Smells Like Christmas…

This year I’m going to Vienna for Christmas (details to follow soon), so I have only three weeks to make the most of the Holiday Season in New York. I can’t wait to go ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, listen to Justin Beiber’s Christmas album on repeat, and watch Love Actually multiple times a week. I’m sure my roommate is totally psyched about all of these things too.The first thing on my holiday to-do list is to get a Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees. They’re attractive, they smell good, and they are surrounded by presents, which are three of my favorite qualities! (In trees and in people.) Obviously, I can’t fit a giant tree in my apartment, but even a small one makes the place feel festive and helps me forget how little closet space I have.Christmas tree shopping has always...
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The Dude Diet: Get On Board

dude-diet-hibachi-chicken-with-unfried-riceDue to popular demand, I am very pleased to announce that The Dude Diet will now be a weekly fixture on Domesticate ME! For those of you who are new to this blog, The Dude Diet was inspired by my nutritionally challenged boyfriend, Logan. For more details click here.the-dude-dietThis is Logan.Many people have asked me about whether the Dude Diet is right for them (or their boyfriend/bestie/dad/etc.). The answer is always YES. The Dude Diet is effective because it’s all about moderation and being less of an idiot (which is clearly very difficult for men). In short, the Dude Diet is an awesome lifestyle that will make you feel better and look hotter. Period. Still not sure how the Dude Diet fits into your life? Luckily, I anticipated this. I have compiled...
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Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. serena-wolf-domesticate-me I like the premise of being thankful (thank you for reading this blog), spending time with the people you love, and celebrating with a ridiculously indulgent feast. Personally, I have very happy memories of spending Thanksgiving day cooking with my mom while my brother played video games, and my sister cried about some new drama in her life. Ahhh, traditions.Unfortunately, annoying things like work and airfare sometimes prevent us from being able to enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. If that’s the case, be the first one to invite your friends over for Turkey Day and start some fabulous new traditions. Just because you’re away from home this Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to binge eat in the company of people you love. I hosted my first Thanksgiving away from home while I was...
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Cure-All Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes

Cure-All-Chicken-Soup-with-Quinoa-and-Sweet-PotatoesOn Monday I woke up feeling like death.Let me fill you in on the backstory. I love fall, but that wonderful chill in the air can sometimes lead to not so wonderful things…specifically, a cold. When my roommate got sick early last week, I felt sorry for him, but I felt more sorry for myself. Between the shared bed and the lack of doors in our tiny living space, I knew I was screwed.Naturally, I did everything I could to avoid catching Logan’s cold. I took vitamins, pounded orange juice, and tried to limit all touching between myself and the infected party to affectionate pats on the back. However, short of forcing him to cover his nose and mouth with a surgical mask and wearing a “Don’t touch me!” sign around my neck, there wasn’t...
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Mediterranean Quinoa Cakes with Goat Cheese Salad

“Breathe. Just Breathe.” –Anna Nalick's worthless advice on reducing stress This was not my birthday. I was just stressed and wanted to eat cake.I am an incredibly high-stress person. Ironically, people often compliment me on how “laid back” I am. Congratulations to me! Clearly my low-maintenance beach waves* and sense of humor are successfully deflecting attention from my constant state of anxiety. Currently, I’m stressed about all kinds of things: my self-employment, what to wear to my best friend’s birthday party this weekend, the fact that I’m not famous yet, etc. Everyone around me also seems to be anxious about something in their lives. My roommate is looking for a job, my friend is panicking about her relationship, and according to facebook, everyone in the country is stressed about America's future.Recently, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do...
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Hurricane Turkey Chili

"'Come in,' she said, 'I'll give you shelter from the storm." -Bob Dylan I like storms. They are an excellent excuse to stay inside, watch movies, and hang out with friends. I even like when the power goes out (temporarily), since cocktails by candlelight is one of my very favorite pastimes. As long as you have good company, storms can be rather cozy and romantic. So, I was kind of excited when I first heard about the approaching “Frankenstorm” last week*Honestly, I wasn’t all that worried about Sandy, since Irene turned out to be a total tease. In preparation for Irene, I went wiiiiild. I stocked up on groceries for a week and bought enough booze to fill a bathtub. And then nothing happened. Seriously. It rained for a few hours, the wind blew a little bit, and that was that....
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Pan-Fried Sole with Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

“I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.”- Amy SedarisFancy table for one.I really settled into the whole “dinner for one” thing when I first moved to Paris after college. I had no friends, no roommate, and apparently my French wasn’t nearly as good as I thought. Since I hadn’t started my culinary training yet, I wasn’t exactly cooking up a storm in my tiny Parisian apartment. Plus the stove only worked fifty percent of the time, and I was using the oven as storage space for my sweaters.After a week or so of eating yogurt and toast for dinner, I realized I needed to re-evaluate my eating habits. And my social life. So, I decided to start taking...
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Baked Pizza Chicken and Cheesy Garlic Bread

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." -Brian TracyI’m not the greatest with kids. So, when Logan asked me last week if I would cook dinner for Daniel, the high school student that he mentors, I was a little hesitant. However, I’ve heard a lot of great things about Daniel over the past year, and the Student Sponsors program that Logan is involved with is pretty amazing. (I love a guy that is good with kids and devotes time to community service. Opposites attract, blah blah.) So, even though I was nervous about having Daniel over, I agreed to make dinner because I am a supportive roommate/girlfriend. I also recognize that I should probably work on my child-interaction skills.The night before the dinner...
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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables and Pumpkin Puree

"Let's all celebrate, and have a good time." -Kool and the Gang on fall festivities  This isn't me, but I'm all about giving others a shot on my blog. Welcome to fall! Finally. Fall is by far my favorite season. I’m all for sunshine and sangria, but at a certain point, enough is enough. After a ridiculously steamy September in NYC, I couldn’t be happier for this week’s transition into sweater weather. I look awesome in sweaters.There are so many wonderful things about fall: pumpkins, candy corn, warm alcoholic beverages, Halloween, THANKSGIVING…what’s not to like? Unfortunately, I live in a tiny apartment in NYC and not a rustic farmhouse in the country, which is arguably this season’s dream home. However, I refuse to let this annoying fact keep me from enjoying all of the fall activities I love. And neither should you....
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My Girlfriends’ Boyfriends

Meet Daphne, Annabel, Megan, and Lara:The five of us have been a pretty tight-knit girl gang since college. I have many things to say about these girls, but I don’t want to bore you/make you jealous by discussing our communal awesomeness. In a nutshell: Girlfriends are important. And mine are the best.Boys have come and gone over the years (in a totally non-slutty way, obviously), but we’ve always remained obsessed with each other. Therefore, it’s understandably an adjustment when one of us brings a “serious” boyfriend in to group. The vetting process is intense, and the transition period has the potential to be very awkward. Lara brought Charlie into the group three years ago, so he's pretty much a staple. Then I met Logan a year and a half ago. He had a slow introduction to the group because...
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