Domesticate ME!’s Top 10 Recipes of 2017

Happiest of New Years, friends!! I hope you had fabulous and festive and relaxing holidays. How we feeling about 2018? I feel good. It’s cold as shit in NYC, and I think I’m getting sick (my roommate is currently dying), but it’s all fine because I loooove me the first week of January. It just feels SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN. A blank slate, if you will. I’m not big on resolutions, but I do enjoy some light goal setting, so I’ve been writing lots of things down in a Word Doc titled, You Better Do This In 2018. And I’m 99% sure this is gonna be my year!!! (For the record, I say this every year. I think is healthy and motivational?) I’ve also been listening to a lot of “Work, Bitch” this week. Highly recommend. On Friday we’ll be honoring...
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10 Crowd-pleasing Holiday Brunch Recipes

It seems mildly surreal that Christmas is in FIVE days, people. Truth be told, I’m extremely behind on my Christmas Activities list, but I plan to remedy that over the next few days. The time crunch means that I will now have to do many of the activities simultaneously, but that’s okay. Wrapping presents drunk on mulled wine and stuffed with three different types of cookies while watching Elf, singing carols, and opening 20+ days on an advent calendar in my Christmas onesie will be super fun. I was born to multitask! How are you doing on your Holiday activities/to-dos? More importantly, have you decided on your festive menus yet?? If not (no judgment), I’ve got some ideas for fun apps and drinks, and I always recommend working a slow-roasted beef tenderloin in somewhere. (The Read More >>

Pumpkin-Pecan Pie Truffles

Last week my roommate had his company holiday party, which just so happened to be a New York City pizza tour. First of all, snaps to the genius that came up with this glorious idea. I can’t say for sure because I’ve never been to an office holiday party (#selfemployment), but I imagine spending an evening with coworkers on a party bus that makes multiple stops at New York’s finest pizza joints > drinking eggnog in an office building. Wait, should I throw a Domesticate ME! holiday party? Maybe?? I do have a sequin dress that reads as “boss with her hair down.” Nevermind, we can talk about that later. Anyhoo, what I found most intriguing about Logan’s enthusiastic recap of the pizza tour extravaganza was the story of its fearless leader, Scott. Scott is a “pizza expert” and is renowned...
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Butternut Squash Brown Rice with Fontina and Thyme

Last Sunday, I accompanied my roommate to see the Vienna Boys' Choir at Carnegie Hall. I don’t know much about choirs, but apparently these kids are super famous, and some friends recommended we see them live. I tend to trust others' fancy musical opinions (because I have none!) and was therefore excited for these Viennese kids to knock my seasonal socks off. Perhaps seeing choirs would be my new hobby! As my current hobbies include #lobbyselfies, bathing, and testing Goop products, adding something musical/cultural would be uncharacteristically adult. Like I said, I don’t know much about choirs, and I mostly pictured these boys as the children’s choir from Sister Act 2. I was also told they would sing a lot of Christmas carols, which I very much enjoy. So, when I woke up Sunday hungover as fuuuuuck slightly under the weather from...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Dudes

The chefs/domestic enthusiasts and the beauty fanatics are covered on the holiday present front, but I left out a very important category of giftees: DUDES. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always found shopping for men to be slightly more difficult than shopping for women. Is it just that they’re less open about the things they want? Or they don’t get as pumped about receiving a new pair of leggings or a hundredth candle as I do? Whatever the reason, finding the perfect present for dads, brothers, roommates, and lovahhhhs can be a bitch, so I thought we’d round out this week’s trio of gift guides with a boss list of presents...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Wellness and Beauty Junkies

Greetings, my little holiday elves!! Yesterday we tackled presents for the chefs and food lovers in your lives, and today we’re doing it for the wellness and beauty junkies. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from our Instagram hangouts, it’s that many of you are also obsessed with things that help you feel and look amazing. Needless to say, this thrills your weird blog lady, who lives just as much to talk about fancy face products and #fitnessjourney ensembles as she does to dish about quinoa bakes and sassy desk lunches. What can I say? I’m a woman of many passions. Below you’ll find some of my favorite health, beauty, and “wellness” products—from magical collagen peptides...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Domestic Gods and Goddesses

The countdown is on, people. I’ve purchased my first batch of Pot of Christmas ingredients, Mariah Carey Christmas Spotify is heating up, and there’s currently a giant tree obscuring my #lobbyselfies, which can only mean one thing… WE HAVE TO START SHOPPING, DAMMIT!!! Sorry for yelling, but I feel the need to convey a sense of urgency. Also, I love shopping. The holidays obviously aren’t (just) about the presents, but there’s something to be said for finding the perfect gift for someone you love. Whether they’re prone to tears (hi, Mom!) or Nintendo 64-style freakouts (Logan), I live for the Christmas “unwrap.” With that said, sourcing great gifts can be tough. In the hope of...
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Curried Pumpkin and Turkey Stew

Greetings from the other side, friends. How you feeling? Tired? Full? Teensy bit hungover??? Cool. Samesies. I hope yesterday’s feast was fabulous and that there were no major culinary disasters. And if there were, fingies crossed they were the kind where something hilariously terrible happens, but no one gets hurt, so you get to dine out on the story for the rest of the year. Those are ze best. Anyhoo, I’m about to hit the road for a romantic weekend with my roommate and our leftovers, and I’m giddy with anticipatory excitement. We’ve been doing the same trip for years now, and it’s hands down my favorite fall weekend. Logan and I pack up all of our T-Day leftovers in a suitcase—there are a lot because I make enough food for twelve people even though I’m only feeding three—and head out...
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10 Killer Cocktails for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are officially upon us, friends!!! Tomorrow we feast, and then we have five fabulous weeks of general merrymaking to look forward to. Given my affinity for presents the season, I am currently listening to Mariah Carey Christmas Spotify and Buddy the Elf-ing. Hard. You know I love me some holiday food, but let's be real, I’m equally (if not more) excited about ze drinks. (Shocker.) I find this time of year lends itself to slightly more festive sipping, and I have to say, a signature cocktail or pretty punch bowl really ups the celebratory vibe at any soirée. And even if you choose not to entertain, I firmly believe in taking a little extra time to pour yourself something fancy over the coming weeks. In fact, one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the 3pm cocktail...
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Fall Farro Salad with Butternut Squash, Walnuts and Cranberries

This post is sponsored by Ocean Spray. All opinions are very obviously my own. The menu for my family’s Thanksgiving is non-negotiable. With the exception of a sweet potato gratin that was tacked on to the menu a few years ago (my mom still doesn’t feel right about the addition), we’ve eaten the exact same feast for as long as I can remember: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sautéed green beans, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows (we trashé like that), gravy and cranberry sauce. And yes, to this day we serve canned Ocean Spray® Cranberry Sauce at our dinner, both jellied and whole berry. I once made the cranberry sauce from scratch, and my messing with tradition nearly caused a riot, so…that’s one less thing for this weird blog lady to worry about on her favorite food holiday. Snaps for nostalgia. If you’ve...
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