honeyed pistachio and balsamic-roasted strawberry (coconut) mousse

Honeyed Pistachio and Balsamic-Roasted Strawberry Coconut Mousse recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #dessert #refinedsugarfree

You guys. First and foremost: can we get a hell yeah for Friday? I’ve got exactly nothing to complain about this week — the weather has been springtime perfection, Lana is going through some sort of growth spurt that has her nursing like a newborn and napping like a champ, and I learned that the thrift store down the street does 50% off Tuesdays! — but it doesn’t mean I don’t love me a weekend. And this weekend, two of my besties will be here to eat, shop and bug-snuggle to their hearts’ content. It’ll be just like our middle school sleepovers, minus repeatedly phoning in requests for Ginuwine to the local radio station. Oh yeah, and plus babies. So more or less the same. Second: can we peep that tiny honey bear? I schlepped a purseful home from a friend’s wedding last year and have been holding out for the perfect excuse to squeeze him into a shoot. Handsome little guy, isn’t he? Third (and last, because, to be honest, Chris is watching Pitch Perfect 2 and I can’t pry myself away): we’re making Lana a big sister!!! HA. April fools. Maybe one day, but definitely not today. Although exactly … Read More

vietnamese meatball bún with honey-aleppo nuoc cham

Vietnamese Meatball Bún with Honey-Aleppo Nuoc Cham recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #glutenfree #dinner

We’re in it, you guys. The home stretch. The last couple of months before this artsy little nugget completes her first trip around the sun and all the excuses I’ve made for myself as a “new mom” come up on their expiration date. Am I supposed to have my shit together by now? My squad of mommy friends firmly established? Is it time to reintroduce my hair to the flat iron and the blow dryer? (Hell, even the hair brush is kind of estranged at this point…) If you feel like these questions are rhetorical, I ensure you: they are not. I have questions; I need answers. Particularly on that mommy squad thing. I for serious need some mom friends, you guys, so I can talk about things like nap schedules and convertible carseats and solid food menu planning without getting punched in the face. Plus, I feel like it’d be good for Lana to have some other big people around during the day, too, if only because spending day. after day. after daaaaay with just me is surely a shortcut to smartassville. SRSLY PLS HLP. Aside from having the incomparable privilege of witnessing our tiny, suckling babe morph into … Read More

curried cantaloupe + toasted coconut ice pops

curried cantaloupe + toasted coconut ice pops recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #spicy #vegan #dairyfree #sweets

Oh haaaaaay there. Did you miss me? I took last week off to try my hand at being a Professional Boob Sweat Wiper Offer. And guess what? I nailed it. I’d go into detail, but I have a feeling you’ve already got a pretty rockin’ image going on. Plus, my fellow California gals Lily and Gina waxed far more poetic about the recent heat wave than I could ever hope, so I’ll encourage you to head in their direction(s) if you’ve not already. Bottom line: shit’s been hot. This week, however, we’ve seen a slight respite. As in, Lana even wore pants on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, we took a little jaunt to the city and it was brisk enough that I busted out the baby knitwear. The baby head knitwear, to be exact. A baby hat, you guys. I busted out a baby hat. Did you click that link? Did you die? I’m sure I’m Like Totally The Most Biased, but dat gurl straight melts my heart. Speaking of melting, I suppose I should address these ice pops already. This is what happens when you’re attempting to ride out the last days of summer while secretly jonesing for the … Read More

earl grey chocolate pots de creme with honeyed coconut whip

earl grey chocolate pots de creme with honeyed coconut whip (via thepigandquill.com) #dessert #recipe #dairyfree #chocolate

Let me tell you a story. I’ve never actually met Akiko Graham, but I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that, in addition to being a phenomenally acclaimed ceramist, she’s an excellent human being. Generous and thoughtful and soulful and sweet. And while I’ve never met her children, either, I’d also bet she’s a pretty spectacular momma. Reminds me a bit of my own, actually. A couple of years ago I was managing communications for a renewable fuel company when the phone rang. It was an unusually cold winter in the Pacific Northwest, and the unexpected drop in temps had caused our pump’s auto-shutoff valve to malfunction, so Akiko Graham was standing in a pool of biodiesel while the fire department mopped things up around her. And she was apologizing to me. Amidst helping Akiko fill out an incident report over the phone (all the while assuring her that the spill was in no way her fault), I noticed that her email address referenced her pottery website and proceeded to stalk her talent for the next two days before deciding that everyone on my gift list needed an Akiko piece of their own for Christmas. Since that first fateful order, I’ve … Read More

vegan pb + j popsicles // #popsicleweek!

vegan peanut butter + jelly popsicles (or ice cream) via www.thepigandquill.com | #popsicleweek #summer #recipe #vegan

It’s heeeeeeeeeeeeeere! Popsicle Week 2015, aka The One Where I Eat Allllllll the Peanut Butter. I hope your party pants are clean. If you guys have been here for a while, you might recall that Popsicle Week is an annual thing thanks in no small part to Billy over at Wit & Vinegar and his most excellent hosting skills. (Seriously, doing these group post thingies is kind of a tricky bia, so THANK YOU, BILLY. Managing a zillion hyperlinks is fersure a herding cats situation.) You can — and mosdefshould — visit Billy’s official PW page to check out the 65+ bloggers who are participating in this year’s event. You can even scroll a little further down the page to see who all made what in the 2013/2014 Popsicle Week editions. (‘Member when I made these Vegan Mexican Mocha Fudge Pops and these Strawberry Basil Ice Pops? Yep, they’re up there, too!) True to classic PB+J form, this year’s pops are sticky and messy and sweet and salty and will have you scraping the bowl and licking your fingers and thanking sweet jesus that some ancient boob decided jammy fruit and smooth, blitzed peanuts should pals around together on the regs. And while I’ll admit that … Read More

mini meyer lemon cannoli cream tartlets

mini meyer lemon cannoli cream tartlets with honey + chocolate chips | via thepigandquill.com

You guysssszsszzz! Mother’s Day is this weekend!! Somehow that means it’s FREAKING MAY ALREADY. Yikes. And new this year: I totally get to participate in MoDay stuffies as a momma. Yikes Part 2. Or maybe Yay Part 1? Because crudsmugglers, this whole parenting thing is spectacularly spectacular in the full-blown, John Leguizamo-as-The-Magical-Sittar kind of way. It’s at once beautiful and terrifying and easier and harder than I ever imagined and the last two weeks have passed in what I can only describe as a state of quasi-hypnosis. I’ve never been more fixated on another living thing. I’ve never been more fixated on my own boobs. I’ve never had more pride in or respect for the moms in my life. Speaking of moms, this Sunday, The Moms — who, blissfully, are buddies and actually elect to endure things like long car rides together — are making the trek to our place to spoil us with a feast of traditional family-style eats: chicken enchiladas and potato salad for Chris; Chinese sausage fried rice and BBQ pork ribs for me. Boobs for Lana. (Sorry, husband. Gone are the days.) If I can sneak into the kitchen between feedings (that is: stuffing both my own face and … Read More

(10 minute) pear + ricotta crostini with honey + thyme

10-Minute Pear + Ricotta Crostini with Honey + Thyme | the pig & quill | #recipe #thanksgiving #appetizer #snack

So, just to get a few things off the table before I go all (non) recipe on your butts: Spain is RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous. I’d heard all the things about all the cities we’d be visiting, and I went in completely assuming I’d leave with a strong bias toward one or the other, but so far I’ve fallen in love with little bits of Barcelona (the jamón, Gaudi everything, and some of the most excellently executed vegetarian food I’ve had in a while), San Sebastian (pintxos, of course — and the views!) and Madrid (palaces and patatas — what’s not to like??). I’ll do the best I can to get a recap up on the blog in the weeks (ok, let’s be real: months) to come, but if I don’t, I’ve been posting a few snippets on Instagram along the way if you wanna get all caught up. 🙂 UM, how traumatizing is the end of ET? Seriously, my mom is already crying, and if it weren’t for my fear of dabbing this shitty, scratchy hotel toilet paper all over my preciously just-eye-creamed eyes, I’d be right there with her. #foreignTVproblems I ate chicharrones for dinner. Alright, let’s blog about crostini. I kind … Read More

fried honey-garlic delicata with white miso + furikake // gf + vegan

fried honey-garlic delicata with white miso + furikake // the pig & quill // #glutenfree #fall #vegan #QSquaredNYC

You guys, I’m back from Boston, and I had more good times with the bestie than one is supposed to have on a “work” trip, I’m almost certain. We ate all the things (you should def skim Insty for the recap — ps, follow me! :)) and walked all the places (it’s normal to draw every comparison between Hogwarts and Harward, right?). We even cooked LIVE lobbies for the first time ever, and no one died (well…). But but but! They didn’t scream! So it was about 900 times less traumatic (for me) than I expected. Also, when I say we cooked lobsters, I mean Mir and her boy cooked lobsters while I busied myself slathering too much bread with too much butter because duh. Aaaand, I visited an H Mart for the first time and about lost my isht right then and there. Have you guys been? It’s like the AAA Five Diamond equivalent of schmancy Asian grocery stores. Liiiiike: H Mart:Generic Asian Grocery::Sanrio Store: Stationary Shop For real. Except everywhere you turn, there’s a new clinically packaged container of tiny fishies or the biggest daikon ever to ogle instead of a million fruit-shaped erasers to smell. I know you’re … Read More

Char-Siu Chicken Bún Bowls (gluten-free)

Before this post runs away from me, as so many of them do, I’ll just start by saying: if you’re here for the recipe, alone, I know this looks like a crapload of ingredients and steps, but I beg of you – don’t be intimidated. The allure of these bowls lies in their lovingly forgiving simplicity. And that is to say, you can do very little right with them and still do very little wrong, if you know what I’m saying. It’s a beautiful thing. And now for the detour. My love for swine is no secret — to the point that it’s represented here in titular glory (ha), though I’m never quite sure if I’m eating the pig or I am the pig — or maybe, in a move that’s as cannibalistic as it is poetic, it’s both. But that’s no matter. The bottom line: is porcine. And there may be no greater single expression of porky perfection than the Chinese barbecue variety known as char-siu. Growing up, no trip to the Chinese market was complete without a styrofoam container heavily laden with charred, fatty morsels of roughly chopped char-siu, freshly unhooked from its place in the butcher’s clear locker … Read More

Roasted Beet and Fennel Burgers (veg, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo)

Whoa. Check out them lookers. (Also, check out my mom’s vintage sewing table-turned-sideboard.) (And the rih-dic light in her dining room.) (And my clear lack of something to filter all that pretty light.) (But it is oh so pretty.) (K, I’m done now.) Let’s talk about beets, bay. bee. Sweet, nutty and blitzed with licorice-y fennel, warm, worldy spices, piquant salsa and just a dribble of sunshiny honey. AND NUTS. Can we also talk about how there are so many toasty little nut bits going on in here? There are. And it (they?) makes for a patty that is damn near textural paradise. I know that sounds fiercely inappropriate, but I’m not sure there’s another way to describe it. I’m positively addicted to pretty much every aspect of these beet burgers. Not least of which is the fact that I feel oh-so-justified in eating two in one sitting. (Three in one standing!) They’re just veggies and nuts, after all. (OK, super detour: Josh Jackson’s hair + goatee combo thing in Season 6 of the ol’ DC is really working for him. Diane Kruger definitely has herself a nice little national treasure there.) I also kind of love this veggie burger for all the stuff that’s … Read More