Easy Braised Short Ribs

"Oh, wipe your tears away. Sunday, bloody Sunday." -U2 on Sunday dinnersFor the record, I haven’t always hated Sunday nights. In fact, I even looked forward to them as a kid. My family was pretty traditional. Every Sunday night, my mom would park in the red zone outside California Pizza Kitchen while we picked up enough take-out to feed a small army and then rushed home to watch “Touched by an Angel.”Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, Sunday nights took a nasty turn for the worst. In high school and college, people tend to be stressed about all the homework they should have started much earlier. After college, people start to dread the work week while also frequently living in a shame spiral from their behavior on Friday and Saturday. However, I have found that many of my unemployed and self-employed friends*...
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Camping gone Classy…”Rustic” Chicken Fajitas

"Come on baby, light my fire." -Jim Morrisonrustic-chicken-fajitas-camping-mealsI bet you've never seen Martha Stewart like this.I didn’t grow up camping. My siblings and I weren’t terribly athletic or rugged, and my mom always said that she “didn’t want to sleep with her face in the dirt, thanks.” So, my family vacations were more “naps on the beach” than “outdoor adventures.” It wasn’t until recently that I developed an interest in camping. And by recently, I mean last year when the guy I had just started dating suggested we go on a camping trip together. I said that camping sounded like a great idea. Then I hung up and sent an email to all my friends saying the relationship was doomed. I mean, clearly this guy didn’t know me AT ALL. As I have said, I was never overly outdoorsy…I...
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Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad

“Before you came into my life I missed you so bad. I missed you so, so bad.” –Carly Rae Jepsen on Southwestern Sweet Potato Saladsouthwestern-sweet-potato-saladSide dishes are my favorite. You serve an excellent piece of meat or fish, but you pair it with something lame? MEALBREAKER. So, earlier this week I spent an embarrassing amount of time strutting around the grocery store with Nicki Minaj in my earphones and some halibut steaks in my shopping basket, waiting to be struck with a brilliant idea for how to round out my meal. Considering the fact that the air-conditioning in my apartment was broken, I was also conscious of minimizing the whole “slaving over a hot stove” thing. Inspiration struck when I noticed the display of corn next to the sweet potatoes. Sold! I had also walked by a Chipotle earlier, so Mexican...
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Very Berry Bread Pudding

"Summer summer summer time. Time to sit back and unwind." -Will Smith on the year's best season summer-berry-bread-puddingI don’t like to openly admit to having weaknesses, but in the spirit of full disclosure, dessert is one of them. Dessert poses several challenges for me: First, as I have said before, I’m not the best pastry chef. Second, and more importantly, dessert makes me anxious during bikini season. However, I recognize that no dinner party is complete without something sweet at the end of the meal. With this in mind, I set out to create a summery dessert that didn’t embarrass me in the kitchen (or on the beach). Mission accomplished: Very Berry Bread Pudding.I have made this dessert three times in the past month: an outdoor bbq, an indoor girl’s night, and a family dinner. The setting, people, pans, and types of...
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Annie’s Artisinal Cheese Plate

"Oh you fancy, huh?" -Drake on artisanal cheese platesThis is Annie. She is currently single, but probably won't be for long after this is posted.  If you would like more information please email domesticateme@gmail.comSummer is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Nothing makes me happier than a good tan, a refreshing cocktail (or six), and a casual dinner with friends. Summer dinner parties are the best because they tend to be relaxed affairs. People are wearing less clothing and the food is light and fresh, just like my mood.A few weeks ago, while debating what should be served for dinner that evening, one of my favorite friends showed me a picture of a gorgeous “artisanal” cheese plate that she had seen on Pinterest. As one of the most loyal readers of this blog, Annie suggested that she attempt...
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Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

A couple of weeks ago, I cooked a delicious dinner for ten. On the menu: herb crusted pork tenderloin with a classy goat cheese salad and roasted carrots and potatoes.herb-crusted-pork-tenderloin-with-roasted-carrots-and-potatoesWhile it was not my first time cooking for ten, there was some added pressure this time around because six of the diners were…PARENTS. Dinners with other people’s parents tend to stress me out. Probably because I don’t think of myself as a grown-up, hanging out with parents tends to make me feel like I’m an awkward sixteen year-old again. I dread the “So what are you doing with your life?” or “What are your thoughts on the upcoming election?” conversations that are seemingly unavoidable in this context. Being overly enthusiastic about my very promising career as a blogger and future celebrity chef is exhausting, and when it comes to politics….disaster....
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Hostess with the Mostess

"I'd love to show you in." -Me. A hundred times a day.I have had several people ask me why there have not been any new posts recently.* I sincerely apologize for the lack of fresh recipes and the fact that you’ve probably been subsisting on a diet of bacon wrapped artichokes and fancy roll-ups since March. The truth is, I have been incredibly busy and important the past couple of months…As I’m sure you know, I take this blog very seriously. I thank you, my loyal readers, for trusting me with your domestic training, and I want to provide the highest possible level of indoor tutelage. A few months ago, I considered my domestic skill-set. Obviously, my Cordon Bleu medal qualified me to order you around the kitchen, but what credentials did I have to justify me telling you how to be a wonderful host/hostess? Besides my natural charm, none....
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Simple Appetizers: Bacon Wrapped Artichokes, Prosciutto Roll-Ups, and Arancini Poppers

Appetizer: n. Food before food. Fucking greatest shit ever. -Urban Dictionarysimple-appetizersNot your average app sampler.I’m sure we’ve all been told by our mothers never to show up to a party empty-handed. If this is the first you’ve heard of this rule, don’t panic. You have probably only embarrassed yourself a handful of times,* and it’s obviously your mother’s fault. Regardless, now that we’re all on the same page, let’s discuss what to bring to someone else’s party. Prior to my domestic makeover, I stuck to the traditional offerings of wine or flowers. For the record, these are ALWAYS appropriate and wonderful choices, as everyone enjoys drinking and tasteful floral arrangements.** However, every once in a while, your host may ask you to bring something specific such as dessert or some form of appetizer. If this happens, do not stress. Consider...
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Chipotle Glazed Chicken with Corn and Black Bean Salad

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." -Friedrich Neitzsche/Kanye West  serena-wolf-domesticate-meIf don't know what "rock bottom" means, I have provided some visual aids.Last Wednesday I hit rock bottom. To put this statement in context, it all started when my purse was stolen from a taco stand in Santa Barbara over Columbus Day weekend. The fact that I left it under a table at said taco stand before returning for it fifteen minutes later is irrelevant. I was robbed. Not to be melodramatic, but…MY WHOLE LIFE WAS IN THAT PURSE. Passport, credit cards, bedazzled blackberry, camera, my favorite lip gloss...Thank God I had the presence of mind to keep my Cordon Bleu medal at home that day. After a lengthy interview with TSA, I somehow managed to make it back to New...
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Sausage and Spinach Risotto

“I’m gonna put you first, I’m comin’ for you. I’ll show you what you’ re worth, that’s what I’m gonna do.” –Justin Bieber (on cooking for the one’s you love)I always thought whoever said that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" didn't understand anatomy. Apparently, they were actually right...I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They just set you up for disappointment when you inevitably break them. Instead, I like to make a list of goals for the upcoming year. I enjoy a challenge, so I tend to go big. However, just to be safe, I usually divide this list into two categories: “Reach for the Stars,” and “Seriously.”This year’s list:Reach for the StarsSeriously-Cook 3 times a weekGet a job-Write a cookbook-Get my own cooking show-Pose for GQ or Maxim (In a classy way…like taking a...
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