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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Summer Panzanella with Nectarines and Mozzarella

summer-panzanella-with-nectarines-and-mozzarellaI’ve been doing a lot of early morning walks on the West Side Highway now that it's warmer out, which is downright glorious. I like to pick up coffee and escort my busy and important friend, Starr, from the West Village to her office in the Financial District, and then meander home on my own. The solo walk is obviously great for deep thinking/Snapchatting to the sweet, sweet sounds of 90s hip-hop, but what I love most is the people watching.There’s something magical about that walking path circa 7:45am, simply by virtue of the beautiful variety of humans that populate it. Sure there are your average super fit New Yorkers running and walking in fancy fitness attire, but then there are the standouts….A middle-aged man running in a multicolored Speedo loudly singing along to Journey. Two moms doing some sort...
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Grilled Turkey Kofta Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

grilled-turkey-kofta-burgers-with-yogurt-harissa-sauceMy roommate was in LA for work this week, so when he got home late last night, we had an extra-long pillow talk sesh to debrief. Logan had all kinds of exciting things to share, but the clear highlight was that he sat next to Ice Cube on his flight back to NYC.Not gonna lie, I didn’t believe him at first because Logan is the dude that cried celebrity spotting. He regularly grabs my arm in public and shrieks, “LOOK! It’s [insert celeb]!” The person he’s referring to occasionally resembles said celebrity, but more often than not, he’s just messing with me/hoping I’ll lose my shit in public. (I came very close to crying the day he said, “LOOK! BEYONCÉ!!”) However, Logan assured me that he was for real this time. He actually did sit next to the rapper/entertainment mogul, and they “are boys now.” Especially since “Cube” crushed...
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Domesticate ME!’s Father’s Day Gift Guide For Super Cool Dads

Domesticate ME! Father's Day Gift GuideNot gonna lie, I usually forget about Mother’s/Father’s Day until days before the holiday. And this no good, very bad habit inevitably leads to guilt, panicked online shopping, and scary expedited shipping fees. Not this year! This year, I’m getting my act together, friends. Or at least trying to. I have yet to figure out what to get my dad, but I take pride in the fact that I’m at least thinking about it almost two full weeks in advance. (Adulting!)Giving myself an extended Father’s Day brainstorming period is crucial, since my dad is impossible to shop for. A dude with obscure (and rather expensive) taste, he’s not really into cooking, grilling, or mixology accoutrements, which are my gifting mainstays. However, just because my dad falls outside my gifting wheelhouse doesn’t mean that yours does. And...
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Casual Friday: Bourbon Campari Punch (aka CamParty Punch)

campari-bourbon-punch-with-grilled-orangesIt’s casual Friday, people! You know the drill. We’re gonna talk booze, then we’re gonna waste time on the internets. Let’s do this.First things first, Bourbon Campari Punch. I don’t think I could be any more excited about this extraordinarily boozy batch cocktail. I know Campari is divisive—the slightly bitter infused liqueur isn’t for everyone—but I’m a die-hard fan, especially during the summer months. In fact, Campari and soda is my go-to weekend aperitif. It’s light and refreshing, and it always makes me feel like I’m on a sexy Eurotrip, which I obviously appreciate.Last August, I had my first Boulevardier, which is essentially a Negroni with bourbon instead of gin, and I instantly fell in love with the heady flavor combo. I created this c-tail with the Boulevardier base in mind, dressing it up with freshly squeezed orange juice, grilled...
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Just The Tip: How To Peel Ginger

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Happy Wednesday, friends.I trust everyone is recovering decently from the Memorial Day festivities? Maybe? I caught a 5:45am flight back from Maine yesterday, and it’s taking me a little longer than usual to get normal. I have consumed a borderline disturbing amount of kale in the past 24 hours though, so fingies crossed the magic kicks in soon.Given the short week, I thought we’d mix things up and do a special Hump Day presentation of Just The Tip, so that we can get casual on Friday with some summery c-tails. Cool? Thanks.In today’s episode, I’m showing you the quickest, most foolproof way to peel ginger. Put down the knives and vegetable peelers, peeps! All you need to remove ginger’s delicate papery, skin without wasting any of the usable root is…A SPOON!(I was going to say, “You have to watch the video to find out!” Then I realized there’s a spoon in...
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Spaghetti with Zucchini, Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce, and Mozzarella

spaghetti-with-zucchini-cherry-tomato-sauce-and-fresh-mozzarella-pearlsBack in my Parisian days, I signed up for a wine course at Le Cordon Bleu in an effort to improve my (nonexistent) wine knowledge. Given my love of wine, I had very high hopes for this fancy class, and I liked to picture myself artfully swirling glasses while rattling off impressive tasting notes at future vino-centric events. (For whatever reason, the f*cking Catalina Wine Mixer comes to mind.) I even entertained some light fantasies of eventually running my own vineyard like Brangelina. The possibilities!However, my interest in oenology was quickly tempered when I realized that le programme involved a shocking amount of homework and weekly quizzes. Worried that such work would leave me with less time to actually drink wine and meet the Brad to my Angie, 23-year-old Serena said, “Non, merci!” and dropped out after the first class.I...
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