Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Also, perhaps more importantly, Happy ‘House of Cards’ Day!  In addition to telling all the important people in your life how much you love them, I hope anyone without a Netflix subscription is purchasing one today. ‘House of Cards’, Netflix’s amazing foray into independent programming is one of my favorite shows and… 

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Chocolate Mousse

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Big Daddy Kane once said that “pimpin ain’t easy.” I can’t comment on how true that may be, but I’ll definitely assert that “desserts ain’t easy either, dude.” There is a reason why culinary schools have entire degree programs devoted to the pastry arts — it is an incredibly difficult and exacting process to make… 

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Steak with Garlic-Herb Butter

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I love Valentine’s Day soooooo much!  I know its a fake, commercialized holiday and all that…but I just love it! The hearts, the cards, the candy, the flowers, the teddy bears — sigh… so great! Love is awesome and even though it should be celebrated every day, I’m all about celebrating it a little bit more on February 14th…. 

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Tuna Tartare with Avocado and Radish

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Today is my bridesmaid Ashley’s birthday! Nope… I’m not getting married. Neither is she. We’ve just been calling each other that for 10 years — way before I even thought I ever wanted to get married. I don’t know how it started or why it keeps going on, but its hilarious to see the reaction… 

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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

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After a weekend in Atlanta eating the most obnoxiously unhealthy food (Chick-fil-A, pork belly, apple fritters) and drinking way to much of everything, I’m back in New York and craving… salad? I know—I was pretty surprised too.  I mean… honestly, I’m also craving tonkatsu ramen to counteract some of this rye whisky still lingering in… 

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Perfectly Simple Scrambled Eggs

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My cousin Mark is in med school and his last rotation happens to be at a Brooklyn hospital right around the corner from my new house. He moved in this week, right before a huge snow storm.  The next day I was walking home from work dreading the moment I’d have to put my purse… 

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Crab Cakes (With No Breadcrumbs!!!!)

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A good friend of mine used to work right beside Del Frisco’s in Manhattan. He HATED his job but he loved steak— so when he’d have a particularly bad day I’d offer to throw on some mascara and meet him in Midtown for an unnecessarily expensive, yet, delicious dinner.  My absolute favorite thing on the menu is their crab cake appetizer…. 

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Shrimp Fried Rice

shrimp fried rice

PART II As college Freshmen, Ang and I decided to go to Puerto Rico for spring break and told our parents it was for a volunteering trip. We did volunteer while we were there, but gave our parents the distinct (and false) impression that it was a school-sanctioned, school organized trip (I’m sorry mom and… 

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