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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Steak and Egg Sliders with Herbed Avocado Spread

I’m not really a breakfast sandwich person. I obviously enjoy them (I’m a human being), but they’re not necessarily something I make for myself or order at restaurants on the reg. At home, I’m proud to be a #basic smoothie/avocado toast devotee, and when I’m out, I tend to gravitate toward creative eggs or the occasional ricotta pancake.Truth be told, the only time I really crave a breakfast sando is when I’ve had seven one too many cocktails—in which case, I require a bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel from Murray’s. With ketchup. Preferably delivered to me on the couch by a sweat suit-clad roommate with a Gatorade spritz (mix equal parts of your favorite color Gatorade and club soda and serve over crushed ice) and an extra side bagel. No loud noises or sudden movements, please and thank...
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The Dude Diet: Merchandise is HERE!

SURPRISE, DUDES!!This is a big day for yours truly and The Dude Diet at large because the very first round of exclusive DD merchandise has officially dropped, and I am Logan-style PSYCHED about it.I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I didn’t always want to be a weird blog lady. As a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. (Honestly, I wanted to be Britney Spears, but designer was my “realistic” back up career.) But then I slowly came to realize that designing required certain skills, namely drawing and sewing, and I was simply too busy doing karate, styling my pixie cut, and watching Dawson’s Creek to hone said skills in my adolescence. And so my design dreams were cast aside.Until now.Thanks to the Internet and my fabulous partners at...
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Casual Friday: Rosé Spritzers

Heyo, friends! We’re getting casual a day early because I’m dropping something badass here on Friday, and I’d hate to deprive you of these festive rosé spritzers and your monthly Internet nonsense. Let’s do this.I’ve had a soft spot for wine spritzers for as long as I can remember. I’m particularly fond of them during the summer months, and I tend to order them at weddings, as they are both refreshing and a responsible choice for sustained boozing. Win-win.Sadly, spritzers have always gotten a bad rap—dismissed by many a wine and cocktail snob aficionado as “déclassé”—but WHATEVER. Spritzers, especially the creative ones, are straight up delightful, and I advocate their inclusion in a well-rounded cocktail repertoire.I’m obviously not above a glass of plain old iced wine and club soda, but the addition of a little liqueur and some fresh “floaters” like fruit,...
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15 Killer Recipes To Make Right NOW (aka The Memorial Day Round-Up)

And just like that, #nakedseason has arrived.It’s still technically spring for the next few weeks, but we all know Memorial Day is summer’s unofficial kick-off, and as of this Friday, peeps are going to be beaching, barbecuing, stripping down and drinking up for the next three months. I, for one, am very much here for it.My roommate and I are heading up to my happy place, aka Mount Desert Island, on Friday with some friends, and I’m itching with anticipation (of both the fun and the mosquito bites). It will still be on the chilly side—we’re talking about Maine here—but that doesn’t mean I won’t be taking full advantage of my access to a big girl grill, the late spring/early summer produce (strawberries! mango! greens! corn! cherries!), and the excuse to drink rosé...
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Coconut Oil-Sriracha Aioli

Happy Fry-day, friends!!(I’m so sorry. I had to.)There’s a lot to discuss regarding the origin of these addictive sweet potato fries and their magical dipping sauce, so let’s get right to it.The recipe is ripped from the pages of Phoebe Lapine’s badass new book, The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life, which I’ve been pouring over since its release earlier this week. If you hang out here on the reg, you’re probably familiar with Phoebe, as she’s been my best weird blog lady friend for years. Whenever people ask for healthy/delicious/gluten-free food blog recs, I always scream, “What, I’m not enough for you?!! Feed Me Phoebe!!” before they’ve even finished the question. And I can say with 100% certainty that no one has...
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