Domesticate ME!’s Top 10 Recipes of 2016

top-10-recipes-of-2016Whelp. We made it, peeps. 2016 is (almost) officially done.It’s been a crazy year—arguably shitty for the world but still filled with pockets of awesomeness for yours truly. It feels surreal that at this time last year I had just turned in my manuscript and was gearing up for The Dude Diet’s fancy photoshoot in LA. (I still kinda regret not wearing that power suit my first day on set.) Ahhhh, how far we’ve come.We can talk more about ze book and the rest of 2016’s highs and lows when I empty the nets next week, but in the meantime, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on all the deliciousness that went down on Domesticate ME! over the past 12 months. Below, you'll find the top ten most popular recipes on the site this year as chosen...
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One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans

braised-chicken-thighs-with-spinach-white-beansI’ve developed a new obsession, and it’s scaring me. Literally.A few weeks ago, a friend told me about this podcast she’s into called My Favorite Murder. (Not to be confused with the Making a Murderer podcast spawned by the Netflix docuseries on Steven Avery. Although that is also decent.) She described it as a “funny true crime series” and suggested I start listening because I “like weird stuff” and would “probably get a kick out of it.” Thanks.I wrote the name in my phone to be polite, but honestly, I didn’t really plan to listen to it. I went through a big podcast phase last year when I discovered the first season of Serial (approximately a year after everyone else) and was like, “Podcasts shall be my new thing!!” Then I listened to season 2, hated it—the Bergdahl story line simultaneously upset...
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Roasted Butternut Squash Tostadas with Hummus, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

butternut-squash-tostadas-with-hummus-and-goat-cheeseHappy Christmas week, party people!I’m pleased to report that I’ve really been crushing my holiday to-do list this year. The Christmas tree is lit and decorated (and it just happens to be the tallest/bushiest fir to have ever graced Chateau Logena’s living room), I’ve finished most of my shopping, and my lips have been a seasonally appropriate shade of red since Thanksgiving.I’ve also managed my annual viewings of The Holiday, Elf and Love Actually ahead of schedule, which is quite a feat given my enthusiastic presence on the holiday party circuit of late. (In case you were wondering, the latter was my favorite this cycle. I watched it on my flight back from California on Sunday and shamelessly snotted all over Logan’s shoulder for two straight hours. If you don’t weep when Colin Firth proposes in shoddy Portuguese, you are a...
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Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

thai-curried-butternut-squash-soupThere was a rough 6-month period this past summer/fall where the city was repairing the water main (is that what it’s called?) on my block. During this time, the water in my building was shut off roughly twice a week from 9am-6pm, which had a seriously detrimental effect on my quality of life.Prior to being deprived of my water supply on the reg, I never realized how much I rely on good old H20 throughout the day. To shower and drink, sure, but those weren’t the real biggies. (Honestly, I shower as infrequently as possible and get most of my hydration from La Croix.) What I really require water for is my day-to-day kitchen activities. I need it to poach eggs and cook pasta and grains. To clean my produce. To wash psychotic amounts of dishes and more importantly, my hands. Flushing the...
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Spicy Asian Salmon Salad

spicy-asian-salmon-saladPopular things to post on the Internet in December:Photos of the following:Engagements. If you look for it on Instagram, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around… Christmas trees. It appears the whole world has an “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” approach to tree pics. (I haven’t posted mine yet, but that’s only because I’m being strategic. It’s coming, people.) Roaring fires. Because they’re cozy and also elusive. It’s basically an unwritten rule that if you have access to a fireplace, you must absolutely brag about it online. Babies and small children in holiday-themed attire and/or crying on Santa’s lap. (Although I’m not fond of tiny humans, I still very much enjoy these snaps.) Snow. Everyone and their mothers are dreaming of a white Christmas!Gift Guides. Holiday...
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The Holiday Entertaining Roundup

croundupThe holiday season is in full swing, people, and it’s officially party time.After years of hosting the annual Logena Christmas party, it’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two about holiday entertaining. Most notably, people love finger food, and they will always imbibe more than you expect. And since a successful soirée is 90% preparation, 10% perspiration, it’s important to be a planner.When it comes to your menu, keep it simple and festive, and try to choose recipes that can be at least partially prepped well in advance. At football parties, I don’t mind being trapped in the kitchen churning out Buffalo fingies and other hot dishes throughout the event (you know I hate the foose), but during the holidays, I want to be in the thick of things. A few short stints at the stove are fine, but for the most...
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Casual Friday: Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate

butternut-squash-crostini-wtih-brussels-sprouts-and-pomegranateTGICasual Friday, friends! We have badass finger food and all kinds of exciting internet things to chat about today, so let’s get right to it.First order of business: Butternut Squash Crostini with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate. These sassy little numbers are one of my favorite bites in recent memory—and given last week’s epic T-Day feast, that’s saying a lot. A LOT, dammit. The flavors of sweet and savory butternut squash, earthy Brussels sprouts, and sweet-tart pomegranate are a match made in holiday heaven, but to really do this recipe justice, I feel the need to break things down for you layer by insanely delicious layer.Starting with the butternut squash puree! Cubed squash gets tossed with a little olive oil, cinnamon, and salt, roasted until tender and lightly caramelized, then blitzed with creamy ricotta to fluffy, spreadable perfection. (I like to go...
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2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Domestic Gods and Goddesses

domesticate-me-holiday-gift-guide-2016It’s finally Gift Guide Day, friends! I look forward to this post all year because it gives me an excuse to talk about one of my favorite topics…PRESENTSSSSSS!!!!!Obviously, the holiday season isn’t about the presents. It’s about booze and sequins family and friends. But exchanging presents is still part of most people’s Chrismukkah traditions (thank God), and I want you and yours to be prepared. After all, there’s nothing quite like receiving giving a great gift. Unfortunately, finding that awesome item for your friend/family member/significant other/roommate can sometimes be stressful. I’m hoping I can help.Today I’m sharing my top gift ideas for the domestic gods and goddesses in your life. From cake and pajamas to the perfect skillet and the world’s most badass coffee mug/camping cocktail glass, there’s a little something for everyone on this list. As always, feel free to...
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The Dude Diet: The Book Trailers

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I have a Thanksgiving hangover in the best possible way. I ate too much, drank too much, and felt really, really thankful for so many things. (My family! My fee-ahn-say! My new potato ricer! Beyoncé! My besties! Puppies dressed as turkeys! YOU!) I feel scarily full and a little fuzzy right now, but I’m still riding my gratitude high and it’s pretty awesome.One of the things I’m most grateful for these days is the unbelievable support I’ve gotten re: The Dude Diet. After two long years in the pipeline, it’s pretty fucking surreal to see The DD out in the world, and I can’t communicate the depth of sheer relief joy I feel every time I get a book-related missive, read an Amazon review from a satisfied Dude Dieter, or see a successful #dudedietbook creation on the interwebs. It makes...
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Turkey Un-Fried Rice

thanksgiving-turkey-un-fried-riceHeyo, HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK, friends!!!I hope you’re half as pumped for Thursday as I am. For the record, my excitement level is currently somewhere between my roommate pre-proposal and Tom Cruise couch jumping. And it’s only Tuesday. I’m trying to keep it together and be productive, but my mind keeps drifting to my turkey (girlfriend is dry-brining this year), afternoon bath cocktails, and Momofuku pumpkin pie cake. Dear God, I love Thanksgiving.If you’re looking for some last minute menu inspo, you definitely came to the right place. I’ve got lots of epic ideas for everything from starters and sides to dessert and cocktails right here. Feeling a little anxious about tackling the turkey? Take some deep breaths and brush up on your technique here. (If you’re working with a frozen bird,...
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