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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Lemon Yogurt Cake

  low-fat-lemon-yogurt-cake The Dude Diet remains on hiatus this week as Logan is still crushing South America. Despite our “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, I know he’s getting weird down there, and I am in the process of coming up with a Beach Body Blitz program that will be instituted immediately upon Logan’s return. In the Dude’s absence, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about the original love of my life…wassup, MOM?Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I think it’s important to put the following message out into the universe: I love my mom, and I appreciate her for being the incredibly badass woman that she is. Considering the fact that we live approximately 80 blocks from each other, I don’t see my mom nearly as much as I’d like. This is obviously because we both lead very...
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Detox Salad

detox-salad-with-arugula-quinoa-and-avocadoI arrived home from my very fabulous trip yesterday in a terrible mood. As a kid, I used to cry on Christmas night because it was “another whole year ‘til Christmas,” and I experienced similar post-vacation emotions last night. It doesn’t help that Logan is still in Rio drinking caipirinhas and giving himself the meat sweats (business school is tough), and that I’m forced to deal with my vacation withdrawal alone.I will give you a full run-down of my South American extravaganza at some point, but let’s just say that it was indulgent on many fronts. I am actually grateful to have the next week to myself, since it will probably take that long for me to recover. I look forward to the “me-time” that will be spent wearing Read More >>

Mango Margaritas

mango-margaritasAlright, folks, this one is going to be quick and dirty. I am currently in the middle of my South American vacation (where there are tans to be gotten and cocktails to be drunk), so I hope you understand the need for brevity in this situation. Don’t worry, I’m taking mental notes on my experience and plenty of videos of Logan attempting to speak Spanish to be shared upon my return. You’re welcome.That said, I just realized that Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, and I would never forgive myself if I reneged on my promise of a margarita recipe for the occasion. If you must know, Cinco de Mayo is my third favorite holiday (after my birthday, duh, and Thanksgiving, also duh), and it’s often the highlight of my social calendar. Since this year it happens to coincide...
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Skillet Cornbread

skillet-cornbread In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been participating in the Food Network’s Sensational Sides project this spring. Each week, myself and several other genius food bloggers come up with side dishes that correspond to a given theme. This week’s theme: Kid-friendly. Yikes.I’ve mentioned before that I’m not exactly the biggest fan of kids. I never know what to talk to them about, they have questionable fashion sense, and they’re very loud and messy considering how small they are. I’ll obviously love my own, who (fingers crossed) will be smart, attractive, and hilarious, but I’ve always preferred to avoid children until that day comes.Unfortunately, this avoidance tactic has become increasingly difficult in the past few years. First of all, my dad has two offspring under the age of 5, so I can’t even hide from children in...
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The Dude Diet: Plenty of Fish in the Sea

the-dude-diet-fish-editionDude is smiling, but he hated that (very small) fish.Thankfully, things have been pretty solid on the Dude Diet front this week. With graduation on the horizon, food seems to be taking an unfamiliar backseat to Logan’s schoolwork, and I’ve never been so grateful for his busy schedule. Despite a sizeable Chinese food slip-up on Wednesday evening, the Dude has been keeping it surprisingly tight. However, Logan is currently on his way to Atlanta for yet another Widespread Panic show (sad, but true), and he just called from the airport to tell me about the meatloaf sandwich he had for lunch. Apparently, it’s going to be that kind of weekend.I also feel that it’s important for you all to know that the Dude and I are going to South America on Sunday. Logan’s vacation eating habits are questionable to say...
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese, Sage and Pepitas

mashed-sweet-potatoes-with-goat-cheese-and-pepitasI was walking along the West Side Highway last week when a girl ran by me in the most insane “shoes” I have ever seen. They were sort of like a skinny version of Moon Shoes, and she bounced approximately 3 feet in the air with each stride. Much to my delight, I saw her twice in the span of an hour (bitch was fast!), and although she looked absurd, I was intrigued.As luck would have it, my friend Fifi happened to send me this video the very next day...Kangoo Jumps Plyo Dance PerformanceNow, I don’t know where Fifi found this video, but I felt that it was a sign. It turns out that the crazy girl’s shoes have a name. They are called Kangoo Jumps, and they are worn to workout classes run by some...
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The Dude Diet: Sugar Rush

I am pleased to report that The Dude Diet has been chugging along this week without any major nutritional disasters. In fact, besides attempting to order a sloppy joe for dinner on Wednesday based on the argument that it was healthy “because it had avocado,” the Dude has been doing a relatively decent job of staying on the straight and narrow since returning from Chicago last Sunday. He even went for a run this week...the-dude-diet-dessertsI was on a walk when the Dude ran by me. I chased him for 20 seconds.I’m actually very proud of Logan, since he’s clearly been missing his “glory days” of crushing “dank shit on the reg.” I know this because a.) he frequently mentions how he wishes he could just “eat dirty,” and b.) he seems to have developed selective hearing recently when it comes...
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