cider poached pears with apple cider caramel + toasted pecans (vegan)

Cider Poached Pears with Apple Cider Caramel + Toasted Pecans recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegan #sweets #dessert #caramel #fall

First, a disclaimer: I am writing this in a haze of post-Daylight Saving Time exhaustion. If you have children — particularly small children on whom the concept of “sleeping in” is completely lost, you feel my pain. Add in teething and a sudden desire to skip a third nap (despite offering every indication that a third nap is, indeed, just what the doctor ordered), and you end up somewhere close to here. Welcome to my semi-functioning, yoga-pants-as-real-pants, peanut-butter-pretzels-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner reality. THANK GOD FOR CARAMEL SAUCE. Caramel sauce, I have recently discovered, can be the antidote to a myriad of woes. I say this as if I didn’t know so already, but I think somewhere in the giving-up-of-dairy, I forgot. Those thick, lustrous ribbons of creamy amber syrup. That lingering note of nutty, candied sugar sharply complemented by mouth-watering sea salt. Just go ahead and put it on all the things. And while you’re at it, I’ll take my own personal vat, please. Maybe, like, a keg. A little mini caramel keg. You know, for emergencies. Backed out of the garage without closing the hatch? Just add caramel! Split the seam of your jeans while doing squats* with your little one? Just add caramel! Buoyantly respond, … 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

Grapefruit, Gorgonzola, Pear & Parsley Salad (gluten-free)

Game of Thrones warned me: Winter is here! Really! I mean, I’ve been in my CaliBubble for a while, but would you believe the rest of the country is not suffering from a record-breaking drought? If you saw the gigantor snowflakes bombing the asphalt outside my pal’s window right now, there’d be no question. It’s full-blown waynter. (And here I thought the Snowpocalypse was just YA for the forthcoming albino zombie takeover. “Just,” of course, being used super loosely because, duh, I would totally read that.) Anyway. Food! So while I’m here in Minneapolis getting snowed in, I thought yooz guise might want to celebrate summa the fresher flavors of winter with this super refreshing, decidedly seasonal salad. It’s so flippin’ tasty, boyz, you don’t even know. But you will know in approximately 5 minutes, because that’s about how long it’ll take you to prep a grapefruit, chop a pear and bust out your gorg-iest gorg. The bluer the better. (Although if you’re not a blue cheese fan, I’ll endorse a feta substitute. Salty tang, ain’t no thang.) The other key to the delectably balanced flavors of this salad? Plenty of fresh, verdant parsley (flat-leaf, please!) and good olive oil. … Read More

Pear & Fennel Salad with Blue Cheese & Balsamic

It’s a big day here at the Pig & Quill. And not just because October walloped my unsuspecting self like the Kraken taking down a ship adrift. Ok, well that’s part of it. Because wasn’t it June, like, 48 hours ago? NOPE. Try again. It wasn’t even June 48 days ago. Man, feeling like a sucka…sucks. But back to getting pumped. Today, my pretty friends, The Pig & Quill kitchen is being featured on none other than: The Kitchn! (In case you didn’t catch that, here’s the link.) I’m tempted to feel like a pretty big frickin’ deal, but it’s really all thanks to the lovely Gina who scribbles So…Let’s Hang Out by day evening and moonlights as a contributor for The Kitchn’s schweetass Kitchen Tours series. Ain’t she a sweetheart? I have a total she-crush on her life and her pants-optional attitude. We could all totally do more with less (clothing), donchano. Anyway, in celebration of today’s big feature — and, yes, the arrival of October — I’m finally going to take a page out of the Autumn for Dummies handbook and put some seasonal pears and fennel all up in this bizzle. It’s a non-recipe, really (as most salads … Read More

Figgy Brie & Roasted Pear Skillet Pizza (and a mini contest!)

I have a confession to make: I’ve never been to New York City. Ok, yes, via Sex & The City, and yes, there was that one time, for work, when I was thoroughly convinced I could Carrie Bradshaw my way from publishing house to publishing house wearing 5-inch heels and pushing a clothing rack through throngs of (thoroughly annoyed) pedestrians all while wearing a handknit shawl and a maxi skirt on a so-humid-it-feels-like-God’s-breath-all-like-hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-on-your-face kind of day in late May. So yeah, I’ve been there. But not, like, for real, jaknow? Until now. Ok not now, but in June, which is when we’re going for the first time together to celebrate my induction into middle age. I’m 60% stoked, 40% excited and 194% overwhelmed by the tremendous pressure I plan to put on myself to eat anything and everything I have ever seen/heard/read in/on anything, ever. No presh, I got this. I’m dialed. We’re totes set. Or not. I mentioned this on Facebook, so I’ll be quick about it here, but what has me particularly wiggin’ at the moment is the fact that we haven’t booked rooms yet. IKR? We needtagetonit. ———————————————————————— So you know what that means? Contest time! I KNOW you guys are thoroughly … Read More