Just The Tip: My Go-To Vinaigrette

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Happy #JustTheTip day from God’s Country, friends! (That’s Colorado for those of you who don’t speak Logan.) I’m about to chug coffee, slather myself in sunscreen, and purchase the least offensive hiking shoes/boots I can find in preparation for some trailblazing and afternoon zip-lining with my roommate. Wish me luck. Especially with the footwear.But before I take off on my outdoorsy adventures, we’re gonna talk about salad dressing for a hot sec. You know I pride myself on keeping Domesticate ME! a judgment free zone, and I’m all for culinary shortcuts, but I draw the line at using store-bought salad dressing. I climb right up on my domestic high horse and straight up judge peeps that rely on generic salad dressings, particularly when it comes to a simple staple like balsamic vinaigrette. I can’t help it. It pains me. Visit Domesticate Me to Read On!...
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Sriracha Chicken Salad Collard Wraps

sriracha-chicken-salad-collard-wraps-with-mango-avocado-and-slawI’m fully embracing back-to-school mode.I’m obviously not returning to the classroom in the literal sense (which never gets less upsetting), but I’m still itching to get my life organized before the official arrival of fall. After a long and glorious summer filled with weddings, vacation, and rosé funneling, my home/office/psyche is a hot mess, and something has to be done ASAFP. For real.My roommate has already blocked out next weekend for our seasonal “de-hoard and deep clean,” and while I usually dread this quarterly affair, I’m feeling oddly excited about the undertaking right about meow. Maybe it’s because there are so many thrilling things on the horizon—The Dude Diet! Fall TV! Red wine weather! Pumpkin spice everything!—or maybe I’m just finally becoming a grown-up(??!), but the thought of order, structure, and neatness in my life gives me...
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Just The Tip: How To Sanitize Your Sponge

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TGI #JustTheTip day, friends and lovers!Very serious question: When was the last time you sanitized your kitchen sponge?If you’ve owned your current sponge for longer than a week and the answer is either, “More than a week ago,” or, “Never!” then…YOU NASTY.Just kidding. Sort of. I mean, think about how often you work your sponge and the tasks that you use it for. Yesterday alone, I used mine to clean a chef’s knife after trimming raw chicken breast, to scrub an unexpected Kombucha explosion off my counter, cabinets and floor, and then to wipe down my stovetop. And that was a light sponge day.My point is, sponges are a terrifying breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, and we should be sanitizing those things on the reg to stay happy, healthy, and avoid the dreaded “dirty sponge smell.” (Dirty sponge smells like wet dog, but slightly more sour—don’t pretend you...
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Roasted BBQ Cauliflower Salad

vegan-roasted-bbq-cauliflower-saladWith the exception of football season, during which I make things like sliders and chicken fingies to avoid watching the foose, I don’t spend much time in the kitchen on weekends. Saturday’s meals are typically exercises in becoming a “regular” at local spots (To the staff at Jeffrey’s Grocery: How much booze and avocado toast must Logena consume to get a recognition head nod?! Please advise.), and Sundays are reserved for more experimental brunches and Spunto on the couch.The two-day break from culinary pursuits and mass quantities of pizza help recharge my domestic batteries, and come Monday a.m., I’m more than happy to be back in “the office.” In fact, few things excite me more than kicking off my week with a fresh grocery haul and the promise of some quality kitchen time with my...
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Just The Tip: Zucchini Noodle 101

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Heyo. Happy #JustTheTip day, friends! I’m giving you a brief respite from Mexican recipes to talk about a separate yet equally delicious obsession…ZUCCHINI NOODLES.To say I field a lot of zucchini noodle texts would be putting it very, very lightly. My peeps (even the super domestic ones) just can't seem to get it right, and they're alllll kinds of frustrated. Why are the noodles so soggy? How do you get the water out?? How long exactly do you cook them??? Wait, can you eat them raw??!!! So, if your zucchini noodles typically fall into the “watery green mush” category, trust me, you are not alone.Making the actual zucchini noodles themselves is pretty idiotproof—just spiralize a zucchini (duh)—but preparing them requires a teensy bit of know-how, which I’m sharing in today’s seasonally appropriate episode of Just The Tip. As of right now, you’re less than 2 minutes away from ensuring all future zucchini noodle endeavors yield...
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Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita

Watermelon-Basil-Mezcal-MargaritasIn my mind, there's a serious difference between “trips” and “vacations.”Trips are intense. They involve guide books, and waking up early, and sensible walking shoes. (Since I refuse to purchase such shoes, trips also involve blisters and crying.) One does a lot of sightseeing and learning on trips, which tend to have an educational bent. A few trip examples: exploring Machu Picchu, climbing the Great Wall of China, visiting the Egyptian pyramids, touring Rome, Florence, Berlin, or any other major city with rich history (and endless museums/historical sites).Trips are awesome and eye-opening experiences in so many ways, but they’re also exhausting. They demand a go-go-go mentality, meticulous planning, and translators (I like to use Logan for funsies—his Spanglish is particularly entertaining) among other things, and one often returns home more tired than when they left.Whoever is responsible for the saying, “I...
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Grilled Tuna Tostadas with Black Bean-Mango Salsa

Grilled-Tuna-Tostadas-with-Black-Bean-Mango-Salsa-and-AvocadoI scare easily.And not just when my roommate sneaks up on me, or the Internet threatens a sriracha shortage. I’m talking about the big stuff. You know, spontaneously combusting cell phones, microwave radiation, Toxic Shock Syndrome, eating too many carrots and turning orange, getting a cramp and dying in the pool after lunch because your food hasn’t fully digested, etc. These are the things that have kept me up at night since like 2nd grade, which is when I made the terrible discovery that pretty much anything can kill you, depending on who you ask.(Fun Fact: Circa 2000, my sister and I trekked home from school with textbooks on our heads because some asshole in her class claimed you could get cancer from walking underneath telephone wires. Our parents were not impressed.)Over the years, I’ve confronted and/or...
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Casual Friday: Grilled Angel Food Cake with Whipped Mascarpone and Balsamic Strawberries

Grilled-Angel-Food-Cake-Whipped-Mascarpone-Balsamic-Strawberries SURPRISE! It’s Casual Friday, party peeps.I have other things planned for you next Friday, so we’re doing the damn thing a week early this month. I assume that’s cool. Let’s talk about grilled angel food cake and waste time on the Internet!First of all, if you’ve never grilled cake, doughnuts, muffins, or any other such carb-y treats, you are absolutely not living your best life. In addition to getting nice and toasty, the sugar in baked goods helps them lightly caramelize on the grill, and they develop a subtle smoky flavor that’s downright magical. I hate to play grilled favorites here, but angel food cake is particularly heavenly thanks to its cloud-like texture. The delicious contrast between the warm, crispy exterior and light, fluffy interior is the stuff crazy cake ladies dream of, and I’m just going to lay it...
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Spicy Jicama Tortilla Soup with Shrimp

spicy-jicama-tortilla-soup-with-shrimpMy true colors are showing, and I apologize.I do my best to keep my personal food fetishes under control on this site because I realize that everyone has different tastes, and I like to cover all my bases/feed as many of you as humanly possible. After all, one (supposedly) can’t live on tacos, quinoa bakes, and cocktails alone. But every once in a while, this weird blog lady slips up. I’ll fail to recognize a pattern in my editorial calendar and before I know it, it’s too late.And that, friends, is exactly what happened this month.I only realized I was on a thematic tear when I sat down to write today’s post and found myself feeling strangely familiar with the word “fiesta.” A quick peek at last week’s posts (crab and bacon ‘dillas followed by a boss Dude Diet Read More >>

The Dude Diet: BOOK COVER REVEAL! (and a Chicken Meatball Fajita Skillet)

The-Dude-Diet-Book-CoverHappy cover reveal day, dudes!Today is a big fucking day for The Dude Diet, and I could not be more pumped to finally unveil the book’s cover. I know it’s been an unforgivably long time since the last official Dude Diet post, but I plan to make it up to you with 352 pages of my finest dude-friendly recipes, cooking tips, nutritional knowledge bombs, and Logan stories very, very soon.The fact that I’m able to share the cover means that The Dude Diet prelaunch has officially begun!! The book’s release date is October 25 (please mark your calendar), so we’ve still got about 2.5 months until what shall henceforth be known as DD-Day, but preparations/celebrations start NOW. Given that this is my first book, I’m still not 100% sure what “prelaunch” means, but based on what I’ve gleaned from my...
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