Orange-Pecan Sticky Buns

Orange-Pecan Sticky Buns recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #baking #holiday #desserts #breakfast #pastry

We’re down to one nap. Have we talked about this yet? We’re down to one nap. And while it’s a helluva lot easier to schedule our days around a single snooze, it’s a doozy for my personal time. And my email inbox. And the taking of photographs during (diminishing) daylight hours. Oh, and also my sanity. See again: lack of personal time. Remember the days when Lana would snooze on my boob to the tune of a Pretty Little Liars marathon? I’m pretty sure I was still too busy fuh-reaking out about new parent shit at the time to fully appreciate the glory that was the nurse-nap, but man, that was a sweet deal. These days, I’m lucky if I can get the dishwasher loaded and a single episode queued up before the distinct dahhhhhhh-dah-dah-dah of a freshly woken babe trills from down the hall. Good thing she’s so gosh-daggin’ cute. Despite the shorty nap, Chris and I are rapidly learning how fun it can be to have an older kiddo on our hands. There’s the whole ballet thing we talked about last week, which, in its second week, is still charming as hell. There’s the way she picks up, inspects and … Read More

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

olive oil brownies with candied bacon + pecans

olive oil brownies with candied bacon + pecans (via thepigandquill.com) #chocolate #baking #dairyfree

Hold on to yer hats, everybody. I’ve been baking again. And somehow I always choose to do so on days when it’s sweatstache weather. Or maybe it’s just always going to be sweatstache weather from here on out. Is this just how we’re going to roll for, like, always? Seriously, I feel like how The Rock looks in pretty much every F&F franchise movie (or, more accurately, every movie ever). That is: dripping with perspiration to the point where you just assume there’s a tiny person off camera whose entire job consists of soaking him down with a tiny mister of baby oil. Or I guess it could be an average size person with an average size mister. But regardless, that has been me. The Rock, not the Mister. Ugh. (← bad sigh) I think what I’m trying to say is just: I’m ready for it to feel like fall — but if it’s not gonna feel like fall, I’m at least gonna eat like it’s fall. And that means trading that sweatstache for sweatpants. And then filling out those sweatpants with things like sticky, candied bacon and dark, fudgy chocolate and sticky, candied bacon embedded in dark, fudgy chocolate. And … Read More

grain-free mini persimmon spice cakes (+ eggnog parfaits)

Two recipes in one! Perfect little giftable cakes and festive parfaits perfect for the holidays. Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #grainfree #holidays #recipe #baking #christmas #newyears #eggnog

It’s Christmas Eve! Around here, that means prepping for the in-laws’ annual tamale feast and perhaps the most competitive pirate’s gift exchange that ever was. Our particular version features plenty of red wine and tequila and a particularly obscene vase that makes a comeback every year. It’s a raucous good time and one of those small things I know we’ll enjoy savoring in its current glory before things like an unfortunate floral receptacle that seriously resembles a vagina and nothing else takes a backseat to our inevitably lovely little piglet. How well do you feel like you know my family right know? I’m just going to jump right into persimmons. Is it persimmon season where you are? (Super graceful.) We’re getting to the end of it here, but for the last few years, without fail, I’ve come home from Thanksgiving at my grandparent’s house with at least one hulking sack of hazy, fiery-hued Fuyus. For those unfamiliar with the persimmon family tree, those are the little flat guys that can be eaten while crisp, like an apple. I prefer them drastically to the more teardrop-shaped Hachiya that are eaten once the flesh becomes soft and almost custardy. They sound intriguing and even quite … Read More

Coconut-Pecan Brussie Salad with Fried Onions & Fruity Balsamic

(Update: Well, it’s true that I’m currently flying, but now I’m en route back to CA. Posting this a couple days late because I wanted to be sure you guys got a glimpse at Joel’s Oscar popcorn post in time for the big night! Happy Oscars!) Pigs are flying! And not just because you never thought that you’d see the words coconut, pecan and brussie in the same sentence. I mean, maybe you were hoping you’d never see the word brussie again after I posted two BR recipes almost back-to-back a few weeks ago…but that matters none. What matters is that I’m literally sitting on a jet plane en route to C-Bus to take the bestie by surprise for her 30th birthday. Yes, I’ve got a lot of buds with friends in Feb. It’s a celebratory month. Also, I’ve had to pee for the last 27 minutes. And it’s not even like I’m pinned in. I’m on the aisle, blocked only by my ‘puter and the dwindling baggie of Trader Joe’s Omega-3 trail mix on my lap. Truth be told, I kinda like the feeling. It’s reminds me how excited I am to jump out of the giant paper mache pig … Read More

Smoked Olive Oil Caramels with Chocolate & Pecans

Hi again. It’s me, Emily, here, with a recipe that is probably mostly definitely going to make you want to tear your hair out in absurdly delicious confusion. So, remember when I posted those spicy chocolate caramels the other day? (Yes, the day AFTER Valentine’s Day.) And then I promised a naughtier version would be forthcoming? Well, hunnayy, you would not imagine the emails I received after that post. People were really freaking curious! It was all like: – What do you mean by naughty? – Are they shellac’d with some kind of latex-finish gloss? – Caramel Room of Pain? – Stuffed with foi gras and served impaled on a spiked collar? Just kidding. Nobody cared at all — although, aren’t those all totally legit ways to naughtify a caramel? Especially that last one. Can you imagine it? Pinterest would be all over it. 50 Shades candies. Serve them on a spiked collar from the pet store and then force your guests to eat them when they’re not hungry. I found this collar on sale for $4 at Petco. Brilliant! Wow. That was an elaborate and likely confusing detour if ya’ll don’t read NYT best-selling Twilight fan fiction. How about this … Read More