Grilled Peach and Cherry Tomato Quesadillas

Grilled-Peach-and-Cherry-Tomato-Quesadillas-1My roommate has been traveling a lot for work over the past few weeks, which has allowed me to reconnect with my “cooking for one” roots. While dining with the Dude is awesome in so many ways (I live for this type of reaction to my food), I definitely don’t hate the solo dinner thing I’ve been doing recently. It’s kind of refreshing to make and eat whatever I want, while enjoying some quality time watching reality TV and reading teen novels with my deep and creative thoughts.  On the whole, Logan and I eat well together, but I know better than to give him a kale salad, goddess bowl, or vegetarian quesadilla at his pm feeding. As entertaining as it is to watch him transform from human dude to raging hulk, I prefer to avoid the, “You're always trying to...
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Peach Crumble Smoothie

health-peach-crumble-smoothieI’ve been starving in the morning these days. This is odd given that I’m rarely hungry before 11am, and I’ve been practically force-feeding myself breakfast for as long as I can remember. I love me some breakfast food and very much appreciate that it brings me into the land of the living (I’m the hottest of messes in the am), but I’ve just never been that pumped about it. In fact, if I wasn’t so worried about making myself smarter and prettier, I’d probably just drink my coffee and go about my busy and important day. Instead, I’ve spent countless hours of my life decorating Ezekiel toast and Siggi’s… Anyhoo, about a month ago, I noticed an uncharacteristic spike in my morning hunger levels. The need for breakfast was urgent, and even after my usual toast, yogurt...
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Easy Edamame Dip

easy-edamame-dip-with-hoisinI have a perpetual to-do list floating around in my head. It has nothing to do with work—I write that shit down—it’s more lifestyle goals that I’d like to achieve at some point in the near-ish future. (I say “near-ish” because my doctor claims I have a pre-ulcer, and I shouldn’t put extra pressure on myself. Workin’ on my chill.) As of Wednesday, the list looked something like this: Stop wearing the black leggings with the hole in the butt in public. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. (Or more than two. Progress is progress.) Carry a purse like a grown-up. You know people get awkward when you pull a credit card out of the front of your spandex/fish around in your bra for the apartment keys. Make the bed every morning. EVERY morning, dammit. Appear genuinely interested when people you like talk about weddings, babies,...
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Quinoa Broccoli Slaw

Quinoa-Broccoli-SlawTwo years ago around this time, my college girl group broke up. Meg Starr went off to Stanford for sassy business things, and Annabel decided to move to Boston with her man-friend, leaving Daphne, Lara and me in NYC. Sure, I was happy for the deserters, but I’d also grown accustomed to the five of us living within a 10-block radius, and their moving ruined everything. (I’m just putting that in print in case I need to use it against one of them in the future. Like, “Sorry, I’m running an hour late to dinner. Remember the time you ruined EVERYTHING?!” Boom.)  When Starr and Annabel peaced, it felt like the end of an era. And while we knew everyone would come back to the city in a couple of years, that seemed like an eternity at the time. Given our extreme codependency,...
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BLT Salad with Grilled Halloumi

BLT-Salad-with-Grilled-HalloumiThe first time I tried halloumi was on senior spring break. (WOOOOO!) I’m sure you’re picturing me crushing a chunk of halloumi at Señor Frog’s or some other equally classy establishment, but I actually spent my spring break traveling around Israel. That may seem like an odd choice for a 21-year-old’s last kollege vacay, and it was, but it was hands down one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. (And I’ve made so many decisions!) I have no clue whose idea it was to go to Israel, but a group of my favorite people somehow made their way to my friend Tamara’s house in Tel Aviv in March of 2009, and the activities that ensued were truly legendary. I’m temped to wax poetic on the many magical aspects of that trip (and I probably will at some point), but it’s...
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Spiralized Carrot Salad with Herbs and Toasted Almonds

Spiralized-Carrot-Salad-with-Herbs-and-Toasted-Almonds-3I’m lazy and disorganized in so many ways. These are just facts that I have come to accept about my sparkling personality. (Love yourself! Your flaws are beautiful! Insert other affirmations!!!) I’m usually pretty good about keeping these less awesome traits under wraps and going about my business, but things got more than a little out of hand recently, and changes had to be made. I won’t bore you with the details of what prompted me to get my act together, but let’s just say that, “There isn’t enough time!!” had become my daily mantra, my hoards were literally taking over my office, and I threw up 20 minutes into a shadowboxing class with my bestie, so… Like I said, changes had to be made. (For the record, I’m choosing to blame the book writing process for all of this madness. Because I...
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Lettuce Wraps with Five Spice Flank Steak and Peanut Sauce

Lettuce-Wraps-with-Five-Spice-Flank-Steak-and-Peanut-SauceI’m really into Google Analytics.  For the past few years, GA has been a perpetually open tab on my computer screen, and I often find myself mesmerized by its knowledge and general wizardry. Google can tell me how many wonderful people are on this site at any given time, what brought them here, what they’re looking at, how long they stay, the city they’re in, and so, SO much more. It’s awesomely creep-tastic, and I love it. (I like to Gchat my friend Annie to ask if she’s on the site when there’s a dot in San Francisco. Every once in a while it really is her, and it’s like I have ESPN or something.) While it’s helpful to know what recipes readers dig the most (mostly chia pudding and overnight oats, you weirdos) and other demographic info, the Google search queries that lead new...
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10 Totally Awesome Tomato Recipes

10-Recipes-For-Tomato-SeasonI used to hate raw tomatoes. HATE. I’ve been a ketchup fetishist since infancy, and I came around to tomato sauce circa 1997 (for the first decade of my life, I ordered my pizza without sauce), but tomatoes in their un-puréed form? Absolutely not. I spent over 20 years picking them out of my salads and sandwiches, avoiding caprese like the plague, and begging my mom not to make “toe-mah-toe” sandwiches in my presence. Looking back, I’m shocked my parents ever resorted to grounding me as a teenager, when threatening mandatory daily tomato consumption would have been more than enough to scare me straight. For the record, it’s tough out there for a tomato hater. Tomatoes are seemingly everywhere, and people get surprisingly offended when you say you don’t like them. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve upset more peeps with my anti-tomato...
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Just The Tip: 5 Ways To Use Lemons (beyond eating and drinking…)

Happy Friday, party people. I hope you have festive weekend plans involving sleep, sun, and general deliciousness. In case you were wondering, I’ll be spending most of the weekend in my apartment testing the entire Dude Diet cocktail list with my roommate. I did something similar before shooting Cocktails and Confessions, and things got pretty weird, so wish us luck. If you don’t hear from me by Tuesday, assume the worst (aka time-release, multi-day hangover). Anyhoo, before I fall down the boozy rabbit hole, I thought I’d take a moment to touch on the magic of lemons. Not only do they taste awesome (duh), but they can actually be put to work in your kitchen in a number of exciting ways beyond just eating and drinking. From deodorizing trash cans to acting as a natural insect repellent, lemons are the answer to so many of your kitchen problemz,...
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Arugula Salad with Shaved Zucchini, Pistachios and Parmesan

Arugula-Salad-with-Shaved-Zucchini-Pistachios-and-ParmesanWhen my stepmother asked me last year if I’d lend my culinary skillz to a fundraiser she was organizing for the MDI Hospital, I enthusiastically agreed. Having visited that ER with many a scary bug bite, sprained ankle, and panic attack, I was happy to do whatever I could to help raise funds for the hospital that takes care of me and so many of my very favorite people. Philanthropy!!! Plus, Martha Stewart was involved, and the prospect of spending some QT with the first lady of domesticity had me all kinds of hot and bothered. The plan was this: I would be responsible for the first course, Mandy Fountaine (local caterer extraordinaire) would provide dinner, and Martha would slay with one of her magical desserts. This glorious feast was to be served at sunset in a beautiful private garden to 100+...
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