Just The Tip: How To Massage Kale

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TGI #JustTheTip day, friends!Let’s talk about kale (baby. Let’s talk about you and me…). We all know that kale is a powerhouse on the nutrition front, which explains its enduring #1 status on the list of trendy superfoods, but there are still plenty of kale haters out there. Trust me, I get it—I used to be one of them.For a long time, I forced myself to eat kale on a semi-regular basis (shunning the green’s potential smart/pretty benefits gave me major FOMO), but it was rarely an enjoyable experience. Because let's be honest, people, the raw green is kind of nasty. Even when it’s been tossed with a delicious dressing and hidden beneath a pile of your favorite salad accoutrements, kale is tough and grassy, and chewing through a bowl of the stuff is mildly exhausting. Sad, but true.Then I tried my first massaged kale salad, and just like that, I...
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Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bake with Asparagus and Fontina

Lemon-Chicken-Quinoa-Bake-with-Asparagus-and-FontinaLogan and I have been together a long time. And the longer we’re together, the more I revel in the fact that it’s cool for us not to love all the same things. I’ve talked about this subject at length before, but I’d like to reiterate that it’s pretty awesome to have reached the point in our relationship where we can support each other’s passions without actually participating in them. (Read: I appreciate the dude’s Widespread Panic fetish, but it’s liberating to scream, “HARD PASS!” and run away when he asks if I’d like to attend a show with him.)With that said, I feel incredibly lucky that Logan and I happen to have so many shared obsessions. Especially when said obsessions are with somewhat unexpected things. Like Step Brothers. Or quinoa bakes. I mean, there’s nothing quite like a...
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Peach-Cherry Smoothie and Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Peach-Cherry-Smoothie-and-Coconut-Chia-Pudding-ParfaitsDuring the summer months, I tend to make the common sense transition from warm breakfasts like slow-cooker oatmeal and eggs to more refreshing options like chia pudding and smoothies. It’s hot as balls in NYC, and since there’s no AC in my kitchen, I like to get in, out, and back in front of my living room window unit as quickly as humanly possible. Mornings are already tough enough without starting the day a sweaty mess. (Morning walkers/subway takers, I don’t know how you do it. Hats, shirts, and pants off to you.)On the subject of AM struggles, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not exactly a morning person. There’s a lot of naked wandering and muttering pre-coffee, and I’m extremely cranky and sensitive to light/noise/life between 7am and 8am. For these reasons, I find morning...
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Just The Tip: How To Store Half An Avocado

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In news that will come as a shock to absolutely no one…I FUCKING LOVE AVOCADOS. In a deep, aggressive way that necessitates caps and profanity.As a die-hard avocado enthusiast and (self-proclaimed) queen of the avocado rose, I consume the fruit pretty much every day. However, I rarely use a whole avocado (despite my appreciation for healthy fat, I think a full avo a day is a little excessive), which means I’m perpetually storing avocado halves for future meals/roses. Over the years, I’ve tried pretty much every single avocado storage trick in the book—from plastic wrap mummification to nestling the thing in a Ziplock alongside half an onion—but despite my best efforts, nasty brown spots always managed to creep in.Then, a few months ago, I stumbled across a foolproof storage hack that completely changed my life, and my second-day avocado toast, forever. This simple trick keeps my avocado halves green and...
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Caprese Egg-in-the-Hole

Caprese-Egg-in-the-Hole-2Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t had an egg-in-the hole in like 20 years.(Typing that just made me feel old AF. Jesus.)Egg-in-the-hole was never really a "thing" in my family. Growing up, my weekday breakfasts of choice were toasted Costco blueberry muffins, cinnamon toast, or Kix, and on weekends, my mom specialized in crepe-like pancakes and slightly charred French toast. So the only time I ate egg-in-the-hole—aka toad-in-a-hole, egg-in-a-basket, one-eyed Pete, whateva—was at my friend Emma’s. It was her fam’s go-to weekend bfast, and the promise of a fried egg framed in buttery toast was one of many reasons I lived for sleepovers at her house in elementary school. (She also had a sunken trampoline, an epic collection of spaghetti strap tank tops, and Carmen Sandiego on her parents’ PC!!)Now that I’m an adult, I eat mostly smoothies and avocado toast for...
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Casual Friday: Easy Eton Mess Sundaes

Easy-Eton-Mess-SundaesIt’s Casual Friday, people! Let’s talk about ice cream sundaes and waste time on the Internet, shall we?First things first, for those not familiar with Eton mess, it’s an English dessert that’s traditionally made with strawberries, broken meringue and cream. According to British pudding-lore, the treat was born when a Labrador sat on a strawberry pavlova during the annual cricket match at Eton College circa 1920. The boys ate the smashed dessert anyway (ew), and they loved it so much that it became a staple in the Eton Tuck Shop. (This story is 100% BS—an Eton cook admitted to spinning the tale in the 1930s—but whatever.)Anyhoo, these sundaes are a play on classic Eton mess, made with your 4th of July feasts in mind. And as far as patriotic desserts go, it doesn’t get more refreshing or low-maintenance than these red, white, and...
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The Ultimate Fourth Of July Roundup

Best-Recipes-For-The-Fourth-Of-JulyI’m particularly pumped about the 4th of July this year. Not only will I be in Maine (the members of Widespread Panic are now too old to handle the altitude for three days of jamming in the Tetons…THANK GOD), but I also get to celebrate the holiday with my little siblings.Zoe and Rex are now 8 and 6 respectively, and while I don’t typically enjoy children of their ages, the two of them are surprisingly cool and fun. And spending the 4th with kids means that I get to do so many things that wouldn’t ordinarily be acceptable for someone my age—i.e. lose my shit over the candy-throwing firemen in the local parade, shriek like a madwoman while twirling with sparklers, attack my roommate with sticky s’mores hands, and cry if I get overexcited or give myself a...
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Just The Tip: How To Chill Wine Instantly

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Heyooo. Happy #JustTheTip day from ze beach, friends!I hope you have festive and/or relaxing plans for the first official weekend of summer and that said plans involve wine because I’m about to teach you a lifesaving hack for chilling vino in 60 seconds flat. This little trick comes in handy for spur-of-the-moment celebrations, as well as those times when you drop the ball and forget to pop your vino in the fridge ahead of time. And no it does not involve ice cubes or a Corkcicle. It’s far classier than the former and more effective than the latter, which is a piece of crap doesn’t actually work. (I know because I’ve somehow collected like seven Corkcicles over the years, and each one is more disappointing than the last.)Please watch and learn.p.s. If you like your wine with a side of sweet tunes, I’m currently into...This when I’m getting ready. Read More >>

Summer Quinoa Bowl with Grilled Salmon and Basil Vinaigrette

Summer-Quinoa-Bowl-with-Grilled-Salmon-and-Basil-Vinaigrette-4I’m setting a wedding attendance personal best this week, people! Yours truly has already crushed two nuptial celebrations in the past five days, and I’m heading out to Southampton for wedding #3 in a few hours. I wish there was someone here to chest bump. (Meghan and Mrs. Pat: If you’re reading this, HI! I can’t wait to chest bump see you!)If you’re wondering how the one-week wedding trifecta is possible, there was a Monday ceremony in the mix. My friend Phoebe, who has always embraced the “you do you” mentality with gusto, did a Summer Solstice/Full Moon lovefest in Maine, complete with prayer crystals, a lobster boil on the beach, and a yantra-themed wedding cake. (It was carrot, in case you enjoy cake details as much as I do.) 'Twas hands down the most...
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Just The Tip: How To Remove Eggshell From A Bowl

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TGIF/Happy #JustTheTip Day, people!I don’t care how excellent your egg cracking skillz, every once in a while you may accidentally get a rogue piece (or two) of eggshell in your bowl. As you may have experienced, the shell can be tricky to fish out, especially if there are multiple eggs in the bowl. However, there is one foolproof way to save your eggs, which I demonstrate in today’s extremely quick and dirty episode of Just The Tip. Watch and learn.p.s. I’m about to take off for my first of three wedding celebrations in the next eight days, and I’m equal parts nervous and excited right meow. So much travel, and emotion, and champagne! (I feel like three weddings in a week has to be some sort of record?) Please pray for my dark circles. And my liver. I imagine there will be many highs and lows, so you may want to...
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