Triple Berry Chia Seed Muffins

healthy-triple-berry-chia-seed-muffinsIn case you haven’t noticed, it’s been full-blown back-to-school mania on the interwebs over the past two weeks, and it's getting to me. I’ve been out of the classroom for five a few years, yet advertisers have successfully managed to make me feel like I need all manner of fancy school supplies and a new lunchbox or my life is going to end. Kudos to the Staples marketing team. Truth be told, I really miss school, and I wouldn’t mind going back for a bit. The real world is scary always sometimes, and school sounds like a nice vacation. Doesn’t it? To be clear, when I say “school,” I’m not talking about college. I definitely couldn’t do kollege again. When my roommate asked me last night, “How sweet would it be if we were going back to college this week??!!!” I got a...
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Summer Recipes to Make RIGHT NOW (aka The Labor Day Roundup)

top-ten-recipes-for-labor-dayThis summer has gone by way too fast, and I’m a little panicky. It feels like just yesterday that I was making Memorial Day jello shots and planning my salad talk, and all of a sudden I’m being bombarded with pumpkin spice lattes, flannel, and fall footwear trends. God knows I love gourd season and a good pair of riding boots, but can everyone calm the eff down for a hot second? It’s still summer, dammit! I mean, we’ve got almost a full week before Labor Day, and according to my Google research, the first official day of fall isn’t until September 22. That means I definitely have time to take several more naps in the sun, knock another book off my summer reading list (so far I’ve only completed Chelsea Handler’s super intellectual Uganda Be Kidding Me), and...
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Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” Salsa (and a Giveaway!)

Barbecue-Flank-Steak-Tacos-with-Corn-Peach-SalsaMy roommate is always harassing me to put more barbecue recipes on this site. As previously mentioned, barbecue is one of the Dude’s favorite food groups/topics of discussion, and he seems to consider it his duty to offer unsolicited barbecue suggestions and “inspiration” for the blog. This is often done by tagging me in various BBQ establishments’ Instagram posts, usually with a comment along the lines of, “Daddy like!!!!! @serenagwolf.” To be honest, I thought I’d done a pretty decent job this summer on the grilling front, but I was wrong. Apparently my choices have skewed far too “girly,” and grilling peaches, watermelon, corn, and even chicken, doesn’t count as “real grilling.” According to grill master Logan, people want more “badass meats,” and I need to be using wayyyy...
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Grilled Watermelon with Jalapeños, Feta and Honey

Grilled-Watermelon-with-Jalapeños-Feta-and-HoneyFor years, my friend Annie and I have played a game that I like to call “Celebrity Friends.” It’s less of a game and more of an intense discussion about which celebrities we think we’d be friends with in real life, which is highly entertaining. And no, you can’t just pick people that you’re obsessed with and claim you would be friends with them. You have to justify your choice and make a strong case for why they would want to hang out with you too. For example, you know I’m Beyoncé’s biggest fangirl, but I am not under the illusion that we would be besties, nor would I want to be. Beyoncé is intense, and I have a sneaking suspicion she’d always want to talk about work, do strenuous exercise, or play with Blue Ivy. None of those options sound...
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Cheesy Pesto Chicken Panini with Prosciutto and Tomatoes

Pesto-Chicken-Flatbread-Panini-with-Prosciutto-Tomatoes-MozzarellaI used to be a regular at a fine NYC establishment called Hot & Crusty. Although the name suggests otherwise, Hot & Crusty is actually a rather successful “bakery and café” chain, and there happens to be a location just three blocks from my mom's apartment. It's not exactly the type of place that I'd typically be drawn to, but based on its proximity and 24-hour service, it quickly became my go-to spot for tipsy feasting during my college days. I don’t want to toot my own horn here or induce jealousy among any Upper East Side H&C patrons, but I was definitely their favorite customer. I know this for a fact because the short order cook with the ponytail gave me a hug and told me he loved me one night circa December 2008. (I was a particularly frequent H&C visitor...
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Grilled Peach Crisp Sundaes with Cinnamon-Honey Drizzle

Grilled-Peach-Crisp-Sundaes-with-Cinnamon-Honey-Drizzle-1I went to a One Direction concert last week. I’m divulging this mildly embarrassing information because the quartet of identically dressed tween girls in front of me—who alternated between high-pitched shrieking, hugging, and shamelessly weeping—made me realize something important. The older we get, the less we fangirl. And I’m not just talking about obsessing over boy bands. I mean that we’re much more hesitant to express unbridled enthusiasm about anything, and that makes me a little bit sad. I understand that as "adults" we’re required to be more even-keeled than our 12-year-old selves, but there’s something to be said for FREAKING OUT every once in a while about things that we really love. With that in mind, I’ve decided to be more present in my happiness and get a little weird when it comes to sharing my joy. Yes, I can feel you...
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Kitchen Crush: Summer 2014 Edition

Kitchen-crush-wishlist-summer-2014-editionYesterday, my roommate walked into the office to look for something, and after having to move several of my outdated electronic devices and three piles of clothes, he screamed, “Why do you have so much stuff?!” I tend not to respond to such queries because the answer is obvious. I am a hoarder. We know this, we have accepted this, and I refuse to be made to feel badly about what is clearly a genetic disorder. While I do my best to control them, my hoarding tendencies are obviously strongest when it comes to collecting culinary/domestic items. I’m fully aware that I don’t need anything else for my kitchen, but there are a lot of things that I want. So many that I’ve started keeping a year-round wish list just to keep track. Said list has gotten embarrassingly long, but I...
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Roasted Potato Salad with Pancetta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Arugula

warm-roasted-potato-salad-with-pancetta-sun-dried-tomatoes-and-arugulaLet’s play a little word association game. I’m going to give you two words, and then you respond with the very first thing that pops into your head. Ready… POTATO SALAD. Quick, what was your first thought???!!!! Nevermind. I can’t actually hear you (which is one of the most unfortunate drawbacks of blogging), so I guess I’ll just share my answer. AUGUSTUS GLOOP. Yes, I’m referring to the rather “rotund” little German boy from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I know that's a mildly ridiculous response, but he is literally the first thing that comes to mind when I hear “potato salad.” Between his body type, the fact that he gets stuck inside a giant glass pipe, and the visuals conjured by the word “gloop,” I actually think it’s a rather apt association. Because, like all those things, traditional potato salad terrifies me. Visit Domesticate...
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Smoky Paprika Shrimp with Quinoa Tabbouleh and Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Smoky-Paprika-Grilled-Shrimp-with-Quinoa-Tabbouleh-and-Yogurt-SauceYesterday, I was tired. (I’m tired today too, but that information is less essential to this story.) I had planned to make you zucchini fritters inspired by the time I spent in Greece a few summers ago with my friend Mallie. And I was excited to regale you with fabulous tales of driving across Crete with a pet (blow-up) dolphin named Tzatziki, haggling with locals over faux designer bikinis, getting lost on a deserted mountainside, stray cat attacks, and the joys of the cheesy zucchini balls that we lived on for almost a month straight. I even had beach pictures of me and Tzatziki to show you. You would have loved it! But like I said, I was tired, and after the wedding extravaganza I attended last weekend, dealing with mass quantities of hot oil/eating anything deep-fried seemed like...
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Blueberry Mojito Royale

Royal-Blueberry-Mojitos-with-ChampagneIt’s Thursday morning, but it feels like Friday afternoon, and I’m blackout!!! Just kidding. But I am in Maine, and it is GLORIOUS. The air smells like salt water and pine trees, and I’m just sitting here drinking fresh coffee, looking out at the ocean, and generally feeling rather princess-like. In other great news, I have almost nothing on the docket this afternoon besides a leisurely hike, a long nap, and a half hour or so of observing my roommate splash around in the pool. I’ll probably make my way to my friend Annie’s house for tea later, before hurrying home to take a little pre-cocktail hour swim in my bathtub. At some point, I might even attempt to play with my younger siblings, who seem to be warming to me. Joy of joys! If...
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