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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Grapefruit-Rosemary Mule

grapefruit-rosemary-moscow-mule-cocktail-recipe-1Grapefruit makes me think of Christmas morning. Every Christmas, my mom makes a giant, glorious brunch. Pancakes are the main event, but the meal always starts with half a grapefruit. As a kid, I would sprinkle mine with raw sugar, and then eat it with one of those spiky spoons, which was both dangerous and thrilling for a small child. I’d inevitably get disgustingly sticky in my Christmas pajamas (attempting to squeeze every last bit of grapefruit juice into one’s mouth will do that), house a pile of carbs, and then tear through presents like a wild animal before promptly passing out. Memoriesssss. Oddly enough, I don’t recall consuming a grapefruit last Christmas (WTF?), but I plan to bring back the tradition this year with a slight modification. I’m going to consume my grapefruit in liquid form with vodka because I’m a...
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Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprout Fried Rice

healthy-butternut-squash-and-brussels-sprouts-fried-riceI’ve been doing a lot of my best thinking in the car. It’s not like I spend that much time driving, but I do log a solid 4 hours per week to cook for Smash in the Dirty Jers, and my productivity during that period has really skyrocketed recently. No one is more surprised by this development than me, given that my commutes earlier this fall were mostly panic-induced blurs during which I focused solely on staying alive and trying not to sweat through my shirt. Now? I’m brainstorming recipes and ideas for my future TV shows, planning all of my holiday ensembles, and mentally drafting emails, all while singing along to the only four songs that they play on Z-100. (Club goin’ UP, on a Tuesday.) It’s wild. I feel like my voice has also gotten...
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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Domestic Gods and Goddesses (and a Giveaway!)

domesticate-me-2014-holiday-gift-guide-for-cooks-foodies-chefsPRESENTSSSSSS!!! I love them. I adore receiving presents, but I especially enjoy giving them. In fact, I find few things in life more glorious than watching someone open the perfect gift. My roommate is particularly awesome in this respect, as his reaction to unwrapping something badass is similar to this kid’s, except with a lot more expletives and bear hugging. It’s my favorite. (It’s also why I toy with the idea of giving him a puppy for Christmas every year. Then I remember we’d have to keep the puppy. Dammit.) In case you have a chef/food lover/domestic god(dess) in your life, I’ve put together a handy list of fabulous things that are guaranteed to elicit that “OHMAHGODDDD!” response (and maybe even excitement tears). And if you'd rather receive these items, I highly suggest forwarding this post along to those shopping for...
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Brie and Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese Bites

Brie-and-Candied-Bacon-Grilled-Cheese-Bites-5 (1 of 1)Holiday things are happening, people. The tree was lit in Rockefeller Center last night, I just received a notification that Pandora added a “John Legend Holiday” station (don’t mind if I do), and I bought all the fabulous things for a pot of Christmas this morning. This is obviously very exciting, and I seem to be snapping out of my post-Thanksgiving blues much more quickly than anticipated. In fact, I’m rapidly approaching Buddy the Elf levels of holiday cheer. (Smiling is my favorite!) The only upsetting thing about the holidays (besides Logan's beard) is that they go by far too quickly. It's December 1, and then before I know what’s happening, it’s roommate Christmas, then regular Christmas, I’ve drunk 10 gallons mulled wine, and bing, bang, BOOM. It’s all over! Not this year. This year,...
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Manchengo Crisps with Serrano Ham, Quince and Marcona Almonds

Manchengo-crisps-with-serrano-ham-quince-paste-and-marcona-almondsTruth be told, I’m usually pretty Scrooge-y the week after Thanksgiving. This is largely because I’m a.) sad that my favorite meal of the year has come and gone, and b.) still shaking off a debilitating food coma. I just feel sort of rolly-polly and blah, and I’m experiencing “bah humbug” sentiments about December, which, to be fair, is a month with some serious drawbacks. First, there’s the shopping. Dear God, so much shopping! And it doesn’t help that my beloved family members are notoriously impossible to buy for. (My mom always says that she’ll love whatever I give her. This is a lie.) Also, hoards of people pushing me in over-crowded stores doesn’t really jibe so well with my anxiety disorder. Second, Logan grows his “holiday beard,” which is very real, very bushy, and a veritable Venus fly trap for...
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Turkey and Sweet Potato Taquitos with Jalapeño-Cranberry Sauce

turkey-and-sweet-potato-baked-taquitos-with-jalapeno-cranberry-sauce-2So, I know I told you yesterday that I’m doing Thanksgiving for three this year, but I’ll inevitably make enough food to feed at least twelve. This is partially because I don’t like to scale down certain recipes, but it’s mostly so that I can have all kinds of boss LEFTOVERS. Even people who don’t like leftovers know that T-Day leftovers are God’s gift to tired (and potentially hungover) souls. I’m fine with simply re-heating turkey and sides or going the traditional sandwich route, but when there are mountains of leftovers to be consumed, one has to get creative in order to avoid “Thanksgiving Burnout.” (It’s a sad, sad thing.) Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet, and this post may seem slightly premature, but the interwebs are already overly saturated with recipes for the day itself, so I wanted you to...
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Tomato and White Bean Stew with Chicken Sausage

tomato-and-white-bean-stew-with-chicken-sausageIt’s Thanksgiving MADNESS, people. It’s a lot, and I’m starting to scare myself. Fact: I just spent an inordinate amount of time looking at over-the-top holiday tablescapes on the interwebs and wondering if I do, in fact, need to paint miniature pumpkins, weave a burlap table runner, or teach my roommate the art of homemade candle-making. (The latter because I obviously can’t produce upwards of 15 homemade candles by myself! I will need another pair of hands.) ANXIETY. Luckily, I’m doing a smaller scale celebration this year with Logan and my mom, so even if I do decide to play tipsy Martha Stewart, I’ll only have to dip-dye three place cards. Hallelujah. Based on my extraordinary domestic prowess, you’d think I’d be able to pull off a three-person dinner in my sleep, but I’m actually feeling kind of panicky right now. As I’ve...
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12 Show-Stopping Thanksgiving Sides

12-Easy-and-Impressive-Thanksgiving-side-dishesT-1 WEEK UNTIL THANKSGIVING, PEOPLE. Let’s get down to business. If you’re on bird duty this year, Godspeed. You should probably review this post on turkey roasting tips to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. In case you were wondering, I’m dry-brining this year, and I’m pretty ecstatic about it. I tried to share my brining excitement with my roommate last night, but he kept saying, “I don’t understand what you’re talking about,” followed by, “I’m sure you’ll do great!” (No turkey for Logan.) Anyhoo, today I want to discuss the most important part of the T-Day feast—Let’s here it for the sides!! (Please read that statement to the tune of “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.”) Below, you’ll find a list of my favorite fall side dishes, all of which would be excellent additions to your...
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