Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Basil

spaghetti-with-cherry-tomato-sauce-mozzarella-and-basilAs kids, my little brother and I were pretty much inseparable. Being six years younger, I suppose Elliot didn’t have much choice in the matter, but I’m sure he loved my hanging out in his playpen, putting wigs and makeup on him, and pushing him around in my doll stroller. He was such a cool baby that I even brought him to Show and Tell in second grade, which pretty much blew the other kids’ hamsters, bug collections, and boring stuffed animals out of the water. I also carried him around like a giant human security blanket until he was five years old (and he was not a small five year old), ignoring the advice of my mom, and eventually, my chiropractor.Like I said, we were close.Unfortunately, I missed out on a lot of Elliot’s formative...
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Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Bacon

chipotle-mac-and-cheese-with-baconHappy Fourth of July, friends! I’ve always been a big fan of Independence Day, which is easily my second favorite non-present holiday after Cinco de Mayo. I very much appreciate the patriotic parades, barbecues, fireworks and American flag ensembles associated with the Fourth. Plus, the festivities usually start early, and you know I’m a sucker for any occasion that condones afternoon cocktails.Growing up, I celebrated the Fourth of July in Maine, but for the past few summers, Logan and I have been rotating Independence Day locations. Last year we went to Maine, so this year we are reprising Logan’s recently created tradition known as “Driggstock.” This event takes place in Driggs, Idaho, a tiny town on the Idaho-Wyoming border where Logan’s parents live during the summer. Their camp is the epitome of rustic...
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Campfire Chicken Packets with Zucchini, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

campfire-chicken-packets-with-zucchini-corn-and-cherry-tomatoesHappy 4th of July week, friends! I am currently camping in Wyoming with Logan for a few days on our way up to Driggs, Idaho, where we will be spending the actual 4th.  No, you did not misread the last sentence, and yes, I am camping. For those of you who are surprised by this, I totally get it. I assume it is because you find me impossibly glamorous and can’t picture me in hiking boots or sleeping with my face in the dirt. Thank you! However, I am about to blow your mind with my outdoorsiness. Despite my affinity for warm beds, showers, and non-athletic footwear, I am actually quite fond of camping. I have mentioned my camping skills briefly before, and I am proud to report that they are only getting better. This...
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The Dude Diet: Burrito Edition

the-dude-diet-burrito-edition Bless me, dudes, for I have sinned. It’s been three weeks since my last Dude Diet post. I sincerely apologize for leaving you all hanging, and I hope that you haven’t done too much damage to your beach bodies in my absence. Fortunately, I have good news to report! Logan has been doing quite a respectable job as Dude Diet ambassador lately. He’s been eating relatively well-balanced meals, snacking responsibly, and limiting off-the-wagon binges to no-calorie Sundays, which is more than impressive. The Dude has also gone for several runs in the past few weeks from which he came back very sweaty. This was comforting because it proves that he was, in fact, running and not sneaking off to get snacks. Great success.Sadly, I fear that the recent success of The Dude Diet may be short-lived, since Logan is currently off the...
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Clean Out The Fridge Frittata

clean-out-the-fridge-frittata I moved into Logan’s apartment in the West Village a year and a half ago. So basically, I have wanted to move for a year and a half. It’s not that the apartment is terrible. In fact, it’s a pretty epic space for a single dude. For a couple? Not so much. (Especially when one half of the couple requires significant closet space.) The apartment is railroad style, meaning that it’s long and narrow, and all of the rooms are connected in a row. The main problem with this is that there are no doors. Other than the bathroom, our apartment is a door-free zone, which is both weird and annoying. Let’s just say that if you’re into  “privacy” or “space,” railroad apartments aren’t for you.To be honest, I spent a long time living in fear...
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Sparkling Sangria

sparkling-sangriaI’ve had a love-hate relationship with sangria for quite some time. Over the years, sangria has come in and out of my life, bringing me both joy and significant pain. In college, I used to make what I liked to call “hobo sangria,” which….wait for it….was a deliciously classy combination of cheap red wine, diet gingerale, and muddled limes. Naturally, that cocktail has fallen by the wayside as I’ve gotten older and fancier, and I can’t say that I miss it.Post-college, I dabbled with sangria on vacation, at the occasional tapas restaurant, and at certain theme parties. It was always delicious and went down smoothly, but it usually resulted in one of my scary hangovers. Therefore, sangria consumption was limited to the occasional indulgence. Or it was until late last spring, when I swore off sangria...
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Summer Berry Crisp

summer-berry-crispI am blissfully happy. I’m sorry to rub that in your face if you’re having a rough week, but it’s true. Logan and I made a somewhat last minute road trip up to Maine on Friday, and it was the best idea I’ve had in a while. I grew up coming to Mount Desert Island in the summers, and it is literally the happiest place on earth. I’m sure that you have your own “favorite place in the world,” and I respect that, but mine is better.Mount Desert Island (specifically Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor), is unbelievably beautiful. In fact, it is the only place that I willingly exercise because the view from the top of each and every mountain is breathtaking. The air is cleaner, food tastes better, and the people I grew...
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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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