Crack Brownies

crack-brownies-with-marshmallows-chocolate-chips-and-pecans Happy Valentine's Day.... I love Valentine’s Day. And this isn’t just because I’m currently smug and in love. Honestly, I’ve been a fan of February 14th for as long as I can remember. What’s not to love? When I was young, I looked forward to exchanging paper Valentines and candy with my classmates all year. I very much appreciated getting a bunch of cards telling me how cute and lovable I was (the fact that they were mass-produced and usually involved cartoon characters is irrelevant) and having tons of free candy delivered to my desk. It was like Halloween without the exertion of trick-or-treating. My memories of childhood V-Days are also sweet thanks to the "Valentine’s Tea" that my mom threw every year. This epic tea party involved three of my favorite things: presents, a pink and...
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The Dude Diet: Stupid Salads

As anticipated, Logan returned from Hippie Fest 2013 bruised, battered, and weighing in at over a deuce. Thanks to 24-hour room service and a piña colada fetish, his wonderland body was in rough shape (albeit very tan). However, since returning to New York, Logan has committed himself to losing 6% of his body weight by March 1, in order to win the bet that I mentioned last week. Amazingly, he has already lost five pounds! This may or may not be due to the fact that he got off the plane and proceeded to sleep for almost three days straight, which left him very little time to eat. Regardless, I am pleased to report that The Dude Diet is back in full effect. the-dude-diet-salads Spreadhead. For the past week, Logan has been eating exclusively Dude Diet approved fare. There...
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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last night, I made some unbelievable Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps: thai-chicken-lettuce-wraps You better believe that there is a story behind these, and obviously, I’m going to tell it. A few years ago, during my post-college “finding myself” phase, I spent several weeks in Thailand. I had been traveling in New Zealand and Australia for a couple of months when my friend Phoebe asked if I would be interested in meeting her in Thailand, where she was getting her yoga teaching certification. She was studying at a yoga retreat on the island of Koh Samui, and she wanted me to join her there for ten days and then travel for a bit. I happily accepted her invitation. Phoebe didn’t tell me too many details about the retreat except that I would be spending four hours a day doing yoga and the food was vegan....
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The Dude Diet: Super Bowl Sunday

Logan has spent the past five days at a Widespread Panic festival in the Dominican Republic. Needless to say, the all-inclusive nature of his stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort has not been kind to the Dude Diet. While I insisted on a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” for what I shall refer to henceforth as “Hippie Fest 2013,” I’d put money on the fact that Logan has spent the week eating “free” cheeseburgers and blowing his daily calorie-intake on Miami vices before noon. However, he has made a bet that he can lose 6% of his body weight between now and March 1, so you better believe that The Dude Diet is going to be taken up a notch this month. the-dude-diet-superbowl-sunday-snacks The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl.   Unfortunately, Super Bowl Sunday looms large on what I’m sure Logan views...
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Farro Salad with Cauliflower and Cranberries

Last night I made Farro Salad with Cauliflower and Cranberries, which was an excellent choice for “Sex and the City Night”: farro-salad-with-cauliflower-and-cranberries Logan is currently at a Widespread Panic festival in the Dominican Republic for the week.* So while he’s lying on the beach during the day and noodling with a bunch of hippies at night, I’m having a lot of “me time.” To be honest, I appreciate these few days to myself (as I’ve mentioned before, I’m the smartest, funniest person I know), and I have been enjoying the extra time alone to write, contemplate my life goals, and hit the clubs wearing a “My Boyfriend is Out of Town t-shirt.” Psych! I hate clubs. Let’s be real. Hanging out alone is great, but hanging out with friends is better. So, last night I invited some of my favorite peeps over for...
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The Dude Diet: Breakfast Edition

This week I want to draw attention to breakfast, which until now has sadly been overlooked by The Dude Diet. We all know that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day,” but guys consistently manage to eff it up royally. I’ve been permanently scarred by the Pop-Tart scarfing, breakfast sando-crushing, bagel hoarding lifestyle of many dudes that I know and love. the-dude-diet-breakfast-edition The Dude is about to become a morning person. Obviously, I’ve seen Logan make some terrifying breakfast choices. If you think he doesn’t love a good hash or a disgustingly greasy plate of huevos rancheros, you clearly don’t read this blog enough. I once witnessed him take down two McDonald’s breakfast burritos in under five minutes. As a snack. Honestly, I’m all for a crazy No-Calorie Sunday brunch, but during the week everyone needs to get their shit together...
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White Bean Chicken Chili

Last night I made White Bean Chicken Chili in my new Crock-Pot: white-bean-chicken-chili It was a truly life-changing experience, and I am now a slow-cooker convert. Honestly, until I took my Crock-Pot out of the packaging yesterday, I had never seen a slow-cooker in the flesh. For most of my life, Crock-Pots were just an unknown kitchen device mostly used by Ramona Quimby's mother for cooking pot-roast in Judy Blume novels. However, since entering the wonderful world of food blogging, I have noticed that slow-cookers are totally hot. People are making all manner of fancy things in them, and I wanted to join the club. So, when I unwrapped my new Crock-Pot on Christmas morning, I shrieked like Logan at a Chinese buffet. I’m pretty sure my mom was both shocked and thrilled by this reaction. I mean, if I had unwrapped...
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The Dude Diet: It Takes a Village

"I get by with a little help from my friends." -The Beatles on how to be successful on The Dude Diet the-dude-diet Dudes. While the months since the Dude Diet’s inception have been a rollercoaster (physically for Logan and emotionally for me), I am very pleased to report that Logan’s nutritional idiocy has markedly improved. Although he still makes terrible meal choices from time to time, he is beginning to delineate between good and bad decisions when it comes to food. I know this because Logan now seems compelled to confess his Dude Diet sins to me without provocation. (Honestly, I would probably sleep better at night if we stuck with the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that was instituted for China Fest 2012.) At first, I was taken aback by these confessional outbursts. We would be lying in bed and Logan would suddenly...
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Butternut Squash Risotto

On Monday night I made Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Fried Sage, which reminded me of my Italian culinary roots: butternut-squash-risotto-with-crispy-fried-sage Contrary to popular belief, Le Cordon Bleu wasn’t my first culinary rodeo. The first cooking school that I attended was actually a small operation run out of a ridiculous man’s home in southern Italy… It was the summer of 2010. I had just moved to Paris with my red lipstick and two months to kill before I started my domestic training at Le Cordon Bleu. There was a heat wave, my apartment did not have air-conditioning, and as I have mentioned before, I didn’t exactly hit the ground running on the Parisian social scene. So, when my friend Annie showed up in Paris and suggested we take a little trip together, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m not sure whose idea it was,...
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The Dude Diet: New Year’s Resolutions

the-dude-diet 2013: Year of the Dude Diet Although Logan repeatedly warned me that his eating habits were going to “get real dirty over the holidays,” I don’t think I was actually prepared for the free-for-all that has taken place since Thanksgiving. I have already discussed the horrors of the weeklong Chinese buffet that was Logan’s trip to Shanghai, so no need to go into more gory dumpling-eating details. Christmas, which came on the heels of China-fest 2012, was equally unfortunate on the food front. I know this because of Logan’s texts about ham sandwiches and the pictures that his mom sent me of him going to town on his favorite finger foods. These pictures were made all the more terrifying by the fact that he decided to turn his holiday beard into a holiday moustache. the-dude-dietRead More >>