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

(vegan) caramelized red kuri pasta with white wine and olive oil + news!

A savory and surprisingly hearty vegan/vegetarian pasta ready in about 30 minutes (with GF variation). Find the full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree #pasta #recipe #squash #fall

Pasta first — or news first? Let’s do pasta. Because, hello, it’s pasta. Or in Giada speak: PAHSS-teh. Luvluvluvluvluv. This one has been in the queue for only way too long. Back before I tricked you into making Thanksgiving in under an hour (you guys — it’s tomorrow. If you don’t have a game plan, you might want to click that link). Before I turned your delicata into a beautiful mess of garlicky stickyness that is anything but delicate. And waaay before I left the country to eat all the ham products ever made. (I’m losing track of these attempts to shove my Instagram feed down your throats, so maybe just do us both a favor and follow me already, please/thanks.) And in that time, I’ve probably made this dish thrice more. Because 1) I’m more than slightly winter-squash obsessed. And 2) it’s just THAT good. Savory squash and earthy sage and that background of sweet-salty nuttiness that comes from cooking down veggies to the point of caramelization — in wine and brown sugar, no less. Add in a heap of my favorite short-cut pasta (not to be mistaken with shortcut pasta, for which there is also a time and place), and … 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

parmesan-ricotta spaghetti squash fritters with crispy fried sage

parmesan-ricotta spaghetti squash fritters with crispy fried sage | the pig & quill | #grainfree #vegetarian #fall #recipe

When we lived in San Luis Obispo — that is, a near lifetime ago, full of workdays ending at 4pm, leisurely evening bike rides and long morning strolls through the quaintest of downtowns (remind me why we left again?) — one of our favorite lazy Saturdays was a drive through the hills of south county, taking the seemingly less-traveled backroads past horse farms and vineyards, through sun-shattered corridors of black oaks, all the way to Pismo Beach. Ok, full disclosure: it’s maybe a 20-minute drive, but as the saying goes, distance — or maybe just time — makes the heart grow fonder, and the nostalgic poet within is apparently wholly smitten with every detail of those carefree jaunts, efficient as they may have been. We’d pass the time at Pismo with a nap on the sand, bread bowls of briny chowder thicker than sausage gravy — and too many instances of me charging down the pier, attempting to sneak up on seagulls and instead reeling with fear when they’d boldly stand their ground. Because apparently I was (um, am?) a hyperactive 9-year-old. At dinner, we’d forego the trendier Pismo dining scene for the comfort of Rosa’s, a homey enclave of heirloom Italian recipes, … 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

Roasted Turkey Meatballs w/ Cranberry-Mustard Sauce

Posting from the road, as promised — and on a full stomach, no less. Would you believe Ma and I have just had one of the tastiest meals on our Southern road trip at a little vegan diner in Chattanooga’s Northshore neighborhood? Potstickers, collard greens and some of the most delightfully textural breaded and grilled tofu (+ veggies + sweet chili sauce + herbs, peanuts and brown rice!) I’ve ever laid teeth on. Plus plenty of local breakfast recommendations to wash everything down. Methinks I love Chattanooga. Ok, well, to be fair, methinks I love Tennessee. Because Nashville is overflowing with kind, chatty folks drawling in warm, syrupy accents that you could tune into for days on end. Cupcakes that are so much more than the trend suggests. Some of the best pizza I’ve had the pleasure of tasting, live music at every turn AND buy 1 get 2 free cowboy boots. Buy ONE. Get TWO free. The marketing genius behind that one is either tremendously brilliant or devastatingly broke — but to tell you the truth, I couldn’t care less. Because THREE FOR ONE boots. I could go on for days about the ridonk eats we’re getting done down … Read More