A Very #singlegirldinner Christmas

It was the evening of Christmas Day. I stood in front of a graffiti'ed door in Alphabet City with a bottle of Prosecco, a bottle of red wine, and a plastic bag containing crispy roast pork and BBQ ribs that I had just picked up in Chinatown. Chinese food and Christmas—it was ironic, I'll admit, but also festive and strangely apropos. Tyann's apartment was this year's urban orphanage, a place for us city stragglers to congregate. There was no buzzer so I had to call. "Hiii! I'm here!" I said into my iPhone, dancing around a little bit to keep warm. "OK, I'm coming down!" the voice responded. Ah. Kim.

Upstairs, there was a nest of activity. Tyann was flitting around the kitchen, preparing two beautiful red snappers and a sea bass to be roasted. (Tyann, and only Tyann, can pull off making dinner in a green velvet Peter Pilotti dress with no apron.) Charlotte and Preston were overseeing Spotify and YouTube with red plastic cups in hand. "Can we change this song?" said our hostess, while in full concentration on dressing the fish. Kim poured me my own red plastic cup of chilled white wine. "I had an open bottle in my fridge and decided to bring it over," she said. 

Happy holidays. Welcome to a very non-traditional #singlegirldinner Christmas, where Tito's Handmade Vodka is welcomed as though it were a bottle of Dom Perignon and vegan pumpkin pie replaces bûche de Noël as dessert. (And also where a bundt cake pan is just as good as fancy china, as seen in the pic above.) It's a gathering for those whose significant others are away with their family, those who are stuck in the city because of work, those who have a family but not really, those who are in "it's complicated" relationships, those who really are single, and those whose idea of Christmas is just being merry with good people.

Tyann's Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing

Back in August, my friend Vi, the talented designer behind Dolly Pearl, hosted a potluck dinner in her gorgeous Greenwich Village apartment for all the girls. One of my favorite dishes was a kale, frisée, and fennel salad that my friend Tyann made, which was tossed in a deliciously creamy Caesar dressing made from a fat-free Greek yogurt base. It was positively addictive and guilt-free. 

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6-ounce single serving of Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt 
Grated Parmesan cheese
2 to 4 anchovy fillets, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 table spoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper


You're going to have to go by your tastebuds on this one. Use the above measurement as a guide, but taste as you blend the ingredients and adjust accordingly!