Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten-Free

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #glutenfree #baking #fall

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting — a rich, not-too-sweet autumn cake topped with a classic cream cheese frosting and nutty, coconut-almond granola. Gluten-free. Monday! Hope you had a good weekend, friends. We had friends in town for the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, after which we carved pumpkins for our own front porch and filled our bellies with crusty, grilled cheese sandwiches dunked in big bowls of my favorite Buttered Miso-Tomato Soup. This week I prep for an upcoming trip to Hong Kong (HK! I’m immensely excited for dumplings/toast/high tea/Hello Kitty cafes – please send recs for any/all!), … Read More

Oat-Free Coconut Almond Granola | Grain-Free + Vegan

Oat-Free Coconut Almond Granola Recipe | Grain-Free + Vegan (via thepigandquill.com) #breakfast #mealprep

Incredibly simple, this Oat-Free Coconut Almond Granola is also oil-free and refined sugar-free, and it’s delicious over yogurt, as a salad topping, atop your favorite frosted cake, or just for snacking. We’ve got friends driving down from the city tomorrow for the Pumpkin Festival — our first as residents here — so I’m just quickly popping in to share with you a recipe for a grain-free paleo granola that we’ve been making almost nonstop for the past few weeks. A recipe that’s so quintessentially fall, I dare you not to make it part of your autumnal traditions. Apple picking with … Read More

Sweet and Salty Energy Bars / Our 10 Favorite Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Gluten-Free Sweet and Salty Energy Bars / Our 10 Favorite Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes (via thepigandquill.com) #mealprep

Sweet and Salty Energy Bars — these crunchy, gluten-free cereal bars are the perfect balanced snack or a quick, make-ahead breakfast. This post has been sponsored by Safeway. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’ve recently become exceptionally practiced at make-ahead meals for quick mornings. Maybe it’s because Lana routinely sleeps in on school days (go figure). Maybe it’s because I still insist on making the beds before breakfast. Either way, most school mornings we’ve got about 15 minutes to get breakfast in our bellies before we’re out the door. So when Safeway asked me to put together a post featuring some … Read More

Chorizo + Scallion Sour Cream Biscuit + Egg Sandwiches

Chorizo + Scallion Sour Cream Biscuit + Egg Sandwiches recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #breakfast #brunch

Note: This post was originally published in March 2013. It has since been updated with new photography and edits to the original recipe. Hey guys! And hey new guys and gals that might have recently joined in on this crazy ol’ stroll through Pig & Quill shenaniganry. It’s amazing how much traffic a little fresh Foodgawker coverage can bring over the course of a couple of days, isn’t it? Pretty phenomenal, if you ask me. I know you didn’t ask me, but when has that ever stopped me? Right. So. Seriously, thanks for stopping by my crumb-y little corner of the innernet, … Read More

Instant Pot Miso Red Bean Stew | vegetarian + gluten-free

Instant Pot Miso Red Bean Stew recipe | vegetarian + gluten-free (via thepigandquill.com) #dinner #mealplanning

We’re hot in the midst of a pantry purge. I think I mentioned when I was raving about these Chocolate Banana Muffins. It’s been more than a month since we’ve bought any packaged or pantry staples (aside from those required for client work), and so far we’ve seen very little sacrifice in the quality of our meals. I’d even go so far as to say we’ve markedly improved the way we eat. (This stew is a fine example, but I’ll get there.) Here’s the gist. Each weekend, we hit up the grocery store or, if possible, the local farmstand and … Read More

Chocolate Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate-Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free) recipe via thepigandquill.com #baking #dessert #sweets #breakfast

You guys know I’m not a baker. I mean, I can do it. I have done it. But I don’t always have patience for the precision required for true blue baking, and I’m constantly disappointed when I tinker the shit out of a recipe and then it doesn’t work out. It’s a gamble. I should know the odds. (If you can imagine, I’m not a great sport at gambling. I’ll lose $40 on slots and spend the remainder of the weekend sulking about the number of clearance t-shirts and fancy toasts I could have spent it on instead. Woe is … Read More

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (aka Shrimp Truck Garlic Shrimp)

Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (aka Shrimp Truck Garlic Shrimp) recipe via thepigandquill.com

I have to admit, I’ve kinda been holding onto this recipe for a while. I made it once when my mom was here, shortly after we moved into the new house and she gifted us (as one does) with two huge bags of jumbo shrimp. Then again for my in-laws when we visited them a couple of months later. And again for our good friends when they stayed with us for a weekend this summer. Maybe twice for myself in between. Who’s counting. But here’s the thing. On each of those occasions, Chris was either not home to enjoy the … Read More

Mason Jar Greek-Style Watermelon Salads

Mason Jar Greek-Style Watermelon Salads recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegetarian #glutenfree #lunch

Thank you National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this post. Watermelon is the perfect portable food for enjoying wherever life takes you! Lana’s on break from school for the entire month of August, and somehow we’re busier than ever. We’ve got swim, as usual, and we just added gymnastics (you should see the adorable wardrobe of unitards I’m building for her!) — but we’re also excellent at staying busy with plenty of un-busy activities, too. We popped into the woods for hiking adventures the past two weekends, and long mornings on the beach are never a hard sell. This week, … Read More

Rose Milk Popsicles

White Chocolate Dipped Rose Milk Popsicles recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #summer #dessert #pistachios

Hello from the land of Still Avoiding the Ice Cream Truck. Is summer over yet? JK. Sorta. Lana is down to her last two weeks of preschool before a monthlong break, so in a sense, summer in our house is just about to get started. I’ve been not-so-subtly hinting to Chris that we should use this time to get outta dodge — preferably somewhere with both an on-site spa and swimming pool — while simultaneously reminding myself that we live smack in the midst of a vacation destination and the simpler (ahem, more affordable) thing to do would be to stay … Read More

Honey Hibiscus Tea Popsicles

Honey Hibiscus Tea Popsicles recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #icepop #summer #dessert #refinedsugarfree

Last week, Chris took the car-with-the-carseat to the shop for routine maintenance. Sans vehicle, Lana and I were determined to make the most of our new neighborhood, which is close to all that this little seaside town offers: coffee shops galore, our favorite lunch spot (the hen of the woods sandwich, my worddd), the library, playgrounds big and small, the bourgeois grocery store, the decidedly un-bourgeois grocery store — and my personal fave: THE BEACH. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how this day went. It was, let’s say, challenging. Remember when I published that lovely post last … Read More