Egg Roll Bowls

chicken-egg-roll-bowlsWhen I was at boarding school, there was an awesomely terrible Chinese delivery spot in town called China Star. I’m pretty sure 99% of their business came from Taft students, and since I crushed 2-3 white carton meals a week my sophomore year, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I may have been one of their top customers. At the time, I was quite proud of this fact.In my defense, my Chinese food fetish was largely a result of limited dining options. I could either eat three meals a day in the dining hall, or I could order from the few local restaurants that delivered to campus. The dining hall wasn’t terrible per say, but I was a relatively picky eater, and there were only so many bowls of cereal and plain penne with Parmesan that my...
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Just The Tip: Killer Quesadillas

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Heyo, party people! I thought we’d get a little crazy and play #JustTheTip on Monday this week. Just to mix things up, keep you on your toes, boost Monday morale, etc., etc.I’ve been out in California for the past few days visiting my fam and shooting The Dude Diet book trailer, which has been a total blast. (QUICK! You can still catch all the ridiculous BTS action from yesterday’s shoot on Snapchat: serenagwolf.) I’m actually sitting in my dad’s kitchen in Santa Barbara as we “speak,” which is all too fitting given the subject of today’s very important quesadilla tutorial. Young Serena happily crushed a lot of chicken and cheese ‘dillas in this very spot, and I can’t help but feel a little bit hungry and a lot bit nostalgic. (It seems wrong not to be wearing brightly colored shortalls and a stretchy Gap headband right now...) Read More >>

Chipotle Chicken Stew

easy-chipotle-chicken-stewI do not like full-grown dogs, but I’m freakishly obsessed with puppies, and I very much want one. I’ve noticed that I make a weird noise in my throat when I see particularly fluffy puppers on the street/social media.Most of my favorite songs are about smoking weed and/or pole dancing. In real life, weed gives me panic attacks, and the concept of me pole dancing is comical. I have no upper body strength.I know that if I take a scalding bath in the middle of the summer I will be sweaty and light-headed for at least 2 hours afterward, and yet, I do it anyway. Multiple times a week.My computer almost died in a tragic water accident years ago. I still don’t backup.Consuming apples or tea on an empty stomach makes me instantly nauseous, but I regularly eat an...
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The Dude Diet: Free Presents with Pre-Order!!! (You Know You Want Them…)

the-dude-diet-free-gifts-with-pre-orderIt’s coming, friends. DD Day is exactly 3 weeks out, and it's getting increasingly difficult to contain my freakish excitement. I held a hard copy of The Dude Diet for the first time last week, and I have to admit, it was pretty surreal. I can’t wait for you to hold it too.I know some of you have already pre-ordered (virtual chest bump), but if you haven’t, I’m about to give you my best pre-order pitch. Are. You. REAAAAADY??! (Please read in sports announcer’s voice.)Why should you preorder?First and foremost, pre-ordering guarantees that a copy of The Dude Diet will arrive on your doorstep on its release date, October 25. You’ll be one of the very first peeps to receive the book (bragging rights!), and you’ll be able to get cooking ASAP. This will also give you a leg up on some of...
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The “Serendipity” Cocktail

serendipity-champagne-cocktailSo, today is technically Casual Friday, but instead of providing you with Internet nonsense, I’m going to tell you alllll about my roommate asking me to marry him last week. I made champagne cocktails to celebrate!WARNING: This shit is long. It involves inappropriate language, an engagement blanket, public PDA, Feelings with a capital “F,” and a surprise trip to Paris. If any of those things make you uncomfortable, or you’re just here for the booze (no judgment), I suggest scrolling to the recipe at the bottom of this post right now. À bientôt!As for the rest of you…Let’s do this.Last Wednesday, Logan and I headed up to Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park under the pretense of meeting our friends (hi, Carter and James!) and their baby for drinks. I didn’t think this was a strange activity pitch on Logan’s part, since...
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Just The Tip: Fish En Papillote

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Happiest of #JustTheTip days, friends!!There were a lot of things that I wanted to say about today’s very important fish-cooking episode. I truly believe that the en papillote (translation: in parchment) method is one of the most magical cooking hacks of all time, and I had planned to run through the selling points of this super simple (yet surprisingly elegant!) technique, maybe share the story of “fish package” day at Le Cordon Bleu, and provide you with endless you do you recipe suggestions. But I just can’t even right now because MY ROOMMATE ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM ON WEDNESDAY, and my brain feels mushy, and I can’t seem to string coherent sentences together about fish.Instead, I'm just going to say (as I sit here amongst 200 yellow and gold balloons—thanks, Dad), HI! I’ve got a permanent roommate now! Thank you to all who showered me with so much love on my...
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Roasted Cauliflower Parmesan

roasted-cauliflower-parmesanOne of the most frequent questions I get as a food blogger is, “Where do you find your recipe inspiration?” Usually, the answer to this question is pretty straightforward: Magazines. Cookbooks. Restaurants. Logan.But every once in a while, it’s a really badass experience that inspires an epic meal, and in this case, it was dinner in a 450 square foot mason jar in the heart of Chelsea. No joke. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a fabulous multicourse feast inside a lifesize farm jar to celebrate the launch of Prego’s new Farmers’ Market sauce line, and I became an instant fangirl. Each dish featured one of three uber flavorful sauces (Classic Marinara, Roasted Garlic, and Tomato Basil), and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved all of them. My general complaint about store-bought tomato sauces is...
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Just The Tip: Jello Shots 101

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Hey, hey, hey. It’s #JustTheTip day, you sexy beasts! Can I get a hallelujah?Today’s episode is very near and dear to my heart, as I’m teaching you the sacred art of preparing one of my all-time favorite delicacies…JELLO SHOTS.I’m not talking about the kollege version here, people. (We're all far too sophisticated for Everclear and cherry Jell-O jigglers. Duh.) In this tutorial, I’m sharing the simple, foolproof formula that will allow you to make all manner of fancy grown-up shots. I went with a simple margarita version for demonstration purposes, but feel free to experiment with your go-to cocktail flavors. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your shot creativity, but if you need a little inspiration, I recommend starting your experiments with: Cranberry-Vodka (with a spritz of lime), Moscow Mule, Rum and Coke, Tequila Sunrise, Mimosa/Bellini, Elderflower-Gin, or good old Hard Lemonade.A tray or 10 of jello shots is guaranteed...
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Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats with Maple Pepitas

vegan-pumpkin-spice-latte-overnight-oats-with-maple-pepitasI feel like everyone under the age of 60 has gone through a Starbucks phase at some point, yes?Mine was in college, and I’m mildly ashamed to admit that I had an extreme white girl affinity for skinny vanilla and (seasonally appropriate) pumpkin spice lattes. For the record—and I know I’m aging myself here—they weren’t always called that. One had to actually say “extra-hot-grande-nonfat-sugar-free-vanilla-latte,” which was the teensiest bit awkward. Especially when the antsy guy behind you in line just wanted a “large black coffee” so he could get back to studying. (Or playing World of Warcraft. Those kids were extra impatient. They had online raids to get to or whatever.)I spent so much time at the campus Starbucks during my senior year that I was once at lunch with a friend and interrupted our very important convo about boyz to point...
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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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