“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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Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Basil

spaghetti-with-cherry-tomato-sauce-mozzarella-and-basilAs kids, my little brother and I were pretty much inseparable. Being six years younger, I suppose Elliot didn’t have much choice in the matter, but I’m sure he loved my hanging out in his playpen, putting wigs and makeup on him, and pushing him around in my doll stroller. He was such a cool baby that I even brought him to Show and Tell in second grade, which pretty much blew the other kids’ hamsters, bug collections, and boring stuffed animals out of the water. I also carried him around like a giant human security blanket until he was five years old (and he was not a small five year old), ignoring the advice of my mom, and eventually, my chiropractor.Like I said, we were close.Unfortunately, I missed out on a lot of Elliot’s formative...
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Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Bacon

chipotle-mac-and-cheese-with-baconHappy Fourth of July, friends! I’ve always been a big fan of Independence Day, which is easily my second favorite non-present holiday after Cinco de Mayo. I very much appreciate the patriotic parades, barbecues, fireworks and American flag ensembles associated with the Fourth. Plus, the festivities usually start early, and you know I’m a sucker for any occasion that condones afternoon cocktails.Growing up, I celebrated the Fourth of July in Maine, but for the past few summers, Logan and I have been rotating Independence Day locations. Last year we went to Maine, so this year we are reprising Logan’s recently created tradition known as “Driggstock.” This event takes place in Driggs, Idaho, a tiny town on the Idaho-Wyoming border where Logan’s parents live during the summer. Their camp is the epitome of rustic...
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Campfire Chicken Packets with Zucchini, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

campfire-chicken-packets-with-zucchini-corn-and-cherry-tomatoesHappy 4th of July week, friends! I am currently camping in Wyoming with Logan for a few days on our way up to Driggs, Idaho, where we will be spending the actual 4th.  No, you did not misread the last sentence, and yes, I am camping. For those of you who are surprised by this, I totally get it. I assume it is because you find me impossibly glamorous and can’t picture me in hiking boots or sleeping with my face in the dirt. Thank you! However, I am about to blow your mind with my outdoorsiness. Despite my affinity for warm beds, showers, and non-athletic footwear, I am actually quite fond of camping. I have mentioned my camping skills briefly before, and I am proud to report that they are only getting better. This...
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The Dude Diet: Burrito Edition

the-dude-diet-burrito-edition Bless me, dudes, for I have sinned. It’s been three weeks since my last Dude Diet post. I sincerely apologize for leaving you all hanging, and I hope that you haven’t done too much damage to your beach bodies in my absence. Fortunately, I have good news to report! Logan has been doing quite a respectable job as Dude Diet ambassador lately. He’s been eating relatively well-balanced meals, snacking responsibly, and limiting off-the-wagon binges to no-calorie Sundays, which is more than impressive. The Dude has also gone for several runs in the past few weeks from which he came back very sweaty. This was comforting because it proves that he was, in fact, running and not sneaking off to get snacks. Great success.Sadly, I fear that the recent success of The Dude Diet may be short-lived, since Logan is currently off the...
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