me. Because look at this soup. Its supremely lovely hue. That hypnotic swirl of green garlic cream that begs of you to put down the remote…pick up the spoon…you are not Olivia Pope…you are not Olivia Pope…you ARE NOT Olivia Pope… I suppose now might be a good time to confess just how many eps of Scandal I’ve devoured in the past 24 hours. I’d heard all the rumors, but in short? UH.Dicted. It makes coping with the 80+ degree temps inside my house nearly tolerable. Frequent trips to the freezer are helping, too. Open freezer. Insert head. Consult box of Arm & Hammer from 2011 on how best to go about asking landlord for an AC unit. Realize you’re consorting with an air freshener. (A stale one at that.) Opt instead for the well, it can’t get any worse route. Make soup. And here we are again. … Read More

Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Crispy Chorizo & Maple Cream (gluten-free, veggie variation)

First, big thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway of “The Paleo Foodie”! I was happily blown away by your collective passion for leading (or learning more about) a paleo lifestyle. Any diet that gives lamb chops and butter a fatty thumbs up is A-OK with me. (Confession: I might be a little emoji dependent. I might be a little sad I can’t pictorally A-OK this biznit. *Emoji tearface*) And, bigger congrats to our randomly selected winner, Heidi K. I know you’ll love checking out Arsy’s arsynal — nyuck nyuck— of nummers paleo recipes. 🙂 So let’s quickly talk ‘taters. Should we call them Easter ‘taters? Why not. We called these dudes Christmas Eggs and nobody gave a tiddlywink. Also, there’s a good chance I’ll be putting plenty of these ‘taters in my face this weekend, so it’s totally appropriate. These are some of the tastiest sweet potatoes I’ve ever eaten ever. And you might have noticed I eat kind of a lot of sweet potatoes. They’re so damn versatile, I put them in chili and waffles and gnocchi and burgers — but this is more of a spotlight situation. They’re sweet potatoes disguised as nothing more than themselves. Well, maybe a nip-tucked version of … 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

Easy Baked Panettone French Toast (with Greek Yogurt & Marmalade Custard)

As I’m sitting here writing this, Chris is in the back room cleaning out the file cabinet. It’s a very New Yeary thing to do, and the kind of task that makes a wife’s heart flutter. Maybe because he’s the kind of man to sort through years upon years of receipts, healthcare statements and paystubs (didn’t most companies go paperless with those in like, 2002?). Maybe because it means I don’t have to. Either way, it’s kinda hot — a man who cleans. Oh snap, and now he’s vacuuming. ‘Scuse me for a moment… Meanwhile, I’m cramming my face with the last serving of this bananas French toast that, ironically, doesn’t have any bananas at all. Dammit. Fail. Well, you know what I mean. It’s got a whole bunch of other crap, and it’s just good, you guys. Good enough that, instead of helping Chris purge my makeshift closet/office/crap-catchall of all my overcoats/paperwork/crap, I’m parked in front of the tube with a bottle of syrup in one hand and a fork in the other shoveling away. Happy New Year, indeed! They key to the not-at-all bananas flavor in this totally bananas French toast is that it starts with a whole … Read More