Foolproof Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries

vegan-chocolate-cake-with-whipped-coconut-cream-and-fresh-berriesI FUCKING LOVE CAKE. I know starting a post with profanity and all caps is aggressive, but I have strong feelings, and sometimes internet expression is hard. I’m sorry. The truth is, I’ve been a die-hard cake fan for as long as I can remember. And when I say “cake,” I mean real cakes that you can slice. Cupcakes are fine, but they have a weird cake to icing ratio, and there’s something about them that bothers me. I get that everyone likes the “portable” aspect, but it’s not like you can’t hold a piece of cake in your hand if you need to. (I’ve done it plenty of times, including at weddings, and have never once had an issue.) My childhood birthdays usually involved two cakes (one regular, one ice cream), and I was just as excited about them as I was...
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Just The Tip: How To Cook Perfect Quinoa

Heyo, friends! Happy Friday!!! I plan on using an unforgivable amount of exclamation points today because I’m about sit on my overstuffed suitcase, zip that bad boy up, and hop a plane to France with my roommate. WHOOOOP!!!!! I’m ecstatic to inform you that we’re taking ze red-eye to Nice to meet up with my Dad/stepmom/littlest siblings for a leisurely French/Italian Riviera crawl. There will be sun, and rosé, and gelato, and I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a trip since Disney World 1998. So, I apologize in advance for the inevitable barrage of shameless vacation Instagrams coming your way. (I can only hope you enjoy pictures of pizza and Logan’s mer-MAN activities half as much as I do.) On top of my pre-vacay high, it’s Just The Tip day!! (All this excitement—I’m barely keeping it together right now.) This week’s episode covers how to correctly cook the trendiest of ancient...
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The Dude Diet: Forward and Onward!

dude-diet-turkey-reuben-sandwichesHow’s it hanging, dudes? I know it’s been a while since the last official Dude Diet post, and for that I apologize. Since I literally live and breathe the Dude Diet on a daily basis, I sometimes forget that you may need some focused attention, reassurance, and updates on your not-so-humble ambassador’s progress. So again, I’m sorry, and I’m about to make it up to you in a big, BIG way. I promise. In case you were curious, Logan really did crush it on the Dude Diet front this fall and most of the winter. Sure, things were touch-and-go over the holidays, but that’s to be expected, and the Dude and his wonderland body emerged relatively unscathed in the New Year. (Sadly, I can’t say as much for the poor finger food servers forced to endure Logan’s stalking and commentary...
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Just The Tip: How To Pick A Ripe Avocado

In case you haven’t noticed, avocado is having a moment. Avocados have always been awesome (duh), but God knows #avocadotoast has gone viral in the past couple years, and it’s only picking up steam. Those of you that know me are aware that I’m all kinds of down with the magical buttery fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit), and I consume a mildly ridiculous amount of it. I’m talking at least half an avocado a day, peeps, and that is a very conservative estimate. I’m okay with my avocado habit given the fruit’s nutritional benefits (healthy fats, and antioxidants, and fiber, oh my!), and since I’m convinced that it’s making my hair shinier and skin glowier (?), I’m going to stick with it. That said, avocados ain’t cheap, and nothing is more devastating than giddily slicing into one for your toast/guac/etc., only to discover that it’s actually sad and brown on the inside. It’s...
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Chicken Paillard with Arugula and Watermelon Salad

chicken-paillard-with-arugula-and-watermelon-salad-2You guys, I have a new assistant!! Her name is Sarah, and she is lovely. Sarah came came onto the scene a few weeks ago, and having her around has been a total game changer. Her job description is still evolving, but for now, she mostly answers the phone and gets me out of things that I don’t want to do, like buy more beauty products from Barneys (even if there’s a free gift involved), change cable providers, and/or give all my money to various charities that somehow obtained my personal number. Sarah is cool, calm and collected, and people don’t hassle her because she has no real decision-making power when it comes to my time and money. She simply takes detailed messages and assures callers that “Ms. Wolf will get in touch as soon as she possibly can.” (I am very...
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Just The Tip: How To Cook Perfect Chicken Breasts

Happy Friday, peeps! Time to play Just The Tip. (Literally. Press play.) I’m very excited about this week’s episode because I’m sharing what is perhaps my favorite culinary hack of all time. It’s the simplest, most idiot-proof way to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and it yields perfect, juicy meat every. single. time. Not to sound hyperbolic, but if you're prone to cooking sad, dry bs breasts, this could CHANGE YOUR LIFE. For realsies though, once you experience the magic of this method, you’ll be much more inclined to whip up chicken on a whim and add it to everything from soups and salads to sandwiches and casseroles. (Naturally, I rounded up some ideas below for inspiration.) Hallelujah, etc. Get on board. Just a heads up, I say “moist” out loud in this video, and for that, friends, I am sorry. Sidenote: Every time I sit down to intro a Just The Tip episode, I hear...
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Caprese Bites with Honey-Balsamic

caprese-stuffed-cherry-tomatoes-with-honey-balsamicBeing a blogger is undeniably awesome in many ways. I don’t want to make you jealous by detailing the wonders of my footloose and pants-free lifestyle, but I feel really lucky to wake up everyday and boss myself around in my home office. It’s pretty epic that “work” means playing with food, documenting my successes and failures, and sharing them with you guys, who, for whatever reason, choose to hang out here on the reg. (You’re the best.) I’m also intensely grateful that I don’t have to shell out for corporate attire (more cash for jumpsuits and crop tops!) or deal with awkward workplace dynamics, and I very much appreciate my sassy desk lunches. Nobody comments when social media hour runs long, or if I decide to take a bath between culinary experiments, and I’ve never once received a complaint about the...
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Just The Tip: How To Seed A Pomegranate

I’ve been pomegranate obsessed for as long as I can remember. In fact, I have several fond (slightly blurry) early 90s memories of eating the glorious sweet-tart fruit with my sister in our childhood backyard. Given that my afternoon obligations at the time consisted of little more than trying not to let said sister smack me in the head with our tetherball, braiding a My Little Pony tail, and watching Duck Tales, I was cool spending an hour haphazardly seeding a pomegranate. I was also cool with eating approximately 2 arils every 5 minutes along with plenty of membrane and semi-permanently tinting my hands/face/clothing blood red. So laid back! However, now that I'm a very busy and important “grown-up” (with a wardrobe beyond Gap shortalls), I no longer have the luxury of spending hours seeding pomegranates and staining everything in sight. Sad, but true. For a long time, I halved my pomegranates and then banged them with...
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Chicken and Goat Cheese Burgers with Peaches, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

chicken-and-goat-cheese-burgers-with-peaches-corn-and-cherry-tomatoesHeyo. How’s your post-Memorial Day Tuesday going? Little bit of a struggle? Cool. Samesies. I hate to do the whole “ohmygodwheredoesthetimego?!” schtick (so hot right now on the small talk circuit), but summer really did sneak up on me this year, and I feel sort of weird and stressed that it’s already late May. Going from polar vortex to the thick of wedding season in approximately 3 weeks has thrown me for a loop, and the remnants of my winter eczema and I are playing a serious game of catch up. Please bear with us during this awkward (and very pale) transitional period. Seasonal confusion aside, I’m pleased to report that I spent a glorious holiday weekend celebrating friends’ Chapel Hill nuptials with my roommate. The weather was perfect (read: not too sweaty), and I can’t say enough good things about the...
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Just The Tip: How To Cook Perfect Bacon

Every once in a while you're taught to do something really, truly amazing and it changes your life forever. The effect on your existence is so profound that you can’t even fathom how you survived before acquiring said skill, and you feel the need to share your knowledge with everyone you know (and on the internet). For me, such earth-shattering life lessons included learning how to: Burp the alphabet. (I haven’t done it in at least a decade, but I’ll always be proud of that skill. Thanks, Dad.) Macarena. Do "tousled waves." (God bless the curling wand.) Make rosé sangria. Curl my eyelashes. (GAMECHANGER.) Human pretzel. Faux-tisserie a chicken. Flip my roommate when he’s death snoring. (If you shove your forearm right under someone’s rib cage, they roll right over. Magic!) Whip up my own buttermilk in 10 minutes. Make perfect, crispy bacon every single time. While you may not be interested in acquiring all of the aforementioned life skills (whatever),...
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