Summer Ratatouille Tartines with Burrata and Honey-Balsamic Drizzle

Ratatouille-Tartines-with-burrata-and-honey-balsamic-drizzleFor many years, ratatouille was one of my go-to recipes. Honestly, I have zero idea how, when, or why I learned to make it, but along with turkey burgers, scrambled eggs, and grilled cheese, ratatouille was one of the handful of things in my not-so-fancy culinary repertoire BDE (Before Domestic Era). In fact, when I did my junior semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews and lived in my very first big girl apartment, I made ratatouille for myself approximately five times a week. My two Scottish roommates routinely questioned my diet of “stewed vegetables,” vodka, and Haribo, but I was proud of both my vegetable consumption and cooking skillz. (As far as the vodka and Haribo, vodka pairs nicely with all foods, and Haribo gummies are a delightfully fat-free dessert, so it's unclear why my roommates were so judgy.) Read More >>

Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken with Strawberry-Jalapeño Salsa

Cilantro-Lime-Chicken-with-Strawberry-Jalapeno-SalsaAll the employees at my local grocery store think I’m crazy. While I find this mildly offensive, I sort of get it. I mean, think about it from their perspective… Some lady (can I call myself that?) goes grocery shopping every single day, usually between 9am and 11am. She takes her sweet ass time perusing the produce. Like, a really, really, absurdly long time. Sometimes she touches a fruit or vegetable, smells it, and then puts it back. She regularly knocks over displays. When asked if she needs help, she always says no. Or, more accurately, screams, “NO!!!” because she’s listening to what sounds like 90s hip hop at 10 million decibels. She sometimes acts as if she works there and answers other customers’ questions about products/where to find certain things. By the time she reaches checkout, she has a basket overflowing with weird things,...
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Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl

Vegan-Berry-Green-Smoothie-Bowls-with-fruit-and-granolaI’ve done a lot of physical activity over the past few days, which as you know, is rather uncharacteristic. First, I went to the Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert at MetLife Stadium. As much as I’d like to fangirl out right now, I recognize you’re probably not here to read about my obsession with Bey or my feelings about Jay-Z’s rumored infidelity. (But if you are, please contact me to discuss. I have a lot of thoughts.) All I’ll say is that it was the most amazing concert I’ve ever been to (times infinity), and I did my best dancing for 2½ hours. It was a lot of cardio for a Friday night. On Saturday, I went out to my bestie Fifi’s house on Long Island, and she suggested we go paddleboarding. Since I have zero upper body strength and...
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The Official Paris Guide: Where to Drink

Where-to-eat-in-paris-guideThe Official Paris Guide is back, friends! As we’ve already covered where to eat in the City of Light, today I’d like to discuss something much more important: Where to DRINK. Honestly, there’s no better place in the world to drink than Paris for several reasons. First and foremost, Parisians find it acceptable to imbibe at almost any hour of the day and night, which makes it easier to forgive the majority of their other sins (i.e. general rudeness and impossible accents). Second, the wine is good. Very good. Third, with the exception of a few bridges, there are no open container laws in the city, meaning that you can BYOB to some pretty unreal locations for low-key cocktails en plein air. And finally, since Parisians consume a substantial amount of booze and do not appear to gain weight, I have concluded that...
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Summer Kale Salad with Strawberries and Avocado (and Life-Changing Tips for Making Better Salads)

Summer-Kale-Salad-with-Strawberries-Avocado-Pine-Nuts-and-Goat-CheeseOn Monday, I had the rare opportunity to talk to about 50 people about two of my very favorite things…. Myself and salad. It was the best hour of my recent life. But let’s back up a teensy bit. Earlier this year, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine asked if I would be interested in being part of their Sherry Geyelin speaker series. Based on my background, they thought it would be fun for me to have the event at the college’s organic farm. I could give a talk about blogging and salad pairings, followed by a “make your own salad” luncheon with produce from their very own Beech Hill Farm. One whole hour to talk about Domesticate ME! and my love of salad? To potential adoring fans? Sold! Visit Domesticate-me to Read On!...
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Chinese Chicken Salad Burgers

Paleo-Chinese-Chicken-Salad-BurgersI’ve never been a terribly emotional person. In fact, my parents claim that I didn’t cry as a child, and they were actually “mildy concerned” that my lack of tears indicated some sort of “serious psychological issue.” (This confuses me because I’m pretty sure I’d be 100% pumped if my kid didn’t cry. I can only hope it’s genetic.) Since I’m being honest here, I’ll just say that overt sappiness has always made me squirm, and the thought of crying in front of people is my personal equivalent of the “naked in public” dream. I’ve never been one for nostalgia, or to go all goo-goo eyed over puppies and babies, and talking about feelings generally stresses me out. It’s not that I’m a cold-hearted ice queen (you know I love me some true love and happiness), I'm just not...
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12 Foolproof Recipes for the Fourth of July

Best-Fourth-Of-July-Recipes-RoundupSummer is officially flying by, and somehow the Fourth of July is only a few short days away. Honestly, I feel pretty stressed about how quickly it’s crept up on me. I’m not even close to caramel tan, I've only worn a fraction of my crop tops, and I have yet to start my extensive summer reading list. (I always have a summer reading list because it makes me feel simultaneously young and productive.) Blergh. Last year, I supported my roommate by celebrating the holiday at a Widespread Panic concert, which was fine, but I’m very grateful not to be repeating the experience on Friday. (I already made my annual Widespread appearance this past weekend, the details of which I will share with you when I’ve had time to recover.) Instead, I’ll be in Maine, where I spent...
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Slutty Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

slutty-brownie-ice-cream-sandwichesMy sister and I have been really into giving each other homemade presents over the past couple years. You know, because they’re so much more meaningful. This mostly works to my sister’s advantage because she is ridiculously crafty. She knits, she paints, she makes beautiful photo albums and scrapbook-type things, etc., etc., etc. She even custom designs wrapping paper, which is used to wrap the aforementioned creative presents, and then tied with all manner of fancy ribbon and adorned with adorable, calligraphied cards that are probably made from, like, rare plant fibers or something. It’s absurd/awesome. Honestly, if Olivia started a DIY blog, she’d most likely become an overnight sensation, so I sincerely hope that she doesn’t. I don’t need that kind of competition in the blogosphere, dammit! (Just kidding, O. You can start a crafts blog. If you want…) Visit...
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Spicy Chicken Quesadillas with Corn, Black Beans, and Caramelized Onions

Spicy-Chicken-Quesadillas-with-Corn-Black-Beans-and-Caramelized-OnionsI’m going to be awkwardly honest with you today and admit that I have an irrational fear of very senior citizens. I feel uncomfortable around old people for mostly the same reasons that I panic around small children. I never know what to talk about, I’m always afraid I’m going to hug them too hard, and a lot of them smell weird. (You know it’s true.) I also get nervous and flustered when they ask about my job, and I usually end up explaining blogging like my mom does: “I write an online diary about food. There are pictures!” FML. So, you can imagine my unease when Logan asked if I would go visit his step-grandmother, Dede, with him in Pennsylvania this past weekend. She is 89. That's WAY outside my age comfort zone. But because I’m an excellent girlfriend, and I’m...
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The Official Paris Guide: Where to Eat

Where-to-eat-in-paris-guideBecause I’d always rather be in Paris, and several peeps have emailed me over the years asking for recommendations in The City of Light, I thought I’d put together a handy little Paris Guide for you. After all, I did live in gay Paree for over a year and a half, and I occasionally ate, drank, and hung out at places other than Le Pain Quotidien. I swear. I intended to squeeze everything into one post, but then I thought, mmmmm, better not. Too many knowledge bombs at once. Instead, I’ve divided the guide into three parts that will be published separately: Where to Eat, Where to Drink, and What to Do. I love me a good series. For the record, the restaurant picks below are by no means “the best” restaurants in Paris, they're simply my personal...
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