Easy Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sweet and Spicy Pickles

easy-pulled-pork-sandwiches-with-sweet-and-spicy-picklesLast weekend was the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in NYC. That name is ridiculous, so I shall henceforth refer to it as BBQ Fest. BBQ Fest is one of Logan’s favorite weekends in New York (surprise!), and naturally, I was forced to go last Sunday. Logan wanted to make an appearance on both Saturday and Sunday, but I refused to do a BBQ Fest double-header based on my PTSD.The first and only other time that I attended this great event was two years ago. Logan and I had DTR’d (defined the relationship) the week before, and we attended our first wedding together on the Saturday of BBQ Fest weekend. Being the fun-loving duo that we are, Logan and I got fabulously wedding drunk that night, and I woke up Sunday morning with one...
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Sweet Potato Hash with Chicken Sausage and Fried Eggs

sweet-potato-hash-with-chicken-sausage-and-fried-eggs I’ve wanted an assistant for as long as I can remember. When you ask most kids what they want to be when they grow up, they say something ridiculous like an astronaut, a fireman, or President of the United States. My answer? “I want to wear Prada and have several male assistants.” When people asked the inevitable follow-up questions regarding what I would be doing while wearing Prada and being surrounded by helpful men, I invoked one of my favorite phrases…”I will cross that bridge when I get to it.”In college, my friend Maisie and I used to discuss our future assistants with the loving detail that most girls reserve for their weddings or future children. What would our assistants look like? How would they dress? What skills would they need? How would they entertain us? Ultimately, we envisioned young,...
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The Dude Diet: Sandwich Fix

dude-diet-sandwich-fixDude loves sandwiches.I am relieved to report that things have been pretty solid for The Dude Diet since Memorial Day. Logan has been working from home for the past few weeks, so I have had the great pleasure of closely monitoring his food intake. With the exception of a few minor slip-ups involving a recent barbeque and a dining out disaster, the Dude has been limiting himself to mostly beach body-friendly fare. However, he is currently on his way to the Mountain Jam Music Festival, so I can only imagine the debauchery that will be taking place on all fronts in the next 24 hours.After spending so much time observing Logan’s midday eating habits recently, I have become increasingly aware of the threat that sandwiches pose to The Dude Diet. If left to his own devices, Logan would crush “a...
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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing

Last Saturday I went to a Ke$ha concert. Sunday was rough. On Monday I made Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing because I don’t actually want to “die young”….seared-ahi-tuna-salad-with-citrus-ginger-dressingLet’s back up a little bit. If you aren’t familiar with Ke$ha, you clearly live under a rock. She is a very talented pop singer/sometimes rapper who, based on her lyrics, enjoys partying, sex, and drinking alcohol. She also favors “glitter on her eyes, stockings ripped all up the sides,” and looking, “sick and sexy-fied,” so she’s obviously a very classy lady.Ke$ha may not be a particularly groundbreaking “artist,” but what she lacks in musical profundity, she makes up for in catchy beats and sequins. Every single one of her songs makes you want to get weird and dance. Therefore, when a friend offered me a ticket to her Jones...
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Lemon Mint Iced Tea…with Rum.

lemon-mint-iced-tea-with-rumIt’s officially summer in New York, people. Temperatures are rising, and I’m pleased to report that the city's inhabitants are already parading around half-naked. (Most of these individuals are apparently unaware/unconcerned that they are not yet tan enough to do this.) While I love many things about summer, including the high hemlines, the heat is not one of them.First of all, I run hot. By this I mean that I’m always much warmer than anybody else at any given time. Luckily, I’ve learned not to ask people, “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” because a.) it sounds creepy, and b.) it is always just me. And not in a complimentary way.Based on my hot-bloodedness, I’m pretty sure my body wasn’t built to handle temperatures above 80 degrees. Anything higher than that, and I start...
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Le Croque Madame

croque-madame-recipe I’m prone to hangovers, especially when there is wine involved. Therefore, I spent a large portion of my Parisian tenure (April 2010-November 2011) with a headache and mild nausea. You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve already outlined the section of my memoirs entitled “Hungover in Paris: That Shit Cray.” It’s probably going to be my finest work. Consider this post a teaser.Being hungover in Paris is tricky, especially on Sundays. First of all, the French are not familiar with the concept of “delivery.” As someone accustomed to getting everything from booze to toilet paper couriered to my door in New York City, the fact that the Parisians refused to bring me food on my Sunday deathbed was quite devastating.In the spirit of full disclosure, my friend Liberty and I did go through an...
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The Dude Diet: Grill Master Edition

 the-dude-diet-grill-master-editionGrill Master.This week has been touch-and-go for The Dude Diet. Last weekend was rough, since Logan's well-deserved graduation extravaganza included friends, family, and enough champagne and finger food to sustain a small army of dudes. Although he did try to adhere to the Beach Body Blitz Plan earlier this week, his very busy social calendar required heavy cocktail consumption, which led to some seriously questionable decisions regarding mid-afternoon buffalo wings and quesadillas. Luckily, it’s supposed to rain through Memorial Day, so Logan has at least another week to get his beach body in check.As you know, Monday officially marks the beginning of summer, which brings with it a very specific set of challenges for The Dude Diet. While most people tend to eat lighter food due to the heat and the abundance of fresh...
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Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas with Goat Cheese and Pesto

Grilled-Vegetable-Quesadillas-with-Goat-CheeseSummer is almost upon us, and the season brings with it so many exciting things. It’s finally time for the onslaught of refreshing cocktails, outdoor meals, exposed skin, and beach hair. It is also music festival season. I am regularly reminded of this last fact because I am somehow still on the “Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival” email list. I can’t bring myself to unsubscribe since I did spend a lovely four days there in June of 2008 with three of my besties, Maisie, Bay, and Serena. (No, I am not referring to myself in the third person. There was another Serena.) Every year around this time, I am filled with nostalgia (and nausea) thinking about my experience in Manchester, Tennessee.For those of you questioning...
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The Dude Diet: Beach Body Blitz

I don’t even know where to begin in terms of the ways that Logan has internationally shamed The Dude Diet over the past three weeks. Although I anticipated some standard Dude Diet deviation, he really went above and beyond in terms of his “vacation eating.” I am sad to report that Logan’s South American extravaganza put China-fest, Christmas, and Hippie Fest 2013 to shame. If I weren’t so horrified, I’d actually be impressed. the-dude-diet-beach-body-blitzSince leaving New York, Logan has pretty much been on a straight-up diet of meat and booze. I’m ashamed to say that I did nothing to curb this behavior while I was with him. He just seemed so high on grass fed beef and Malbec that it broke my heart to kill his buzz. However, I should have known that things were...
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Seared Scallops with Spring Vegetable Risotto

seared-scallops-with-spring-vegetable-risottoIt’s graduation season, friends! I’ve been acutely aware of this fact for the past couple weeks because Logan’s Columbia graduation robe has been hanging on the back of the closet door since before we left for South America. As far as commencement attire goes, I’m actually quite pleased with it. The baby blue really brings out his eyes.I would like to take a moment to briefly gush about Logan, who is the smartest, funniest, and most ambitious person I know. I don’t want to get uncomfortably emotional, but I’m incredibly proud of what he has accomplished in the past two years, and what I know he will accomplish in the future. I am consistently awed by his focus, dedication, and ability to function with a hangover. When he gets his MBA this weekend, I will be...
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