Just The Tip: How To Cook Perfect Bacon

Every once in a while you're taught to do something really, truly amazing and it changes your life forever. The effect on your existence is so profound that you can’t even fathom how you survived before acquiring said skill, and you feel the need to share your knowledge with everyone you know (and on the internet). For me, such earth-shattering life lessons included learning how to: Burp the alphabet. (I haven’t done it in at least a decade, but I’ll always be proud of that skill. Thanks, Dad.) Macarena. Do "tousled waves." (God bless the curling wand.) Make rosé sangria. Curl my eyelashes. (GAMECHANGER.) Human pretzel. Faux-tisserie a chicken. Flip my roommate when he’s death snoring. (If you shove your forearm right under someone’s rib cage, they roll right over. Magic!) Whip up my own buttermilk in 10 minutes. Make perfect, crispy bacon every single time. While you may not be interested in acquiring all of the aforementioned life skills (whatever),...
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16 Mouthwatering Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

2015-Memorial-Day-Recipe-RoundupSummer is coming. Yes, the official first day of the season is still a good month out, but I feel like Memorial Day will always be summer's true kickoff (yes?). And given the fact that New Yorkers have been wandering the streets in their finest nearly-naked ensembles for the past two weeks, I’d say we're off to a running start. I’m actually going to a wedding in Chapel Hill this weekend, and while I won’t be cooking, I will be losing my roommate at various barbecue-heavy events (thank you Jessie and Jamie for hosting Logan’s fantasy weekend) and sweating through my dresses enjoying the sunshine, so most of my Memorial Day traditions shall be upheld. Thank God. For those of you planning to do some holiday weekend hosting (you go, Glen Coco!), I’ve rounded up my favorite warm weather eats for your feasting pleasure. From finger food...
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Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Egg Sandwiches with Crispy Prosciutto

goat-cheese-and-sun-dried-tomato-egg-sandwiches-with-crispy-prosciuttoFor the past two years, my roommate and I have been aggressively trying to become brunch regulars at a place in our ‘hood called Jeffrey’s Grocery. It’s a laid-back, slightly funky spot with killer cocktails, fluffy ricotta pancakes, and the best bacon in town served to the tunes of a Tupac and Biggie-heavy playlist. Needless to say, I love it. So does everyone else in the West Village. The wait for two is never less than an hour (they don’t take reservations), and while Logan and I have learned to pass the time by drinking coffee and looking at puppies (that we shall never get) in the pet store window next door, we’re inevitably starving and cranky by the time we sit down. And despite making an appearance almost every weekend for a year, striking up casual convos with the staff in...
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Just The Tip: DIY Infused Booze

Happy Just The Tip day, friends! In this week's episode, I’m showing you how to infuse booze, which is one of my all-time favorite activities. Homemade infusions are shockingly easy, and in addition to tasting infinitely better than the scary artificially flavored spirits you’ll find at ze liquor store, you get to tailor them to your specific wants/needs. Plus, saying that you infused your own vodka/tequila/etc.? Very impressive. (If you have even the mildest hipster tendencies, love mason jars, or enjoy the word “artisanal,” infusing booze is pretty much guaranteed to become your new jam. I’m excited for you.) Since I know some peeps get nervous about doing anything in the kitchen without formal instructions, I’ve posted the recipes for the three infusions mentioned in the video below. I also made you a handy list of cocktail ideas for said infusions, so please pick up a handle of vodka or tequila on your way home and get...
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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Farro

grilled-vegetable-salad-with-farroSince becoming a “grown-up” New Yorker, I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with summer. (I know it’s not quite summer yet, but Memorial Day is almost upon us, and it’s supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow, so I feel like it’s acceptable to start discussing my former favorite season. Go with it.) The hate part can largely be chalked up to the fact that NYC in the summer is the absolute pits. It’s steamy, and dirty, and smelly, and not to be superficial, but the physical effects are quite alarming. Between my humidity ‘fro, general sweatiness, and permanently blackened feet (if you’ve ever wandered the city in sandals, you know what I’m talking about), I can honestly say it’s my worst season. Sad, but true. Adding insult to injury, my relationship also takes a hit during the summer months due to my roommate’s severe overheating issues... ...
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Just The Tip: Ripen Bananas Overnight

Happy spring Friday, friends! I hope you all have something fabulous planned for the weekend that includes sunshine, cocktails and a little QT with your moms. Moms are the best. (Mine especially.) As promised, I have a new episode of Just The Tip to share with today, in which I demonstrate a magical hack for ripening bananas overnight. You’ll need this handy trick for when you can only find green bananas at the market, but you have imminent delicious plans for them and can’t wait a week for the natural ripening process to occur. (If this has never happened to you before, it might some day, and I want you to be prepared.) All you need is a plastic bag and an apple… I imagine you’ll want to try this banana wizardry ASAP, so here are some banana-themed recipes to put those ripe bananies to good use: Read More >>

“Chickpotle” Mexican Pizza

chipotle-chicken-tortilla-pizzas-with-pineapple-and-cilantroFeliz Cinco de Mayo, compadres! So, I know I said I was skipping the holiday post due to last week’s scheduling conundrum, but I changed my mind. The thought of dismissing today’s fiesta without some sort of offering made me sad and anxious, and while you may already have your Mexican feast planned, I thought I’d throw my sombrero into the ring at the last minute with Chickpotle Mexican Pizzas.  Before I detail the deliciousness of magical tortilla ‘zas, I’d like to quickly outline an ideal scenario for consuming these bad boys. Picture this… After reading this post, you send an email to your bestie/roommate/family members informing them that you’ll be fiesta-ing tonight, and if they aren’t total pussies previously engaged, they should join you. Then you stop messing around on the internet to be massively productive, making it possible to...
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Just The Tip: Easy Homemade Buttermilk

Happy Friday, party people. I’m pumped that you’re here today because I have a fancy new YouTube series to pimp: JUST THE TIP. Every week (for the foreseeable future), I’ll be sharing quick kitchen tips in the hope of answering some of your most frequently asked questions and generally upping your domestic game. I know how busy and important you are, so each of these videos is 1 minute or less—a little nugget of knowledge, if you will, to be consumed during a free moment in your day. Boom. In this week’s episode, I’m showing you how to make your own buttermilk with just two simple ingredients. You can thank me the next time you decide to make buttermilk pancakes on a whim. Or extra dank fried chicken. If you’re super amped about making your own buttermilk after watching this video, but you're not really sure what to do with it, I’ve obviously got you covered. Please...
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Matcha-colada Smoothie Bowl

vegan-matcha-colada-smoothie-bowlI screwed up, and I’m sorry. It’s been a hectic few weeks, and in my flustered state I somehow misread my calendar, making next week’s recipes this week. I was okay with it (it’s not like you would know), but then I realized that the Kentucky Derby was this weekend and Cinco de Mayo was Tuesday. The internet was suddenly awash with tacos, tequila and mint juleps, and I was standing there taking photos of a random smoothie bowl. I mean, apologies for the profanity, but fuck. As I’ve mentioned before, after Christmas and my birthday, Cinco de Mayo is my favorite holiday, and I obviously enjoy the Derby for its fabulous hats and shameless day drinking. I firmly believe that these two events deserve stories, and parties, and new/creative menu options! At the very least, I planned to acknowledge both in...
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Pineapple-Ginger Mojitos

Pineapple-Ginger-MojitosHappy Friday to all! As promised, I have a cocktail for you. It’s been a long week, and I’m sure you’re tired and antsy, so let's keep things simple today. Booze first, and then if you feel like sticking around, I’ve got a couple surprises for shits and giggles. (Don’t get too excited, people, they’re mostly sweet tunes and the Cocktails and Confessions blooper reel.) Please allow me to introduce the super festive Pineapple-Ginger Mojito. If there were ever a celebratory spring cocktail, this is it, folks. It’s got all the glorious flavors of the classic mojito (lime+mint+rum. duh.), but the addition of fresh pineapple puree and ginger simple syrup gives it an irresistible tanginess and the subtlest of kicks. It’s bright, it’s fresh, and it goes down far too easily. Consider yourself warned. For the record, I love the idea...
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