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

spiced summer squash quickbread (gf)

spiced summer squash quickbread recipe - gluten-free/paleoish (via thepigandquill.com)

I set out intending to leave this post free of any mammary references, but then I went for my first postpartum jog the other day and realized that HOLY JESUS Running With Boobs Hurts Like The Dickens and it just didn’t feel right keeping the lid on such an epiphany, so there goes that. And to think I actually wanted these things back in high school. Ouch. Also, how uncomfortable is the word mammary? I’m having mixed feelings about it, mostly because every time I hear it I picture whales swimming around with little storybook clusters of bubbles floating about, because obvi whales are my go-to mammal visualization (cute!). But then also: mammaries. Just ew. Let’s talk about less ew things. This quickbread situation fits the bill. It came about as a way to use up pretty much any and every summer variety of squash that came our way in last year’s CSA when I was battling a fierce case of Preggo No-Likey The Squash Things. Natch, all of our zucchini made their way into breads and muffins, but when I started turning up my nose at pattypans and crooknecks, too, momma had to get creative. Turns out, there’s not a whole lotta difference … Read More

glazed pineapple-banana loaf cake with walnuts + cherries

glazed pineapple-banana loaf cake with walnuts + cherries (via thepigandquill.com)

The past couple of weeks have been such a whirlwind. I know I allude to something of that nature every few posts or so, but I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced time moving at quite this rate of speed before. Isn’t there some convention that pregnancy flies by until you hit the last month or so and then everything suddenly stills while you wait…and wait…and wait…? I can tell you, I’m closing in on that last month, and I’m not sure there will ever be enough days between today and the day to tick all the boxes on all the lists. Waaah. One of the lists I’ve almost-barely-but-not-really managed to get under control is the meal prep and planning ‘majiggy I put together for our first few weeks back at home with the wee one. I’m thinking I’ll give you guys the quickie rundown either this week or next, but the main idea is to stock the freezer and pantry with a variety of meals that can come together with next to zero effort when we’re fighting the battles of cloth diapers and fatigue. Variety, I’m figuring, is key — so we’ve got a couple of casseroleish things and a couple of egg dishes. … Read More

toasted walnut enchilada hummus with cilantro + lime

Two recipes in one: toasty, nutty hummus drizzled with a fast and foolproof spicy sauce. Super addicting! Full recipe at www.thepigandquill.com. #vegan #superbowl #snacks #recipe

Oh yay! You guys are still here. Meaning my affinity for hot dogs (and a decidedly Americasian interpretation, at that) didn’t scare you away. I knew you could hang. As your reward, this week we’re talking more Superbowl-ready eats that are borderline goofy (enchilada sauce on toppa hummus? she dun lost her shit!) but silly delicious all the same. You’ll see what I mean when we get into the nitty gritty later on. And really, is it even that weird? It’s clearly not bizarre enough to warrant the gibberish I keep slapping in between all these parentheses (like this crap — which is here solely for the purpose of example), but I feel a little insecure every time I post something that’s not, like, THE Trending Item on Pinterest. (Side note: until I dunk an Oreo in waffle batter and drizzle it with peanut butter, I’m not sure I’ll ever be That Trending Item.) (Side side note: I would so eat that.) You want to lob a boomerang at my head right now, don’t you? (It would be kind of poetic and all given its parenthesis-y shape…) I’m stopping. So, late last week, I went into the lab for glucose testing, which is … 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

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 & Green Bean Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing

{Reminder: our Saucy Mama Giveaway is open until June 29th! Win three mustards, or just take advantage of the P&Q coupon code. Have you entered yet?} In the past 96 hours, I’ve eaten pizza. I’ve eaten pastrami. I’ve eaten burgers and fries and snappy-skinned hot dogs that, while delicious, no amount of papaya juice can make go down easily. I’ve had pork belly upon pork belly upon pork belly: on sandwiches, in soup and in a salad that showcases one of the tastiest flavor combos I’ve tried. I’ve had cookies and ice cream and caramels and, ohhhhh the coffee drinks. There’s been fried chicken. Popcorn. Breakfast sandwiches on the daily. And ramen. Of course there’s been ramen. Chris calls this salad The Revitalizer, and after four-going-on-five days of eating the way I’ve been, it’s the only thing I want in my belly. ‘Cept maybe a cronut. Yeah, I could probably make room for a cronut. Hoping to get a more elaborate NYC Eats recap up once I’m back. In the meantime, have you entered the P&Q Saucy Mama giveaway yet? Back to Cali soon! Sweet Potato & Green Bean Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing By Emily Stoffel Cook time: 35 minutes … Read More

Chiles en Nogada — a Whole Foods & Cook Taste Eat Contest

**Update: the Cook Taste Eat recipe competition is now closed. Thanks to all who voted! ** Remember in college, when that Facebook thing came along and it asked you about your favorite movies? Your favorite quotes? Your favorite books? And you had a mild panic attack over whether or not it would be social suicide to list Harold & Kumar alongside When Harry Met Sally, so you threw in Memento for good measure? Yeah, me neither. I’ve never been awesome with the whole favorites thing. There’s too much pressure. You can so easily go too Indie. Too hipster. Too run-of-the-mill ordinary and be thoroughly judged for the rest of your online existence. Yeah, I liked the Dixie Chicks. Powerful women singing about Tennessee ham and sweet, sweet justice? Who wouldn’t. And yet, there are a few faves of mine that are absolute mainstays. I will unwaveringly proclaim them my bread and butter for all the days of my gluttonous life. One is Like Water for Chocolate. The book, of course, although I didn’t hate the film. Maybe it resonated with you, maybe it didn’t. I personally have a soft spot for magical realism, so when it’s coupled with Laura Esquivel’s sensual food-as-love … Read More

Birthday Eggplant (Simple Sicilian Eggplant Involtini)

Yesterday was Emily’s birthday. No, not mine, the other Emily. (But mine is coming up in June, and it’s a big one, so if you wanna send me something…) A dinner party was held in her honor, complete with Moscow mules, darling World Market-inspired favors and an astrologer to get all of our hopes up about our futures. It was incredibly fun and full of such warm, inviting and clever friends. She’s a lucky one. As part of Em’s soiree, guests were each asked to potluck a dish that we’d later explain with a toast to Emily. As in, the dish had to be something significant, special, noteworthy — or at least delicious enough to warrant the whole toast thing void. There were cocktails. A verdant salad with all sorts of fun toppings. Decadent spicy shrimp linguine and Momofuku’s famous Crack Pie. (Aptly named, it turns out. This was my first taste, and I’m well beyond the gateway at this point. Fiending is a completely accurate term for what’s happening over here.) For our contribution, Chris and I brought a few trays of crowd-pleasing puff pastry bites — and this, a dish created just for Miss Em on her special day. I … Read More

Shredded Brussie Salad with Lemon Meyer Vinaigrette (and a Full Circle guest post)

Hi guys! Posting a bit quickly today as I am on the road in Ontario, CA, traveling for business. Haven’t spent much time exploring these parts, but I do recall the last time I was here it was to accompany Chris to his mechanical engineering exam. I spent more than seven hours wandering the expanses of Ontario Mills outlet mall alone. (All things considered, it could have been a lot worse. Didn’t lead to nearly the number of pity purchases that solo shopping usually facilitates.) Get this, though. That was a whopping eeeiiiiggght e-i-g-h-t years ago. Sheebus, time flies. So before getting into this lovely little brussel sprout salad recipe (our runner up from the other day’s poll), I thought I’d take a teeeeeeeensy little minute to direct you to Full Circle Farms’ foodie/lifestyle blog, Good Food Life. I’ve done a handful of guest posts for them in the past, and just today they posted a little number I wrote regarding organic produce delivery and how it can make you a happy and healthy human being that others will flock to at parties and shower with daintily composed cones of candy floss at random. Maybe not the latter, but I was … Read More