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Harissa Chickpea Burgers w/Cucumber Mint Yogurt

Dinner

So…Memorial Day Weekend happened. I think we should all take a moment to direct a nice “awww” toward Metta World Peace for tweeting (yesterday), “HAPPY LABOR DAY!” Moments later he realized his mistake and quickly erased it and blamed it on being sleepy. It happens to the best of us, Metta. No bigs.

Anyway, Memorial Day always seems to signify a benchmark for summer. For me it means things like midnight tacos (without simultaneously freezing), lots of iced coffee in the rotation, and my wardrobe makes the official switch to full-on summer mode: short-shorts, summer dresses and the beloved romper.

I’m a big fan of the romper. I wore one this past weekend, actually. I dig the whole idea that us ladies are getting away with what honestly is just an adult onesie. I like that. We win…until we have to go to the restroom. Good Lord. This past weekend I found myself in a public restroom stall with, like, no clothes on, holding the door shut with one hand because man, if that lock was faulty and someone accidentally opened the door on me…good gracious, that’d suck, big time. So yeah, rompers: cute on paper, bad in real life. That’s their official slogan. You can use it if you want.

Another thing that’s totally “summer”: burgers. Obviously. I loooove going to burger places in LA and ordering their veggie burger. Some are better than others. My favorite is when it’s a chickpea patty of some sort. I made my version here. There’s a good amount of harissa (hello spice!) and some pistachios (wussup crunch!). The cucumber mint yogurt is just delicious. It cools down the spices in the chickpea burger and seriously I just want to put it on everything from lamb to salmon.

(This post is in collaboration with Bravo for their show, Around the World in 80 Plates. This week they’re in Marrakech, Morocco. Check it out on Wednesday at 10pm/9pmc on Bravo!!)

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Strawberry Cucumber Agua Fresca

Drinks

We’re flirxting with summer. By the way, “flirxting” is a technical term.

I’m so ready to do a canon ball in a pool; definitely not ready to be in a bathing suit in front of other humans. Ugh.

I’m looking forward to old movies in the cemetery whilst eatin’ cool snacks; not ready to need air-conditioning.

I can’t wait to bake up elaborate pies with fresh berries; not ready for fruit flies. They loooove my kitchen in the summer.

I’m excited for crazy salads (I can’t believe I’m saying that!), but when it’s hot outside all I want to eat are piles upon piles of grilled vegetables. I’m so not ready to sweat. There’s nothing adorable about the act of sweating, am I right?

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Spicy Carrot Fries w/Tzatziki Sauce

Appetizers, Sides, Snacks

Something happened when I started this food blog…all my (boy) friends (a.k.a. friends who happen to be boys) started texting/calling me with their cooking questions.

I’m not sure what it was per se that piqued their interest in cooking since most of them didn’t care a few years ago. I kinda think it had to do with growing tired of their typical take-out and fast food options..but mostly…it was to cook for girls.

I couln’t really blame them? I mean…boys cooking = cuteness.

I’d get calls like, “hey, I have two eggs, one sweet potato and garlic in the fridge…what can I cook?” They’d call with questions about roasting vegetables, how to cook bacon, what roasting actually means, etc…and then they got the hang of it…and umm…it’s really cute. Now, I get texts (all of the time!) of pictures of what they’ve cooked.

1. The first pic of filet wrapped bacon with a side of potatoes au gratin. This is a huge step for my friend Ian. One time he told me he was giving up fast food and then opened up his freezer to show me all the Lean Cuisines and Stoeffers meals. He wanted approval. Umm…

2. Second picture is total show-off city. My friend Ryan got all fancy with his omelet and Sriracha. He’s a cooking pro (sort of) and makes some of my fav guacamole ever. His secret: crushed cumin seeds, which he pronounces in another way to be crude. I laugh every time…mainly because deep down I’m four years old.

3. Third picture is my friend Justin bragging…his girl makes him vegetarian chili. Girls cooking for boys is equally cute.

4. And then, after four (separate) calls on how to make sweet potato fries, Justin got all crazy and put ’em in some fish tacos. Kind of genius. Let’s be nice and just ignore the burnt ones.

5. & 6. Travis eats super healthy. He sends me pictures of healthy food made delicious. Some sauteed shrimp with peas and carrots. And the other picture is a tofu patty he made with rosemary carrot fries?

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