10 No-Cook Recipes to Beat the Heat

There was a crazy heat wave in good old NYC last week, and I almost died.Am I being melodramatic? Obviously. But it was truly, madly, deeply terrible, and despite my best efforts to remain indoors—where it’s acceptable to practice air-conditioned nudism—I was forced to brave the "hot soup" several times for both professional and social purposes. (Cue teeny-tiny violins.)These 98-degree field trips reminded me that a few things that are unforgivable in extreme summer heat:Wearing jeans (I saw several New Yorkers on the street in jeans last week, and I was legitimately concerned for their mental health) or light colored silk garments (think about it). Walking faster than 3mph. It’s not safe. Drinking anything without ice. Holding hands. (This is actually my roommate’s rule that I re-learn the hard way every summer.) Turning on the oven.The latter is actually my...
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Easy Lamb Kofta (and a Giveaway!!!)

Huge thank you to Artisan Books, who partnered with me to bring you this badass giveaway! Truth: I don’t miss culinary school all that often.Just to state the obvious, I owe my career and possibly my relationship (would I have met my roommate if I hadn’t become a sassy Parisian??) to Le Cordon Bleu, so I’m all kinds of grateful for the experience/it will always hold a special place in my heart. But would I want to do that shiz all over again?NAH BRAH.I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but it’s hard to stop myself from laughing when people say it’s their dream to go to Le Cordon Bleu Paris one day “just for fun.” And that’s because I know they’re likely imagining it like I did before I arrived—days spent roasting chickens, drinking wine, and chopping onions à...
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Fiesta Summer Salad with Grilled Romaine

Today is a great day, friends.Not only did Beyoncé post this picture and finally reveal her twin babies’ names, which are delightfully ludicrous,* but I also discovered my new fitness guru on YouTube and ate a really, really, ridiculously good peach!Plus, it’s Friday, and for the first time in two months, I’m not travelingggg. Yours truly is staying put in NYC, where I will be spending the weekend sleeping, maybe doing something mildly athletic (#myfuckingfitnessjourney), shopping for klassy bachelorette dresses, and sweating drinking rosé with my roommate and some of my other favorite peeps. I even have grand plans to clean out my closet and maybe hit up Bed, Bath & Beyond for some organizational shiz if there’s time. (I don’t know if I’ll have enough time!) Wild agenda, I know.I can’t wait.*I actually don’t...
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Seedy Soba Noodles with Asian Herbs

I’m sort of mesmerized by how DJ Khaled keeps dropping fire singles what seems like every other week. He’s been around forever (remember We Takin’ Over??), and I feel like people used to hate on his cheesy “hip hop,” but all of a sudden he’s making bangers with everyone and their mother, including Beyoncé and Jay, Bieber, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna.These days, if I’m walking down the street, “subtly” shoulder bopping to the opening of an unfamiliar jam on Spotify’s Top Hits, I expect that the familiar sound of Khaled screaming, “DJ KHALED!! Anotha one! Anotha one!” is sure to follow. His hit rate is undeniably impressive, and as far as the “self love” movement goes, Khaled is absolutely slaying. Regardless of whether you dig the music, you kinda have to respect his game, and we could all likely benefit from...
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Casual Friday: Turmeric Mango Sunrise Pops

TGICasual Friday, friends and lovahhhs!! I’m about to hop a plane to Maine for four glorious days, so let’s get down to business, shall we? Festive summer treats first, then we waste time on the Internets.As you may know, I spend the majority of my time trying to stop sweating and researching things that will make me smarter and prettier. So, I’d like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the great Liz Moody for answering my sweaty, superfood prayers with her new book Glow Pops. This masterpiece is filled with creative, drool-worthy recipes for all manner of nutrient-dense popsicles that will make you GLOW from the inside out. Just to whet your appetite, examples include Mexican Hot Chocolate, Olive Oil Chocolate Rosemary, Mango Chile, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Ginger, and my personal favorite, Turmeric Mango Sunrise (currently...
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Spicy Mango-Avocado Poké Lettuce Wraps

When I started planning the #dudediettour, I had grand plans to do some serious culinary adventuring in each of the cities on my agenda.I envisioned taking myself on romantic solo dates all over the country (à la Paris circa 2010), sipping cocktails and sampling the best local fare, which I’d have discovered via extensive research/thoughtful recommendations from my trusty Internet friends. Perhaps I’d take selfies at notes on my favorite spots and compile them into a list to share here. Working title: Serena eats America! (I’d come up with a sexier/less alarming title later.) So fun and useful!!NOPE.Long story short, my “on the road” dining fantasy turned out to be just that…a fantasy. I quickly discovered that constant travel is pretty exhausting [insert “duh” emoji], and the last thing I wanted to do after wrapping an event...
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The Ultimate Fourth Of July Roundup

 Fourth of July looms large on the rosé-hued horizon, and I can’t WAIT. Per tradition, my roommate and I will be celebrating in my favorite place (aka Maine, Maine, Maiiiiiine) with some of my favorite people doing all of my favorite things. Mountains will be climbed, naps will be taken, lobsters will be eaten, and 2017’s #dudedietbathseries will be kicked off in style. I can practically smell the pine trees as I type…Not gonna lie, the 4th falling on a Tuesday throws me for a tiny loop, but I assume we’re all on the same page about having ourselves a little four-day weekend? Cool. Given that we’ll be stretching our freedom fiestas over the course of 96 hours (sadly had to do that math twice in my head), I figured everyone could use a little extra recipe inspiration for...
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Spicy Cherry Bourbon Lemonade

One of my soft goals for 2017 was to “celebrate more.” Big things, yes—my roommate and I are really throwing down this year re: mawwiage, after all—but the littler things too.Truth be told, I’ve never been the best at impromptu life celebrations. (This anxiety queen is better at sweating rather than fêting the small stuff.) But I do think they’re both important and extremely underrated, and I’m very grateful to a friend who recently reminded me of this. She’s been working on a giant, two-year project for months now, and when I asked how it was going, her response was, “Great! Lots of bumps in the road, and I’m exhausted, but we’re always passing these little milestones, and the constant celebrations have kept me motivated. There’s been a lot of champagne!”I won’t go full hearts and rainbows...
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Summer Vegetable Quinoa Bake

I have no clue why I bother making an editorial calendar.Before we go any further, if you’re picturing some sort of fancy, meticulously organized, color-coordinated wall calendar…stop it. My “editorial calendar” is a plain old Google cal in which I write the names of recipes (and sometimes a quick note on their inspiration) that I’m planning to post on specific dates. I try to have everything “booked” 1-2 months out, but like I said, I’m not sure why because I never stick to it. Ever.For example, last week I had “Crispy Strawberry Oatmeal Cakes—childhood strawberry deprivation bc eczema” scheduled on Tuesday, and “Shrimp Burrito Bowls—talk about all the burritos you ate after that weird hip hop class in college” on Thursday. I opened my calendar Monday morning, saw my plans, and thought, “NOPE. Do not want. Let’s do Read More >>

Domesticate ME!’s 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide for Badass Dads

Father’s Day looms large on the horizon (T-10 days, people), and if you’re anything like me, you may still be on the hunt for the perfect present for the dad(s) in your life.I know this holiday isn't really about presents, but that doesn’t mean that dads don’t deserve a little something cool in addition to the love, free hug coupons, and QT you’ll most likely be showering them with next Sunday. In the hope of making shopping a teensy bit less stressful this year (I can’t be the only one with a dad that’s impossible to buy for??!), I’ve rounded up some awesome food, booze, and chilling-related gift ideas for badass dads below.And because I love you, I’m also doing a little Father’s Day GIVEAWAY! Scroll to the bottom of the post for entry details.To state the obvious: The above pic is not...
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