Hey Everyone! Today is a REALLY exciting day in these parts! I’ve joined forces with Emily of The Pig & Quill, who just happens to be one of my favorite internet-turned-real-life-friends/best-person-to-eat-a-plate-of -sticky-chicken-wings-with-on-a-sweltering-summer-day. #Truth
I also want you to be able to get to know our lovely week-long co-host, so we’ve both concocted a couple of
professional standard kinda-random but oh-so-telling interview questions for each other. To skip to Emily’s interview CLICK HERE. You can find my answers to these questions over on her page HERE.
So we’ve put together a week long event called the #SoLetsPigOutPotluck (see what we did there? I know–clever). It’s a celebration of summer where we’ll be sharing a collaboration of recipes we’ve made just for you, as well as giving away some fun prizes from great brands. For example, not only is there a recipe for some crazy delicious wings today, but you can also enter to win $225 worth of prizes from Mighty Nest!
On Friday the potluck goes internet wide as we will be joined by 20+ bloggers who will help us create the ultimate virtual summer potluck. There’s going to be a lot of pigging out going on this week. I hope you’re ready! We sure are! #SoLetsPigOut
Now..if we’re honest, this potluck idea mostly came to pass because we wanted a reason to get together, cook until we’re loopy, drink summery things, laugh until our sides hurt, and shove wings in our face like no one was watching. I just spaced out for a second while typing this, thinking of those Sticky BBQ Korean Chicken Wings from that fateful day. To say I have craved them every single day since our get together is maybe a bit of an exactly-right-not-even-kind-of-an-under- statement. Look at these babies. Hello, beautiful.
Also, what happens when you want to call a wing a “wang” (you know, with a southern accent kind of thaang) but you don’t want to actually type out “wang”… because, well… you know. This is my dilemma: I would like to be able to type CHICKEN WAAAAANG without it seeming pervy or feeling all kinds of weird about it. I don’t think this is possible. Boo. Can’t win ’em all. However, we can both attest to the fact that these wings are a big fat WIN!
When I think about Korean chicken, I think about my Grammie’s deep fried version. She plunges chicken into bubbling oil and gets it all crispy and then lets it sit in a spicy sauce. It’s delicious! However, I wanted to create a healthier option that packed the same kind of flavor punch. During my get together with Em, I was still participating in my Whole 30. It was towards the end, but we still did our best to make everything we ate as Whole 30 friendly as possible. That means these wings are pretty darn figure friendly! They are marinated overnight in a slightly modified version of my Grammie’s sauce recipe. They are then grilled (this is where the heat from the 98 degree day merged with my brow sweat and gave me sweaty bangs—not great). While they are grilling and getting crispy they are basted with a sticky sauce! This sauce has all the flavors of the marinade but is thickened with dates for some sticky-finger lickin’ sweetness.
I might have eaten the entire plate. Let’s just say no one is going to be mad at these if you were to bring them to a summer potluck. To get the recipe for these sticky little wing-ys, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page or just click HERE.
Alight folks, are you ready to get to know Em? We’re taking on some hard-hitting issues like spirit animals and 90’s music! Let’s do it!
1) What inspired you to start The Pig & Quill?
I’ve been cooking at home for as long as I can remember, mostly off-the-cuff dishes that we’d maybe revisit a time or two before I’d get bored and find something new I could enhance with Spam. I never documented a thing, which made it tricky on the few occasions when someone would ask for a recipe. At the same time, I’d been an avid reader of food blogs for a few years and was constantly awed by the voices behind them. And the creativity! Food is ultimately about so much more than just putting stuff in your mouth (although yay!) or sharing a list of ingredients that make a meal (although also yay!). It’s a medium of communication — and in the blogging world, in particular, there’s this lively sense of community that just draws you in. It’s magnetic and completely engrossing. Adding my voice to that mix is one of the biggest leaps I’ve ever made, and I still don’t feel like I’ve completely found my footing. But if nothing else, it’s an excuse to get those recipes down on paper. And something to pass the time when Vampire Diaries is between seasons.
2) If you could have dinner with ANY three people, who would they be and why? They can be living, dead, fictional, holograms, cartoons– it’s a fantasy.
First would most definitely be my mom’s mom and dad, my Paw Paw and Goong Goong. They both passed on before they could witness for themselves just how largely they’ve influenced my adult life — Paw Paw in my closet and Goong Goong in my kitchen. I’d also give anything for them to meet Chris (←hubs), and vice versa. I’ve told him the apples (or rather the sharp tongues) don’t fall far in this family, but I still think he’d be shockaroo’d. Wait, does that mean Chris is my third? Oh, he doesn’t count? Ok cool. Because I totally want my momma there, too.
3) What’s your spirit animal?
I was born in the Year of the Boar, my nickname growing up was Pork, my blog is rather porcine in title, so I’m gonna go with the good ol’ Water Buffalo. Because WaBuff should be a thing. Like wahBUUUFF! Can’t you hear it? I feel a Stomp the Yard sequel coming on, and I like it. And also: mozzarella.
This just in: there is already a STY sequel. Be right back…
4) If you only had three words to describe yourself what would they be?
Loyal, logical, littlebitloopy.
5) When you were in middle school, did you wear too much body spray too? Because, I smelled like a baby cake factory doused in patchouli and cucumber melons. If not, describe your middle school self. Were there overall jean shorts involved?
Gurl, Calgon took me away and brought me back smelling like something between a stripper and one of those Asian jelly air fresheners with glitter inside. Which I’m pretty sure, in all seriousness, was exactly the desired result. #proudmoment
6) Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Ok, so oddly, I can be kind of a wallflower when I’m in a room full of strangers, but if I’ve got a buffer of friends, I’m easily the goofy, kind of underdressed one that’s dancing like nobody’s watching. Wife beaters are cool in the club, right? Oh god, I think I just realized I’m that friend.
7) If you could only eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would be?
Whoa, why so dark? Jeebus, Gina. Ummm, ikura-don with a side of something pickled. Or porky ramen? Definitely something Asian with a high sodium quotient.
8) What’s your least favorite food?
Thick, herby ranch dressing. But I can eat the cheap, watery stuff from a Sysco Foods can allll day long. Because that’s totally something you want to hear from a recipe developer.
9) What’s your blogging process like? I wanna spy on you making gnocchi.
First of all, if you want to spy on me making anything besides a big honkin’ mess, you’ll have to do it from outside, because — as you know firsthand — my kitchen is about → this ← big.
Ok, but for realsies, I’m kind of a disaster when it comes to pulling a post together. The food is the easy part. I want to say it’s driven by Pinterest keywords or something clever, but it’s more like How many heads of cabbage are in the CSA this week? Supes sex. Did that work? It was supposed to be short for super sexy, but I think now we’re all just picturing a werewolf and a vampire doing it. No, just me then? This is really getting away from me…
So blog process. Yeah, you pretty much just saw it happen live. I make every attempt to start with a topic you guys’ll find mildly interesting, but it usually ends with dated pop culture references or beasts of the night and that awkward moment where I try to tie in a pretty bowl of summer soup like I planned it all along…
10) It’s 1996. We’re going to have a sleepover. What are we going to do?
Nails, Tiger Beat, redial KSFM 102.5 until we can request Pony for “all the boys with saddles waiting.” OMGTHATSONGISSODIRTY.
Repeat with Keith Sweat.
11) What scares you?
I only have one semi-clinical fear, but I’m not even going to talk about it here for fear of the terrorizing emails I might receive. (People can be cruel with those things!) More generally: rejection — in a big, big way. Risk. The idea that I’ve missed an opportunity to live life more fully but don’t have the confidence — or motivation? — to do something about it. And then conversely: trusting blind faith and doing something about it anyway, leaping without looking, that kind of thing. Open water kinda spooks me, too.
12) I’m currently in possession of both your ice cream scoop and your bread pan. On a scale of one to never how likely do you think it is that you’ll get those things back?
But I really liiiiiiiiiiiiike that ice cream scoooooooop…
13) What 90’s song speaks to your soul?
This one. But you already knew that.
14) How would you describe your cooking style?
I groove on comfy, accessible, feel-good food that’s more nourishing to my body than it is toxic for the planet. But that’s a bit of a blanket statement to which there are a great number of exceptions. While I do my fair share of gluten-free and vegan stuffs, I’ll rock a box of pudding mix now and again. I like spicy stuffs and fruity dranks. And there’s mosdef a place for bacon in this girl’s belleh.
16) Do you wanna go do karate in the garage?
Wait, are you stereotyping me!? GINA!
Yes. I really do.
Good job, Em! Thanks for getting real with us. Wanna read my answers? Head on over HERE. Meet you in the garage for karate right after we talk about this bonkers giveaway!
Today’s giveaway is coming from the lovely eco-friendly folks over at Mighty Nest! They believe in high-quality kitchenware that is chemical free! In their words “What sense does it make to commit to high standards in food if the tools you’re using to prepare, serve, and store it are leaching yucky chemicals into your healthy treats?” Yes. Chemicals are a total bummer. So, we’re totally crushing on this SUPER cute yet SUPER safe ultimate potluck set that they’ve put together for one of our lucky readers!
Another cool thing about Mighty Nest is their fundraising program! They donate 15% of your purchase to the school of your choice! Pretty neat, right?
Check out some of the goodies from our prize package below! It’s valued at $225! Talk about being set on food storage! 🙂
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