Creamy Hummus Soup with Crispy Soyrizo Gremolata (Vegan)

Creamy Hummus Soup with Crispy Soyrizo Gremolata (Vegan) (via thepigandquill.com)

Like so many recipes that find their way to this space, this soup was a happy accident. A well-meaning attempt (and I do mean well-meaning, as not a corner was cut!) at Kenji Lopez-Alt’s intriguing Israeli hummus recipe — more on what makes it so intriguing later — watered down, quite literally, into a slurpable meal worthy of your soup spoon. Too many times I’ve daintily tucked pita into a creamy bowl of restaurant hummus while every fiber of my being screams good lord woman, eating it by the oversized spoonful is the clear winner of all ideas ever! And too many times, apparently, I’ve bump-on-a-logged it, afraid of what my dining companions, or — sin of all sins! — the doler-outter-of-pitas — might think. Because I will admit: when pita is good, it’s responsible for at least half the splendor. But when hummus is good. When hummus is this good. It needs not the company of pillowy fillers. Indeed, it’s a treat to behold all on its scoopable, spoonable own. As suggested, the basis for this recipe is Kenji Lopez-Alt’s Israeli hummus, which claims to turn out that super creamy, whippy-textured hummus available almost exclusively in restaurants or at scary New York deli counters but without all the … Read More

buttered miso-tomato soup with roasted garlic + togarashi (gf)

Buttered Miso-Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic + Togarashi via thepigandquill.com

Do you guys know Sylvie from Gourmande in the Kitchen? I’m so honored to be pinch-hitting for her today so she can get some well-deserved R&R on the sunny beaches of Maui. I’m more than a little envious. It’s hardly been three months since we babymooned on that very island and I already miss the jungly black sand beaches. The unmarred white sand beaches. The mochiko chicken. YOU GUYS. The mochiko chicken. Happily, I’ve got something comin’ round the bend that’ll hopefully take the edge offa that craving, but we’ll save that for another post. Today, we’re talking about scratching a different itch — one that originated after I slurped some of the most unique ramen I’ve ever sampled: tender, toothsome noodles swimming in a buttery miso broth infused with, of all things, bright tomatoes, garlic and parm. Yup, like, the cheese parm. And get this: it was suuuuuuurrrrr guuuuurrrrrrd. So this soup pays, in at least a smallish way, homage to that super decadent, velvety marriage of tomatoes and miso, rounded out with lots of sweet, nutty garlic. It’s even finished with a pat of Kerrygold, because apparently I take things like buttery broth pretty literally. (Also: buttah makes everything bettah.) Oh … Read More

five spice + curried sweet corn soup

A warm and cozy winter soup with a hint of spring. #Glutenfree with #vegan mods. Find the full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com.

Two years ago I gave up soda and factory farmed fast-food for the New Year, and they both stuck. Aside from hippie, home-brewed ginger beer and the like, nary a pop has crossed these lips. Nor a Double Double (thank god for In n’ Out’s grilled cheese is all I have to say about that…). Or a chicken nugget. Okokok, there may have been a little c-nug situation this one time at the Denver Airport because cravings and short layovers and crippled self-control, but I sweaaaars to you, that was it. I also swear I’m not (nor was I ever) really much of a fast food junkie, but once it’s off the table, it suddenly seems so forbidden and risky and deliciously alluuuuuuuring. Thank god for In n’ Out’s grilled cheese is all I have to say about that. Since it seems unlikely that I’ll ever be able to stick to another resolution with that same discipline and finesse (except for that one time at the Denver airport. Thank god for In n’ Out’s grilled cheese is all I have to say about that!), I’m saying to hell with new resolutions and hello to my always faithful friend moderation. Ah, moderation. She’s a … Read More

Roasted Beet Soup with Garam Masala & Green Garlic Cream

I did it again. It’s getting dangerously close to 90 degrees outside, and here I am talking about soup. I feel like we’ve been here once before. Ah, yes, the Famous Cheesy Broccoli Soup of Spring 2014. Jeez, it wasn’t even that long ago. But this time is different. This time, I know you guys will forgive me. Because look at this soup. Its supremely lovely hue. That hypnotic swirl of green garlic cream that begs of you to put down the remote…pick up the spoon…you are not Olivia Pope…you are not Olivia Pope…you ARE NOT Olivia Pope… I suppose now might be a good time to confess just how many eps of Scandal I’ve devoured in the past 24 hours. I’d heard all the rumors, but in short? UH.Dicted. It makes coping with the 80+ degree temps inside my house nearly tolerable. Frequent trips to the freezer are helping, too. Open freezer. Insert head. Consult box of Arm & Hammer from 2011 on how best to go about asking landlord for an AC unit. Realize you’re consorting with an air freshener. (A stale one at that.) Opt instead for the well, it can’t get any worse route. Make soup. And here we are again. … Read More

Garlicky Curried Noodle Soup (gf w/ vegan option) – and a Q Squared gig!

When I posted this guy on Instagram the other day, I had the forethought to actually add a squidge of sriracha to the egg. And it looked bangarang, you guys. Bang. Uh. Rang. And then I sat down to edit the pics for this post and realized that, amidst all the excitement of pulling out the big ol’ Nikon and strapping it to the tripod and F-stopping like whoa, I never actually took a real-deal pic of the sauce’d egg. What the eff. I blame #yolkporn. Gets me every time. (Ok, side note: that rocker Caleb dude is singing a Gaga song at half-tempo on Idol right now, and I’m just not feeling it. But the judges, hello, are so endearing it almost makes up for it. Harry, you keep up that Keith Urban impression and I just might forgive your last Christmas album. Also, Hope Floats = yes. That’s it.) So this soup: sriracha drizzle or not, it’s kinda fine, am I right? Like, girl, you a dime. Straight-up Good Looking. And happily, it’s just as tasty. There are 15 flavor-full ingredients in the broth, alone — but don’t let that scare you! If you do a moderate amount of … Read More

Creamy Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Soup (gluten-free)

Soups on! Does anyone say that anymore? Did anyone say that ever? Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of soup? When you’re sick, when you’re chilled, when you’re feeling too lazy for real cooking but somewhere inside your domestic diva urges you to persist? That damn diva. She sure can be a pesky mofo. Will the questions ever stop? Nah, and unfortumunnately they likely won’t become more interesting. It’s the nature of blogging. Eventually, you run out of things to say. Sors. SOUP! Amazingly, this simple, creamy wonder doesn’t employ a smidge of cream — and when it comes down to it, the cheese factor is even pretty responsible. Like, three ounces for four servings? Come on, we’re practically talking diet food here. (What? There’s WINE in this soup? Freaking alchies. Who DOES that?) But really. Brown some bacon. Saute some veg. (Leeks are all the rage in my CSA box these days.) Into the pot with potatoes, stock and, yep, summa dat fermented grape drink. And then comes the fun part: hellloooooooooo immersion blender. Literally, a stick with a little spinny thing on it that blends soup right in the pot. I know this isn’t rocket science, … Read More

Tofu & Fried Egg Pho with Crispy Onions & Furikake

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s almost April. Can I get a WTF? (Thanks.) Seriously, when did that happen? Where did March go? Or February for that matter? Weren’t we just polishing off Spritz sugar cookies from the holidays a couple of weeks ago? Oh, just me then? They freeze well… As much as I typically love the coming of spring, I’ve got to admit I’m a little sad to part ways with winter this year. First of all, we didn’t really see much of it. A little rain here, some flurries there. We tried our darndest to make the most of it, Chris and I, but I guess there’s a part of me — a tiny little scarlet & gray-clad munchkin within — that misses the true winters we once loathed in OH. Yeah, they were gray — more ice than snow, really — and traffic was abysmal and shoveling snow was about as fun as…it sounds. But on a clear night, with a fresh blanket of snow reflecting the brilliant glow of a full moon, the stillness screaming silence, it’s a winter worth longing for. This is a recipe that honors that winter as we bid it … Read More

Spicy Clam Chowder with Gouda Croutons

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who voted for The Pig & Quill! Two days left! Have you voted for the Pig & Quill in Cook Taste Eat’s Facebook contest yet? The recipe with the most votes earns the winner an opportunity to cook and film with celeb-chef and restauranteur Michael Mina, which is pretty much the stuff that Pig & Quill dreams are made of. Please vote and Share on Facebook! Thanks! Here’s a fun topic for Thursday: Things That I’m on the Fence About. Let’s see… Coconut water. Something to do with my mom’s comment, “hmm, that doesn’t strike you as sweaty-tasting?” Well no, actually, it hadn’t struck me, Mom. But now it has. Totally less refreshing when likened to glandular excretion. Oh geez. Blejch. The current season of Idol. What the heck is going on? Who’s this turtle fan guy? When did people start emerging from the stage? And seriously, what happens if Seacrest needs a sick day? Who do they have on deck for that gig? I’ll tell you who it’s not: that other guy who co-hosted with Ryan the very first season. How bummed do you think that guy is feeling right now? Imunna go with Very. Ok, back … Read More

Chickenless Udon Noodle Soup (with Butternut Squash)

I was really ready to headline this post with something as rad Leave the chicken in the coop and the noodles in the soup! but I have a confession to make. This soup isn’t entirely chickenless. There’s, gulp, stock. I know, I’m a sham. I’m so sorry. If you veggie folk leave and never come back, I’ll understand. ‘Cept for I would so not understand. Please don’t leave. Just take a peeksie at the note below for a quickie vegetarian/vegan variation. All better? Good. Because I have another confession to make. I ah-door noodles. Maybe you recall my ramen rant? It’s a love affair I never want to see end. I love them prepared all ways — stir-fried, sauced. Swimming in pools of garlicky browned butter. Eff to the yeah. But when it comes to soup, I don’t want some flimsy noodle that’s going to slowly disintegrate into a soggy, starchy mess. I want something toothsome and chewy. That’s right, I want to chew my soup, ok? Trust me, it’s a joyful thing. Fortunately, udon does just the trick. It’s fast, substantial and wonderfully noodle-y. Oh, and did I also hear that Costco is now selling Ohana House Organic Udon Noodles … Read More

Recipe: Curried carrot soup w/ Greek yogurt & toasted walnuts

It seems we’ve been on a soup streak here lately, and that is A-ok with me. I love soup — to the point that I don’t even discriminate against the canned stuff. I know it’s a sodium bomb and full of all sorts of processed crap, but on a cold day with crusty hunk of sourdough or a drippy grilled cheese, I’m not super picky. If given the choice, however, a velvety, seasonal soup like this one — which can still be made start to finish in less than an hour — is an easy winner. Sweet, subtly spicy and surprisingly balanced in the health department, this one will keep you coming back meal after meal. Which is perfect, because leftovers are stupendous. Paired with an earthy, gooey Roasted Kale and Sharp Cheddar Quesadilla (recipe to come! just look at that crunchy cheese bit escaping the tort in the pic below…), you might even forget than you’re on the wagon. The Fatty McFatFat food wagon. Curried Carrot Soup with Greek Yogurt & Toasted Walnuts By Emily Stoffel Cook time: 45 mins | Serves: 4-5 Note: This is one of those recipes that actually gives you an excuse to bust out the … Read More