The Holiday Entertaining Roundup

croundupThe holiday season is in full swing, people, and it’s officially party time.After years of hosting the annual Logena Christmas party, it’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two about holiday entertaining. Most importantly, people love finger food, and they will always imbibe more than you expect. And since a successful soirée is 90% preparation, 10% perspiration, it’s important to be a planner.When it comes to your menu, keep it simple and festive, and try to choose recipes that can be at least partially prepped well in advance. During football parties, I don’t mind being trapped in the kitchen churning out Buffalo fingies and other hot dishes throughout the event (you know I hate the foose), but during the holidays, I want to be in the thick of things. A few short stints at the stove are fine, but for...
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Casual Friday: Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate

butternut-squash-crostini-wtih-brussels-sprouts-and-pomegranateTGICasual Friday, friends! We have badass finger food and all kinds of exciting internet things to chat about today, so let’s get right to it.First order of business: Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate. These sassy little numbers are one of my favorite bites in recent memory—and given last week’s epic T-Day feast, that’s saying a lot. A LOT, dammit. The flavors of sweet and savory butternut squash, earthy Brussels sprouts, and sweet-tart pomegranate are a match made in holiday heaven, but to really do this recipe justice, I feel the need to break things down for you layer by insanely delicious layer.Starting with the butternut squash puree! Cubed squash gets tossed with a little olive oil, cinnamon, and salt, roasted until tender and lightly caramelized, then blitzed with creamy ricotta to fluffy, spreadable perfection. (I like to go...
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2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Domestic Gods and Goddesses

domesticate-me-holiday-gift-guide-2016It’s finally Gift Guide Day, friends! I look forward to this post all year because it gives me an excuse to talk about one of my favorite topics…PRESENTSSSSSS!!!!!Obviously, the holiday season isn’t about the presents. It’s about booze and sequins family and friends. But exchanging presents is still part of most people’s Chrismukkah traditions (thank God), and I want you and yours to be prepared. After all, there’s nothing quite like receiving giving a great gift. Unfortunately, finding that awesome item for your friend/family member/significant other/roommate can sometimes be stressful. I’m hoping I can help.Today I’m sharing my top gift ideas for the domestic gods and goddesses in your life. From cake and pajamas to the perfect skillet and the world’s most badass coffee mug/camping cocktail glass, there’s a little something for everyone on this list. As always, feel free to...
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The Dude Diet: The Book Trailers

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I have a Thanksgiving hangover in the best possible way. I ate too much, drank too much, and felt really, really thankful for so many things. (My family! My fee-ahn-say! My new potato ricer! Beyoncé! My besties! Puppies dressed as turkeys! YOU!) I feel scarily full and a little fuzzy right now, but I’m still riding my gratitude high and it’s pretty awesome.One of the things I’m most grateful for these days is the unbelievable support I’ve gotten re: The Dude Diet. After two long years in the pipeline, it’s pretty fucking surreal to see The DD out in the world, and I can’t communicate the depth of sheer relief joy I feel every time I get a book-related missive, read an Amazon review from a satisfied Dude Dieter, or see a successful #dudedietbook creation on the interwebs. It makes...
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Turkey Un-Fried Rice

thanksgiving-turkey-un-fried-riceHeyo, HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK, friends!!!I hope you’re half as pumped for Thursday as I am. For the record, my excitement level is currently somewhere between my roommate pre-proposal and Tom Cruise couch jumping. And it’s only Tuesday. I’m trying to keep it together and be productive, but my mind keeps drifting to my turkey (girlfriend is dry-brining this year), afternoon bath cocktails, and Momofuku pumpkin pie cake. Dear God, I love Thanksgiving.If you’re looking for some last minute menu inspo, you definitely came to the right place. I’ve got lots of epic ideas for everything from starters and sides to dessert and cocktails right here. Feeling a little anxious about tackling the turkey? Take some deep breaths and brush up on your technique here. (If you’re working with a frozen bird,...
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Two Potato Gratin with Herbs and Goat Cheese

two-potato-gratin-with-herbs-and-goat-cheeseAs those of you who hang here on the reg may remember, for the past five years, I’ve dreamt up a new festive side for my friend Annie to make at her family’s Thanksgiving. The Blaines generally do a potluck-style dinner with each family member being responsible for one dish. I’ve always found this strange, mostly because the concept of anyone in my family (except my mother) cooking is deeply hilarious. I’m literally chortling at my desk right now thinking about my brother wrestling with a raw turkey. Or my dad turning on the oven. On the whole, the Wolfs aren’t overly domestic…Anyhoo, I look forward to working on “Annie’s side” each November, since it’s my only excuse to get creative on the Thanksgiving front. My personal menu for the holiday has been, and shall always be, non-negotiable: Turkey, mashed potatoes,...
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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Roundup

the-best-thanksgiving-recipe-roundupThe countdown is on, people. T-1 week to Turkey Day!!It's just Logan, my mom, and me feasting at my apartment this year, which I’m pretty pumped about. I’ll spend the day cooking all of my favorite things, Logan will eat pigs in a blanket on the couch while watching fooseball, and my mother will show up in the nick of time with fancy booze and table decor. (I am not mature enough to own things like napkin rings or “chargers.” Thank god my mom hoards such items!) And since it’s impossible to scale down Thanksgiving dinner, the three of us can eat a disturbing amount, yet still have leftovers for days. HALLELUJAH.How are you feeling about T-Day festivities? Excited? Tired? Hungry? Anxious? Grateful? All of the above? (It’s such an emotional and delicious time of year!) As always, I’m here to help....
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Morning Glory Bread

best-morning-glory-breadBack in August, my roommate and I went fly fishing in Idaho.I do not like fly fishing. Truth. Logan likes fly fishing, and he has done an excellent job of convincing himself that I also enjoy the “sport.” In fact, when I failed to express adequate enthusiasm over his booking a guide for the aforementioned outing, he actually said, “I know you’re excited. You LOVE fly fishing!! We’re gonna catch so many hogs!!” (“Hog” is a big fish?)I hated to be a buzzkill, but I did gently remind Logan that I’m not really into fishing of any kind—I’m legit terrified that a bad cast will lodge a fly in my eye or some other body part—and that our track record indicated we were unlikely to hook many hogs. He balked at this. “You are insane! We caught so many hogs last time and...
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The Cozy Casserole Roundup

14-best-fall-winter-casserole-recipesHi, friends.How you holding up? If you’re good, good. If you’re not, I feel you. I know I do a shit ton of oversharing around here, but the one thing I’ll never, ever discuss on this site is politics. Not my jam. Here at Domesticate ME! we tackle far more important issues, like meat sweats and how to avoid killing your dinner guests with undercooked chicken. (You're welcome.)So, in lieu of commenting on the state of America like most peeps on the internets today, I’m just going to send hearts and rainbows through my computer, pretend some of you shared the 3-pound bag of Haribo that mysteriously disappeared in my apartment this morning, and talk about something that unites us all: comfort food.It’s getting colder and darker by the day (daylight savings—why?!), and we could all use a little extra cozy in...
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Sausage and Apple Risotto with Goat Cheese

sausage-and-apple-risotto-with-goat-cheeseSomething truly terrible happened last week.I was at an event in Chicago, and I ran into a guy at the bar. We’d been introduced a few times before, but he’s an actor and meets a ton of people on the reg, so I just assumed he wouldn’t remember me. I hate these types of run-ins because I never know whether to say, “Hi, I’m Serena!” or, “Hi! Good to see you!” I went with the latter in this case, hedging myself by offering my hand to shake. But he caught me off guard and went in for the hug.Sometimes, the handshake/hug mix-up can be salvaged. Sometimes. You both have to be on your game. You can either go through with the handshake and then do a hybrid hug/shoulder pat (this is a little bro-y for my taste, but it works) or...
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