Sausage and Apple Risotto with Goat Cheese

sausage-and-apple-risotto-with-goat-cheeseSomething truly terrible happened last week.I was at an event in Chicago, and I ran into a guy at the bar. We’d been introduced a few times before, but he’s an actor and meets a ton of people on the reg, so I just assumed he wouldn’t remember me. I hate these types of run-ins because I never know whether to say, “Hi, I’m Serena!” or, “Hi! Good to see you!” I went with the latter in this case, hedging myself by offering my hand to shake. But he caught me off guard and went in for the hug.Sometimes, the handshake/hug mix-up can be salvaged. Sometimes. You both have to be on your game. You can either go through with the handshake and then do a hybrid hug/shoulder pat (this is a little bro-y for my taste, but it works) or...
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Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

spicy-chicken-and-sweet-potato-noodle-bowlsI’m late to a lot of parties. Literally and figuratively. And to be perfectly honest, I’m 100 percent cool with that—especially when it comes to things like trendy books, music, movies, and foodstuffs. (I’m never late to a TV party. You know this.)By the time I get around to experiencing the wonders of a given trend, people have often already begun to forget about it, so I like to be the one to remind them, “HEY! [Insert cool thing] is awesome!” (And then I cross my fingers and pray that down the line they mistakenly remember me as the one who introduced them to said cool thing.) Examples include quinoa risotto, cauliflower crust pizza, and in the case of today’s recipe, sweet potato noodles. So…HEY! Sweet potato noodles are awesome!You heard it here last first. Tell everyone you...
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Casual Friday: Dude Diet Edition

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TGICasual Friday, friends!! Today we’re doing the damn thing Dude Diet style.First and foremost, to all of those who have sent emails/texts/pictures/other forms of communication about the book, thank you!! I’ve been smiling so hard I’m worried I’ve undone all the anti-aging benefits of my recent microcurrent facials, and a few of you brought me to actual tears with your fabulous compliments and support. (Yes, I’m extremely overtired and therefore prone to crying, but still.) This entire week has been surreal, and I’m so excited for The Dude Diet to finally be in so many hands and kitchens. HEARTS AND RAINBOWS EMOJIS.(Real talk: I also want to curl up like a tiny fat infant and sleep for 48 hours. Annabel Weiner and Matt Perelman, I apologize in advance for getting Selena drunk and passing out on/in your wedding cake tomorrow night…)In lieu of the usual Casual Friday recipe...
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The Dude Diet: Cheeseburger Quinoa Bake (The #DudeDietBook is OUT!)

dude-diet-cheeseburger-quinoa-bakeHAPPY FUCKING DD DAY, MY FAVORITE INTERNET PEOPLE!!!I’m allowed to abuse caps, expletives, and punctuation today, right?!!!I can’t believe my book baby is finally out in the wild!! It feels crazy! It is crazy?Not gonna lie, my brain is pretty mushy right now. I had planned to write something super profound about The Dude Diet in this post, but that’s clearly not going to happen. There’s been a lot of travel, long days, and excitement recently, and given that I haven’t been doing my best sleeping, I’m 100% a hot mess of emotions today. I couldn’t articulate my feelings on being a published author if I tried, so I won't. Instead, I’m just going to say one quick thing before we talk about my favorite Dude Diet recipes and Cheeseburger Quinoa Bake, and that is…Thank you. Visit...
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The Dude Diet: Making The Cookbook Part 2

making-the-cookbook-the-dude-dietLet’s pick up where we left off last week in the Making The Cookbook saga, shall we?A few short hours after turning in my manuscript, my roommate and I hopped a flight to the BVIs for a little holiday R&R with my family. Needless to say, I was thrilled to temporarily wash my hands of The Dude Diet, and I spent the bulk of 4 blissful days passed out in the sun, only forcing myself upright for SPF, snacks and cocktails. It was glorious. (And let’s not forget that this happened.)On the last day of winter vacay, I got an email from my editor saying that she wouldn’t have any feedback for at least a month, so I should take a deep breath and enjoy a little downtime on the writing front. (Hallelujah!) This lull in manuscript...
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The Dude Diet: Making The Cookbook Part 1

the-dude-diet-book-btsT-1 WEEK to DD Day, friends!!With the launch date creeping up, I’ve been thinking a lot about my book journey, which began wayyyyy back in the fall of 2014. (Just threw up in my mouth a little bit typing “journey,” but I couldn’t think of an appropriate synonym. Sorry.) Bringing The Dude Diet to life has been a long, stressful, awesome, horrible, hilarious, and illuminating learning experience, and while I’ve shared bits and pieces along the way, I realize there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that I’ve kept in the dark. And since I get a decent number of questions about the cookbook process, I thought this week would be the perfect time to take a stroll down DD memory lane and pull back the curtain on what really goes into making a cookbook. The good, the bad,...
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Egg Roll Bowls

chicken-egg-roll-bowlsWhen I was at boarding school, there was an awesomely terrible Chinese delivery spot in town called China Star. I’m pretty sure 99% of their business came from Taft students, and since I crushed 2-3 white carton meals a week my sophomore year, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I may have been one of their top customers. At the time, I was quite proud of this fact.In my defense, my Chinese food fetish was largely a result of limited dining options. I could either eat three meals a day in the dining hall, or I could order from the few local restaurants that delivered to campus. The dining hall wasn’t terrible per say, but I was a relatively picky eater, and there were only so many bowls of cereal and plain penne with Parmesan that my...
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Just The Tip: Killer Quesadillas

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Heyo, party people! I thought we’d get a little crazy and play #JustTheTip on Monday this week. Just to mix things up, keep you on your toes, boost Monday morale, etc., etc.I’ve been out in California for the past few days visiting my fam and shooting The Dude Diet book trailer, which has been a total blast. (QUICK! You can still catch all the ridiculous BTS action from yesterday’s shoot on Snapchat: serenagwolf.) I’m actually sitting in my dad’s kitchen in Santa Barbara as we “speak,” which is all too fitting given the subject of today’s very important quesadilla tutorial. Young Serena happily crushed a lot of chicken and cheese ‘dillas in this very spot, and I can’t help but feel a little bit hungry and a lot bit nostalgic. (It seems wrong not to be wearing brightly colored shortalls and a stretchy Gap headband right now...) Read More >>

Chipotle Chicken Stew

easy-chipotle-chicken-stewI do not like full-grown dogs, but I’m freakishly obsessed with puppies, and I very much want one. I’ve noticed that I make a weird noise in my throat when I see particularly fluffy puppers on the street/social media.Most of my favorite songs are about smoking weed and/or pole dancing. In real life, weed gives me panic attacks, and the concept of me pole dancing is comical. I have no upper body strength.I know that if I take a scalding bath in the middle of the summer I will be sweaty and light-headed for at least 2 hours afterward, and yet, I do it anyway. Multiple times a week.My computer almost died in a tragic water accident years ago. I still don’t backup.Consuming apples or tea on an empty stomach makes me instantly nauseous, but I regularly eat an...
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The Dude Diet: Free Presents with Pre-Order!!! (You Know You Want Them…)

the-dude-diet-free-gifts-with-pre-orderIt’s coming, friends. DD Day is exactly 3 weeks out, and it's getting increasingly difficult to contain my freakish excitement. I held a hard copy of The Dude Diet for the first time last week, and I have to admit, it was pretty surreal. I can’t wait for you to hold it too.I know some of you have already pre-ordered (virtual chest bump), but if you haven’t, I’m about to give you my best pre-order pitch. Are. You. REAAAAADY??! (Please read in sports announcer’s voice.)Why should you preorder?First and foremost, pre-ordering guarantees that a copy of The Dude Diet will arrive on your doorstep on its release date, October 25. You’ll be one of the very first peeps to receive the book (bragging rights!), and you’ll be able to get cooking ASAP. This will also give you a leg up on some of...
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