16 Party-Ready Recipes for the Holidays

16-Best-Holiday-Party-RecipesI only throw two parties a year. That may come as a shock to some of you given my obsession with food and entertaining, but it’s true.Just to be clear, when I say “parties,” I don’t mean dinners and weird football gatherings. I’m talking about parties with a capital “P”—soirées that require significant planning (TG for Logan’s love of calendar reminders), enough food and booze to sedate a small army, and multiple strategies for avoiding eviction (the downstairs neighbors are not fans of our celebrations). These much anticipated annual events are Logena Christmas and Cinco de Mayo in honor of my two favorite non-birthday holidays, and I look forward to them like Logan looks forward to BBQ Fest. They’re the best.Unfortunately, Logena Christmas has been canceled this year due to The Dude Diet’s somewhat painful New...
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Acorn Squash Tart with Prosciutto and Pomegranate

Holiday-Appetizer-Acorn-Squash-Tart-With-Pomegranate-and-Prosciutto-3I never used to care about the food at holiday parties.In the Cocktails and Confessions era, Selena mostly forgot about the “eat” part, opting to simply “drink and be merry.” Sequins and champagne were the highlights of the season, and things like cheese plates and fancy finger food seemed more like festive party decorations than necessities. (Bad, Selena.)But over the past few years, I’ve noticed a shift. Maybe it’s because anything more than a glass of champagne guarantees an extended stay in the hurt locker (help me, I’m old), or maybe my roommate has finally started to rub off on me, but I’m now very much into holiday apps. I deeply appreciate a well thought out selection of cured meats and cheeses, and I certainly won’t say no to the occasional pig in a blanket or Christmas...
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Shut Up And Smoothie: C-Blast Smoothie (aka Strawberry Julius)

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Happy Shut Up and Smoothie day, you sexy beasts.Not to be a total cliché, but the holidays really snuck up on me this year, and I’m freaking out just the teeniest bit. My book manuscript is due in T-26 days (insert endless string of profanities), I don’t have the faintest clue what to get my parents for Christmas (insert more profanities), and I haven’t been able to watch Elf or Love Actually yet (that one deserves an actual “fuck”). I also feel a cold coming on.In short, OUR PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF.Anyone else feeling a little holiday stress? (Anyone? Bueller?) If so, remember: you are not alone. (I am here with youuuu.) December is hands down the craziest month of the year, and God knows our bods need a little extra TLC to keep up. I’m all for giant bowls of kale and pots of...
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2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Domestic Gods and Goddesses (and a Giveaway!)

Domesticate-Me-Gift-Guide-For-Domestic-Gods-and-Godesses-2015It’s present season, people. Let’s get serious.Obviously the holidays aren’t just about presents, but they’re one of the best side perks, and I take my gift giving (and receiving) very seriously. Few things make me happier wrapping up the perfect present (I worked in a boutique when I was 16 and picked up some pretty boss gift-wrapping skills), and then watching someone unwrap it. Especially if they have a Logan-esque tendency to completely lose their shit and shower me with expletive-laced compliments. I'm all goosebump-y just thinking about it!Anyhoo, I know many of you may have done some serious damage on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but if you’ve still got a chef/food lover/domestic god(dess) to cross off your list, I’ve rounded up some of my very favorite gifting items below. And if you’d rather receive these things, simply forward this post along...
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Just The Tip: Holiday Stovetop Potpourri (aka “Pot of Christmas”)

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Happy day after Thanksgiving! (Hello from the other siiiiiiiide.)I hope you ate and drank way too much, and that you have no plans today other than rolling around, maybe taking a walk, and watching Elf, The Holiday, Christmas Vacation, or Love Actually with your favorite people.I’m about to hit the road to Southampton (where I’ll be playing third wheel to Logan and his leftovers on their romantic weekend getaway), but before I go dark, I thought I’d share a very festive holiday-themed Just The Tip. In today’s episode, I’m teaching you how to make my “pot of Christmas,” a super easy version of stovetop potpourri with lots of citrus and warming spices that will make your kitchen/home smell like a cozy holiday wonderland. This stuff simmers on my stove from Thanksgiving through New Years, and after presents, velvet ensembles, and mulled wine, it’s my favorite part of the season. I think you’re...
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Thanksgiving Enchiladas

Thanksgiving-Leftovers-Enchiladas-with-Salsa-Verde-2Heyo. How are you feeling about tomorrow? Good? Medium? Panicky?I feel sort of medium. Mostly because my roommate won’t let his fantasy of a Thanksgiving 7-layer bean dip go, and it’s been keeping me up at night. He says that he’ll make it himself if I don’t want to (I don’t), which sounds helpful but is actually a very thinly veiled threat. Logan knows I can't have him taking up precious counter space to play with beans while I’m trying to prepare a feast! Dammit. (Resolution TBD.)Anyhoo, if you’re feeling medium to panicky about T-Day, please know that I’m at your service. Yes, you can check out the Thanksgiving Guide or my best turkey tips, but I’m also available in real time. As long as you get to me before 3pm (which is when I...
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Just The Tip: How To Keep Your Guacamole Green

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Heyo. TGI #JustTheTip day, amiright?I know everyone has Thanksgiving on the mind, but it’s Friday, and we could all use a little break from holiday programming to talk about other important things like Justin Bieber!!! how to keep your guac green.Not to sound like a diva, but brown guacamole is one of my dealbreakers. Can’t get over it. I’m not above cutting a little mold out of a piece of cheese or eating food off the floor, but guac that’s turned an upsetting shade of grayish-brown? No. It gives me the heeby-jeebies. And even though you can just scrape off the offending top layer, or stir it in (I just threw up in my mouth a little bit), there’s no need to have brown spots on your made-ahead/leftover guac in the first place.It’s all about proper storage. Visit Domesticate Me to Read On!...
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The Thanksgiving Guide

The-Comprehensive-Guide-to-ThanksgivingIt’s getting closer and closer to go time, people. T-7 days and counting.In honor of the greatest non-present holiday, I’ve gathered my best Thanksgiving-themed knowledge and recipes in one place for easy consumption. From simple, comforting meals for the night before to what to do with all those money leftovers, I did my best to cover all your bases on the food front. But before we get into that, let’s talk about your bird.Unless you are a vegetarian/vegan or a weirdo non-traditionalist, I assume you will be tackling a turkey next Thursday. Here are my top tips for roasting your best bird ever. First-timer? Don’t be scared. I promise it’s much simpler/less gross than you think. (You're gonna crush it.)And for those brave souls hosting the dinner, I’ve got some basic guidelines for stress-free holiday entertaining....
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

sweet-potato-casserole-with-marshmallowsThis post is brought to you in partnership with TODAY and Blogger Babes. As always, all opinions are very obviously my own. Thanksgiving is coming, people.Those of you that hang out here on the reg are well aware that Thanksgiving is hands-down my favorite non-present holiday, and I look forward to it with Logan-esque excitement all year. (As a kid, my family actually had a second Thanksgiving dinner in July so that I only had to endure 6 months between feasts. Truth.)My friend Annie’s family celebrates Thanksgiving potluck style (so progressive!), and it’s become tradition for me to dream up a fancy side for her to bring to dinner. Then I share that recipe with all of you. (Duh.) Annie usually lets me know what she’s in charge of (stuffing, green vegetables, potatoes, etc.) around Halloween, so...
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Just The Tip: How To Make Cauliflower Rice

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Happy Friday/Just The Tip day, friends! Let’s talk cauliflower “rice.”Cauliflower “rice”—aka cauliflower florets that have been broken down into rice-like granules—has been cool for a while now, and I’m pretty sure it’s here to stay. As far as food trends go, it seems to have the staying power of chia seeds, which in my mind gives it serious street cred. Especially since Gwyneth and Beyoncé gave chia a big boost and cauli rice got famous all on its own. (With that said, Gwyneth is coming out with a new cookbook. It would be just like her to take credit for cauliflower rice…but that’s a subject for another time.)Anyhoo, I’m particularly pumped to show you how to make it in today’s episode because I eat this stuff at least once a week. It takes all of 10 minutes to whip up, it’s packed with nutrients, and the...
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