Sausage and Kale Lasagna Soup

It’s Friday, and I’m gonna tell you a story about the time I was hungover in Colombia and ate delicious lasagna. I’m excited. (If you’re not, feel free to skip to the recipe. Whateva.)A little backstory: My sophomore year of college, I accompanied my bestie Fifi and her mother to Cartagena on their post-Christmas vacay. We stayed with friends of their family in a drop-dead gorgeous house/palace in the center of the city, and I could wax poetic about the city’s magic and how we really took advantage of the local food scene and had an enriching cultural experience…But that would be a lie.As you may or may not know, the Colombians like to PARTAY, and our hosts were no exception. They partied. Hard. I’m talking most of the day and alllll night. I still can’t fully wrap my head around the...
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The Dude Diet: 5-Day Jumpstart Plan

the-dude-diet-5-day-jumpstartHow’s it hanging in this fine New Year, dudes?If you’re anything like the dudes I know, shit may have hit the fan slightly over the holiday season. No judgment. I obviously feel you—as Logan likes to say, “So many pigs in a blanket, so little time.” But with the holidays in the rearview, I urge you to take advantage of 2017’s gloriously blank canvas by fully embracing The Dude Diet lifestyle. Starting ASAP.Because I’m committed to ridding the world of man boobs helping the dude community get its act together, I created The Dude Diet 5-Day Jumpstart. This simple plan is exactly what it sounds like—five days’ worth of Dude Diet meals to facilitate healthier habits and fast-track your wonderland body. It isn’t a cleanse. It’s not a crash diet, or a get thin quick fix (sorry). You won’t wake up...
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“Clean Out The Fridge” Chopped Salad

clean-out-the-fridge-chopped-saladHey, hey, heyyy. Happy 2017 from your weird blog lady!Are you suffering from post-holiday depression? On a #NewYearNewYou high? Cleansing? ALL THREE? The internets are insane right now, so I hope you’re keeping it together.I don’t really make resolutions, but one of my “goals” this year is to drink more water. It’s going well, thank you, but I also have to go to the bathroom like every 20 minutes, which is incredibly inconvenient and distracting. Soooo, let's see how long I can last as a super hydrated person.Anyhoo, today is one of my favorite blog days of the year because I get to empty my 2016 nets!! In case you’re new here, “emptying the nets” is the wonderfully cathartic process of writing out the year’s highs and lows in an effort to appreciate the positives and let the negatives float the fuck...
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Domesticate ME!’s Top 10 Recipes of 2016

top-10-recipes-of-2016Whelp. We made it, peeps. 2016 is (almost) officially done.It’s been a crazy year—arguably shitty for the world but still filled with pockets of awesomeness for yours truly. It feels surreal that at this time last year I had just turned in my manuscript and was gearing up for The Dude Diet’s fancy photoshoot in LA. (I still kinda regret not wearing that power suit my first day on set.) Ahhhh, how far we’ve come.We can talk more about ze book and the rest of 2016’s highs and lows when I empty the nets next week, but in the meantime, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on all the deliciousness that went down on Domesticate ME! over the past 12 months. Below, you'll find the top ten most popular recipes on the site this year as chosen...
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One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans

braised-chicken-thighs-with-spinach-white-beansI’ve developed a new obsession, and it’s scaring me. Literally.A few weeks ago, a friend told me about this podcast she’s into called My Favorite Murder. (Not to be confused with the Making a Murderer podcast spawned by the Netflix docuseries on Steven Avery. Although that is also decent.) She described it as a “funny true crime series” and suggested I start listening because I “like weird stuff” and would “probably get a kick out of it.” Thanks.I wrote the name in my phone to be polite, but honestly, I didn’t really plan to listen to it. I went through a big podcast phase last year when I discovered the first season of Serial (approximately a year after everyone else) and was like, “Podcasts shall be my new thing!!” Then I listened to season 2, hated it—the Bergdahl story line simultaneously upset...
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Roasted Butternut Squash Tostadas with Hummus, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

butternut-squash-tostadas-with-hummus-and-goat-cheeseHappy Christmas week, party people!I’m pleased to report that I’ve really been crushing my holiday to-do list this year. The Christmas tree is lit and decorated (and it just happens to be the tallest/bushiest fir to have ever graced Chateau Logena’s living room), I’ve finished most of my shopping, and my lips have been a seasonally appropriate shade of red since Thanksgiving.I’ve also managed my annual viewings of The Holiday, Elf and Love Actually ahead of schedule, which is quite a feat given my enthusiastic presence on the holiday party circuit of late. (In case you were wondering, the latter was my favorite this cycle. I watched it on my flight back from California on Sunday and shamelessly snotted all over Logan’s shoulder for two straight hours. If you don’t weep when Colin Firth proposes in shoddy Portuguese, you are a...
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Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

thai-curried-butternut-squash-soupThere was a rough 6-month period this past summer/fall where the city was repairing the water main (is that what it’s called?) on my block. During this time, the water in my building was shut off roughly twice a week from 9am-6pm, which had a seriously detrimental effect on my quality of life.Prior to being deprived of my water supply on the reg, I never realized how much I rely on good old H20 throughout the day. To shower and drink, sure, but those weren’t the real biggies. (Honestly, I shower as infrequently as possible and get most of my hydration from La Croix.) What I really require water for is my day-to-day kitchen activities. I need it to poach eggs and cook pasta and grains. To clean my produce. To wash psychotic amounts of dishes and more importantly, my hands. Flushing the...
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Spicy Asian Salmon Salad

spicy-asian-salmon-saladPopular things to post on the Internet in December:Photos of the following:Engagements. If you look for it on Instagram, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around… Christmas trees. It appears the whole world has an “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” approach to tree pics. (I haven’t posted mine yet, but that’s only because I’m being strategic. It’s coming, people.) Roaring fires. Because they’re cozy and also elusive. It’s basically an unwritten rule that if you have access to a fireplace, you must absolutely brag about it online. Babies and small children in holiday-themed attire and/or crying on Santa’s lap. (Although I’m not fond of tiny humans, I still very much enjoy these snaps.) Snow. Everyone and their mothers are dreaming of a white Christmas!Gift Guides. Holiday...
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The Holiday Entertaining Roundup

croundupThe holiday season is in full swing, people, and it’s officially party time.After years of hosting the annual Logena Christmas party, it’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two about holiday entertaining. Most notably, people love finger food, and they will always imbibe more than you expect. And since a successful soirée is 90% preparation, 10% perspiration, it’s important to be a planner.When it comes to your menu, keep it simple and festive, and try to choose recipes that can be at least partially prepped well in advance. At football parties, I don’t mind being trapped in the kitchen churning out Buffalo fingies and other hot dishes throughout the event (you know I hate the foose), but during the holidays, I want to be in the thick of things. A few short stints at the stove are fine, but for the most...
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Casual Friday: Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate

butternut-squash-crostini-wtih-brussels-sprouts-and-pomegranateTGICasual Friday, friends! We have badass finger food and all kinds of exciting internet things to chat about today, so let’s get right to it.First order of business: Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate. These sassy little numbers are one of my favorite bites in recent memory—and given last week’s epic T-Day feast, that’s saying a lot. A LOT, dammit. The flavors of sweet and savory butternut squash, earthy Brussels sprouts, and sweet-tart pomegranate are a match made in holiday heaven, but to really do this recipe justice, I feel the need to break things down for you layer by insanely delicious layer.Starting with the butternut squash puree! Cubed squash gets tossed with a little olive oil, cinnamon, and salt, roasted until tender and lightly caramelized, then blitzed with creamy ricotta to fluffy, spreadable perfection. (I like to go...
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