Fiesta Dogs with Street Corn Guacamole

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a huge sports fan. I’m just not very good at playing them, and I tend to get bored watching games/matches on TV.When it comes to watching sports, my general disinterest can probably be attributed to the fact that I simply don’t know the rules. I suppose I could learn them, but I’m old and lazy, and I already have so many interests and hobbies. (Like young adult novels and eye masking.) I almost got a handle on football one evening last fall and thought, “Ohhhhhh I get it now! This is fun!” But then I realized I was just drunk and enjoying my roommate’s company/explanation of why all these crazy men were chasing each other. At which point I screamed, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!!!” and...
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12 Sexy Summer Cocktails

Greetings from VEGASSSS, baby!Yes, friends, yours truly is bachelorette-ing in the “City of Lights” this weekend, and I am straight up giddy with excitement. GIDDY, I say! I may not be cut out for wedding planning, but I was born for a Vegas bachelorette, and I've been looking forward to this trip (extravaganza? palooza?) since my first visit to Vegas as a very precocious seven year-old. Sorry, I’m not sorry.I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love Vegas. And I’m shamelessly committing to a fabulously tacky celebration of my impending nuptials. I have a suitcase full of sequin bikinis and ensembles purchased from a sassy website called Lulus.com. (I searched “trashy bachelorette outfits,” and it was the first site that popped up. Bless you, Google.) I have the smartest, prettiest, most loveable group of bffs...
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Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with Shrimp

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Chinese food.I’ve never been to China (although I did have a rather alarming chicken feet meal in Chinatown once), so I’m really referring to Americanized Chinese fare here, which is typically loaded with MSG. In case you’re not familiar with monosodium glutamate, it’s a flavor-enhancing additive that is truly delicious but also makes you feel like absolute crap. As discussed at length in The Dude Diet, many peeps experience the following short-term symptoms after consuming a large quantity of MSG: headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, and weakness.Long story short: MSG gives you the meat sweats.For whatever reason, I’m particularly sensitive to MSG and typically end up in the fetal position after a white carton feast feeling rather sweaty/heartburn-y (TMI?). But what really gets...
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Greek Yogurt Curried Chicken Salad

I honestly never thought I’d type this sentence, but…I’ve been exercising a lot lately.This is shocking, mostly because I’ve never been that into exercise. I’m decently coordinated, so I was okay at sports as a kid, but I didn’t really commit to or become great at anything except karate. And that was only because I quit every other athletic activity up to that point, and when I tried to drop my sensei, my mother decided it was time she put her foot down and refuse to let me be a “quitter.” Sooooo, I was the karate kid. (If you’re not picturing a 12-year-old Serena with a Winona pixie cut and braces screaming KIAI!!!! in a white suit…now you are. You’re welcome.)I was on the tennis team in high school, but during the other two seasons, I selected the least challenging options...
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Casual Friday: Frozen Basil Bellinis

Happiest of Casual Fridays, party people!! You know the drill—first we talk festive summer drinks, then we waste time on the Internets. Let’s have some fun, shall we?I’m extremely excited about today’s fancypants c-tail offering: Frozen Basil Bellinis. Like the majority of human women, I very much enjoy fruity frozen drinks during the sweatier months, but I’m not a fan of the crazy amount of refined sugar (and additives) hiding in most restaurant versions and store-bought mixes. So, in an effort to avoid the express train to Hangover/Bloat City, I often play frozen mixologist with my favorite booze, real fruit, and the occasional soft herb. Last year’s go-to was the Frozen Rosé Sangria from The Dude Diet, but this summer I’m all about the frozen champagne cocktails, and this basil Bellini is my favorite to date.This refreshing twist...
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10 No-Cook Recipes to Beat the Heat

There was a crazy heat wave in good old NYC last week, and I almost died.Am I being melodramatic? Obviously. But it was truly, madly, deeply terrible, and despite my best efforts to remain indoors—where it’s acceptable to practice air-conditioned nudism—I was forced to brave the "hot soup" several times for both professional and social purposes. (Cue teeny-tiny violins.)These 98-degree field trips reminded me that a few things that are unforgivable in extreme summer heat:Wearing jeans (I saw several New Yorkers on the street in jeans last week, and I was legitimately concerned for their mental health) or light colored silk garments (think about it). Walking faster than 3mph. It’s not safe. Drinking anything without ice. Holding hands. (This is actually my roommate’s rule that I re-learn the hard way every summer.) Turning on the oven.The latter is actually my...
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Easy Lamb Kofta (and a Giveaway!!!)

Huge thank you to Artisan Books, who partnered with me to bring you this badass giveaway! Truth: I don’t miss culinary school all that often.Just to state the obvious, I owe my career and possibly my relationship (would I have met my roommate if I hadn’t become a sassy Parisian??) to Le Cordon Bleu, so I’m all kinds of grateful for the experience/it will always hold a special place in my heart. But would I want to do that shiz all over again?NAH BRAH.I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but it’s hard to stop myself from laughing when people say it’s their dream to go to Le Cordon Bleu Paris one day “just for fun.” And that’s because I know they’re likely imagining it like I did before I arrived—days spent roasting chickens, drinking wine, and chopping onions à...
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Fiesta Summer Salad with Grilled Romaine

Today is a great day, friends.Not only did Beyoncé post this picture and finally reveal her twin babies’ names, which are delightfully ludicrous,* but I also discovered my new fitness guru on YouTube and ate a really, really, ridiculously good peach!Plus, it’s Friday, and for the first time in two months, I’m not travelingggg. Yours truly is staying put in NYC, where I will be spending the weekend sleeping, maybe doing something mildly athletic (#myfuckingfitnessjourney), shopping for klassy bachelorette dresses, and sweating drinking rosé with my roommate and some of my other favorite peeps. I even have grand plans to clean out my closet and maybe hit up Bed, Bath & Beyond for some organizational shiz if there’s time. (I don’t know if I’ll have enough time!) Wild agenda, I know.I can’t wait.*I actually don’t...
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Seedy Soba Noodles with Asian Herbs

I’m sort of mesmerized by how DJ Khaled keeps dropping fire singles what seems like every other week. He’s been around forever (remember We Takin’ Over??), and I feel like people used to hate on his cheesy “hip hop,” but all of a sudden he’s making bangers with everyone and their mother, including Beyoncé and Jay, Bieber, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna.These days, if I’m walking down the street, “subtly” shoulder bopping to the opening of an unfamiliar jam on Spotify’s Top Hits, I expect that the familiar sound of Khaled screaming, “DJ KHALED!! Anotha one! Anotha one!” is sure to follow. His hit rate is undeniably impressive, and as far as the “self love” movement goes, Khaled is absolutely slaying. Regardless of whether you dig the music, you kinda have to respect his game, and we could all likely benefit from...
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Casual Friday: Turmeric Mango Sunrise Pops

TGICasual Friday, friends and lovahhhs!! I’m about to hop a plane to Maine for four glorious days, so let’s get down to business, shall we? Festive summer treats first, then we waste time on the Internets.As you may know, I spend the majority of my time trying to stop sweating and researching things that will make me smarter and prettier. So, I’d like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the great Liz Moody for answering my sweaty, superfood prayers with her new book Glow Pops. This masterpiece is filled with creative, drool-worthy recipes for all manner of nutrient-dense popsicles that will make you GLOW from the inside out. Just to whet your appetite, examples include Mexican Hot Chocolate, Olive Oil Chocolate Rosemary, Mango Chile, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Ginger, and my personal favorite, Turmeric Mango Sunrise (currently...
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