Steak and Egg Sliders with Herbed Avocado Spread

I’m not really a breakfast sandwich person. I obviously enjoy them (I’m a human being), but they’re not necessarily something I make for myself or order at restaurants on the reg. At home, I’m proud to be a #basic smoothie/avocado toast devotee, and when I’m out, I tend to gravitate toward creative eggs or the occasional ricotta pancake.Truth be told, the only time I really crave a breakfast sando is when I’ve had seven one too many cocktails—in which case, I require a bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel from Murray’s. With ketchup. Preferably delivered to me on the couch by a sweat suit-clad roommate with a Gatorade spritz (mix equal parts of your favorite color Gatorade and club soda and serve over crushed ice) and an extra side bagel. No loud noises or sudden movements, please and thank...
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The Dude Diet: Merchandise is HERE!

SURPRISE, DUDES!!This is a big day for yours truly and The Dude Diet at large because the very first round of exclusive DD merchandise has officially dropped, and I am Logan-style PSYCHED about it.I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I didn’t always want to be a weird blog lady. As a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. (Honestly, I wanted to be Britney Spears, but designer was my “realistic” back up career.) But then I slowly came to realize that designing required certain skills, namely drawing and sewing, and I was simply too busy doing karate, styling my pixie cut, and watching Dawson’s Creek to hone said skills in my adolescence. And so my design dreams were cast aside.Until now.Thanks to the Internet and my fabulous partners at...
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Casual Friday: Rosé Spritzers

Heyo, friends! We’re getting casual a day early because I’m dropping something badass here on Friday, and I’d hate to deprive you of these festive rosé spritzers and your monthly Internet nonsense. Let’s do this.I’ve had a soft spot for wine spritzers for as long as I can remember. I’m particularly fond of them during the summer months, and I tend to order them at weddings, as they are both refreshing and a responsible choice for sustained boozing. Win-win.Sadly, spritzers have always gotten a bad rap—dismissed by many a wine and cocktail snob aficionado as “déclassé”—but WHATEVER. Spritzers, especially the creative ones, are straight up delightful, and I advocate their inclusion in a well-rounded cocktail repertoire.I’m obviously not above a glass of plain old iced wine and club soda, but the addition of a little liqueur and some fresh “floaters” like fruit,...
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15 Killer Recipes To Make Right NOW (aka The Memorial Day Round-Up)

And just like that, #nakedseason has arrived.It’s still technically spring for the next few weeks, but we all know Memorial Day is summer’s unofficial kick-off, and as of this Friday, peeps are going to be beaching, barbecuing, stripping down and drinking up for the next three months. I, for one, am very much here for it.My roommate and I are heading up to my happy place, aka Mount Desert Island, on Friday with some friends, and I’m itching with anticipation (of both the fun and the mosquito bites). It will still be on the chilly side—we’re talking about Maine here—but that doesn’t mean I won’t be taking full advantage of my access to a big girl grill, the late spring/early summer produce (strawberries! mango! greens! corn! cherries!), and the excuse to drink rosé...
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Coconut Oil-Sriracha Aioli

Happy Fry-day, friends!!(I’m so sorry. I had to.)There’s a lot to discuss regarding the origin of these addictive sweet potato fries and their magical dipping sauce, so let’s get right to it.The recipe is ripped from the pages of Phoebe Lapine’s badass new book, The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life, which I’ve been pouring over since its release earlier this week. If you hang out here on the reg, you’re probably familiar with Phoebe, as she’s been my best weird blog lady friend for years. Whenever people ask for healthy/delicious/gluten-free food blog recs, I always scream, “What, I’m not enough for you?!! Feed Me Phoebe!!” before they’ve even finished the question. And I can say with 100% certainty that no one has...
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Curried Chicken Paillard with Mango and Cherry Tomato Relish

I spent the past weekend in Mexico City on one of my bestie’s bachelorettes, and it was glorious.Honestly, it was the least bachelorette-y bachelorette in the best possible way. No disrespect to the traditional bach—I will be drinking yard-long Miami Vices in a white bedazzled bikini on the Vegas strip come August—but there is something to be said for a low-key, culture-heavy iteration.Between responsible tequila breaks, our six-person crew managed to squeeze in plenty of city exploration, long walks (I regretted my decision to pack exclusively fancy footwear), bustling outdoor markets, and visits to Chapultepec Castle and Frida Kahlo’s house, which I considered rather impressive. Especially since my past bachelorette activities have mostly involved rolling around on a lounge chair, carbo-loading, and inhaling cocktails through a penis straw. Needless to say, I felt very accomplished and smug...
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Cauliflower-Carrot Golden “Rice”

I’ve been spending an awful lot of time in the air recently, and it’s led to a rather profound self-realization: I’m the world’s nosiest person on planes.I can’t help it. I surreptitiously assess what people around me are eating, reading, working on, or watching, and I will shamelessly eavesdrop on their conversations. (I think the eavesdropping is genetic—my mom was once invited to join someone else’s birthday dinner while we were at Mr. Chow’s because she was listening to their convo and decided to interject. #shameless)I’m currently in the air, and a very unlikely pair has bonded across the aisle from me. She’s a young “ratchet” artist with electric blue hair, he’s a 40 year-old banker, and they’ve been talking nonstop since boarding in Miami. After sharing her journey as a musician, she ate a hot dog and is now sharing...
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Carrot Cake Energy Bites

I associate carrot cake with booze and my best friend, and therefore it makes me happy.In late high school, college, and the early “adult” (muahahah) years, Fifi and I frequented a very fancy restaurant called Hot & Crusty. This delicious and not remotely sexual sounding establishment is an NYC chain, and there happens to be one a couple blocks from my mom’s apartment. After a festive night out, Fifi and I would hit H&C to pick up a late night snack and then scurry home (not gonna lie, there was sometimes a cab involved) to inhale it on the living room floor in various states of undress.I’ve humble bragged before that young Selena was kind of a celeb at the 86th street H&C. When she waltzed in circa...
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15 Fiesta-Ready Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

The third greatest holiday of the year is almost upon us, and I’m excited (duh), but also the teensiest bit sad. I can hardly wait to go ham on tacos and tequila this coming Friday, but I am a little disappointed that I won’t be doing it with my roommate and forty of our nearest and dearest at Chateau Logena.Yours truly had to put the kibosh on Logena’s (no longer) annual Cinco de Mayo extravaganza for the second year in a row, this time for #dudediettour reasons. And while I’m pumped to memorialize the Battle of Puebla with the fine people of Charlotte, NC, I feel oddly guilty robbing Logan of what would have undoubtedly been a truly epic celebration. A Cinco de Mayo party on a Thursday or even a Saturday is great, but...
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Blueberry-Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

It’s Friday, friends. Let’s get casual, shall we?We’re going to poke around on the Internets shortly, but first I have very important pancake matters to discuss. I really love pancakes, but they’ve always been more of a special occasion thing for me. My mom makes them on Christmas, I’ll order a good ricotta version at brunch once or twice a year, and every few months, I whip up some Dude Diet chocolate chip banana pancakes to eat in bed with my roommate. That’s about it.Then a couple months ago, I had a weird weekday pancake craving and decided to treat myself to a clean-ish batch with what I had on hand. I was out of whole wheat flour, but I had rolled oats, so I threw them in the food processor to make oat “flour” and whisked that with a...
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