16 Winning Super Bowl Recipes

16-epic-super-bowl-recipesI regret to inform you that my grand Super Bowl fiesta plans have been dashed. Due to unforeseen work/life obligations and Logan’s deep-seated emotional attachment to giving himself the meat sweats Hill Country Barbecue, you’ll find me drinking a bucket of beer and reading my book in the corner of the aforementioned establishment come Sunday evening. That said, I realize some of you will be entertaining (jealous) or celebrating solo on the couch (respect) during the big game, and you may be in need of some delicious inspiration. You've obviously come to the right place. From Buffalo chicken to vegan chili, I've rounded up 16 of my favorite fan foods to amp up your 2015 Super Bowl spread. Happy game day feasting, friends! Sidenote: I originally planned to give all the recipes on this list kitschy, Super Bowl-themed titles. Sadly, I was forced...
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Cocktails and Confessions: Rose Sangria (WATCH!!!)

rose-sangria-strawberries-peaches-basil-recipeI really like booze. Those of you that know me personally or read this blog on the reg are already aware of this fun fact. First time here? Hot damn, you picked an epic day to visit. (Welcome!) If you’re excited about the sexy sangria on your screen, that’s great. I am too. You know what’s even more exciting? I’m going to tell you a mildly embarrassing story, and then I’m going to show you how to make the recipe! I know some of you are thinking, “Big fucking whoop, Serena, that is literally what you do in every single blog post.” Please take it down a notch (and stop killing my vibe). Today is different, friends! Today, you’re going to watch me do these things. Yes, you read that correctly. You’re going to WATCH. I could not be more thrilled/terrified to announce...
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Open-Face Buffalo Chicken Subs with Ranch Slaw

Open-Face Buffalo-Chicken-Subs-with-Ranch-Slaw-and-Blue-Cheese-Crumbles-1I really enjoy my own parties. I know and like most of the guests (especially the ones that bring me presents!), the food is bomb, I can take my shoes off if I need to, and it’s comforting to know that my bed is never more than a few steps away. If I had it my way, I’d throw a rager every month! I feel as if hosting a monthly party is totally doable, since four weeks is plenty of time for me to forget how stressful hosting a party is. Sadly, it takes much longer for my roommate to recover from our extravaganzas, probably because his responsibilities are slightly less fun than mine. (I cook, he cleans.) Logan believes that we can only manage two annual blowouts: Logena Christmas and Cinco de Mayo. All other...
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Lemon-Dijon Chicken Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Almonds

lemon-dijon-chicken-salad-with-pomegranate-and-toasted-almondsThere aren’t enough hours in the day. That statement has really resonated with me lately. I’ve got a lot of balls in the air, and for the past few months, I’ve been feeling particularly stressed about getting everything done. While productivity has been high, so have my anxiety levels, and my white girl insomnia is seriously acting up. I keep having this dream where all of my teeth fall out, which, according to the internets, is a reflection of the tension/lack of balance in my life. (It could also be because my Invisalign is too tight, but let’s go with the whole “lack of balance” explanation for the purpose of this post.) It’s weird and scary, and I’d like it to stop. The truth is, I’m not the most organized human being. I'd love to blame my hoarding, lack of list-making, and...
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Pork and Pinto Bean Chili

healthy-pork-tenderloin-chili-with-pinto-beansI try not to talk about the weather too much on this site or use excessive profanity, but Jesus fuckballs it’s been COLD lately. I don’t do well in the cold. Being from Santa Barbara, I’m kind of a pussy about low temps to begin with, but I also have legitimately terrible circulation (a doctor confirmed this three years ago at my last physical). Fact: If it’s below 45 degrees, my fingers and toes will go numb and turn greenish/blue in approximately five minutes. It’s awkward and painful, and I tend to do a lot of shameless whimpering. Luckily, when the polar vortex strikes, my self-employment allows me to hibernate for days at a time. I have zero control over the thermostat in my apartment, but the building cranks ze heat from November-March, so it’s basically spring break up in here. I’m...
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Baked Orzo with Broccolini, Sausage and Fontina

baked-orzo-casserole-with-turkey-sausage-broccolini-fontinaToday I want to tell you a little bit about my friend Lara. Lara is one-fifth of my college girl group, and I’ve loved her since we first met eight years ago. She’s hilarious and kind (like, so authentically nice that it makes me feel uncomfortable), smart, beautiful, and ridiculously patient. People tend to gravitate toward her, mostly because she emits glorious sunshine-y vibes and makes everyone feel like they’re her best friend (which they aren’t, because I am, but whatever). Honestly, Lara is one of those unicorn-like individuals that doesn’t appear to have any negative qualities. (She’s pretty obsessed with her dog, but I have been told that most peeps don’t actually find that to be as weird and upsetting as I do.) It's very tempting to wax poetic on Lara’s superior friendship skills for all of you... Read More >>

Pan-Seared Halibut with Citrus-Jalapeño Salsa

pan-seared-halibut-with-citrus-jalapeno-salsa#NEWYEARNEWYOU mania is in full force right now, and it’s a little stressful, no? I’ve mentioned many times before that I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions (I crack under the pressure), but I do try to take a little time every January to reflect on the past 12 months, make some general goals, and adopt the best possible attitude for the year ahead. It’s all very sunshine-y and zen. Last year I started the practice of “emptying the nets,” a cathartic exercise that involves writing out the year’s highs and lows in the hope of embracing the positives and letting the negatives float away into the universe. I know that sounds touchy-feely and mildly uncomfortable (because it is), but it’s also kind of fun. And after making my list last week, I feel spiritually lighter (is that a...
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Domesticate ME!’s Top 14 Recipes of 2014

The-Most-Popular-Recipes-of-2014-Food-BlogHappy New Year’s Eve, friends!! Apologies for going dark last week, but I was doing some quality time in Virginia with my mother and great uncle. Between the festive bourbon drinking, present opening, and dial-up internet, I was forced to go on a little hiatus. I figured you were busy too. Now that I’m back at my desk reflecting on 2014, I feel mildly overwhelmed. It’s been a crazy year filled with triumphs, tribulations, laughter, tears, and lots and lots of food. You’ll get all the dirty details on the highs and lows when I empty the nets at some point early next week (WHO’S EXCITED?), but today I thought we’d take a look back at Domesticate ME!’s 2014 recipe repertoire. Below are the 14 most loved recipes posted on Domesticate ME! this year. If you haven’t tried these bad boys...
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Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado

massaged-kale-and-shaved-brussels-sprouts-salad-with-pomegranate-and-avocadoNot gonna lie, it’s been a really shitty week. I don’t want to bore you with the details of my white girl problems, so I’ll just say that until yesterday, there were two gaping holes in my living room wall due to a TV installation incident last weekend. That unfortunate event led to a parade of men in my apartment for the past four days (which was significantly less fun than it sounds), lots of banging, chemical spraying, and general chaos/mess. My roommate was in a horrendous mood because he couldn’t watch Sunday night’s Eagles game until Tuesday (he basically boycotted his phone and the internet until then, lest he accidentally find out who won), and I was forced to get uncomfortably creative with my blog photography. I imagine the plumbers were very confused by my frequent trips to the bedroom with...
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Peppermint White Chocolate “Brookies”

white-chocolate-peppermint-brownie-cookies-recipe-9I really like hearing about people’s holiday traditions. In fact, I’m so curious about them that I have taken to asking randos at cocktail parties for specifics about things like Christmas morning activities, Hanukkah presents (how many do they actually get?!), family dress codes, and New Year’s kisses. While some peeps are slightly taken aback by what can only be called a “tradition inquisition,” most are happy to share their holiday habits, especially after a few festive cocktails. It’s my favorite. Needless to say, I’m partial to learning about people’s food traditions, specifically on the cookie front. I didn’t grow up making Christmas cookies (“Santa is obsessed with Mallomars!”-my parents), so I love me some holiday baking inspiration. Bonus points if it's attached to a good story. I’m probably a little biased, but one of the best Christmas cookie traditions I’ve come across...
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