Savory Pumpkin Cannelloni with Candied Walnuts + Crispy Sage (Dairy-Free)

Savory Pumpkin Cannelloni with Candied Walnuts + Crispy Sage Recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree

As I write this, Lana is on the baby cam arranging her bed buddies around the perimeter of her crib, and her baby doll just won’t sit up the way she wants. It’s fascinating to me the way she’ll prop her up, watch her slouch forward, frown, prop her up again, etc., without so much as peep — when I know that, if I were in the room with her, she’d be whining almost instantly for my help. It’s moments like this — little, stalkery episodes where I stand back and admire her persistence or strength (she deadlifted a compost pail full of rocks and carried it across the backyard when I was just out of sight) — that I wonder if my constant presence isn’t a hindrance of sorts. When she comes up against a step and reaches for my hand. When she shoots her arms skyward the moment I walk into her room. (Ut! Ut!) When she pushes her spoon toward me, followed by the oatmeal. Like, you scoop it, mom, not me. I question if all my help is actually hurting her a little, or if she’s just an opportunist. And if it’s the latter, shouldn’t I take advantage? … Read More

pumpkin pie milkshakes with pumpkin spice caramel and maple whip (df)

Let me first address the obvious here, because I bet someone out there is just itching to say it: a milkshake without dairy is not a true milkshake. I know this is the popular opinion, and even in my own heart, I know it to be true. But there’s something to be said for getting really, really, really close. And then taking some titular liberties. Ha. Titular. If you’ve been around this blog for any part of the autumn season before, you know it becomes kind of a squash and pumpkin show. I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest pumpkin (or even pumpkin spice) fiend out there, but when the leaves do their thing and the air crisps up and Trader Joe’s starts cramming pumpkin into damn near everything and only succeeding at about half the things but still suckering you into buying pretty much all.of.them.hello.pumpkin.bagels.yes., you can’t help but become at least a little bit of a bandwagon fan. If only for the fact that pumpkin season is really just the first gastronomic clue that turkey-pie-and-cookie season is ever near. And I’m really keen on turkey-pie-and-cookie season. We’re reading that as three things, right? Because while I do love me some … Read More

pumpkin curry with peanuts, peas + crispy spice-crusted tofu

pumpkin curry with peanuts, peas + crispy spice-crusted tofu recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #fall #glutenfree #vegan #dinner

Can we talk a minute about things I’m feeling these days? One: Pistachios. I bought this huge bag of them in the shell because we have these friends that always put out pistachios when we go to their house for dinner, and it’s super fun because it’s, like, both a snack and an activity and something to do with your hands when you’re not quite ready for that second pre-dinner beer — except for I’m currently in my own house on my zero-th beer trying to write this blog post and snack at the same time and all I want is to be able to slam handfuls of pistachios into my face between paragraphs but THE FREAKING SHELLS ARE IN THE WAY and who has time for activity-snack hybrids anyway what was I thinking omfg. Seriously though. If someone wants to come over here and feed me shelled pistachios, I’d be ever so grateful. I’ll pay you one-thousand pistachio shells, which just may be the current form of currency in the year 2097 when this tangent is done. Two: Lana + vintage duds = I’m dead. Feelsie-feels times a million. Tres — currrrrrrry! I’m aboust it, you guys. Of late I’ve been puttin’ … Read More

60-minute (mini) thanksgiving: mayo-roasted chicken wings, cranberry and spice brussel sprouts + pumpkin-pecan stuffing

60-minute (Mini) Thanksgiving: Mayo-Roasted Chicken Wings, Cranberry + Spice Brussel Sprouts and Pumpkin-Pecan Stuffing with Cheddar + Thyme // the pig & quill // #thanksgiving #holiday #fall #recipe

Holy freaking (American) Thanksgiving is in two weeks. I say that like I’m telling you something, I realize. Like you don’t know that for yourself. But that’s only because things like calendar events tend to get away from me, so I need subtle reminders — like Target swapping bins of Reese’s ghosts for motorized Lazy Susans topped with shiny plastic trees — to shake me out of my “it’s squash season but let’s pretend it’s still summer” daydream. So just to be clear: I know you know it’s almost Turkey Time. But I’m gonna go ahead and keep freaking out. Fortunately — and here’s where you’re going to be really impressed by me — I anticipated the shit out of this freak out. I knew old T-Givvle (← that happened) would schneak up and bite me in the butt, and I totally beat it to the punch by whipping up this tiny feast before I even packed my bags for this year’s mo-do trip (to Spain!). Ok, maybe that doesn’t say much because I am the world’s WORST procrastinator when it comes to packing. Also, Spain update: I ate like a kilo of salted piggy parts today, which *phew* is cool given the whole a-kilo-is-pretty-much-just-an-ounce conversion … Read More

Simple Pumpkin Spice Dip

Did I mention I’ve been hoarding pumpkin like it’s the apocalypse? Or maybe Armageddon? If it is Armageddon, I really hope Chris knows to do the whole animal-cookies-on-the-tummy act before we become fiery stardust. I’d be so smitten. Anyway, I’ve been hoarding pumpkin. Like, I maybe made a small scale model of Hearst Castle out of pumpkin cans in my living room. I might be sitting in said castle right this minute, wondering exactly what I can use to duplicate the gold leaf in the swimming pool. The swimming pool may or may not be a Pyrex baking dish. The Hearsts were really more into wading, anyway. Where was I? Yes, hoarding. But even when you’ve got a habit like mine, you find yourself with a stray cup of pumpkin here and there. Maybe you’ve just made a wicked pot of pumpkin polenta and you’ve got half a can’s worth sitting in the fridge, daring you to make the world’s smallest pie. Fortunately, this quick dip isn’t all that far off. And it’s embarrassingly easy, you guys. Like, three (ok, four) ingredients, one pan, maaaaaaaybe 10 mins. With fresh apples or salty pretzel sticks or little fondue-style cubes of cheesecake, it’s … Read More

Pumpkin Polenta w/ Browned Butter & Sage (guest posting at SLHO)

Sup purties! Is everyone super jazzed for Humpday? If not, I’m putting the pump in pumpkin with a little guest post over at So…Let’s Hang Out (SLHO) today, and it promises to be a smashing good time. (Pretty sure there was potential for a 90’s rock reference in there somewhere, but whatevs. I know you know I was thinking it, and that’s all that matters, yeah?) So. Do you guys know Gina, yet? If not, I urrrrrge you to check her out — and try not to judge her too harshly for letting my kooky arse crash her pretty little blog. If you can follow along with my madness (and seriously, bless your hearts), you’re in excellent shape to take in the hilarity that is Gina’s world of polar buddies, crispy chicken legs and Whitney Houston. You might even giggle audibly in your cubicle, which is a heck of a lot better than other…audible…cubicle…noises, so I’m gonna go ahead and give Gina mad props right now. Today’s guest post is all about gettin’ yer fall on in a big way with a super simple side dish that’s got comfort food written all over it: Pumpkin Polenta with Browned Butter & … Read More