Birthday Beer Butt Roast Chicken

It’s my birthday, bitches! Obviously, my birthday is my favorite day of the year. However, this year’s birthday marks the exit from my early twenties, which is both terrifying and an uncomfortable life transition. Not to be overly melodramatic, but getting old stresses me out. As of about 7 hours ago, I am 26 years old, and I haven’t accomplished so many of the things that I wanted to by this age. I’m not the star of my own television show, I haven’t been asked to pose for Maxim, and I’ve never been invited to Diddy’s White Party. I don’t even have an assistant. My life-plan has somehow gotten terribly off track.To be honest, I’ve been dreading turning 26 for weeks. Not only am I getting older, but it’s sort of a nothing birthday, so I don’t even have an excuse to...
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Quinoa Baked Eggs with Spinach and Pancetta

Monday was the worst day of my life. As a result, I was desperately in need of some comfort food yesterday, and Quinoa Baked Eggs with Spinach and Pancetta really hit the spot:quinoa-baked-eggs-with-spinach-and-pancettaOkay okay, Monday wasn’t actually the worst day of my life. However, it did involve 15 hours of public transportation, 6 of which were spent on a Greyhound bus, so it was pretty close (#whitegirlproblems). Anyhoo, I arrived back in NYC in the wee hours of yesterday morning. After a brief dirt nap, I woke up feeling tired, bitchy, and craving something delicious that wouldn’t involve me slaving over a hot stove for more than 15 minutes. So, it was either eggs or…eggs.Eggs are pretty much my go-to when it comes to simple comfort food. This is probably because my mom used scrambled eggs to cure all...
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The Dude Diet: Pasta Edition

I’ve been separated from Logan for most of the past week, but I like to think that he’s keeping it tight and sticking to his maintenance plan. I’m slowly starting to trust his eating habits more and more, but he did send me the following picture of the braised short rib grilled cheese from my last post. Not one, but two of them…Scary. And burnt.So, needless to say, I’m slightly concerned. Logan is also on spring break this week, which doesn’t bode well for The Dude Diet or “the outline of his six-pack.” However, he will be spending the next five days in Lake Tahoe rather than on the beach, so at least his boat drink consumption will be kept to a minimum. Thank God for small miracles.Logan...
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Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese

Last weekend I made a Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese:braised-short-rib-grilled-cheeseBooyakasha.End of post.   PSYCH. I love the look of my words on a computer screen far too much to let you get off that easy. First, I would just like to say that this is hands-down the best grilled cheese that I have ever eaten. Before you write that statement off as hyperbole, let me tell you something. I fucking love grilled cheese. In fact, it’s one of my top three favorite foods. I have had the pleasure of trying many of these fine sandwiches over the years, and not to toot my own horn, but I am pretty much an expert in the grilled cheese field.My grilled cheese connoisseurship began more than two decades ago (which I admit grudgingly, since I don’t like to put anything in print that makes me...
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The Dude Diet: Cocktail Edition

I am pleased to report that Logan is doing very well on The Dude Diet maintenance plan. The post-bet victory binge was not nearly as extensive or terrifying as Logan threatened it would be, and after a relatively subdued barbecue dinner and a Saturday afternoon Dominos delivery, the dude got himself back on track. While Logan’s eating habits have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few months (there was no place to go but up), one thing continues to thwart his dieting progress…ALCOHOL. I’ve been so focused on Logan’s solid food intake that I‘ve completely neglected his liquid calorie consumption, which is equally (if not more) disturbing.  Considering the fact that Logan is going on Spring Break next week, it’s the perfect time for The Dude Diet to tackle the cocktail conundrum.the-dude-diet-cocktail-editionMer-MAN!First things first:...
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Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Are you incredibly busy and important? Do you need a simple and impressive recipe to throw grown-up dinner parties during the week? Are you hoping to eventually land a husband or wife? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce:chicken-rollatini-with-roasted-red-pepper-tomato-sauce Let’s back up a little, shall we? A few weeks ago, I received the following email from my friend Annie asking for my help:Do you think a theme for a post some time could be‬ inspired by things you can prep or start to make in advance (ie the night before)? As you know, I am a very busy career woman who spends most of her day in her office listening to the "Nashville" soundtrack and gossiping with her mother...
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The Dude Diet: Milestones & Maintenance

Today is a big day for The Dude Diet. The past few weeks have been a strugglefest for Logan, who has been determined to win a bet to lose 6% of his body weight this month, and for me, who was tasked with making that pipedream a reality. It wasn’t easy, but our hard work has finally paid off…the-dude-diet"I don't want anybody to think I believe this statement." "Don't worry, they won't."I am very proud to report that the dude weighed in at a lean 189 pounds this morning. This is down from a “hefty” 205 pounds on February 1.  To be fair, Logan’s starting weight was recorded the day after his return from Hippie Fest 2013, so there was undoubtedly a significant amount of all-inclusive bloat involved. (I say this to prevent future angry comments from dudes who...
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Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Yesterday I bought Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013. And then I made Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers...black-bean-and-quinoa-veggie-burgers I have a complicated relationship with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, which plays itself out each year in the following five stages:1. Nudie Magazine Day!When I hear that Sports Illustrated Swimsuitis on shelves, I rush out to buy it with the enthusiasm of Billy Madison going to the mailbox on Nudie Magazine Day. Yesterday, I practically ran  to the nearest CVS, narrowly avoiding cars, strollers, and people on their way home from work, suppressing the urge to scream, “It’s here! It’s here! IT'S FINALLY HERE!”* I proudly purchased my copy from the store’s giant display and hurried home to start critiquing.*Apparently, SI Swimsuit 2013 came out a couple of weeks ago, but I was unaware of this until yesterday. I...
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The Dude Diet: Portion Control

Logan currently has five days left to lose 6% of his body weight. While he’s made significant progress, he’s still got a ways to go if he wants to meet his goal. Luckily for The Dude Diet, Logan’s competitive nature has kicked into high gear, and he’s determined to win this bet at any cost. He is definitely getting a little nervous in the home stretch, meaning that he’s been weighing himself three times a day, threatening to go on a crazy crash diet and/or juice cleanse until Friday, and waxing poetic on the sacrifices he’s made on the food front in the past three weeks. For the record, Logan does not have the will power necessary for a crash diet, and I’m pretty sure a cleanse would kill him. Also, crash dieting goes against the two pillars of The Dude Diet: moderation and being less of an...
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tonight, I will be nursing my post-vacation blues with a bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup: the-best-chicken-tortilla-soup I was very sad to return to New York this morning after a lovely President’s Day weekend in Santa Barbara. In case I’ve never mentioned it before, that is where I grew up. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but it's true. I used to say “like” a lot more, play volleyball, and wear full Juicy Couture jumpsuits on the reg. I’m not proud of these things, but I was young and impressionable, and my personal style between the ages of 12-14 was heavily influenced by J. Lo in her “I’m Real” music video.While my accent and fashion-sense may have changed drastically, I’m a California girl at heart, and nothing makes me happier than...
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