Grilled Steak and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Cherries

Baths. Early 2000s teen soaps. Yolk porn. High-waisted jeans. Trashy novels. Gummy bears. Summer. Dinner salads. Wine. What do all of these seemingly random things have in common, you may ask??? They are some of my greatest life passions. (If you’re not picturing me at my desk singing “These are a few of my faaaaaavorite things!” off key you should be. I work alone. I am also tone deaf.) I can say with relative confidence that I am an authority on all of the above with one glaring exception: WINE. Don’t get me wrong, I drink a lot of wine. I know what I like and am pretty good at pairing food with my favorite bottles, which hopefully counts for something. But my formal wine knowledge? It’s lacking, to say the least. So, when Languedoc Wines offered to help educate me on the...
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Ratatouille Pot Pie With Potato Crust

I made Ratatouille Pot Pie this week, and it was a fucking treat in so many ways. First things first, I LOVE ratatouille. It tastes delightful and I enjoy saying it, but ratatouille and I also have an emotional connection. We have history. ‘Twas one of the very first things I learned how to make at Le Cordon Bleu, and I became instantly enamored. I think I made it three times a week during my two-year Parisian tenure. Maybe more. Usually with a classy pre-formed turkey burger from my local grocery chain on the side. (It was a weird phase in my turkey burger history.) I also whipped it up for my former roommate and almost every person that came over for dinner. Speaking of ratatouille and my former roommate (hi, Baysie!), I just remembered I once used ratatouille to...
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My Daily Skincare Regimen

Here’s the thing. Most of us would love to have a naturally clear, poreless, baby soft face that glows from within. But almost no one actually does. We all gotta work for it. Except maybe Kate Bosworth. That skin is ridiculous. I probably should have had my fake assistant people reach out to her people and ask if she’d like to write this post... Anyhoo, one of the most common requests this weird blog lady gets is, “Bitch, what are you using on your skin?! Share that secret regimen!” You know I love compliments, so I obviously appreciate the skin flattery, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised by it. I suppose I shouldn’t be given that I basically light my wallet on fire every time I walk into a Sephora, and skincare is my number one hobby...
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My Favorite Fiesta-Ready Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

HOLA, AMIGOS! T-2 days until the big fiesta, and I am a human piñata of excitement waiting to be filled with irresponsible amounts of tequila. Cinco de Mayo is one of two annual events thrown down at Chateau Logena, and I take it very, very seriously. This year’s extravaganza feels more momentous than most because a.) we skipped last year, and b.) it’s the first partay in our new digs. FIESTA HOUSEWARMING!!! ‘Tis a dream come true. Anyhoo, I’m currently staring at a 3-foot pillar of Topo Chico, a rainbow donkey piñata, and a pile of miscellaneous décor that will hopefully transform our apartment into a Mexican cocoon of happiness for my favorite compadres come Saturday afternoon. Needless to say, I’ve already locked down my fiesta menu, which includes all manner of Mexican dankness—from loaded 'dillas to spicy watermelon margaritas—and I can hardly wait....
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Thai Cashew Chopped Salad with Sesame-Garlic Dressing

Happy Friday, friends!! I have a gnarly sinus infection! Not gonna lie, life’s been a real strugglefest this week. I actually started feeling sick early last week, but I figured it was just a spring cold/allergy combo, so I wasn’t overly concerned. I hit all the natural remedies hard (with a healthy side of Theraflu), pressed pause on the #fitnessjourney, crushed a ridiculous amount of soup, and kept my fingies crossed for a speedy recovery. Then…I went to Dollywood. That’s right, folks. One of my besties threw the classiest of bachelorette parties in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and although I wasn’t feeling great on Friday, I’d sooner die than let a stuffy nose and a headache keep me from one Ms. Bay Hudner and her Mary Poppins’ bag of wigs and sequins. So this sniffly bitch packed up her finest sister-wife outfits...
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10 Spring Recipes To Make ASAP

I’m currently sitting at my desk, and the view through my office window is strange and unfamiliar. It’s sunny. A big tree I don’t know the name of is swaying in the breeze, and it has fluffy white FLOWERS all over it. I just saw a girl on the sidewalk wearing a blazer as outerwear. (Which is frankly batshit crazy because it’s still 41 degrees, but I respect her dedication to seasonal dressing.) I don’t want to jinx myself here, but I think spring is finally here, peeps. HALLELUJAH. In celebration, I have come down with a terrifying spring cold! Don’t worry about me, I’m just casually dying fine and am thrilled to ditch my abominable snowman gear, mainline vitamin D, and crush piles and piles of spring produce. (Asparagus! Favas! Arugula! Carrots!)! Just as soon as I can breathe/swallow again. And wash my...
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My Everyday Makeup Essentials

  Hey, hey, heyyyy. It’s Friday, it’s above 70 degrees outside, and it feels like a great day to talk about makeup. So that’s what we’re gonna do. (She says as she sits at her desk with zero makeup on. Gray shirt tucked into gray sweatpants like a lady.) The truth is, I love makeup. It’s fun to play with and it makes me feel good, which is a win-win. I buy a lot of it. This is not the most practical investment as I work from home and tend to go about my business barefaced, but whateva. When I do venture out into the world, I like to put my best face forward, dammit! I’m obviously always down to try new products, but I’ve really perfected my “5-minute face” over the past few years using a handful of trusted essentials I can’t live without. I...
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Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Friends. I’ve been a very, very bad blog lady. I made this delicious Chicken Parm Pasta forever ago, and the sexy video I posted of it on Instagram got some peeps all hot and bothered. I promised the recipe was “coming soon,” and then…I completely forgot about it. Chalk it up to cookbook brain. And spring breeaaaaakkkk. Lucky for all of us, my dad came over last night, and somehow the dinner table conversation made its way to chicken Parmesan. This isn’t quite as unusual as you would think, as my Dad, “Daddy” (aka Logan), and I all love to talk about delicious things we’ve eaten recently, and my dad had apparently crushed a truly excellent chicken Parm at Scalinatella on Tuesday night. Sidenote: I did not include Scalinatella on my list of NYC restaurant favorites—mostly because it’s...
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Kale Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing

To my smart, hilarious, ridiculously good-looking Internet friends: THANK YOU for the wonderful response to last week’s announcement re: Dude Diet Dinners!!!! Your overwhelming enthusiasm was by far the best present this birthday princess received, which is saying a lot because I also got Beyonce/Jay-Z tickets and an at-home microcurrent facial device! I could wax poetic about my feeeeeelings here but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just say that I truly couldn’t be more excited about this book (henceforth referred to as DDD), especially now that it’s out in the open. Keeping secrets makes me itchy. As I’ve mentioned before, the cookbook process is a long and often stressful one, but I feel extra pumped about it this time around for two reasons: 1. We have Instastories now!! If you hang with your weird blog...
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The Dude Diet: Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake (and BIG NEWS!)

Happy my birthday to you, friends!!! Given that today is my favorite day of the year, I thought it an appropriate time to drop some big news, feeeeeelings, and an epic quinoa bake. I’m Logan-style PSYCHED about it. (I also feel like I might throw up a little.) Here’s the thing. I’ve been contemplating this post for a while now. And the more I thought about it, the more I built it up in my head. I wanted to deliver this news and its accompanying emotions—Excitement! Joy! Humility! Terror!—with just the right balance of genuine gratitude and sparkling wit. In short, the post needed to be fucking splashy. Then I woke up yesterday with a rash on my face. Sure, the rash could be due to recent night serum experiments or the bomb cyclone currently swirling outside my window, but I’m 90% convinced it was...
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