Fully Loaded Toffee Saltines

Fully-Loaded-Toffee-SaltinesAs I’ve mentioned many times before, I am a lover of Valentine’s Day. Always have been, always will be. I don’t care if it’s a Hallmark Holiday—I think a day dedicated to love is an excellent, albeit touchy-feely, idea. I mean, even if you don’t have a significant other, I assume you have at least one family member, friend, or animal (slight judgment) that you love, and V-Day is an excellent reminder/excuse to celebrate them. I dig it.Personally, I’ve experienced every type of Valentine’s celebration—the solo soirée, the collegiate theme party, the Galentine’s gathering (I’ve attended both the girl power and the crying into a vat of wine varieties), the prix fixe restaurant date, the home-cooked dinner for two—and each one has its specific charms. But I didn’t truly discover my V-Day sweet spot until two years ago. Visit Domesticate...
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Baked Oatmeal with Orange and Almonds

baked-oatmeal-with-blood-orange-and-almondsI'm getting really real today, peeps. That was your fair warning, so if you’re just here for some cozy baked oatmeal, now would be the time to scroll to the recipe.I’ve touched on my anxiety from time to time over the years, but to be perfectly honest, shit majorly hit the fan in 2015 on the stress and overall health front. For the sake of context, I should probably tell you that I’ve always been a pretty serious stress case. I didn’t start having actual panic attacks until I was 22, but looking back, I regularly lost my cool as a kid/teen/young adult. I was what they call a neurotic “high-achieving” youth, and I often cracked under the (self-inflicted) pressure.Just to give you a point of reference, starting in the second grade, I routinely begged my parents to let me stay up...
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The Super Bowl Guide

Epic-Recipes-For-Super-Bowl-50Even if you hate football (no judgment, obviously), I feel like pretty much everyone can get on board with a good Super Bowl party. After all, there’s something about the general lack of pretension on Game Day that just screams, “Let’s get weird!” and you have to respect that sentiment. Want to get sloppy drunk, eat your weight in nachos, and scream profanities at a television screen while wearing a hot sauce-stained jersey? Totally cool! As a wise man once said, “Get down girl, go ‘head get down.”Since some of you may be hosting the festivities this Sunday, I’ve put together a handy little Game Day entertaining guide to help you out. Below, you’ll find my top tips for keeping your extravaganza as streamlined and stress-free as possible, followed by an exhaustive list of crowd-pleasing Super Bowl snacks. As per usual, feel free...
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Casual Friday: Chicken Jalapeño Popper Dip

chicken-jalapeno-popper-dip-7It’s the last Friday of January, peeps. You know the deal. Let’s talk Chicken Jalapeño Popper Dip and then mess around on the internet, shall we?Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us, and although I give zero fucks am not overly concerned with fooseball, I'm obviously very excited about the food element. After all, the Super Bowl is the mother of all No-Calorie Sundays, and I, for one, plan to get Logan-style weird with my favorite finger foods while waiting for Beyoncé. My fancy Game Day menu is still under construction (I imagine the Dude will want to weigh in), but this creamy, cheesy jalapeño dip has already earned a spot on what I’m sure will be a delightfully overcrowded table. I thought you might like to add it to yours.This simple dip is pretty much a giant deconstructed jalapeño popper—peppers, toasted spices, cream cheese, and lots of sharp cheddar—plus shredded...
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Asian Turkey Burgers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Asian-Turkey-Quinoa-Burgers-with-Coconut-Peanut-SauceWhen I think about it, each stage of my life can be marked by a specific turkey burger.I’m weirdly proud of this fact.In the 90s/early 2000s, my babysitter made super basic, fuss-free turkey burgers for my siblings and me at least once a week. No fillers, no toppings, just ground turkey, salt and pepper. These sound sad, but I was the pickiest eater alive and preferred primarily white/beige foods and ketchup, so a plain patty on a chewy Kaiser roll with half a bottle of Heinz was basically my fantasy meal. On particularly thrilling occasions, there were frozen French fries involved (more beige!), and—if I could choke down some broccoli—maybe a Tofutti Cutie for dessert. Joy of JOYS.Those were simpler times, and while I now realize that the t-burgers of my youth were 100% on the dry, boring side of the...
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Just The Tip: Perfect Pork Tenderloin

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TGIJust The Tip day, right?Yours truly is currently on set for day 6 of The Dude Diet’s glamour shots, and I have to say, it’s pretty unreal. As a cookbook virgin, I obviously had no idea what to expect, but (un?)surprisingly, the photo shoot for your own book RULES. My team is amazing and hilarious, I’ve learned more in a week about food styling and photography than I have in the past 4 years, and everyone appears to love 90s jams, oversharing, and La Croix as much as I do. It’s professional heaven. Plus, the dress code is casual—great news, since I didn’t have time to find the perfect power suit.God knows I’ll recap all the dirty details of this experience at some point soonish, but if you’re feeling antsy, I’ve been doing my best to share the day-to-day highlights on Snapchat (@serenagwolf). Feel free to come hang. I only joined...
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Grilled Salmon Tacos with Pomegranate-Jalapeño Salsa

Grilled-Salmon-Tacos-with-Pomegranate-Jalapeno-Salsa-with-Brussels-Sprouts-and-Goat-CheeseHappy Friday from LA, friends! Today is the first day of The Dude Diet photo shoot and honestly, I feel like I’m going to throw up. That might be because being awake at 6am makes me nauseous, but it’s more likely a combo of excitement and anticipatory anxiety. I take comfort in the fact that Logan is stopping by this afternoon for his glamour shots—if there’s any ice left to break with my photo team, the dude is guaranteed to plunge through it like a very enthusiastic, chicken wing-loving polar bear. (p.s. If you’re interested in following the behind-the-scenes action, I’m going to do my best to Snapchat the highlights: serenagwolf.)Anyhoo, today I’m finally emptying the nets from 2015. I know I’m a little late, and it already feels like the holidays were forever ago, but I needed a little time to...
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Shut Up and Smoothie: Tropical Açai Bowl

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Happy Friday, party people!Since so many of you are currently cleansing/super committed to your healthy eating resolutions, I figured today would be a good day to talk about smoothie bowls. Smoothie bowls have been trendy for a while now, but I think they’ve got serious staying power, and these festive, healthy treats are a regular part of my breakfast and lunch rotation. In an effort to make them part of yours, I’m teaching you everything you need to know about smoothie bowling, from how to pronounce “açai” to the importance of patience (and never, ever adding more liquid to the blender), in today’s episode of Shut Up and Smoothie. I'm also sharing a recipe for my go-to bowl, which is bomb. Please watch and learn.As always, I’ve posted the recipe for the Tropical Açai Bowl below for those that struggle with auditory processing. And in case you’re in the market for...
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The Top 15 Recipes of 2015

most-popular-recipes-of-2015HAPPY NEW YEAR, friends!! How are you? (Don’t answer that if you’re on a cleanse.)It’s been a while, and this roundup is about a week overdue, but as always, I’m fashionably late to the 2016 party. I’ve got new recipes coming your way soon, I promise (fingers crossed emoji), and I’ll be emptying the 2015 nets next Tuesday, but I feel obligated to inform you that things are still going to be on the quieter side around here for the next month or so. Now that the first draft of The Dude Diet is in (HALLELUJAH), yours truly is spending most of January shooting all the sexy glamour shots for the book in LA and will have limited recipe development resources. I know, I know. I’ve been the most unreliable blog lady of late—please forgive me.Honestly, I’m...
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Just The Tip: How To Make a Perfect Frittata

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Happy Friday, peeps! We haven’t played Just The Tip in a while, so let’s get right to it.In this episode I’m teaching you how to make a basic frittata, which is pretty high on my list of life-changing culinary skills (right up there with idiot-proof chicken breasts and fluffy quinoa). In case you didn’t already know, frittatas rock. Not only are they ridiculously easy and satisfying, they can be made with whatever random ingredients happen to be kicking around in your fridge. Plus, they come together pretty quickly, can be dressed up or down, and are eggcellent any time of day. Now that I think about it, this tutorial is rather aptly timed. A frittata is the perfect simple meal for the batshit holiday season! Just add a salad and some crusty bread (and wine). Boom, done.I’m showing you how to make a medium-size frittata today (which...
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