Spicy Pulled Chicken Sliders with Bacon-Queso Guacamole

spicy-pulled-chicken-sliders-with-bacon-queso-guacamole-11Its football season, friends!In case there’s any confusion, that exclamation point was meant to convey panic rather than enthusiasm. I do not like football. I do not like watching it, talking about it, or the strange effect that it has on my roommate, who practically lives for football season. Second to golf, watching football is my least favorite activity, and therefore, I am very much dreading the next six months. I am also seriously reconsidering the decision not to get a second tv in my apartment.Obviously, there are aspects of football season that I have found tolerable over the years. For example, I supported home football games in college, as tailgates were a fun social activity and a nice venue to practice my keg stands. (Needless to say, I never actually went inside a single game.) I also like the...
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Ginger-Soy Glazed Salmon with Asian Beet Slaw

ginger-soy-glazed-salmon-with-asian-beet-slaw-2I don’t know how to take the subway.This may or may not come as a shock to you. The fact that I’ve been living in New York City off and on for the past ten years leads many people to believe that I am familiar with the subway system. I’m not going to lie, I sometimes perpetuate this misconception. Like when people say, “Oh, your Mom lives uptown? You must see her all the time. I bet you just hop on the express.” And I say, “Totally! It’s so awesome!” And then I change the subject because until I asked Logan, I didn’t even know what the “express” was.For the record, I am not opposed to public transportation. It’s cheap and convenient, and it makes for excellent people watching, which is one of my all-time favorite activities. For these reasons,...
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The Dude Diet: Stop Snoring

logan-sleeping I’m pleased to report that things are pretty solid on the Dude Diet front, folks. Despite an off-the-wagon wedding weekend in Newport, where he drank his weight in mudslides and terrorized many a finger-food server, the Dude has been keeping it relatively tight over the past few weeks. Logan has been doing a respectable amount of exercise, eating a decently balanced diet, and his recent carbohydrate fetish appears to be on the decline. The numbers on the scale are going down, and things are looking up. Forward and onward, dudes.Today, I would like to focus on an issue that Logan has been struggling with for most of his adult life. It’s a somewhat personal problem, and I didn’t realize until recently that it might be tied to Logan’s eating habits, and that The Dude Diet could potentially help bring...
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Flatbread with Fresh Figs, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese

flatbread-with-figs-goat-cheese-and-prosciutto-12Everybody seems to be writing about “back-to-school” recipes this week. I don’t plan on entering a classroom anytime soon, and I certainly don’t have any kids to be packing lunches for (thank God), but I figured I would riff on the “back-to-school” theme today anyway. I like to be trendy.To be honest, the recent back-to-school hype has made me feel pretty nostalgic. As a kid, I was a big fan of going back to school. Sure the end of summer was sad, but while all my friends were wallowing, I was practically giddy with excitement. A new school year meant so many badass things...Haircuts and new clothes and school supplies, oh my!Obviously, finding the perfect “first day outfit” was the most critical aspect of my back-to-school preparations. I would spend weeks planning my ensemble, hoping to make a splash on...
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Avocado Toast with Spicy Maple Bacon and Scrambled Eggs

avocado-toast-with-spicy-maple-bacon-and-scrambled-eggs-4Today, I would like to share with you something that has recently changed my life for the better. It is something that has made me laugh, made me cry, and given me faith in the human spirit. It is a reality television show, and it is called Naked and Afraid.I was actually introduced to Naked and Afraid a couple of weeks ago while I was in Maine. We were just finishing up family dinner, when my stepmom informed the table that she was taking my younger siblings, Zoe and Rex, upstairs to watch Naked and Afraid before bed. I had never heard of this show, but it certainly didn’t sound like something that young children should be exposed to. When I asked what it was, Zoe spun around and said incredulously, “You’ve never seen Naked and Afraid???” Obviously, I...
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Brown Rice Jambalaya with Shrimp, Chicken Sausage and Bell Peppers

brown-rice-jambalaya-with-shrimp-chicken-sausage-and-bell-peppersI have terrible news...My girl group is breaking up.I have briefly mentioned the collective greatness of my college girlfriends before, but in case you missed that, I’ll give you a brief synopsis. Meg Starr, Lara, Daphne, and Annabel are my besties, and they are the tits. As Cher Horowitz once said, “We’re friends because we know what it’s like for people to be jealous of us.” Psych. (But seriously, we are the funniest, smartest, prettiest girls we know.)Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 7.51.08 PMBy some act of the New York City housing gods, the five of us have spent the past two years living within a ten-block radius of each other, which is convenient for several reasons. Such proximity facilitates impromptu group dinners, outfit consultation, casual cocktails, and Sunday...
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Shaved Zucchini and Carrots with Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese

shaved-carrots-and-zucchini-with-goat-cheese-and-toasted-almondsI do not have plans this weekend.Don’t panic, I am actually incredibly excited about this. It’s the first weekend I’ve spent in the city all summer, and I am pretty pumped about enjoying some “me time” in my new apartment. I’m going to run errands, maybe do some sort of (brief) exercise, finish the new Dan Brown book, and keep up with the Kardashians. I also want to get a haircut and maybe hit up Bed, Bath and Beyond on Saturday afternoon. I don’t know! I don’t know if I’ll have enough time!This solo weekend is actually coming on the heels of a full week of single living. Logan is in Colorado visiting friends and attending a bachelor party, so I have commandeered the apartment and been flying solo since Monday. Having a roommate is bomb, and obviously I...
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Summer Salad with Avocado, Corn and Grilled Herb Shrimp

Summer-Salad-with-avocado-corn-and-grilled-herb-shrimp-2It's wedding season, friends, and I’m exhausted. I’ve attended two very festive wedding weekends in the past three weeks, and I have four more to go before the season is out. I’m very popular.Luckily for me, I LOVE weddings. It may come as a shock to some of you, but I happen to be quite a romantic. Seriously. I’m a total sucker for handwritten vows (even when they’re awkward), grooms crying (tears=true love!), magical settings, expensive white dresses, and fairy lights of any kind. Needless to say, I also enjoy events where champagne is a staple and cake is guaranteed. Sign me up.This past weekend, my wonderful friend Charlotte got married on Cape Ann. Although I had been looking forward to the weekend, I felt slightly skeptical about the event based on a very disturbing line in the invitation: Ladies...
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The Dude Diet: Control Your Cravings

Dude-Diet-Chicken-Parmesan-BurgersIt’s been a rocky couple of weeks for The Dude Diet. I'm sad to report that sandwich consumption has been high, Dominos has been ordered, and I don't like to think about the multiple extravaganzas that have taken place at 16 Handles (aka frozen yogurt Mecca) in the past few days. At least the Dude has been exercising regularly.As disappointing as his recent diet choices have been, I would generally dismiss these indulgences as typical of Logan’s “vacation eating.” However, Logan’s eating has taken on a new breed of intensity of late, which has given me cause for concern. In short, his desire to eat carbs and sugar seems to be at an unnatural high. Between making s’mores on the stovetop in Maine, eating spaghetti Bolognese as a snack, and talking about pizza a disturbing amount (even for him), I began...
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Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil Vinaigrette

Grilled-eggplant-with-fresh-mozzarella-tomatoes-and-basil-vinaigretteThe past two days have been a whirlwind of moving misery excitement. Logan and I physically moved apartments at the end of June, but we’ve been bouncing around since then (Idaho, Colorado, my mom’s apartment, Maine, etc.), and now that we’re back in New York, we’re finally taking the time to tackle our new space.Obviously, returning from Maine to an apartment full of boxes and limited air conditioning was not good for my anxiety. However, I have been systematically unpacking my hoards, furniture has been delivered, and I’ve enjoyed two full nights’ sleep on our new king bed. (How my roommate and I have been sharing a queen for so long is now beyond me. I live to starfish.)As previously mentioned, this new apartment is a serious upgrade from our former abode. In addition to having numerous doors (whoooooop!), a...
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