Shaved Zucchini and Carrots with Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese

shaved-carrots-and-zucchini-with-goat-cheese-and-toasted-almondsI do not have plans this weekend.Don’t panic, I am actually incredibly excited about this. It’s the first weekend I’ve spent in the city all summer, and I am pretty pumped about enjoying some “me time” in my new apartment. I’m going to run errands, maybe do some sort of (brief) exercise, finish the new Dan Brown book, and keep up with the Kardashians. I also want to get a haircut and maybe hit up Bed, Bath and Beyond on Saturday afternoon. I don’t know! I don’t know if I’ll have enough time!This solo weekend is actually coming on the heels of a full week of single living. Logan is in Colorado visiting friends and attending a bachelor party, so I have commandeered the apartment and been flying solo since Monday. Having a roommate is bomb, and obviously I...
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Summer Salad with Avocado, Corn and Grilled Herb Shrimp

Summer-Salad-with-avocado-corn-and-grilled-herb-shrimp-2It's wedding season, friends, and I’m exhausted. I’ve attended two very festive wedding weekends in the past three weeks, and I have four more to go before the season is out. I’m very popular.Luckily for me, I LOVE weddings. It may come as a shock to some of you, but I happen to be quite a romantic. Seriously. I’m a total sucker for handwritten vows (even when they’re awkward), grooms crying (tears=true love!), magical settings, expensive white dresses, and fairy lights of any kind. Needless to say, I also enjoy events where champagne is a staple and cake is guaranteed. Sign me up.This past weekend, my wonderful friend Charlotte got married on Cape Ann. Although I had been looking forward to the weekend, I felt slightly skeptical about the event based on a very disturbing line in the invitation: Ladies...
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The Dude Diet: Control Your Cravings

Dude-Diet-Chicken-Parmesan-BurgersIt’s been a rocky couple of weeks for The Dude Diet. I'm sad to report that sandwich consumption has been high, Dominos has been ordered, and I don't like to think about the multiple extravaganzas that have taken place at 16 Handles (aka frozen yogurt Mecca) in the past few days. At least the Dude has been exercising regularly.As disappointing as his recent diet choices have been, I would generally dismiss these indulgences as typical of Logan’s “vacation eating.” However, Logan’s eating has taken on a new breed of intensity of late, which has given me cause for concern. In short, his desire to eat carbs and sugar seems to be at an unnatural high. Between making s’mores on the stovetop in Maine, eating spaghetti Bolognese as a snack, and talking about pizza a disturbing amount (even for him), I began...
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Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil Vinaigrette

Grilled-eggplant-with-fresh-mozzarella-tomatoes-and-basil-vinaigretteThe past two days have been a whirlwind of moving misery excitement. Logan and I physically moved apartments at the end of June, but we’ve been bouncing around since then (Idaho, Colorado, my mom’s apartment, Maine, etc.), and now that we’re back in New York, we’re finally taking the time to tackle our new space.Obviously, returning from Maine to an apartment full of boxes and limited air conditioning was not good for my anxiety. However, I have been systematically unpacking my hoards, furniture has been delivered, and I’ve enjoyed two full nights’ sleep on our new king bed. (How my roommate and I have been sharing a queen for so long is now beyond me. I live to starfish.)As previously mentioned, this new apartment is a serious upgrade from our former abode. In addition to having numerous doors (whoooooop!), a...
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“Naked” Lobster Rolls

Things are going well. This fancy new site is up, I’m in Maine (which is the happiest of all happy places), and yesterday I made the most unreal Naked Lobster Rolls ever.naked-lobster-rolls-recipeI have gone through many phases with lobster. As a kid, I really wasn’t into seafood of any kind, and to be honest, I had an irrational fear of lobsters. Spending summers in Northeast Harbor, Maine, where there are easily more lobster pots than people, I always had a nasty feeling that there were lobsters crawling all over the ocean floor, just waiting to latch onto my toes with their razor sharp claws. This terrifying thought, along with my subpar swimming skills, was enough to keep me out of the ocean for the majority of my formative years. (Truth be told, I’m more of a heated pool type of...
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Grilled Halibut Tacos with Peach Salsa

Grilled-Halibut-Tacos-with-peach-salsa-3Welcome to the new and improved Domesticate Me, friends! After many months of construction, I am very excited to share this fabulously upgraded site. Please press play here, while I show you around. Thanks for the soundtrack, B.First, if you take a look to your right, you’ll see all manner of exciting things in the sidebar. If it’s your first time here, and you’d like to learn a little more about me, go ahead and click on the photo of that super attractive girl with the sexy chicken. The “Meet Serena” page should answer all your burning questions.In case you’re only here for The Dude Diet, clicking on that logo will take you to a separate page with only Dude Diet posts. You’re welcome, dudes.You’ll also notice that it’s now much easier to subscribe to Domesticate Me. Simply type your...
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California Salad with Roasted Chicken and Avocado Dressing

california-chicken-salad-with-avocado-dressingA couple of weeks ago, I went to see a holistic health practitioner. In case you were wondering, I suffer from pretty bad anxiety, mild insomnia, fatigue and a host of other white girl problems that have been bothering me for a while. So, when Logan’s parents suggested that I pay their local alternative doctor a visit, I was immediately on board with the idea. They referred to this doctor, whom I shall call Dr. A, as a “miracle worker,” and even Logan claims that the guy cured a “stomach problem” that he had in college. Sold! I made my appointment and looked forward to my future as a well-rested, anxiety-free version of myself.I’ve always been a fan of holistic medicine, and I’ve dabbled in acupuncture, acupressure and various other holistic therapies over the years. I...
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The Dude Diet: Post-Workout Meals

the-dude-diet-post-workout-meals Truth be told, summer has tested Logan’s dedication to The Dude Diet and it has found him wanting. However, despite two very long Widespread Panic weekends, a Fourth of July meat fest, and our recent move to within 100 yards of a Chipotle, Logan can still button his pants, so all is not lost.The one thing that I will say in the Dude’s favor is that he has really been stepping up his exercise game lately. Thanks to his love of outdoor activities, Logan got in at least one good workout everyday while we were out West. He's been running, hiking, golfing, and noodling the night away at concerts (which I am including as exercise because it is surprisingly exhausting). Logan even biked up Vail Mountain by himself, which I found very impressive. Mountain biking is hardcore.Read More >>

Sparkling Watermelon Punch Bowl

sparkling-watermelon-punch-bowl-with-vodka I realized yesterday that I have yet to give you a rundown on Driggstock 2013, and for that, I apologize. While attending three days of Widespread Panic concerts wasn’t exactly my jam, I have to admit that the event was a roaring success. We had an unbeatable group, the weather was almost perfect, and most importantly, my Chipotle Mac and Cheesegot rave reviews. I also learned many invaluable lessons on how best to survive a weekend of Widespread, such as:1. Always get snacks before the second set. There is nothing worse than going to get pizza because you’re hungry and tired of noodling and realizing the vendor is closed. Nothing.2. Feel free to take a nap on the grass if you feel like it during the show. Lots of people do it.3. Dress warmly and in tie-dye....
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Maple Cinnamon Granola

vegan-maple-cinnamon-granola-with-chia-seedsI’ve been exercising a lot this week. This is weird for me because, as I have frequently mentioned, my laziness and distaste for sweat tend to discourage intense physical activity. However, I spent the days following Driggstock with Logan and his parents in Idaho, and they are very big on “activities.” Logan’s parents are possibly the most active people in the world, and they love nothing more than spending their days hiking, biking, running, kayaking, and engaging in any other form of outdoor exercise that you can possibly think of. Needless to say, this is a slight departure from my ideal day of lying motionless in the sun.Even though Logan and his family don’t expect much from me in terms of athleticism, I like to at least try to participate in their idea of “fun.” Luckily...
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