Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes

Greetings from the air, friends!!I’m currently winging my way from Richmond to Minneapolis and not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous about the transition. 'Twas a balmy 75 and sunny in RVA yesterday, tricking me into thinking it was already spring. I took myself out to a sassy business lunch, sat outside listening to my murder podcast sans sweater, and was gifted a very subtle face tan. Needless to say, it was glorious.Unfortunately, it’s not quite as glorious in good old Minneapolis. My handy weather app warned me last night to expect serious snow allll weekend—which it did NOT advise me of earlier this week—and I was so distracted by snack pack assembly on Wednesday (priorities!) that I completely forgot to pack a down coat just in case. Or a sweater. Or snow boots. Or fucking socks. (This...
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5-Ingredient Skillet Eggs with Spinach and Roasted Cauliflower

The Dude Diet Tour is officially off to ze races, and I’m equal parts Logan-style psyched and (characteristically?) anxious.My anxiety has nothing to do with the upcoming events and appearances—you know I live for stranger hugs, microphones, and on cam-ah-rahhh opportunities—it’s 100% travel-related. I may or may not have mentioned this before, but…I am a truly terrible traveler.Always have been, probably always will be. Especially since my jet-setting abilities only seem to decrease with age. Womp womp.Despite my intense love of fluffy robes and room service, I never sleep well in hotels, and flying regularly does very upsetting things to my very sensitive skin and even more sensitive digestive system. (I am a delicate flower, dammit!) As a shut-in creature of habit, I also struggle being away from my bathtub, kitchen, closet, and roommate. The...
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Roasted Potato, Corn, and Leek Chowder

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends and lovahhhhs!!My roommate gets enough love around these parts, so I’m going to skip gushing over the dude and his wonderland bod today. (Although he did surprise me by revealing via a card hidden in his underwear drawer that he’s coming home a day early from his work trip to love me up tonight. Snaps for Logan.) Instead, I’m going to take a hot second this V-Day to shower another wonderful person in my life with some good love and affection—the beautiful and talented Jessica Murnane.Get ready for the hearts and rainbows...I “met” Jess for the first time early last fall. We were introduced by our mutual friend, Phoebe, who knew that Jess and I had the same editor/publisher at HarperWave and thought we should chat. Because I’m in NYC and Jess is in...
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Skinny Blood Orange-Basil Margarita

So, I haven’t really talked about the fact that I’m getting married this year.Just to state the obvious: I love my roommate more than life itself and can’t wait to lock that wonderland body down come October 7. It’s gonna be the best, and the day itself will fall into place.Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I feel comfortable saying…WEDDING PLANNING IS NOT MY JAM.Knowing this would be the case, I hired an excellent wedding planner as any responsible hot mess is wont to do. Her name is Beth, and I love her. (Hi, Beth!) Beth is very helpful, but there is still a boatload of decisions that I have to make personally. And given that I’m one of the most indecisive humans on the planet, I find myself mildly overwhelmed by all the choices. (Dear GOD,...
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The Dude Diet: Book Tour Schedule

BREAKING NEWS: Girlfriend’s going on tour with The Dude Diet!!!That’s right, people. I’m taking my book baby on the road, and I could not be more excited to talk to, cook with, and hug as many of you as humanly possible over the next two months!! (If the handful of DD events I've done thus far are any indication, this tour is going to be all kinds of awesome/delicious/heartwarming/hilarious.) I will also be making an appearance on some of your local TV and radio stations, so if you can’t make it to an event, I’m hoping you’ll still be able to catch me on ze airwaves!There’s a smorgasbord of festivities on the docket, ranging from traditional signings to cooking demos, but I’m pleased to report that all are FREE to attend and more than 50% will involve booze of some sort. (Thank God.) Groovy details listed...
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Casual Friday: Spicy Bean and Cheese Taquitos

Happy casual Friday, weirdos.You know the drill. First we talk food, then we waste time on the Internet. Let’s get right to it.At long last, the taquitos are here!!! And just in time for your Super Bowl extravaganzas. Like most finger foods, these bad boys were inspired by my roommate, who loves taquitos with a fiery passion. Logan’s affinity for the crispy Mexican roll-ups, especially “dirt sticks” (aka the taquitos that you see alongside the hot dogs on those roller thingies at 7-11), was one of the first personal things he shared with me in our early courtship days. Because we were long-distance (Paris and NYC), most of our correspondence took place over gmail, and I distinctly remember the “dirt stick” missive. I pulled it up this a.m. for fun, which turned out to be a huge mistake, as it led...
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30 Game Day Recipes

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, football makes my eyes bleed.There were about two hours this fall when I thought I might actually understand the rules and get into the game, which I have to say was rather thrilling. But that was only because I was at an actual NFL game with my roommate, my phone was dead, and I had literally nothing else to do than listen to Logan explain things like downs and extra points. I was also drunk. I probably would have been equally interested in the Westminster Dog Show (reminder: I do not like dogs) or competitive badminton under those conditions.Anyhoo, despite my well-documented distaste for fooseball, I LOVE the Super Bowl for even more well-documented reasons: Food! Booze! Dudes! I’ve been feeling a little exhausted of late, so I shall not be hosting a Game...
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Stuffed Poblano Quinoa Bake

Greetings from LA, people of the Internet!I’m here all week for work-related activities, and I’m squeezing in some QT with my dad, little brother, and a handful of my favorite LA residents, which is always a treat. I just feel healthier and happier when I’m here and all connected to my Californian roots and shit. Vitamin D, and farmer’s market salads, and turmeric shots, oh my! (I’m mildly ashamed to admit that I’ve really let my inner Gwyneth off her leash this week, and she is going HAM on the SoCal wellness kool-aid.)My roommate and I currently have a 5-7 year plan to move out here—the dude likes to tack on a couple extra years every so often, which is unforgivable—but I’m hoping to bump up that timeline significantly. I’ve actually come up with a detailed plan that I think...
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My Favorite Food Blogs

I receive a fair number of emails every month asking for food blog recommendations. And to these queries, I respond, “Why? You looking to cheat on your weird blog lady? IS DOMESTICATE ME NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU?! Take your trifling ass to Pinterest and find your own side blogs!”Psych.I actually love the food blog rec request because a.) It means you’re cooking or at least trying to cook!! b.) I believe in sourcing recipes and inspiration from as many talented individuals as humanly possible, and c.) I read an embarrassing number of blogs and am itching to introduce you to some of my favorite Internet peeps.Since one of my goals this year is to tackle the most common Domesticate ME! reader requests on the site, I’m excited to share an exhaustive list of my favorite food blogs for your reading and cooking pleasure....
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Superfood Stir-Fry

This is a weird month for my roommate and me.Both of us are traveling a ton, and somehow we only overlap for a total of five days in January. This is bad. Very bad. Superbad, if you will.Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for alone time, and I personally find that occasional separation is great for a relationship. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, yada yada, and sometimes you just need a few days to indulge your less partner-friendly habits in peace. (In my case, starrfishing in da king bed and falling asleep to the sweet, sweet sounds of Harry Potter audiobooks with a face full of zit cream. Heaven!)I can usually keep it together when I’m the one that’s out of town (I’m selfish like that), but shit tends to hit the fan when I’m left home alone for too long. I...
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