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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The Dude Diet: Addendum

Because of the overwhelming response to last week’s post, I have decided that it is only fair to update you on Logan’s progress. I also received several inquiries regarding the details of the dude diet, so I have briefly outlined its components below. The best part about the dude diet is that nothing is completely off-limits. It’s all about moderation and being less of an idiot…the-dude-dietThe dude.The Dude Diet: Pretty much the most obvious diet in the world.1. Limit bread, rice, pasta, and potato intake. Good general rule: If it’s white, think twice. The amount of white flour and processed food that I have watched dudes consume in a single day makes me want to die. Oh, and “wraps” are not any better for you than bread, capiche? Try some whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.), they taste good. Fact.2....
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The Dude Diet.

"I believe in miracles. Where you from, you sexy thing?" -Hot Chocolate   My boyfriend is on a diet.I have chosen to share this with all of you because it is a miracle, and because if I can get Logan to like eating healthily, I am pretty much a culinary genius. And you can be too. Allow me to explain…Logan eats as if he is still a college athlete (which in his mind, I’m pretty sure he still is). And because he is now a very busy and important man, he no longer has the time to exercise.* This poses a slight problem physically, especially when one’s diet consists largely of burgers, pizza, and cheese steaks. Like most guys, he’s packed on a few lbs since college, but he’s never seemed overly concerned about it. Nothing a good button-down can’t hide, right?Read More >>

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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