Hey guys, I’m Em – the voice behind The Pig & Quill. Or more appropriately, I guess I’m kind of the Pig behind The Pig & Quill, although it’s never very clear if I’m being the Pig or eating the Pig or walking that dangerously cannibalistic line somewhere in between. (Update: I’m eating less pig, in general, these days, but I always intended the name to be more of an homage to my appetite than my adoration of bacon — and that, sure as heck, has not changed.)
I started writing this blog in late 2012 in part because documenting my obsession with cooking and eating seemed rather handy and in part because I had already reserved the domain name and the $13 bucks I spent doing so were mocking me in my sleep. Today, it’s grown into a catchall for some of the things I adore most: dated pop culture references, seasonal recipes inspired by my California upbringing (and the whims of our toddler) and snippets from my life as a momma and humble homemaker on the beautiful Northern California Coast.
Happily, it’s also provided me with countless opportunities to meet and mingle with peeps like you. It’s phenomenal how the internet has made the world so delightfully small, isn’t it? I’m constantly touched by the many folks I’ve connected with through this space — it’s truly the most rewarding part of the job.
Wanna learn more about me and/or The Pig & Quill? Skim the FAQs below, leave me a comment, drop me a note, or follow along with P&Q shenanigans on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. You can also sign up to receive posts via email, or you can add me to your RSS reader with Feedly or Bloglovin’. It’s a jolly good time!
Thanks for visiting my little nook and hope to see you around,
(overnight miso-braised sausage + chard lasagne)
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What’s your cooking/food philosophy?
While our household is strictly specialty-diet agnostic, we do our best to eat mindfully and choose whole and humane foods that are more nourishing to our bodies and the environment than they are toxic. Simple. Most of the recipes you’ll find here are heavy on the plants and (somewhat) low on refined sugars and starches, though you can dig up plenty of exceptions if you go looking. I’m not gonna lie and tell you that some crispy pig tastes better with quinoa than it does over a steaming bowl of white rice, but, you know, moderation. I also get it on with pudding mix every now and again.
Yeah, also, I can’t bake for shit and rarely try. Sorry.
(steam-grilled baby bok choy with sesame soy vinaigrette)
Are you classically trained?
Nyyyope. I earned my BS in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and my culinary degree from the University of Hey, My Husband Kinda/Sorta Likes It! And, of course, my momma’s kitchen. I had the great fortune of growing up surrounded by parents and grandparents highly proficient in getting their feed on and it kinda just…soaked in. Having a tremendous desire to maintain that level of fooding in my college years helped, too. I can wield a contraband toaster oven with serious aplomb!
Awww, he’ll be so flattered you asked. Chris is my hubs. He’s endlessly patient, stupid smart in that for-realsies-engineery way and trim as can be despite all his taste-testing, which is kind of kick in the pants. (He likes to ride him a bicycle, so maybe that helps.) I also think he’s rather foxy. One time we made out in a fridge right before getting hitched.
Who’s dat baby?
Oh, you mean this baby? That’s our Lana, the sweetest bug that ever was and hands-down the snackiest little morsel I’ve ever had a hand in making. She popped into our lives (or rather, I grunted her into our lives) in April 2015 and has rocked our world in the most beautifully tumultuous, all-consuming way.
What’s your favorite food?
Asian-and-tacos-and-ice cream-and-fries! The skinny, crispy ones, please. Beyond that, don’t make me chooooose.
What’s your least favorite food?
Fancy ranch dressing (yes, Hidden Valley counts in this category). Only the salty, runny white stuff with few discernible herbs and a bulk size, pump-top spout for me, please and thanks.
What do you shoot?
Ok, seriously, I feel like that’s a tooly question (pun intended, wh0mp wh0000mp), but it seems kinda de rigueur, so lets do it. I shoot with an old (and getting older) Nikon D300, typically outfitted with a snug little 35mm lens, and I do most of my crops and edits in Photoshop. But even after a couple of years, I’m a total ammy at talking le fotos, you guys, so seek out the big guns for real tips. (I love love love Ashley’s super extensive and easy-to-follow Food Photography Tips series.)
(creamy white miso + cauliflower soup with candied furikake prosciutto)
Tell me some other random stuff!
K! I use simile like the cool kids use body spray (mistakenly and in abundance are both acceptable here); I believe in umami; and I’m an Only Child. I maybe threw in that last part as an attempt to explain away instances of misplaced judgment or blatant (Veruca) saltiness, but I also like to think Only Children developed a special bond in the cabbage patch that forged a connection beyond being referred to as “capital-O-capital-C” Only Children, which is sounding even eerier and more post-apocalyptic by the second. Chris is a solo kid, too, which means that little Lana kiddo of ours has exactly zero biological aunts, uncles or cousins. Crazy!
Emily, I am an only child too! We are the best, only & only!!! Now we are food blogging sisters for life : ) xx Kat
Love your writing style! It’s like how my unspoken thoughts go through my head, kinda random but still easy to follow. Did I mention I am an only child as well? Lol 😉 I’ve only scanned the recipes so far but can’t wait to read them further because they sound great. Thanks!
Hello, welcome — and thank you! Too sweet. So glad there’s at least one person out there that’s able to follow my crazy-train of thought. And an only child, too? Soulmizzles.
I just came across your blog and love it! So many good looking recipes – I just pinned like 50 of them! 🙂
Thanks Grace! Love your little spot on the web, as well. 🙂
Hahaha, you write hilariously. Love your cooking style, too!
Digging your style, too, friend! Anyone that puts lap cheung/xuong with cabbage (or with anything, for that matter) is speaking my language. All hail fatty pork sausage!
So excited to explore your site!
That makes two of us! 🙂
Love your blog!! I found the Banh Mee salad, will defn try it out. Can you just clarify what the capital T means. Sorry I’m such an amateur when it comes to cooking.
Hi Nerissa! So glad you found the salad. It’s a definite fave. And no worries — the “T” means Tablespoon (as opposed to “tsp,” which is teaspoon). Nice meeting you this weekend! Enjoy. 🙂
Yes! I am a journalism major as well 🙂 Just found your blog!
Wahoo! Journalists unite! Thanks for popping over. 🙂
Love your recipes
Thanks Joanne! Glad you stopped by. 🙂
Just stumbled upon your blog through your post at Gourmande in the Kitchen and wishing I would have discovered it sooner! Love your real-life approach to cooking and eating, and love your goofy writing style too!
Awh, so sweet, Emily! (Also: yay for Emilies!) So glad you found me and get a kick out of this (goofy = perfect word) little spot on the web. Happy to have you ’round any time. xo!
From an only child to another only child, I think your blog is awesome! And congrats on your pregnancy.
Thanks Dora! Only children are kinda the best, no? 😉
You had me at “step 2 – add the rest of the shit” LOL.
Now I am hooked.
Thank you for your quirky yummy interesting blog.
I haven’t TOTALLY read everything yet, so are you just having
ONE baby, being an only child yourself?
I too am an only child…..I had three….they had SIX!!! PARDON?? …SIGH..
Anyway, hope you’re still here, I see the last post was waaaay back in May, 2015 and here we are getting ready for Christmas? WHAT?? O.K. gotta go make me some of those chick peas!! Later!
Just missed it.
Hiya! I’m still here! Yep, just one baby for now (but who’s to say….) — and I post weekly, so those should be showing up. Are they not? Hmmm…. Thanks for reading, Val! Glad to have you around. 🙂
Oh, ha ha ha, just reading that your husband is an OC too.
Plus his mom was a twin. My mom was a twin and my Dad was a twin.
WE have three kids, they have zero aunts uncles cousins….oh well.
Sadly none of my kids have had the twins that I was expecting, but in saying that I am quite happy with the 6 grandchildren that I have being spaced out a little. No, wait, not “spaced out” like they are retarded, but spaced out as in birthdates. ha ha ha
Anyway, ya, there’s that.
Feeling a little bit like a stalker here, so I’m gonna go.
“…it’s never very clear (even to me) if I’m being the Pig or eating the Pig or walking that dangerously cannibalistic line somewhere in between.”
Good move, girlfriend. Sounds like we’re kindred spirits. 😉
Ace! Just found your bloggy thing, love your wordsmithery. I’m cruising around my favourite sites looking for inspiration on cooking the slab of pork belly that has been patiently waiting for today; it’s moment of glory. It’s dark, cold early (just how I like it) here in Melbourne town. The kookaburras are going off like the best alarm clock ever (second only to a warbling magpie) and I’m waiting nicely for the household to stir into bleary Saturday-sleep-in action, ‘cos today is my birthday and I’m keen for a lovely someone to bring me a magical cup of coffee. Although enjoying a mainly plant based, whole food, ethical diet (living with 2 vegan daughters will do that), I have developed quite a fondness for the pig. Happily for the pig and meself there are growing numbers of true free range farmers ensuring we rescue rare breeds and give these delicious creatures a wonderfully piggy life before their ‘one bad day’. Ahem, now to decide on flavour and cooking technique… I’ll be visiting again soon, although I notice not much action on your blog this year, hope the vagaries of parenthood have not dulled your zeal! Good job.
So glad you found me, Gillian! I love that you’re looking for just the right recipe to treat those precious piggies. And you’re right, I’ve slowed a little since having the wee one, but I still try to make it back here about once a week or so, so I hope you’ll check back often. 🙂 Happy (belated!) birthday! <3
Love, love, love the look and feel of your website! I am an aspiring baking blogger and love finding sites that are similar to how I would like mine to look and feel (you can websites right?). I am also an SF native, went to SB for my undergrad in English Lit and am looking for a new path to foodie freedom! Thanks for the inspiration and the fun stories!
If I may ask, what web design(er) do you use?
PS I found you through the article on Food52. Congrats on the write up!
I’m so glad with your website. Check out my website: https://webnauan.vn/ to take delicious foods in Vietnam if you’ll want to try.