Sriracha Caramel Corn

Sriracha-Caramel-PopcornThis past Saturday, my roommate and I drove down to visit my little brother at UPenn. We arrived to find that Elliot had food poisoning and was unable to actually hang out with us, so instead of keg-standing at frat parties as planned, Logan took me on an extensive tour of his hometown, which included "necessary" stops for pretzels, party dogs, and multiple cheesesteaks. I’m sure we’ll discuss the aforementioned events in Dude Diet detail at some point, but today I’d like to talk about road trips and popcorn. Indulge me. I really dig road trips. (I'm obviously referring to road trips with people I like, as the alternative is truly horrible.) I get to spend some QT with my friends/family/roommate, and there’s usually decent music and snacks involved, all of which I enjoy. Plus, thanks to my epic incompetence behind...
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Cocktails and Confessions Episode 6: Black-beery Whiskey Smash

Blackberry-Whiskey-Smash-with-Wheat-BeerHeyo. Happy Friday, friends! I’m very terrified excited about this weekend, as my roommate and I are taking a little road trip to visit my brother at UPenn. Elliot has been radio silent on his plans for us, but I imagine they involve lots of general frattiness followed by multiple cheesesteaks. Logan has been breathing heavily for like four days in anticipation. What are you doing? Whatever it is (i.e. marathoning House of Cards), you will need a solid cocktail in hand, yes? Cool. Let’s discuss whiskey and beer. Together. With some muddled blackberries, lemon and fresh mint! I know that combo may seem slightly strange to some of you, but I need you to trust me on this one. (Have I ever misguided you on the booze front???) A Black-beery Whiskey Smash is refreshing and subtly sweet, and the splash of wheat beer...
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Ahi Nachos with Pickled Red Onions and Wasabi Crema

Ahi-Nachos-with-pickled-red-onion-wasabi-cremaIn general, I’m all about the “yes.” From moving to Paris (excellent idea) to sporting a Winona pixie cut (not-so-excellent idea), I’ll try pretty much anything once, which is something I’m proud of. In fact, after “sparkling wit” and “good hugger,” I think my overall “yes” mentality may be my best quality. With that said, I’m slowly learning the importance of saying NO. Especially when it comes to my roommate. Like most couples, I felt compelled to participate in all of Logan’s favorite pastimes during the earlier stages of courtship (as he did mine). While some of them were unexpectedly fabulous, like camping and making dirty Christmas cookies, others didn’t really suit me. For example, I get unattractively sweaty and anxious at barbecue festivals, 3-hour bike rides make me mildly suicidal, and sometime after my 20th Widespread Panic...
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Cocktails and Confessions Episode 5: Clementine-Jalapeño Margarita

Clementine-Jalapeño-Margarita-RecipeIt’s Friday, compadres. Let’s talk TEQUILA. Tequila and I have always had a tumultuous and slightly tortured relationship, especially when there are shots involved. (So much love between us when the night starts out. So much hate the next day.) In an effort to be more responsible post-college, I swore off tequila shots, a vow broken only at my 25th birthday party, when I downed several with my guests before our group got booted from La Esquina. Apparently, you’re not supposed to dance on the tables there, or insist that the DJ play only “Call Me Maybe.” Don’t worry, I didn’t just spoil this week’s episode of Cocktails and Confessions. The story you’re about to hear is obviously much more scandalous. Dios mio. But before we get to that, a few words on the Clementine-Jalapeño Margaritas that I’ll be whipping up...
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Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto

beef-tenderloin-crostini-with-whipped-goat-cheese-and-pestoI have severe anxiety regarding this Sunday’s Academy Awards. Obviously, some of said anxiety is anticipatory—Who will give the best/worst speech? Is JLaw going to be drunk? Has Amal forgiven Giuliana for making fun of her white gloves at the Globes? WILL BEYONCE BE THERE??!! These questions (and my roommate’s snoring) keep me up at night, but I’m mostly panicked because I’ve seen zero of this year’s Best Picture nominees. As I’ve mentioned before, I pride myself on getting through at least 75% of Oscar nominated movies before the big show. Such an accomplishment coupled with my being up to date on 10-12 television shows pretty much guarantees that I slay on the February small talk front. Bring on the strangers and friends-of-friends at cocktail parties! I shall wow them with my film buff-ness! Not this year. This year, I fell down on the...
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Cocktails and Confessions Episode 4: Blood Orange Champagne Punch

blood-orange-champagne-punch-recipeHappy V-Day Eve, friends! Today marks the end of Domesticate ME!’s Valentine’s Week, but I’ve obviously saved the best for last. Let’s talk punch, shall we? Not gonna lie, I drank a significant amount of punch (read: Jungle Juice) back in the day. Said punch usually involved mass quantities of Everclear, stained my tongue bright red or blue, and led to the type of earth-shattering hangovers that made me want build a fort out of pizza and then hide inside it for a week. (The hiding was usually necessary given my propensity for punch-drunk love affairs.) Not to worry, peeps, the punch that you see on your screen is a serious departure from the scary, saccharine concoction consumed in my Solo cup heyday. Blood Orange Champagne Punch is light, bright, and sparkly with a glorious sweet-tart flavor and subtle floral undertones. If you...
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Farro with Kale Pesto, Zucchini and Parmesan

Farro-with-Kale-Pesto-Shaved-Zucchini-Parmesan-Marcona-AlmondsBack in my single days, my friends and I would often play a festive game called “Dealbreakers.” It’s actually less of a game and more of a truth-telling exercise where each person throws out a personality trait, physical attribute, or behavior, and the others decide whether it’s something that they could live with in a prospective mate. If not? DEALBREAKER. Realistic? No. Shallow and judgy? Maybe. Fun? Duh. In hindsight, I had a truly ridiculous number of dealbreakers, but here’s the short list: Works in finance Short-tempered Thinks he’s always right Super outdoorsy Organized sports fanatic Avid golfer (especially one that wears visors and golf shirts when not on a golf course) Neat freak Likes jam bands Wears tank tops Has no rhythm Overly sweaty Excessive body hair Fast food lover Snores Yes, I realize that the only dude without any of the aforementioned traits would be a Ryan Gosling-esque unicorn of a man, but I had...
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24 Kickass Recipes for Every Type of Valentine’s Day Celebration

24-Valentine's-Day-Recipes-Everyone-Will-LoveBrace yourself, friends. It’s Valentine’s Week on Domesticate ME! I realize that three V-Day posts may ruffle some feathers given people’s conflicting opinions on the so-called “Hallmark holiday,” but please indulge me. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a die-hard fan of February 14th, and I’m hoping to get as many of you on board the love train this year as I possibly can. After all, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for over-the-top romantic nonsense, it’s also a shameless celebration of chocolate and booze with the people you love. Family, friends, and (maybe) pets included. So, whether you’re smug and in love, happily or unhappily single, chocolate lover or hater, I’ve got a little something for everyone up my sleeve over the next few days. I plan to pay homage to my beloved roommate at some point, and then off-set that mushiness by over-sharing...
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Cocktails and Confessions Episode 3: Grapefruit Bourbon Spritz

Grapefruit-Bourbon-Spritz-Cocktail-1I’ve always loved a good bourbon cocktail, especially during the colder months. It warms you right up and it feels the tiniest bit reckless, which, for those that like fun, can only be a good thing. (Unless it leads to public nudity and police escorts, but I’m getting to that.) The Grapefruit Bourbon Spritz you see before you is one of my very favorite winter cocktails. Made with freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, ginger-infused simple syrup, lemon and a splash of club soda, it’s light, bright and packs a pretty serious punch. The ginger simple adds the perfect hint of spice to the sweet-tart citrus combo, and the resulting cocktail is fabulously refreshing. You should probably go ahead make it in bulk. Efficiency. So, are you excited?! Are you going to rush home from work tonight and make this festive Bourbon Spritz?...
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Ricotta Pancakes with Maple-Bourbon Whipped Cream

Cinnamon-Ricotta-Pancakes-with-Maple-Bourbon-Whipped-CreamI’m going to be uncomfortably honest with you right now. Yesterday, I ate approximately 10 pancakes between the hours of 12pm and 2pm. In the madness, I spilled flour all over the kitchen floor, got a shocking amount of whipped cream in my hair and on the living room rug, and managed to douse one pant leg in maple syrup. The latter sticky situation necessitated taking my pants off, but let’s be real, they would have had to come off anyway. The threat of death by skinny jeans was imminent. I then proceeded to lie on the couch in the fetal position for 5-55 minutes (time was moving very slowly, so I’m not sure how long I was actually down), groaning occasionally and wondering what one does when they overeat at a more traditional work lunch. I imagine pants-less midday dirt napping...
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