Lemon-Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

T-1 WEEK, people!!! It’s all Thanksgiving all the time for the next week, and I am psyched. Your weird blog lady lives and breathes for this holiday—it’s basically Domesticate ME!’s Super Bowl—so I hope you’re ready to leave it all out on the field next Thursday. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t LOSE, etc. Virtual butt slap.Today I’m gonna walk you through my favorite quick and easy turkey recipe/shortcut, but before we dive in, I want to highlight a few pre-existing T-Day resources for those of you looking for menu inspiration and hosting support. You can find all of my favorite recipes for everything from salads and sides to desserts and leftovers rounded up here and here. And if you’re roasting a whole bird, you can brush up on your turkey skillz here....
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9 Easy Tips for Hosting an Epic Thanksgiving

This post is sponsored by Ocean Spray. All opinions are very obviously my own. A couple weeks ago, I got to eat a Thanksgiving feast IN a cranberry bog in Rockefeller Center®, and I can honestly say that it was two of the happiest hours of my adult life. Please see above for photographic evidence of my extreme joy.As a longtime fan of Ocean Spray’s commercials—you know, the ones with their farmers spouting witticisms while knee-deep in cranberries?—I’ve always thought it would be deeply satisfying to wade through a cranberry bog. Then last year, I saw some pics on Instagram of bloggers doing just that in the middle of NYC. I remember saying to my roommate, “How does one snag an invite to this glorious event??! I have to do this!! DO WE HAVE ANY CRANBERRY HOOKUPS?!”Despite our lack of cranberry...
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Marché Maman Guest Chef Menu and Events!

New York (and surrounding area) friends, this little update is mostly for you!!It’s long been a dream of mine to have my food served in a restaurant. But since I’ve never wanted to actually start my own restaurant or cook on the line in one, achieving this life goal seemed borderline impossible. Until my fairy godmother, aka Elisa Marshall, queen of the Maman empire, stepped in and sprinkled her magical fairy dust alllll over this weird blog lady.When Elisa asked if I’d like to be a guest chef and collaborate on a menu of seasonal specials and a series of events at the recently opened Marché Maman, I literally jumped at the chance. (If you’re not picturing me bouncing like Buddy the Elf and shrieking, “I love you, I love you, I looooove you!” at...
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White Beer Sangria and a Pagoda Snacks Party

This post was created in partnership with Pagoda® Snacks. All opinions are very obviously my own. Fall is when I do my best casual entertaining. Summer is always busy with travel and weddings, winter gets tricky with the holidays and everyone hiding from the polar vortex, and spring partying is dedicated to my birthday and Cinco de Mayo (not casual affairs). But fall! Fall is the sweet spot, and I go all in, peeps.Post-wedding, I’m itching to get back into hosting mode, but I’m also pretttty averse to planning anything elaborate right now. I just want to invite my favorite friends over, have a few cocktails, eat some delicious snacks, and CHILL. (Football watching is allowed but not by any means encouraged.) Preferably on No-Calorie Sunday, so I can really treat myself, if you know what I...
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Casual Friday: Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tacos

TGICasual Friday, party people!! You know the drill. First we talk food, then we waste time on the Internet. Let’s do this.Breakfast and tacos are two of my very favorite things, so breakfast tacos clearly bring me a shameless amount of joy. I’m not above simply rolling up some eggs and salsa in a tortilla (delightful!), but sometimes you need to up the ante a teensy bit on the flavor and texture fronts. That’s where Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tacos come in.These breakfast bad boys are still laughably simple/speedy (I’m talking 15 minutes from start to finish here), but smothering your fluffy scrambled eggs with some chicken sausage sautéed with onions, chili powder and a pinch of cumin really takes things to the next level. And once you add creamy avocado, juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and too much hot sauce??! I...
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The Dude Diet: Pizza Steak Quinoa Bake

Today is a big day, Dude Dieters. HUGE.Not only is it quarterly quinoa bake day (hallelujah), it’s also the one-year anniversary of The Dude Diet’s release into the wild!! It feels like it’s been a week since the book’s launch but also ten years at the same time? It’s weird.Reflecting on the batshit craziness of the past year, I’m experiencing a lot of conflicting emotions today, but the most overwhelming are pride and joy. Hands down. Because that’s what The DD is to me—my pride and joy. (I have no puppies or babies, people. Just let me have this.) What began as a few simple recipes to help my roommate button his jeans and stop meat sweating through our sheets blossomed into an online community of clean(ish) food enthusiasts...
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Bitter Lemon Spritz

Fun fact: I live for Friday night.My roommate and I do a thing on Fridays, and it is straight up WILD, people. You’ve been warned…Circa 6:30 p.m., I put on my finest pair of gray sweatpants and a nice soft t-shirt. If I’m feeling particularly fancy, I’ll match my shirt to my pants and tuck that shit in for good measure. (“Groutfits” are so hot right now!) I tee up a good podcast to keep me company, and then I set to work on the “Friday Pasta.”Sidenote: For those curious about said pasta—a Friday Instastory staple—it’s the Penne with Spinach Pesto from The Dude Diet (p. 260). I half the amount of pasta and add a head of roasted cauliflower florets, a diced Idiotproof Chicken Breast (p. 257), and a generous sprinkling of goat cheese. And I save...
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Harvest Kale Salad with Maple-Tahini Dressing

I want to preface this post by saying that the fires in Napa and Sonoma last week were absolutely catastrophic. There was an enormous loss of life, and the effect on residents, visitors, and businesses is immeasurable and heartbreaking. These communities will be rebuilding for a long, long time, and they are in desperate need of our support. If you have any money or time to spare, here are some sites that provide a number of wonderful ways to help:https://sf.eater.com/2017/10/11/16459278/napa-wine-country-sonoma-fire-help-assistance-donations-how-to https://sonomacounty.recovers.org/http://www.napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/The following recap of my experience with Logan last week is simply a personal story about our minimoon. I created this blog to be a space where I can (over)share my life and food with no holds barred, and I need you to know that my recounting the following (extremely trivial) anecdote is in no way meant to diminish...
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12 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Fall

Well, it’s officially decorative gourd season, motherfuckers fall, friends.Typing that feels like a lie given that I’m currently wearing a tank top and sitting in front of my AC unit, but it’s the truth. Despite the unseasonably sweaty weather, the markets have been flooded with butternut squash, apples, and Brussels sprouts, and the air in NYC smells faintly of pumpkin spice, so we may as well take advantage.I love fall for so many reasons, but mostly because it feels like a fresh start. While I may not be in school anymore (dammit!), I’ll probably always view September as the start of a “new year,” and I kind of like it that way. This anxiety-prone blog lady thrives on routine, and as much as I dig the summer’s rosé colored vibes, I very much appreciate the...
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Summer Cauliflower Rice Bowls with Bacon and Pesto

Greetings from my remote office in Santa Barbara, friends!T-3 weeks to Logena2k17, and I’m psyched. A little nervous, a little stressed, but I’ve been chugging calcium-magnesium cocktails and doing a lot of yoga, so mostly just excited. Hallelujah.To be fair, I’m not as crazypants as I thought I would be at this point in wedding planning, and I suppose I mostly have my roommate and my badass wedding planner to thank for my relative sanity. That’s not to say I didn’t have a teensy freakout during my final dress fitting Thursday (Dear God, so. much. cleavage. Think Coco getting married…), or that I don’t have nightmares about running out of alcohol potential logistical errors, but these things are par for the wedding planning course, right? (Don’t answer that.)The only thing I’m really struggling with in the midst of...
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