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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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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