Grilled Hot Dogs with Peach-Jalapeño Salsa

I feel like you may be surprised to learn this fun fact about your weird blog lady, but I LOVE hot dogs. They taste delicious, sure, but it’s also a nostalgia thing. I was a psychotically picky eater as a kid, and hot dogs were one of the few non-beige food items I would eat. Growing up, I lived for Dodger dogs and NYC street dogs, and one of my all-time favorite “homemade” meals was macaroni and cheese with…wait for it…hot dogs. And ketchup. Mixed together. (Don’t you dare judge me.) More importantly, hot dogs have always been emblematic of summer. Barbecues, and Slip N Slide extravaganzas, and the Fourth of July. If my childhood summers could be summed up in a single image, it would be a Polaroid of me with a sassy mushroom cut crushing a hot dog in a GAP...
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Summer Squash Toasts with Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Spread

If you’re reading this… I’m honeymooning on the beach in Mozambique. What’s new with your weird blog lady, you ask? I mean, where to begin??! Everything is magic, so let’s just hit the highlights. Last week, Logan and I bungee jumped over Victoria Falls. I wasn’t scared, and even though it looks extremely painful when you watch people do it on YouTube, it didn’t hurt a bit! Don’t worry, there’s a video. I saw every single possible animal AND their babies on safari. It blew my mind, and I did an embarrassing amount of crying. So many big cat cubs. (They were so fluffy, I thought I might die.) Neither Logan nor I have weird sunburns, and the malaria pills didn’t give me night terrors! I’ve read three books, slept roughly 12 hours a day thanks to thrice daily naps, and haven’t tackled my inbox for two weeks....
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Coco-Berry Quinoa Bowls

Back in April, my roommate and I headed to Tulum for a little spring break (WHOOOOO). Since we booked this getaway extremely last minute after doing next to no research, our hotel choice had a 50/50 chance of being regrettable, but I wasn’t overly concerned. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a great boutique hotel, but all I really need on a Mexican vacation is a good 4’x6’ piece of sand, tacos, and tequila. (And somewhere to rinse off the sand, hot sauce, and tequila that will inevitably stick to 80% of my body.) Luckily for us, Papaya Playa Project ended up being a delightful spot. Very bohemian chic. A little untz-untzy for my taste—think DJ cranking by noon in the outdoor restaurant and magnums of rose being consumed by chain-smoking youths—but beautiful nonetheless. (Also, I am rapidly becoming a grandmother?) Read More >>

40+ Recipes for the Fourth of July

Heyo, friends! We’re still two full weeks out from the Fourth of July, but I know at least some of you are crazy menu planners and will appreciate that this is the most on top of a holiday roundup I’ve been in Domesticate Me’s history. I’d love to say that I’m just a super organized person these days—after all, I do hang my pants in 2018—but the truth is… I’m leaving for my honeymoon tomorrow! This weird blog lady is going on safari and off the grid for the next 2½ weeks, and the thought of leaving you without options for your epic Independence Day feast felt unforgivable. So, below you’ll find my favorite recipes to supplement the requisite burgers and dogs on July 4th. I did my best to cover alllll your bases from shareable apps and sides to drinks and dessert, and there...
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My Wedding Registry Essentials: Home

Welcome to the second installment of my Wedding Registry Essentials, friends! We’ve already tackled my Kitchen & Dining must-haves, so today we’re going to address all things Home. Truth be told, I found registering for home items particularly tricky because…I wanted everything. For better or worse, I get an instant high walking into any sort of home-centric store and immediately lose my focus/sense of purpose. My internal dialogue is basically: Everything so soft! OOH shiny! Pretty! Can I lie on that??! Oops, don't touch that. My point is, if my roommate I hadn’t been so meticulous about taking stock of what was actually needed to fill in the gaps in our apartment before registering, I would have probably been buried alive by a mountain of unnecessary throw blankets and YETI tumblers by now. So, I’m hoping the below list—which covers...
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My Wedding Registry Essentials: Kitchen and Dining

Not gonna lie, my wedding registry was a hot mess. First of all, I used Blueprint, which I do not recommend. The interface was just annoying, and something kept malfunctioning on the platform where it didn’t register gifts as “bought.” So every few weeks, like clockwork, my roommate and I would receive the exact same Le Creuset cast-iron skillet. (Even a weird blog lady can only use so many identical skillets!) I also ended up registering for a lot of stuff that I didn’t actually need and forgetting a few things that I did. Based on my extensive research (aka my group text), this is a pretty common registry dilemma. Whether you already have a lot of your kitchen and home pulled together (my kitchen was pretty well-stocked going into the process), or you’re starting from scratch, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and...
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Grilled Steak and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Cherries

Baths. Early 2000s teen soaps. Yolk porn. High-waisted jeans. Trashy novels. Gummy bears. Summer. Dinner salads. Wine. What do all of these seemingly random things have in common, you may ask??? They are some of my greatest life passions. (If you’re not picturing me at my desk singing “These are a few of my faaaaaavorite things!” off key you should be. I work alone. I am also tone deaf.) I can say with relative confidence that I am an authority on all of the above with one glaring exception: WINE. Don’t get me wrong, I drink a lot of wine. I know what I like and am pretty good at pairing food with my favorite bottles, which hopefully counts for something. But my formal wine knowledge? It’s lacking, to say the least. So, when Languedoc Wines offered to help educate me on the...
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Ratatouille Pot Pie With Potato Crust

I made Ratatouille Pot Pie this week, and it was a fucking treat in so many ways. First things first, I LOVE ratatouille. It tastes delightful and I enjoy saying it, but ratatouille and I also have an emotional connection. We have history. ‘Twas one of the very first things I learned how to make at Le Cordon Bleu, and I became instantly enamored. I think I made it three times a week during my two-year Parisian tenure. Maybe more. Usually with a classy pre-formed turkey burger from my local grocery chain on the side. (It was a weird phase in my turkey burger history.) I also whipped it up for my former roommate and almost every person that came over for dinner. Speaking of ratatouille and my former roommate (hi, Baysie!), I just remembered I once used ratatouille to...
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My Daily Skincare Regimen

Here’s the thing. Most of us would love to have a naturally clear, poreless, baby soft face that glows from within. But almost no one actually does. We all gotta work for it. Except maybe Kate Bosworth. That skin is ridiculous. I probably should have had my fake assistant people reach out to her people and ask if she’d like to write this post... Anyhoo, one of the most common requests this weird blog lady gets is, “Bitch, what are you using on your skin?! Share that secret regimen!” You know I love compliments, so I obviously appreciate the skin flattery, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised by it. I suppose I shouldn’t be given that I basically light my wallet on fire every time I walk into a Sephora, and skincare is my number one hobby...
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My Favorite Fiesta-Ready Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

HOLA, AMIGOS! T-2 days until the big fiesta, and I am a human piñata of excitement waiting to be filled with irresponsible amounts of tequila. Cinco de Mayo is one of two annual events thrown down at Chateau Logena, and I take it very, very seriously. This year’s extravaganza feels more momentous than most because a.) we skipped last year, and b.) it’s the first partay in our new digs. FIESTA HOUSEWARMING!!! ‘Tis a dream come true. Anyhoo, I’m currently staring at a 3-foot pillar of Topo Chico, a rainbow donkey piñata, and a pile of miscellaneous décor that will hopefully transform our apartment into a Mexican cocoon of happiness for my favorite compadres come Saturday afternoon. Needless to say, I’ve already locked down my fiesta menu, which includes all manner of Mexican dankness—from loaded 'dillas to spicy watermelon margaritas—and I can hardly wait....
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