Pan-Braised Meatballs with Spring Onions + Parm (Toddler Friendly!)

First, a tremendous thank you for the comments, messages, virtual hugs and social media shares in light of my last entry. Shortly after pressing publish, I asked Chris how he felt about the post, and he pushed back with “how do you feel after writing it?” To which I offered, “Better.” So. Thank you for listening, for allowing this spot to be about more than just side hustle and SPAM. For indulging me. If I could hug and squeeze every one of you, I would. But as I cannot, I’ll offer up this — the coziest, most comforting gift I can share via the internet: meatballs. I’ve talked before about the beckoning allure of meatballs — how they’ll call to me from one of the glossy covers at the checkstand and suddenly my carefully strategized meal plan is abandoned on the spot. (Kidding. I don’t meal plan.) Even in the current phase of my life, where I’m actively seeking more sustenance from plants than animals, the solitary promise of a saucy, perfectly braised meatball is an easy reminder that moderation will always remain the name of the game around here. Meatballs for breakfast, lunch and dinner? A lovely idea, but … 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

Moroccan Braised Bison Meatball Stew and a plea for votes

 — Thanks to all who voted for The Pig & Quill! This contest is now closed. —  I made the second round in Cook Taste Eat’s 365 Everyday Value Coconut Milk recipe contest! Remember the other day when I posted that pretty little recipe for Chiles en Nogada con Coco and mentioned it was part of a contest hosted by Whole Foods and Cook Taste Eat? Well I’ve got some good news, reader friends — I made the first cut! And now we reach the hard part. In order to realize the grand prize of cooking/filming with Michael Mina, my little dish has got to earn the most votes on Cook Taste Eat’s contest page here. Wait, where? Here. Or here. Or you can also vote here. In case you missed it, they all take you to the same place. Sorry, that was probably pretty annoying. But really, here’s what to do: Click here to access the voting page. “Like” Cook Taste Eat, if prompted. (Their feed is full of great cooking tips, recipes and celebrity guest snippets, so you’ll be glad you did.) Cast your vote for “The Pig & Quill’s Chiles en Nogada.” Share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, email, … Read More

Recipe: Braised meatballs with bacon & chard

I. Freaking. Love. Meatballs. In fact, I’m pretty certain 50 Cent knew nothing of fat kids’ loves when he was rapping about cake. Any fat kid that knows what’s up would take a saucy little meatball over a crumbly slice of Duncan Hines hands down. And that’s the truth. In this version, juicy spheres of herb-studded, organic, grass fed beef are roasted to develop a crisp crust and then bathed in a super fast tomato sauce chock full of bacon and thick ribbons of chard.  Serve over whole wheat or brown rice pasta for a meal that’s as balanced as it is satisfying. Braised Meatballs with Bacon & Chard By Emily Stoffel Cooking time: 50 mins | Serves 4 For the Meatballs 1/2 c panko 2 eggs, beaten 3 T chopped fresh herbs (basil/sage/oregano/rosemary/thyme all work well) 2 T olive oil 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes dash nutmeg s&p to taste 1.3 -1.5 lbs ground beef  For the Sauce 4-6 slices thick cut bacon, roughly diced 1 bunch swiss chard, tough stems removed/leaves chopped 24 oz prepared pasta sauce (scratch or purchased) freshly grated parmesan Instructions Preheat oven to 450F. Combine … Read More