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

Nectarine + Prosciutto Galettes with Gorgonzola + Thyme

Nectarine + Prosciutto Galettes with Gorgonzola + Thyme recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #pastry #baking #pie #dessert

This post was supposed to be published two days ago, but I’ve been spending my evenings shopping online for tutus. Talk about a rabbit hole. I’m down it so far, I’m thinking it’d be shorter dig my way out through China. Which wouldn’t be the worst idea, since that’s where about 100% of tutus you can buy online are made. Also iPhone 7 cases. But that’s a hole nother story. (Yes, I’m laughing out loud at myself.) In a move I was almost certain we’d never make, we signed Lana up for ballet this week. To be clear: I have nothing against ballet. There is much about it to admire, and I even did my own little stint as a tot. But even in the little baby class, it’s structured. Where the itty bitty gymboree classes encourage you to run amuck (a skill Lana has all but mastered), ballet encourages composure. When Miss Patricia asked us in a sing-song voice to sit on the purple dot, Lana ran away and tried to break into the bathroom. When Miss Patricia asked us to hold our daisies high above our heads and tiptoe across the room, Lana brought hers down like Thor’s hammer on the girl adjacent. … Read More

(10 minute) pear + ricotta crostini with honey + thyme

10-Minute Pear + Ricotta Crostini with Honey + Thyme | the pig & quill | #recipe #thanksgiving #appetizer #snack

So, just to get a few things off the table before I go all (non) recipe on your butts: Spain is RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous. I’d heard all the things about all the cities we’d be visiting, and I went in completely assuming I’d leave with a strong bias toward one or the other, but so far I’ve fallen in love with little bits of Barcelona (the jamón, Gaudi everything, and some of the most excellently executed vegetarian food I’ve had in a while), San Sebastian (pintxos, of course — and the views!) and Madrid (palaces and patatas — what’s not to like??). I’ll do the best I can to get a recap up on the blog in the weeks (ok, let’s be real: months) to come, but if I don’t, I’ve been posting a few snippets on Instagram along the way if you wanna get all caught up. 🙂 UM, how traumatizing is the end of ET? Seriously, my mom is already crying, and if it weren’t for my fear of dabbing this shitty, scratchy hotel toilet paper all over my preciously just-eye-creamed eyes, I’d be right there with her. #foreignTVproblems I ate chicharrones for dinner. Alright, let’s blog about crostini. I kind … 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

Cheesy Sweet Potato Waffles w/ Sour Cream & Maple

There are weeks where you feel like you just suck at life. And I’m having one. In a big, fat, cure-me-with-carbs kinda way. So let’s talk waffles. I like waffles. They taste good. They make my insides feel good. And the they’re a guilty pleasure for my OCD side. I maybe eat my waffles along the gridlines. WHAT. I’m not going to insist that these waffles are life changing, but I will tell you that the more I use the word waffles in this post, the better I feel. Try it for yourself. I mean, you don’t have to type it out if you don’t want, but just say it a few times with me: Waffles. (Are you saying it? Are you saying Waffles Make the World Go Round, Whee-Waffle-Whee-Waffle-Woo…? Maybe not, but damn if that ain’t catchy.) So waffles. You guys, these are so good. They’re smooshed full of nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, sweetened up with brown sugar, savoried up with thyme and cheddar and then topped with plenty of cool sour cream and smoky, amber maple syrup. They’re, like, the perfect any time of day, any time of year food. Oh hey, Holiday Brunch, what’s up. Yo, Bakesale. Let’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

Gorgonzola Grilled Plums with Maple Syrup & Chilies

Sometimes there are those evenings when all you want to do is rip open a bag of chips, pour them into a bowl and grab a spoon. Sometimes the spoon is totally optional. (Duh, who eats chips with a spoon?) Sometimes you find yourself with crumbies all up in the micro-knit of the corporate polo you’re wearing. Always you fear what will happen if hubby learns just how many of those crumbies ended up on the couch. Maybe you got down real close and carefully removed each little piece of evidence with the tip of your tongue. Maybe you didn’t. No one will ever know. In other news, it’s Tuesday. Did you get the memo? I did, but just barely. Because somehow it feels like Monday. And also a little like Thursday since Thursday is a holiday, which makes Wednesday Friday. It’s a conflicting time for Tuesday, poor little guy. Good thing there are plenty of fun Pig & Quill announcements to perk little T-Man right up. Like… …the winner of our Saucy Mama mustard giveaway, Carolsue! Yay for free mustard, Carolsue! I hope you’ll use it to make stuff like this and this…or maybe you’ll use it to make a … Read More

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Apples, Bacon & Balsamic

Gnocchi is therapy. The mashing. The rolling. The shaping. It’s a quiet, process-oriented little task that requires just enough focus to clear the mind of its remaining clutter. Should I be throwing another load of laundry in the wash? Nope – gnocchi. If I get into work early two days next week, will it make up for a Monday out of the office? Shuttup — gnocchi. Really, does no one find it odd that all this airing of dirty laundry just happens to coincide with Emily Thorne’s arrival in the Hamp—gnocchi. See? It purges the crap, I promise you. And yet it doesn’t take the whole darn afternoon. I won’t claim that this gnocchi is authentic or even the best you’ve ever had, but it’s simple, reliable and satisfying. To make it even easier, I baked off a tray of sweet potatoes for lunch earlier this week and just threw an extra in the mix knowing I’d want to make gnocchi this weekend. (Check out my new favorite potato baking method here. It’s a piece of cake, and I swear the potatoes come out more flavorful and evenly cooked than doing them the old fashioned way.) Add an egg, a … Read More