Just The Tip: How To Store Brown Sugar

Happy Just The Tip Day, friends! It’s a holiday weekend, and I’m sure you have places to go, people to see, and cocktails to drink, so I won’t bore you with a lenghty discussion about how many blocks of ossified brown sugar I threw away BDE (Before Domestic Era). Let’s just say it was a lot, and I am appropriately shamefaced. Unless you buy brown sugar in resealable bags (which are surprisingly hard to come by) or are one of those insanely organized peeps who have fancy airtight containers for all pantry items, there’s a strong chance you’ve reached into your cupboard for some brown sugar only to find a clumpy, seemingly unusable mess. Good news! You never have to experience that particular brand of misery/panic ever again. In this week’s episode, I’m teaching you a foolproof storage method that’s guaranteed to keep your brown sugar perfectly soft PLUS how to save it if it’s already...
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Open-Face BBQ Chicken Club with Guacamole and Provolone

Open-Face-Barbecue-Chicken-Club-Sandwich-with-Guacamole-and-ProvoloneI’m fresh off the vacation boat, and given my post Euro trip comedown/severe jet lag, all things are a serious struggle right now. That said, in a single week I managed to cultivate a very respectable base tan, master upwards of six words in Italian, and capture many priceless photos/videos of my roommate in all his Mediterranean mer-man glory, so I’m doing my best to practice gratitude. Sure, I may be tired, sad and sweaty right now, but just a few days ago I was celebrating the most magical of No-Calorie Sundays in Florence. I am truly #blessed. God knows I plan to give you the full run-down of my Italian adventures, but attempting such a feat this morning would only intensify my post-vacation blues. Instead, I’d like to focus on the glorious mini-vacay that’s in all of our very near futures… Let’s hear it for...
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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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