Butternut Squash Risotto

On Monday night I made Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Fried Sage, which reminded me of my Italian culinary roots:butternut-squash-risotto-with-crispy-fried-sageContrary to popular belief, Le Cordon Bleu wasn’t my first culinary rodeo. The first cooking school that I attended was actually a small operation run out of a ridiculous man’s home in southern Italy…It was the summer of 2010. I had just moved to Paris with my red lipstick and two months to kill before I started my domestic training at Le Cordon Bleu. There was a heat wave, my apartment did not have air-conditioning, and as I have mentioned before, I didn’t exactly hit the ground running on the Parisian social scene. So, when my friend Annie showed up in Paris and suggested we take a little trip together, I jumped at the opportunity.I’m not sure whose idea it was,...
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The Dude Diet: New Year’s Resolutions

the-dude-diet2013: Year of the Dude DietAlthough Logan repeatedly warned me that his eating habits were going to “get real dirty over the holidays,” I don’t think I was actually prepared for the free-for-all that has taken place since Thanksgiving. I have already discussed the horrors of the weeklong Chinese buffet that was Logan’s trip to Shanghai, so no need to go into more gory dumpling-eating details.Christmas, which came on the heels of China-fest 2012, was equally unfortunate on the food front. I know this because of Logan’s texts about ham sandwiches and the pictures that his mom sent me of him going to town on his favorite finger foods. These pictures were made all the more terrifying by the fact that he decided to turn his holiday beard into a holiday moustache.the-dude-dietRead More >>

Adult Apple Cider

“What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for” –Irish proverb serena-wolf-domesticate-meReady to take on 2013.Happy New Year, bitches! I apologize for the hiatus, but I take the holidays and vacationing very seriously. However, I am confident that if you have been reading Domesticate Me! as regularly as you should be, your domestic skills were most likely able to survive two weeks without my instruction.I was unable to domesticate you all last week because I was in Vail with Logan and his parents. Logan’s family is very outdoorsy and athletic. Unsurprisingly, they are scarily serious skiers. Both Logan and his mother are former ski instructors, and naturally, Logan hopes that I will one day share his love of skiing. Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely. (I keep reminding him that opposites attract.)I used to ski as a kid,...
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Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats

Holiday-Peppermint-Bark-Rice-Krispie-Treats-20You know I’m not a serious dessert-maker, but I decided to make an exception this week. It’s Christmas, and I was in the mood to whip up something epic and holiday-themed. So that, friends, is exactly what I did. I give you...Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats.These bad boys have all of the awesome elements of peppermint bark, but they’re so much better. Because they also have Oreos, and marshmallows, and Rice Krispies. Plus, they only took me about 20 minutes from start to finish, and I never even had to turn on the oven.* BOOM.When they were ready, I stood there admiring my handiwork for a good five minutes before performing my taste test. A lot of things were running through my head after that first bite, the most important being that I am a genius and that these Rice...
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The Dude Diet: Snack Attack

easy-avocado-toast-with-turkeyLogan is currently busy eating, drinking, and karaoke-ing his way through Shanghai. Although I received a distraught phone call about how they had only served him “weird Chinese cookies and shitty quarter sandos” (I assume he meant tea sandwiches) on the first day of class, I am sad to report that conditions have improved, and he is happily sampling as much Chinese food as he can get his hands on. I know this because he has sent several pictures of him smiling with various plates of Chinese specialites and hugging street food vendors. He also admitted to having “the dumpling sweats” on Wednesday night. Clearly, the Dude Diet is not faring well. However, this blog is banned in China, so Logan probably just forgot the rules…This week, I would like to focus on an issue that poses...
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Minestrone Monday

Mondays suck. Anxiety levels are high and morale is low. There are many reasons for this, but my Blue Monday is usually a result of its naughty predecessor: No Calorie Sunday.serena-wolf-domesticate-meNo Calorie Sunday. Having a light snack.I am a big believer in “No Calorie Sunday.” Sure, I love eating healthily and treating my body like the temple that it is. Just not on Sundays. On Sundays, I go off the reservation. Food trucks, frozen yogurt, cheeseburgers, Dominos…you name it, I’ll eat it. Throw a hangover into the mix, and things really get aggressive. Honestly, the amount of food consumed is both impressive and disgusting. By the time the Sunday Night Fear rolls around, I’m usually in a food coma and in need of adult supervision.*Therefore, on Mondays I tend to be a little sluggish and a lot bloated. Today is no exception. I...
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The Dude Diet: Chinese Food Edition

I’m sure everyone is anxious for an update on Logan’s holiday eating habits. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but let’s just say that he’s on the naughty list. When I met him at a holiday party last Wednesday night, he was already beyond salvation. I actually walked in right as he was aiming for a tray of sliders, and after kissing me hello, he said, “You look very pretty, but you made me miss the slider lady!” I love a well-timed entrance. Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there. He turned up his nose at the chicken skewers (the only reasonably healthy option), crushed several pulled pork sliders, and engaged in some very embarrassing behavior when the pigs in a blanket showed up. To be fair, I didn’t have time to feed him a healthy meal beforehand as I had planned, so that’s on me.However, while...
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Ultimate Breakfast Quesadilla

I’m not a morning person.This is pretty much how I feel every morning.I am more than aware that mornings are a strugglefest for most people, especially if you’ve been up late working or playing harder than you should have been. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s hard to get excited about it when you’ve been on a steady diet of instant oatmeal, bagels, and Egg McMuffins. That is why I’d like to introduce you to the Ultimate Breakfast Quesadilla:ultimate-breakfast-quesadilla-with-scrambled-eggs-sausage-spinach-and-goat-cheeseSexy breakfast.If this quesadilla, which is filled with eggs, sausage, spinach, and goat cheese, doesn't get you psyched about breakfast, I'm not sure what will. If you’re skeptical about putting in this much effort first thing in the morning, trust me, I get...
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The Dude Diet: Holiday Party Plan

the-dude-diet-holiday-party-planHappy Holidays from the Dude.I’m not going to lie, it's been a rough week for The Dude Diet. Despite my best efforts, Logan remains committed to "going off the rails" until New Years. However, I have still managed to get him to eat a couple of healthy meals this week, and he’s gone to the gym twice, so I remain hopeful. Like anyone else, he has good days and bad days.Last Thursday was one of those bad days. I knew it was going to be a tough one when Logan rushed out the door and yelled, “I drank an Emergen-C, so I’ve got all my fruits taken care of, and I’m gonna get something dirty for lunch! Love you!” He was gone before I could protest, probably skipping to the subway high on Vitamin C and...
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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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