Superfood Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Vegan-Chocolate-Avocado-Pudding-with-Chia-SeedsToday I’m going to tell you about my first kiss, and then we’re going to discuss the similarities between that joyous experience and this Superfood Chocolate Avocado Pudding. You’re welcome! First, a little background. It was late August 1999, and I’d been crushing on this boy, let’s call him “Brad,” all summer. Despite my Winona pixie cut and braces, he seemed to like me too (probably because of my new boobs sparkling personality), and we spent the summer doing the tween mating rituals. You know, group hangs, slow-dancing to Aerosmith, and furiously texting each other on our Nokias. Needless to say, it was pretty romantic. I was obviously determined to kiss this boy for several reasons: 1. He was very cute (he had frosted tips!) and much less awkward than most of the other dudes in my age bracket. 2. I’d been...
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“Chicken Club” Salad with Kale, Avocado and Dijon-Buttermilk Dressing

Chicken-Club-Kale-Salad-with-Avocado-Turkey-Bacon-and-Dijon-Buttermilk-DressingMy roommate is in Idaho with his parents for the week, and things are getting all kinds of weird in the apartment. I obviously miss Logan whenever he goes away, but as I’ve mentioned before, there are many benefits to flying solo every once in a while. For example, last night I put on my oldest pajama set, slathered my face with coconut oil, and passed out sideways in the center of the bed, while an old episode of 30 Rock blared from my computer. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the perks of single living! Weeks like these, I have so much more time for judgment-free productivity, a luxury I plan to take advantage of by cleaning out my closets. I’ve been wanting to streamline my hoards wardrobe for a while now, but the task requires...
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The Dude Diet: Buffalo Chicken “Fingie” Edition

healthy-baked-buffalo-chicken-tenders-with-yogurt-ranch-dressingAre you still with me, dudes? I know it’s been a while, and I have no excuse, so I’ll just say: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I sincerely hope your moobs have not returned in my absence. Truth be told, it’s been a rough summer for The Dude Diet. Logan and I have been on the wedding circuit, and he’s been crushing cocktails and apps with shameless enthusiasm for three terrifying months. I don’t want to get into the dirty details (like the time he asked the wedding planner if he could have the leftover mac and cheese from the children’s meals, or when he practically form tackled a tray of late-night grilled cheese on the dance floor), but you should know I’ve spent a lot of time reenacting the scene from My Best Friend’s Wedding where Julia Roberts chases Dermot Mulroney...
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Crispy Baked Zucchini-Quinoa Cakes with Dill Yogurt Sauce

gluten-free-baked-zucchini-quinoa-cakes-with-dill-yogurt-sauceMy roommate woke me up at the crack of dawn this morning and dragged me to some weird government office to get TSA Pre✓ certification. It wasn’t my favorite. If you’re not familiar with TSA Pre✓, it’s that expedited airport security line for people with a fancy ID number on their boarding pass. In order to get said ID number, you need to fill out a bunch of paperwork and then go to the TSA offices to submit your application and be fingerprinted. Obviously, I would never have known anything about this (or cared), but Logan has been coveting a spot on that TSA Pre✓ list for years. Ironically, if there were ever a person that could truly benefit from TSA Pre✓, it’s me because being with Logan in a crowded airport is an extra special brand of torture. When forced to stand...
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Roasted Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Roasted-Strawberry-Mint-Lemonade-1Happy Labor Day weekend! I’m currently at a B&B in Nova Scotia with my roommate (romance!), but I just wanted to say HI. What’s up? Want to make Roasted Strawberry Lemonade? And then put a bunch of booze in it? Eh? EH?!!! (I’m in Canada, remember.) I’m going to assume you’re nodding enthusiastically at your screen right now. If you’re also screaming/crying with excitement like a One Direction fangirl, that’s very good news. In fact, that would be the appropriate reaction to this fabulous late summer treat. This fanciest of pink lemonades is liquid gold, people. Sweet and tangy with refreshing mint undertones, it basically screams “PARTY TIME!!!” (or “summer soiree!” for those of you wearing your classy pants this weekend). Honestly, it almost makes me wish I had children because this stuff would absolutely kill it at a lemonade stand. ...
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Triple Berry Chia Seed Muffins

healthy-triple-berry-chia-seed-muffinsIn case you haven’t noticed, it’s been full-blown back-to-school mania on the interwebs over the past two weeks, and it's getting to me. I’ve been out of the classroom for five a few years, yet advertisers have successfully managed to make me feel like I need all manner of fancy school supplies and a new lunchbox or my life is going to end. Kudos to the Staples marketing team. Truth be told, I really miss school, and I wouldn’t mind going back for a bit. The real world is scary always sometimes, and school sounds like a nice vacation. Doesn’t it? To be clear, when I say “school,” I’m not talking about college. I definitely couldn’t do kollege again. When my roommate asked me last night, “How sweet would it be if we were going back to college this week??!!!” I got a...
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Summer Recipes to Make RIGHT NOW (aka The Labor Day Roundup)

top-ten-recipes-for-labor-dayThis summer has gone by way too fast, and I’m a little panicky. It feels like just yesterday that I was making Memorial Day jello shots and planning my salad talk, and all of a sudden I’m being bombarded with pumpkin spice lattes, flannel, and fall footwear trends. God knows I love gourd season and a good pair of riding boots, but can everyone calm the eff down for a hot second? It’s still summer, dammit! I mean, we’ve got almost a full week before Labor Day, and according to my Google research, the first official day of fall isn’t until September 22. That means I definitely have time to take several more naps in the sun, knock another book off my summer reading list (so far I’ve only completed Chelsea Handler’s super intellectual Uganda Be Kidding Me), and...
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Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” Salsa (and a Giveaway!)

Barbecue-Flank-Steak-Tacos-with-Corn-Peach-SalsaMy roommate is always harassing me to put more barbecue recipes on this site. As previously mentioned, barbecue is one of the Dude’s favorite food groups/topics of discussion, and he seems to consider it his duty to offer unsolicited barbecue suggestions and “inspiration” for the blog. This is often done by tagging me in various BBQ establishments’ Instagram posts, usually with a comment along the lines of, “Daddy like!!!!! @serenagwolf.” To be honest, I thought I’d done a pretty decent job this summer on the grilling front, but I was wrong. Apparently my choices have skewed far too “girly,” and grilling peaches, watermelon, corn, and even chicken, doesn’t count as “real grilling.” According to grill master Logan, people want more “badass meats,” and I need to be using wayyyy...
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Grilled Watermelon with Jalapeños, Feta and Honey

Grilled-Watermelon-with-Jalapeños-Feta-and-HoneyFor years, my friend Annie and I have played a game that I like to call “Celebrity Friends.” It’s less of a game and more of an intense discussion about which celebrities we think we’d be friends with in real life, which is highly entertaining. And no, you can’t just pick people that you’re obsessed with and claim you would be friends with them. You have to justify your choice and make a strong case for why they would want to hang out with you too. For example, you know I’m Beyoncé’s biggest fangirl, but I am not under the illusion that we would be besties, nor would I want to be. Beyoncé is intense, and I have a sneaking suspicion she’d always want to talk about work, do strenuous exercise, or play with Blue Ivy. None of those options sound...
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Cheesy Pesto Chicken Panini with Prosciutto and Tomatoes

Pesto-Chicken-Flatbread-Panini-with-Prosciutto-Tomatoes-MozzarellaI used to be a regular at a fine NYC establishment called Hot & Crusty. Although the name suggests otherwise, Hot & Crusty is actually a rather successful “bakery and café” chain, and there happens to be a location just three blocks from my mom's apartment. It's not exactly the type of place that I'd typically be drawn to, but based on its proximity and 24-hour service, it quickly became my go-to spot for tipsy feasting during my college days. I don’t want to toot my own horn here or induce jealousy among any Upper East Side H&C patrons, but I was definitely their favorite customer. I know this for a fact because the short order cook with the ponytail gave me a hug and told me he loved me one night circa December 2008. (I was a particularly frequent H&C visitor...
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