Mexican / Paleo(ish) / Recipes / Snacks / Spicy Love / Summer / Sweets / Vegan

Chile-Lime Watermelon Paletas (vegan + paleoish/gf)

Chile-Lime Watermelon Paletas | the pig & quill | #vegan #paleoish #gf #summerA couple weekends ago, Chris and I were holed up in a Truckee hotel for a night during one of his mountain bike races. He was in the bathroom tending to one of his “it’s cool, I think a butterfly bandage should hold it together” injuries (ew) while I distracted myself with Food Network in the bedroom. Because that’s what married people do in swanky euro-mod hotel rooms. First aid and cable.

Anyway.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives was on, of course (is it not always?), and exclamations like BANGARANG and BOOYAH and TAKE ME TO FLAVORTOWN were shooting out of the TV like Cyclop’s laser beams.

HOLY CLAM, BATMAN.*
GIVE THAT BAD BOY A TASTE.

And that’s when it hit me.

Blind people probably think Guy Fieri is a porn star.
I mean.
Is that an OK thing to have people believe?
I don’t think so. I think not at all is that OK.

So, Public Service Announcement: Guy Fieri is the host of a food show. Tell your blind friends.

Moving on.
Bangarang-Booyah-Flavortown-Paletas!!!!!!!!!

Chile-Lime Watermelon Paletas | the pig & quill | #vegan #paleoish #gf #summer

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Mexican / Recipes / Salad / Sides / Spicy Love / Summer / Veggie Love

Summer Street Corn Two Ways (gluten-free)

Street Corn Two Ways - Classic Mexican + Hawaiian with SPAM and pineapple | www.thepigandquill.com | #glutenfree #summerOk guys. Here it is: the post (or rather, posts) that’s officially gonna take your “waaaaaah it’s already August, Poopiecakes McBacktoschool” and turn it into “it’s peak sweet corn season beeeyahs, mah summer’s juuuuuuust getting started!!”

Because a summer without corn is just pool hair and ReddiWip.
Ear cuffs and Dippin’ Dots. Rollerblades and boy bands.
Oh, sorry, thought we were listing our fave childhood shit.
Are you still there?

The shameful thing is that corn actually isn’t all that commonplace in our house, even when it’s at the peak of candy-sweet, 10-for-a-dolla awesomeness. The simplest explanation would be that Chris is so neutral on corn that it breaks my heart a little each time he fails to give it even a passing glance. But really, it’s because corn in our house turns into, without fail, all the corn in my belly. Ever. Like six ears in one sitting and then it’s at least half an hour of “baaaaaaaaaaabe whydyoulemmeeatsomuch cooooooooooooooooooorn.” And then some corny bathroom comment, because together Chris and I have a combined age of, like, 11.

This season, though, I was lucky enough to find corn in our crisper more than once, and after seeing vendor upon vendor packing sweetly charred kernals of mayo-draped corn into tiny plastic cups along the Malecon, I kinda had to follow suit.

Mexican Street Corn with Jicama + Chile Salt | www.thepigandquill.com | #glutenfree #vegetarian #summer

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Drinks / Mexican / Paleo(ish) / Recipes / Summer / Vegan

Pineapple-Mint Coconut Water Frappé (vegan, paleoish)

Pineapple Mint Coconut Water Frappé | the pig & quill #vegan #paleoish

This morning I woke up with sunshine practically pouring out of ears, my heart lighter ‘an air and a serious spring in my step. It’s summer, you guys. Not almost summer or might as well be summer but the real thing. Warm. Glorious. And my day planner Google Cal is finally awash with long, sleepy weekends, fancy pants dinners and aeroplane travel to places near and far. Columbus, Las Vegas, Puerto Vallarta. Tahoe, Mammoth — and, if I can swing it, maybe even a late summer roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest. It’s a lot in a little time, and before I know it, I’ll probably be one big ball of whiney woeisme, but for now I’m just gonna go ahead and bask in the glow that is a proper summer vacation.

And drink me a drink that is unapologetically literal in its celebration of the season. (Because it’s sunny yellow. Poetic, right?)

Pineapple Mint Coconut Water Frappé | the pig & quill #vegan #paleoish

Pineapple Mint Coconut Water Frappé | the pig & quill #vegan #paleoish

Growing up in Sacramento, summer was sticky forearms on the counter at Vic’s Ice Cream. Long drips of mint chip, the sharp, puckery fizz of a lime ricky. Tall cups of pineapple sherbet passed across the counter — sweet, frothy and impossibly cold. Blissful on a hot day, for sure. But even better enjoyed in the waning light of an 80-degree evening, plus cutoff shorts and Rollerblades. (Because, no shitting, everything tastes better on Rollerblades.)

(More parentheses: And a grilled cheesedog sandwich alongside. But we’ll save that for later. Homie can only cram so much summer into one post. No more parentheses.)

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Jalapeño Watermelon Agua Fresca – a drinko for Cinco
Drinks / Holiday / Mexican / Recipes / Spicy Love / Summer

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 … Continue reading

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