Pigtales 05: On Thankfulness + News

Family Photography by Kait Miller

Pigtales is a glimpse at the going-ons that take place (mostly) outside of the P&Q kitchen. Baby stuffs, things I love, general musings and other tales from my life as a momma, wife and semi-professional goofball. I wanted to share this post before the holiday. Wait, scratch that. I wanted to share this post a month ago — on Monday, October 24th, to be exact. The day that, as Lana and I were driving home from ballet, singing Five Little Monkeys for at least the twenty-fifth time and cursing the already setting sun, I received the phone call telling me I had breast cancer. I was shell-shocked. Dumbfounded. Numb. I mean, once I stopped the car and got Lana into the house, I was a snotfaced, convulsing mess. But aside from that first tidal wave of emotion (which was triggered by the singular thought that if I die, Lana won’t remember me), I kind of entered a silent zombie mode, punctuated every so often by a spoken aloud what in the actual fuck. Fifteen days later, the electoral college determined that Donald Trump would be our next president. It was a rough couple of weeks, you guys. But here’s the … Read More

sourdough stuffing with kale, almonds + grand marnier apricots | sprouted routes guest post

Sourdough Stuffing with Kale, Almonds + Grand Marnier Apricots recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #thanksgiving #vegetarian #vegan

Hola mis amigos, and welcome to Trading Spaces — the food blog edition! I’m over on Sprouted Routes today sharing the recipe for my (dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free) Mini Sweet Potato Soufflés with Pecan Pie Streusel — so naturally, the lady behind Sprouted Routes, herself, Miss Liz Moody, is hanging out here and talking ’bout stuffing stuffs just in time for Thanksgiving – yay! Like many modern friendships, Liz and I met on the interwebs, and it was love at first ‘gram. In addition to being pretty dang talented with a camera, she’s a pro at eating well on the road (hello, homie has an app!), a fellow Bay Area Bae (← sorry?…) and engaged to be mawwwhied — hooray! She’s also kind of spectacular at taking ridiculously indulgent eats — pumpkin chai waffles! caramel pecan tarts! creme brulee french toast! — and making them totally sinless without tasting like hamster bedding, w00t w00t. (Also, anyone who can rationalize sourdough bread as a gut-boosting superfood is a pal in my book…) Thanks for giving Liz a warm welcome today, guys — and be sure to check her out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too. You won’t regret it. 🙂 See ya over in soufflé … 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

Happy Cheersgiving! (and How To: Host a Beer Tasting Party)

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. As always, I recommend only those items that I truly find to be a good fit in The Pig & Quill kitchen, and any opinions expressed across the site, be they negative or positive, are 100% my own. ————————————————– Well howdy, friends. I hope everyone in these ‘ere United States enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. Knowing that there are people out there — family, friends and some wonderfully loyal, creative and funny folks that I’ve never met! — reading my jibberish is one of the most humbling feelings in the world, and it’s such a special experience creating this space with all of your support. So if I’ve not said it before, this and every year, I’m SO THANKFUL for this, our little P&Q community. Love you guys. Now, on with the post! Last year, Chris and I hosted a little Friendsgiving shindig before the holiday weekend — just a casual get-together for those dear friends we consider family but wouldn’t be Giving Thanks with on the big day. And this year, we … Read More

Roasted Miso-Glazed Pumpkin (vegan & gluten-free)

A few weeks ago, I tempted fate and went shopping at Costco without a grocery list. I’d say I live for cheap thrills — except flat after flat of $9 organic produce adds up reeaaal frickin’ fast. So along with my usual haul of Greek yogurt, bananas and Dave’s Killer Bread (side note: have you guys heard he’s off the wagon? Seriously so sad…) — I picked up two little tubs of organic white miso. Let the ahhhglazing begin. Troof be told, to-date my only experience with miso at home has been with those guilty little packets of instant miso soup that they sell at the Asian food store. And I’m not gonna lie. I like ’em. I like ’em a lot. But I knew, just as soon as I dropped those little square tubs in my massive, two-child-occupancy cart, that something more interesting than soup was in my future. Something to make the most of the season. Something temptingly simple yet special enough for guests. Something that — oh I got it! That could even star as the veggie main on your holiday table! Oh boy, you guys! Isn’t it exciting?? I’m really feeling where this is going. Even … 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

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

Braised Pork Belly Tacos (my first Pigsgiving!)

First off, Happy Birthday to my Father-in-Law, John! I’m spoiled by having totally normal and highly lovable in-laws. They’re the best, and super supportive in everything we do. Love them. Second: Turkey. Schmurkey. That’s right, I said it. Every year, knowing that most everyone has a turkey dinner in their plans for Thanksgiving, my mom’s side of the family gets together for a decidedly Turkey-less holiday lunch. We’ve done a Chinese potluck with black bean spareribs and sticky rice. We’ve done an Italian feast with lasagne, piccata and fluffy desserts. We’ve even done an entirely Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving where we sampled and served most everything in the annual Turkey-Day edition of the Fearless Flyer. There was fried mac n’ cheese bites, bacon-wrapped scallops, an herby pork roast. It may have been store-bought, but damn if it wasn’t delicious. This year, my mom gave me the honor of suggesting the main attraction for our traditionally non-traditional lunch. We had just sat down (on the living room floor) to enjoy a supper of braised pork belly tacos. After a long day of outlet shopping, they were seriously hitting the spot. “I don’t know,” I said, using a shred of tortilla to mop … Read More

Recipes: Cranberry muff stuffers n’ veggies (aka Friendsgiving)*

One of my more cynical friends and charmingly resistant readers suggested part of the title for this post after partaking in the cranberry stuffing muffins written up below. Because why refer to something as a stuffing muffin when you can instead turn to the prose that is muff stuffer? It’s really quite excellent in its inappropriateness. But then I suppose me referring to anyone else on this Earth as inappropriate would be the very definition of kettle-pot name-calling. I digress. On Monday, Chris and I had a few friends over to to celebrate a bit of an impromptu Friendsgiving complete with festive food, free-flowing vino and an eclectic vinyl soundtrack. (Yes, we totally sat around and listened to records.) We started with easy-prep, store-bought apps (ummm, have you had Trader Joe’s Parmesan Pastry Pups?) and then kept things super simple with a dinner solely comprised of…sides. No turkey, no ham, no fancy something-en-croute. Just a big bowl of salad greens and these two low-maintenance, crowd-pleasing, holiday-friendly dishes. And it gets even better: because these guys bake at the same temperature and require very little prep, you can literally get dinner going in 15 minutes. While the sides bake, toss together … Read More