Roasted Beet and Fennel Burgers (veg, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo)

Whoa. Check out them lookers. (Also, check out my mom’s vintage sewing table-turned-sideboard.) (And the rih-dic light in her dining room.) (And my clear lack of something to filter all that pretty light.) (But it is oh so pretty.) (K, I’m done now.) Let’s talk about beets, bay. bee. Sweet, nutty and blitzed with licorice-y fennel, warm, worldy spices, piquant salsa and just a dribble of sunshiny honey. AND NUTS. Can we also talk about how there are so many toasty little nut bits going on in here? There are. And it (they?) makes for a patty that is damn near textural paradise. I know that sounds fiercely inappropriate, but I’m not sure there’s another way to describe it. I’m positively addicted to pretty much every aspect of these beet burgers. Not least of which is the fact that I feel oh-so-justified in eating two in one sitting. (Three in one standing!) They’re just veggies and nuts, after all. (OK, super detour: Josh Jackson’s hair + goatee combo thing in Season 6 of the ol’ DC is really working for him. Diane Kruger definitely has herself a nice little national treasure there.) I also kind of love this veggie burger for all the stuff that’s … Read More

Springtime Broccoli Cheese Soup with Peas & Scallions (gluten-free, vegetarian)

I think I’m confused. With triple digits in this week’s forecast, it’s not exactly the season for soup, and yet it’s sort of all I can think about these days. It’s so simple. And it makes such stellar use of those CSA veggies that are threatening slime in the crisper drawer. I always have the best intentions. Really, I do. Last night we sat down to piping bowls of this favorite chowder, light on the milk and bulked up with a few handfuls of sweet, leafy spigarello. Before that, it was a fuschia-hued dream of beets whirled with Indian spices and cool yogurt. (That’s coming soon. Get excited.) And then there’s this broccoli number. It’s everything you love about that characteristically autumnal amalgamation from The Sizzler — and can we all agree that there is something decidedly endearing about said amalgamation? — but it’s freshened up. Lightened up. Dressed up. For spring. It all starts with a bouquet of bright, sharp scallions, ever so briefly caramelized in a bath of nutty butter. Plus broccoli. A lot of it, because it’s the very fact that broccoli is the driver (to cheese’s passenger) that makes this soup so bright and lovely. Or … Read More

Creamy Eggs with Garlicky Greens, Avocado & Chili Oil

You’re so lucky, guys. I’ve got a snap-ton of snazzy stuff headed your way in the weeks to come, like more infused, fruity drinks (since you were kinda bananas for the last one), a pair of pretty, spring soups that will make quick work of all those CSA veggies, and even a CAKE. Yeah, cake stuffs happened and I lived to tell about it. And I totally didn’t drop my favorite ceramic measuring spoon down the running garbage disposal in the process. (No really, I didn’t. But that’s a very real fear of mine. Like, I imagine it happening nearly every time the two — the running disposal and the spoon, that is — get within 10 inches of each other. I guess it’s really the spoon that gets all up nears the disposal, since the latter is kind of in a fixed position, but please believe me when I say that I literally imagine this poor spoon’s inopportune death all. the. time. It’s kind of sick. Send help now. And tell them to bring along some metal measuring spoons so I can put this fear to rest for once and for all. KTHX.) Wow, maybe I should have saved that for the actual … Read More

Jalapeño Watermelon Agua Fresca – a drinko for Cinco

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Have you entered to win that Q Squared NYC Breakfast in Bed serveware set in our Luv Yo Momma Giveaway? Seriously? Get onnnnnnnn it! 🙂 Is it summer yet? My Vitamix thinks so. It’s been running all morning blending up tasty drinks that just scream SUMMMMMMMMER. (See the caps there? Screaming. Also, yeah, drinks, as in expect to see a few more of these around the piggity blog sooooon…) I thought I’d lay this first one on you just in time for Cinco, since it seems festive and party-like and agua fresca sounds good rolling off the tongue. Well, maybe it sounds better rolling off of Salma Hayek’s tongue, but I think you know what I mean. And if your tongue is anything like Salma’s, well, someone’s ears are lucky. uh. But for realsies. This agua fresca is some flippin’ FRESH. ASS. WATER. YO. And yeah, I realize how that reads. I’m just gonna keep on typing forward because it’s about a thousand times more satisfying than backing over ass water. It’s summer, after all. Ain’t nobody got time for regrets. Embrace the present! Live in the now! Buy sixteen new Target … 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

Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Crispy Chorizo & Maple Cream (gluten-free, veggie variation)

First, big thanks to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway of “The Paleo Foodie”! I was happily blown away by your collective passion for leading (or learning more about) a paleo lifestyle. Any diet that gives lamb chops and butter a fatty thumbs up is A-OK with me. (Confession: I might be a little emoji dependent. I might be a little sad I can’t pictorally A-OK this biznit. *Emoji tearface*) And, bigger congrats to our randomly selected winner, Heidi K. I know you’ll love checking out Arsy’s arsynal — nyuck nyuck— of nummers paleo recipes. 🙂 So let’s quickly talk ‘taters. Should we call them Easter ‘taters? Why not. We called these dudes Christmas Eggs and nobody gave a tiddlywink. Also, there’s a good chance I’ll be putting plenty of these ‘taters in my face this weekend, so it’s totally appropriate. These are some of the tastiest sweet potatoes I’ve ever eaten ever. And you might have noticed I eat kind of a lot of sweet potatoes. They’re so damn versatile, I put them in chili and waffles and gnocchi and burgers — but this is more of a spotlight situation. They’re sweet potatoes disguised as nothing more than themselves. Well, maybe a nip-tucked version of … Read More

“The Paleo Foodie” cookbook GIVEAWAY (and Spicy Parsnip Hummus)

{This contest is now closed. Thanks so much for your entries — and congrats to our winner, Heidi K! } Food blogging is kind of an interesting gig. And to be honest, I’ve struggled with the term “food blogger” a lot. For one, it seems we’re a dime a dozen. Even good food bloggers (I’ll use that descriptor loosely and without assumption that I do/not fit into the category) are available in abundance. There are just a lot of folks out there — a plethora, even (love that word) — who do a fine job of experiencing the world through their mouth-holes. And who communicate those experiences so beautifully, eloquently — and often times with great humor. It’s hard to find your voice. Your place in the pack. I’m still figuring it out. Happily, the thing about blogging is that it has all the camaraderie of a team sport. Sure, you can operate entirely in a vacuum (whereby one enjoys a Friday night sharing only in the company of tacos and Parenthood), but you’re surely never alone. If you put yourself out there, you begin to realize that those “dime a dozen” folks you mentioned earlier are actually your peers. Your pals. And you can turn … Read More

Roasted Cauliflower Street Tacos (gf w/ vegan option)

Do you guys do the Taco Tuesday thing around your digs? We never really intend to, but for the last couple of weeks it’s just kinda worked out. It’s like some otherworldy being (I’d like to think it’s Alf) just really wants us to be stuffing our faces with stuffed foods. A taco is a stuffed food, right? I wonder if I say stuffed foods enough times how it’ll affect my Google rankings. I’d like nothing more than for some poor schmuck searching for Hot Pockets to get tricked into finding these balls-good tacos instead because of — whoops — stuffed foods. Side note: if you’re the poor schmuck I’m referring to, let me clarify: I love that you’re here. I don’t not love Hot Pockets. As in, I kinda like them. I want that to be past-tense, but they taste like hugging college. In a good way. Although, admittedly, these tacos are much better. Please be my friend. Moving right along. ‘Member the other day when we made Cauli Steaks for Gina and I mentioned that I end up with only, like, three cauliflower steaks and a HEAP of random florets? We’re gonna put that heap to good work here, you guys. So … Read More

Thai-Style Roasted Cauli Steaks (guest posting at SLHO)

Thai-Style Roasted Cauli Steaks | the pig & quill #glutenfree #vegan

Hey lads and lasses, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope everyone’s donning their lucky green skivvies. In honor of this most verdant of holidays, I thought I’d send you over to So…Let’s Hang Out (SLHO), where I’m guest posting about Thai-Style Roasted Cauli Steaks (gluten-free w/ vegan option). See that pretty sauce on top? Totally festive. So maybe it’s Thai, and St. Patrick’s Day is more commonly associated with Irish traditions. But how can you deny that brilliant green, sweet-savory-salty-tart topping of bright herbs, lime juice, savory Thai fish sauce (don’t be scurred!), jalapeenurs and crushed peanuts? You cannot. Since St. Patty’s day happens to land on Meatless Monday, this is also kinda green in the whole “your meal isn’t farting away the ozone while it gorges itself on GMO corn” kinda way. (Corned beef die-hards, fear not: I still love you and am, in fact, one of you. But you know. Options…) I really hope you’ll pop on over to SLHO to check out the recipe and spend some time getting to know one of the most entertaining bloggers ever, Gina. She’s endearingly funny, and you’ll instantly fall in love with her personification of baking ingredients (that hussy Dark … 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