Ultimate Fall Chopped Salad with Honeyed Tangerine-Turmeric Vinaigrette

Ultimate Fall Chopped Salad with Honeyed Tangerine-Turmeric Vinaigrette (via thepigandquill.com) #vegetarian #vegan #dairyfree

There are no new words to communicate how quickly this holiday season came upon us. There are even fewer words to relay how unprepared I am for the coming days of packing, travel and stretchy pants. And the internet knows far more than me about how to put your best bird forward, so I’ll spare you my attempt. Instead, as has become habit of late, I’ll keep things on the short side (I’m actually working on a new pigtales piece that will exhaust whatever vocabulary I leave on the table in this post) and just drop this most colorful salad into your laps. Something to brighten what can often be an otherwise beige holiday table. Or something to greet you on the other side of decidedly beige weekend. (To be clear: beige in these references is not necessarily a bad thing. Gravy knows no bounds, and rightly so.) I’ve so named this salad ultimate fall based on the foundation components, alone, but the dressing is truly something to behold, so I’ll start there. A hefty dose of turmeric, given away by the dressing’s beckoning golden hue, meets honey (or maple syrup), freshly squeezed tangerine juice, plenty of black pepper and just enough apple … Read More

herbed asian quinoa salad (vegan + gf)

herbed asian quinoa salad recipe (gluten-free) | via thepigandquill.com

You know that feeling when you drag yourself up from the depths of a particularly realistic dream only to stumble through your house like a stranger? Bathed in the buttery glow of early morning, the rooms are all the same: there’s salt in the pig, dust on the turntable. The down pillows on the sofa are dented just so (hi-YAH!) — and yet you turn down the hallway with fresh eyes, taking it all in the way you would when the light blinks green and the door swings open to a freshly turned hotel suite. It’s refreshing and disorienting and quietly intoxicating all at once because it happens maybe once in every hundred dreams. You curse and revel in the unfamiliarity of your own space. You know that feeling? That is parenthood. A novel and jarring distortion of your previous reality. Or simply: an awakening. Apparently, it takes eight weeks to recognize this phenomenon. Maybe it’s because the initial stupor of having your every breath revolve around a being wholly separate from yourself is slowly lifting as it evolves into something you’re rather fondly coming to see as the new normal. Maybe it’s lady hormones. Ok, it’s probably the latter. I say this because I’ve eaten … Read More

quinoa + chickpea tabbouleh (gf + vegan)

Takes only 10-mins and is perfect for lunches or potlucks! Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #vegan #glutenfree #salad #recipe #quinoa

You guys. Parenthood is over. I just finished the Serial podcast. Vampire Diaries is getting a little off its game — even for Vampire Diaries. (But, attractive people…) And do we even want to talk about The Bachelor? This season is a freaking circus of crazies and the ring master is an unfortunately fauxhawk’d makeout slut with waaaaaay less facial hair than is necessary for the whole Iowa Farmer thing to be charming. (Also, that matte pink lipstick looks good on exactly none of you, so stop passing it around. JUSTSTOPIT. Jesus.) I think I need a detox from popular programming. Or maybe just a detox, in general. (I feel like here’s where I should put another picture of this salad thingyding. Isn’t it just the picture of health? Chickpeas! Quinoas! Green stuffs! It’s exactly what should be going into your tummy when limos of drunk girls are going into your eyeballs.) OMG, you kinda like the makeout slut, don’t you? DO YOU? But he’d be so much hotterrrrrr with a reeeeeal beeaarrrdddd…. Ugh. Let’s not even. So honestly, I think I’ve said that recipes are “stupid easy” a time or two, but this time I weeeealllly mean it. Step 1. Lemon juice, olive oil, … Read More

spicy pineapple + parsley salad with avocado + chilies

spicy pineapple salad with avocado and chilies | the pig & quill

Greetings from Boston, friends! I just flew in from California and BOY are my arms tired. Is that still a thing? Seriously though, I’m but five hours off the plane and I can already admit to suffering from some serious jetlag. Except, it’s the kind of jetlag that hits you before you swap time zones. Before you boarded the plane. Alrite alrite, before you even checked for the third time that, yes, you packed your charger and yes, the garage door is closed – and wait, should I bring a scarf for the plane? you know how cold I get — aaaaand it’s time to get to the airport already. So basically not at all jetlag and all the way a case of chronic distraction that somehow allowed me to completely space the fact that the internet is abuzz with witches’ brews and finger-shaped treats (sidebar: ew) and peeled grapey things that can only mean it’s Halloween week. So while I should probably be posting Halloweeny (heh, weenie) treats to quell those sweet teeth of yours, instead I give you salad. Cue the violins…  But thassokaaayyyouguyssssss! I have a feeling you’ll forgive me. Because pretty. *eyelash-batting emoji* See see see???? … Read More

Grilled Melon and Prosciutto Caprese (grain-free) – and a P&Q birthday

Somehow, today marks two years that I’ve been blogging here with all of you (!!), and I’m feeling rather romantic about a number of things. About the blog, yes. And also: every stitch of clothing in the latest Anthro catalogue. This sofa. Chef Sean Brock. Be still my beating heart, this is a crush I won’t be shaking any time soon. I had the chance to dine at the original Husk restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina when my mom and I embarked on our unforgettable Southern Eats birthday road trip this time last year. We arrived for lunch just as the restaurant opened, my pulse as tickled with anticipation as my skin was tacky with the coastal Carolina humidity. The burger lived up the hype. The impossibly creamy grits a whimsical celebration of a cuisine that, as Sean insists in his season of The Mind of a Chef, really is rooted to the soil of the South and the fruits, veggies and heirloom grains it pushes forth. Of course there’s pig, and fried chicken, white gravies — all of which is slap yo’ momma good (I refrained, as she was to be my travel companion for a good week or more). But it’s so … Read More

Masala Roasted Sunchokes with Feta, Mint & Lemon (gluten-free)

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!  Have you entered our Luv Yo Momma giveaway yet? No? So I guess you don’t wanna win a Breakfast in Bed set from Q Squared, then. Ok. Up to you. (Check it out!) Confession number one. I just ate a pop tart. Well, ok, some non-GMO, organic approximation of a pop-tart, but it hit all the same pop-tarty notes. Scalding hot, jammy inside. Crackling sugary crust. It was all sorts of delicious. I want another. Maybe in time I’ll DIY some for the bliggy. Confession number two. I’m about half a pound into these sunchokes (salty after sweet, duh), which are also called Jerusalem artichokes, or — as I’ve recently learned — fartichokes, based on their reputation as a gastrointestinal nightmare. Fortunately, when I say recently learned, I don’t mean firsthand. I think scarfing down gobs of cauliflower and curries may have strengthened my tummers, because these guys ain’t got nothing on me. I mean, a Chipotle bowl packs more poison. But that’s just me. If you’re in the same boat, then you’re a lucky little devil, because sunchokes are DEE. LICIOUS. They crisp up beautifully on the outside while … 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

Farro Salad with Roasted Fennel & Grapefruit

It’s been a big week, I’ll have you know. This Sunday, I ran my first half-marathon — the US Half in gorgeous SF. Then proceeded to catch me a nasty head cold — again. And today, I heard my first Christmas song. Mariah Carey, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), if you’re curious. And yes, there was a moment where the sheer Christmas cheer was cut cleanly in half by a brilliant stroke of panic that I blacked out Thanksgiving. You never know. That tryptophan is really crippling. Gladly, the half-marathon wasn’t so bad (we had a great cheering section), the head cold is currently at the mercy of too much NyQuil (as is this blog post, I’m afraid), and we’ve yet to enjoy Thanksgiving — that I’m aware of. Although it’s entirely possible that I wasn’t completely present for Halloween. We just didn’t get our act together in time to do the jack-o-lanterns, the cobwebs, the black lights and spooky music. I didn’t even don a costume this year, but then again, I’m kind of an all or nothing kinda gal when it comes to dressing up. It’s the pressure, you know? Like, remember when it was totally ok to just … 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

Baked Tofu Banh Mi Salad

Hey ya’ll. You’re not gonna believe this, but we’re back! Wedding month concluded yesterday with a super cute, DIY ceremony and reception that Pinterest only wished it had witnessed in the flesh. Of course I left my phone at home, so I can’t share a lick of it with you right yet, but if I can get my hand on some snaparoos, I’ll be sure to share. Suuuuuur cuuuuuurte. And now we can get on with a fall that’s nearly as full of festivities. Almost. Except guessat. I’m not ready for fall. So instead let’s keep eating salad like it’s not getting dark at 7. Like it’s not 49 degrees at night. Like pumpkins aren’t all up ons…everything. Like Costco isn’t already slinging fatty bags of Kit Kats. That I want to insert into my face like felled timber into a woodchipper. Yeah. Salad still seems like a good idea. This one’s been pretty popular at our last couple of potlucks. And it’s basically a deconstructed street sandwich that you can eat like a classy friggin’ lady. Winning all around. Baked Tofu Banh Mi Salad (with vegan variation) by Emily Stoffel Cooking time: 60 mins prep & assembly + overnight … Read More