Perfect Peasant Bread

I wish I could say, “I can’t remember the last time I baked bread!” because that would mean that I had in fact baked bread regularly in the past, which is just laughable. I mean, I have made bread before but never in my own home, so it doesn’t really count.(For the record, I’m not counting quick breads like banana/corn/pumpkin here because those don’t require yeast, kneading, or other such intimidating and physically exhausting things.)The last and only time I made bread was in culinary school during my one illustrious term of patisserie. (I “respectfully discontinued" my pastry studies after Level 1 because spending hours slaving/sweating over sugar roses and puff pastry made me mildly homicidal was not my strong suit.) I’m 99% sure there was a baguette lesson, but I can’t actually recall it (perhaps I played hooky to make...
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Spring Vegetable Soup with Farro and Chicken Sausage

Whelp, friends, I’m back from spring break (WHOOO!).I had a note in my editorial calendar to write a “return from vacation post” about how relaxed, rejuvenated, and creatively restored I feel. And I did sit down to write that post this morning. But then I remembered how much I hate to lie to you.Here’s how things typically go for yours truly RE: Vacay…I arrive at beach destination. I read books. I bake myself responsibly between regular applications of SPF 30 on my body/SPF 50 on my moneymaker face while watching my roommate splash in the ocean. I guzzle absurdly named rum cocktails with zero regard for calories or potential hangovers (to be honest, I don’t get hangovers on vacation, which proves that they are mostly mental?) and wear various sassy “resort” outfits. In the evenings, Logan and...
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Healthy Travel Snack Pack Essentials

This may or may not come as a shock, but I’ve been traveling with a “snack pack” for as long as I can remember.When I was a tiny human, my babysitter Arleen used to pack me a giant Ziploc of food for all flights/road trips/train rides, and I’ve followed her excellent lead ever since. Looking back, she definitely did it to keep me calm and quiet in transit, and the snack pack still serves the same purpose as edible security blanket. I will forever feel panicky and naked embarking on a trip without an arsenal of healthy food in my carry-on. As should you.The beauty of the snack pack is two-fold. First and foremost, you get to eat what you like, versus being forced to eat something sad and gross. Sure, JFK has Shake Shack, but a lot of airports have nada but...
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Casual Friday: Mango Caipiroska

TGICasual Friday, weirdos!! You know the drill. Let’s talk c-tails and waste time on the Internets.First, have you ever had a caipirinha? If you haven't, it’s a Brazilian specialty made with cachaça (a liquor made from sugarcane), sugar, and lime. It is really, really, ridiculously delicious. And dangerous. Because it’s pretty much straight booze. I learned this the hard way after casually knocking back three at lunch on the first day of roommate vacation in Brazil a few years back. Don’t get me wrong, Selena had a blast, but pacing is key with caipirinhas if you plan on speaking in coherent sentences, walking without assistance, etc. The same rules apply to the caipirinha’s festive Russian cousin, the caipiroska, which is made with vodka instead of cachaça and, in this case, fresh mango.I can’t say enough good things about this simple...
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12 Fresh Recipes To Make This Spring

It doesn’t really feel like it today—it’s currently 49 degrees and depressingly gray in NYC—but spring has officially sprung, people!!!Yesterday was sunny and warm(ish), and I spotted many a bare leg and shoulder on my daily pilgrimage to Westside Market. New Yorkers are nothing if not enthusiastic about donning their seasonal duds, even when it’s not quite appropriate, which never ceases to amuse me. Personally, this kid's a few weeks away from showing any skin (I’m afraid of blinding passerby with my ghostly limbs and am still waiting on a some pesky stress eczema to GTFO….too much information?), but you better believe I’m celebrating the arrival of sun and early spring produce like it’s my job. Because it is.For me, spring eating is all about light meals with a comforting twist. Naked season is on the horizon, and that...
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Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad

This former #birthdayprincess had grand plans to bake herself a fancy cake last week and share it with all of you. Julia Turshen’s famously moiiiist "Happy Wife, Happy Life" chocolate cake to be exact with pink sprinkles and something super creative and punny written on it in. (Let’s be real, it was probably going to be “30, and flirty, and thriving!”) The recipe was to be accompanied by a profound post on all the things I’d learned about myself over the past year because, as Kylie Jenner predicted, it was truly a year of “realizing stuff.”But then I had my birthday party, and said plans were foiled in the best possible way…Last month, my roommate asked me what I wanted to do to celebrate my 30th. Should we book a private room at one of my favorite restaurants? Hit the...
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Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast” with Crispy Prosciutto

Fun facts I’ve learned about myself on the road these past few weeks…I sleep best to “light rain” on my sound soother app. Even though the rushing water makes me feel like I kinda have to pee while I’m nodding off.1½ cups of coffee is the sweet spot before being on cam-ah-raahhh. Any less, and I find it hard to moderate my “ummms” and trucker mouth, any more, and I’m anxious and a little bit sweaty.Going forward, I must always research whether or not a hotel has a bathtub before booking. I simply cannot handle the extreme disappointment upon arriving to find only a shower. (I’m a diva, I’m a, I’m a d-diva.)I experience mild rage blackouts when someone uses both armrests on the plane or tries to deplane before it’s their turn. Unforgivable.Speaking of planes, there is something about being...
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Bulgogi Chicken Bowls with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

I've partnered with SmartMade™ to create this post. I hope you dig it. I like to be trendy. I don’t like that I like to be trendy, but I can’t help it.This applies to my clothes, hair (dear God, does anyone remember my “sassy” 2014 lob?!), and skincare, sure, but I mostly like to be on the cutting edge when it comes to food. You know this.As you may also know, most trends are fleeting, and my desire to stay on fleek (as the kids used to say) in the kitchen often ends badly for me. Perhaps you recall the avocado rose? Yours truly really bought into the hysteria on that one, and I’m mildly ashamed to admit that I spent several months obsessively crafting avocado roses at every possible opportunity. I watched tutorials. I greased my knife. And when...
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Casual Friday: Berry-Cherry Smoothie

Happiest of Casual Fridays from Charleston!!You know the drill. First we talk food, then we peruse random things on the Interwebs. We’re doing it extra quick and dirty today because the sun is shining, I’ve had 2 cups of coffee (read: I’m teetering on the edge of a panic attack), and I need to get to Xiao Bao Biscuit to meet Jessica Murnane(!!!!!) for lunch. Let’s do this.This Cherry-Berry Smoothie is my gift to smoothie enthusiasts and skeptics alike. Not gonna lie, I always feel a little lame sharing smoothie recipes, but as any experimental smoothie maker knows, throwing random stuff in a blender does not always yield delicious results. Sometimes, you need a tried and true recipe for smoothie success, so I’m giving you mine. If you follow your weird blog lady on Instagram, you may have noticed that...
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Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes

Greetings from the air, friends!!I’m currently winging my way from Richmond to Minneapolis and not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous about the transition. 'Twas a balmy 75 and sunny in RVA yesterday, tricking me into thinking it was already spring. I took myself out to a sassy business lunch, sat outside listening to my murder podcast sans sweater, and was gifted a very subtle face tan. Needless to say, it was glorious.Unfortunately, it’s not quite as glorious in good old Minneapolis. My handy weather app warned me last night to expect serious snow allll weekend—which it did NOT advise me of earlier this week—and I was so distracted by snack pack assembly on Wednesday (priorities!) that I completely forgot to pack a down coat just in case. Or a sweater. Or snow boots. Or fucking socks. (This...
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