#Totoroweek Katsudon with Furikake + “No Recipe” Fried Rice

#Totoroweek Katsudon with Furikake + "No Recipe" Fried Rice (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree

Oh haiiiii twice in one week mah peebles! (Sorry.) Just checking in quickly today to bring you the (quasi-non) recipe for these little dudes. Typically, katsudon entails a breaded and fried pork cutlet simmered with sautéed onions, soft-set eggs and a simple little sweet-salty sauce over hot rice — and that’s basically what’s going on here, sub baked tonkatsu for fried and garlicky fried rice for plain steamed. I didn’t do it to be confusing, guys. It just turned out that way. OH. And in honor of Steph’s #totoroweek, the katsu cutlets have been stylized into (some admittedly pretty abstract, because #lazy) little totoros – yay! With cheese bellies and nori features borrowed from the hostess, herself. Thanks, girl! There’s rain in the forecast this weekend, so we’re staying in with friends to carve pumpkins, snuggle up with scary movies and brunch on all the things. The perfect little pre-Halloween weekend without the pressure of getting dressed up all slutty or donning a costume that cleverly ties into the presidential election. I’m not saying those are the only two options, but they’re basically the only two options. Unless you count the inevitable #NastyWoman getup, which is kind of a “best of both worlds” … Read More

spicy caramelized spam + scallion pasta

spicy caramelized spam + scallion pasta recipe via thepigandquill.com | #pasta #dinner #recipe #summer

You know those foods you can’t help but eat on repeat? Those (often pantry-based) dishes that you come back to again and again, even when the fridge is freshly stocked and the cooler weather is begging you to finally crank the oven and get creative? If you know me, you know I’m talking hot dog sammiches, breakfast for dinner, stick-to-your ribs soup. Yes, soup. Even in the summer I can’t get enough. And this pasta. You guysssss, I can’t oversell this pasta enough — and trust me, I’m about to try. It’s fast, simple and positively addictive. Topped generously with furikake, it’s like musubi married pasta. Married corned beef hash. I LOVE CORNED BEEF HASH. But, like, the glorious, should-be-reserved-for-camping canned kind that you can get all super crispy on the edges. Did I lose you? Are you like, gerl, corned beef hash is not at all where it’s at. If you are, I’ma bet you’re also like, gerl, spam is for email filters, not mah mouf! To which I say: you’re wrong. And then I beg of you: let this pasta change your mind. Just…just trust me. This one time. Because crumbly browned bits is why. Because caramelized. Because it’s spam that’s … Read More

Hawaiian Street Corn with SPAM + Pineapple (gluten-free)

Hey guys, and welcome to Day Two of Street Corn Two Ways. It’s a pretty efficient series. Yesterday, we started things off with this classic Mexican Street Corn thingy and today we’re wrappin’ it on up with an islandy (I guess? For lack of better descriptor?) spin that’s sweet and salty and soy-y and scallion-y and best of all bests — SPAMMY. *contented sigh* SPAM is, no joke, one of my most favorite food groups ever. Like, remember that time I was like, “out with factory farmed meat!” Um, canni tell you a secret? I never ditched the SPAM. (Shhhhhhhhhh, fancy people think this blog is clean and legit and whole foodsie and stuff.) I almost always eat SPAM the same way, which is browned with a little shoyu and sugar and served with hot rice, salty-sweet furikake and a drippy egg (optional but highly encouraged). Sometimes, it’s more than acceptable to swap the rice for, I dunno, RAMEN. And this summer — because that’s when genius epiphany happened to strike — it’s aallllll good to put that slivered SPAM all over some nutty grilled corn with sweet-tart pineapple, sharp scallions and mayo. It’s Hawaiian Street Corn, dudes, and you can (and should) … 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

Springtime Broccoli Cheese Soup with Peas & Scallions (gluten-free, vegetarian)

I think I’m confused. With triple digits in this week’s forecast, it’s not exactly the season for soup, and yet it’s sort of all I can think about these days. It’s so simple. And it makes such stellar use of those CSA veggies that are threatening slime in the crisper drawer. I always have the best intentions. Really, I do. Last night we sat down to piping bowls of this favorite chowder, light on the milk and bulked up with a few handfuls of sweet, leafy spigarello. Before that, it was a fuschia-hued dream of beets whirled with Indian spices and cool yogurt. (That’s coming soon. Get excited.) And then there’s this broccoli number. It’s everything you love about that characteristically autumnal amalgamation from The Sizzler — and can we all agree that there is something decidedly endearing about said amalgamation? — but it’s freshened up. Lightened up. Dressed up. For spring. It all starts with a bouquet of bright, sharp scallions, ever so briefly caramelized in a bath of nutty butter. Plus broccoli. A lot of it, because it’s the very fact that broccoli is the driver (to cheese’s passenger) that makes this soup so bright and lovely. Or … Read More