The Dude Diet: Cheesesteak Edition

Dude-eating-philly-cheesesteaks-2I hate to say it, but it’s been a rough few weeks for The Dude Diet. The wedding triple-header and its associated finger foods did the expected damage, and the Dude's new job has left him with very little time to exercise. There has also been some aggressive pizza and barbecue consumption, as well as an unfortunate incident involving Logan coming home with an array of gummy bears and chips, claiming that I was “trying to starve him to death.” But that’s neither here nor there. While I’m worried that starting a new job has exacerbated Logan’s stress-eating tendencies, I’m more concerned about the toll that football season is going to take on his wonderland body. As much as Logan loves football, he loves the food that he eats while watching football even more, specifically, pizza, Read More >>

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese

Roasted-Root-Vegetable-Salad-With-Herbed-Goat-Cheese-and-Arugula-3My sister is getting married on Saturday, and I am currently up in Maine for the last and most important event of my wedding triple-header. The leaves are turning, there’s excitement in the air, and 124 bottles of Prosecco just arrived on my Mom’s doorstep, so things are looking good. Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about how this wedding was going to come together. My wonderful sister, Olivia and her fiancé, Will, have been engaged for two years, but it wasn’t until July that they decided they wanted to tie the knot on October 12. 2013. This three-month time frame made me understandably anxious. I imagine it would take me at least that long to decide on a veil length or the type of horse-drawn carriage that I’d like as my personal transportation, let alone plan an entire wedding. Insanity. However,...
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Balsamic Roast Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Balsamic-Roast-Chicken-With-Tomatoes-and-Mushrooms-2I am currently recovering from wedding number two of a three-week triple-header, and it’s not the prettiest. I’m weak, I’m bloated, and to be perfectly honest, I’m seriously concerned about my brain cell count. The past two wedding weekends have been those of Logan’s best friends. As my super popular roommate was in both wedding parties, I was happily left to amuse myself for long periods of time amongst groups of mostly strangers. Luckily, small talk is my third best wedding strength, after curling my hair and being overdressed (Logan likes to tell me things are black tie when they actually aren’t), so I totally killed it. As you may know, wedding small talk usually includes what I like to call "The Big Three": Where are you from? How do you know the bride or groom? What do you do? Personally, I’ve found...
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Domestic Details: Meat and Poultry Internal Temperature Guide

instant-read-meat-thermometer-oxo-2One of the great domestic challenges in this life is cooking meat to the desired level of doneness. Nothing is more frustrating (or embarrassing) than serving a raw chicken to friends or slicing into a steak that’s 50 shades of grey in the center. But how, many of you ask, do you know when your meat is done? The truth is, there are several ways to determine doneness with each type of meat. For example, the juices of your roast chicken should run clear when it’s fully cooked, and a medium rare steak should feel like the flesh below your thumb when you gently press your middle finger to the tip of your thumb. If reading that last sentence made you feel confused/panicky/angry, relax. There is a very simple solution that does not involve analyzing juices or getting handsy with a...
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Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Candied Bacon

harvest-pumpkin-soup-with-candied-bacon-13Ahhhhh fall, the best time of year. As I may have previously mentioned, I’m a big fan of the chill in the air, changing leaves, warm drinks, and the mass purchasing of new boots and sweaters. Since it was 80 degrees in New York yesterday, I have not yet had the chance to enjoy the first three items on that list, but I’m not overly concerned. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, I, along with most New Yorkers, am still embracing fall, sweating through my favorite jackets and crushing baked goods (see: Apple Cinnamon Doughnut Holes) like it’s not a degree over 65. I’m nothing if not seasonally dedicated. One of my favorite things about fall is the pumpkin mania. Post-labor day, everyone seems to go batshit over pumpkins, and I am 100% on board with the craziness....
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Skillet Lasagna with Turkey Sausage and Vegetables

skillet-lasagna-with-turkey-sausage-and-vegetables-8-2I'm almost positive that the last time I ate lasagna was November 14, 2009. I know it seems weird to be able to pinpoint the date, but both the day and the lasagna are etched in my brain for several reasons… After my college graduation, my bestie Fifi and I decided to go on a little trip to New Zealand. I packed my oversized backpack with 57 pounds of completely impractical clothing, traded in my trusty Motorola Razor for an international Blackberry at my mother’s request, and set off on my epic adventure. Having done almost zero advance travel planning, Fifi and I signed up for a well-known tour called The Kiwi Experience, boarded the big green bus, and hoped for the best. The two of us hostel-hopped around the country for a little over a month, doing all kinds of out-of-character, outdoorsy...
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Domestic Details: The 3 Knives You Need in Your Kitchen

the-3-knives-you-need-in-your-kitchenLet’s talk about knives, friends. For better of for worse, knives are your most important tools in the kitchen. And while most of you probably own several knives, I’ve recently realized that many of you may be “confused” when it comes to using them. I have witnessed friends tear meat with a serrated knife, crush tomatoes with a blunt chef’s blade, and chop vegetables with a boning knife, and while it’s upsetting to watch, I realize that it’s not really their fault. Many peeps don’t know what knives to buy, while others just purchase a whole fancy knife set that they don't know how to use, which is equally problematic. In the hope of clearing up this knife confusion, I would like to shed some light on the knives that you actually need in your kitchen and what each of them is...
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Apple Cinnamon Baked Doughnut Holes

apple-cinnamon-baked-doughnut-holes-2-2Let’s be honest, doughnuts rock. I’ve been big on doughnuts for as long as I can remember, probably because I was spoiled by really, really good ones during my formative years. The Colonel’s Bakery in Northeast Harbor, Maine, produces the most unbelievable, indescribably delicious doughnuts that I have ever tasted in my life. This gem of a bakery makes everything from light and fluffy glazed twists to cakey old-fashioned cinnamon doughnuts that make me want to invest in some pajama jeans and live in a house made entirely of doughnuts. That’s saying a lot, since you know I’m a big fan of both restrictive clothing and fancy homes. During my childhood summers, my family got Colonel’s doughnuts every Sunday, which was hands-down the best day of the week. My siblings and I used to spend an absurd amount of time...
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Red Quinoa and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

red-quinoa-and-roasted-butternut-squash-salad-with-feta-pomegranate-and-toasted-walnutsI love my lunch break. Being “self-employed,” I have the luxury of taking the time to make myself something dope and eat at my fancy white desk while perusing the internet, making personal calls and catching up on some of my incredibly highbrow television shows. I have also been known to have a glass of wine or take a power nap on occasion. Besides my “social media hour” in the morning, lunch is easily my favorite part of the day. While I practically live for lunchtime, I recognize that some of you don’t have the luxury of enjoying a “European” midday meal. According to my sources, most people go out to grab a quick bite or order delivery to be eaten at their desks. (If my roommate is any indication of lunchtime trends, it is also common to send one’s assistant...
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The Dude Diet: Anniversary Edition

The-Dude-Diet-Anniversary-EditionIt’s a very special day, dudes. Exactly one year ago today, I wrote a short piece addressing the nutritional idiocy of my boyfriend/roommate, Logan, accompanied by a poorly depicted recipe for pork osso buco. I talked about Logan’s strangely intense love of burgers, cheese steaks, and pizza, and how I feared that based on his disturbing diet, he may not have many years left to live. It was honest and informative, but it was meant to be a one-off. A cathartic exercise, if you will. Therefore, I was very surprised when I received a flood of emails, texts and phone calls regarding the aforementioned post. (This overwhelming response was particularly shocking because, let’s be real, Domesticate Me! wasn’t nearly as fancy or popular back then.) People were intrigued. Was Logan really on a diet? Sort of. What exactly did this...
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