Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita

Watermelon-Basil-Mezcal-MargaritasIn my mind, there's a serious difference between “trips” and “vacations.”Trips are intense. They involve guide books, and waking up early, and sensible walking shoes. (Since I refuse to purchase such shoes, trips also involve blisters and crying.) One does a lot of sightseeing and learning on trips, which tend to have an educational bent. A few trip examples: exploring Machu Picchu, climbing the Great Wall of China, visiting the Egyptian pyramids, touring Rome, Florence, Berlin, or any other major city with rich history (and endless museums/historical sites).Trips are awesome and eye-opening experiences in so many ways, but they’re also exhausting. They demand a go-go-go mentality, meticulous planning, and translators (I like to use Logan for funsies—his Spanglish is particularly entertaining) among other things, and one often returns home more tired than when they left.Whoever is responsible for the saying, “I...
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Grilled Tuna Tostadas with Black Bean-Mango Salsa

Grilled-Tuna-Tostadas-with-Black-Bean-Mango-Salsa-and-AvocadoI scare easily.And not just when my roommate sneaks up on me, or the Internet threatens a sriracha shortage. I’m talking about the big stuff. You know, spontaneously combusting cell phones, microwave radiation, Toxic Shock Syndrome, eating too many carrots and turning orange, getting a cramp and dying in the pool after lunch because your food hasn’t fully digested, etc. These are the things that have kept me up at night since like 2nd grade, which is when I made the terrible discovery that pretty much anything can kill you, depending on who you ask.(Fun Fact: Circa 2000, my sister and I trekked home from school with textbooks on our heads because some a-hole in her class claimed you could get cancer from walking underneath telephone wires. Our parents were not impressed.)Over the years, I’ve confronted and/or...
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Casual Friday: Grilled Angel Food Cake with Whipped Mascarpone and Balsamic Strawberries

Grilled-Angel-Food-Cake-Whipped-Mascarpone-Balsamic-Strawberries SURPRISE! It’s Casual Friday, party peeps.I have other things planned for you next Friday, so we’re doing the damn thing a week early this month. I assume that’s cool. Let’s talk about grilled angel food cake and waste time on the Internet!First of all, if you’ve never grilled cake, doughnuts, muffins, or any other such carb-y treats, you are absolutely not living your best life. In addition to getting nice and toasty, the sugar in baked goods helps them lightly caramelize on the grill, and they develop a subtle smoky flavor that’s downright magical. I hate to play grilled favorites here, but angel food cake is particularly heavenly thanks to its cloud-like texture. The delicious contrast between the warm, crispy exterior and light, fluffy interior is the stuff crazy cake ladies dream of, and I’m just going to lay it...
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Spicy Jicama Tortilla Soup with Shrimp

spicy-jicama-tortilla-soup-with-shrimpMy true colors are showing, and I apologize.I do my best to keep my personal food fetishes under control on this site because I realize that everyone has different tastes, and I like to cover all my bases/feed as many of you as humanly possible. After all, one (supposedly) can’t live on tacos, quinoa bakes, and cocktails alone. But every once in a while, this weird blog lady slips up. I’ll fail to recognize a pattern in my editorial calendar and before I know it, it’s too late.And that, friends, is exactly what happened this month.I only realized I was on a thematic tear when I sat down to write today’s post and found myself feeling strangely familiar with the word “fiesta.” A quick peek at last week’s posts (crab and bacon ‘dillas followed by a boss Dude Diet Read More >>

The Dude Diet: BOOK COVER REVEAL! (and a Chicken Meatball Fajita Skillet)

The-Dude-Diet-Book-CoverHappy cover reveal day, dudes!Today is a big fucking day for The Dude Diet, and I could not be more pumped to finally unveil the book’s cover. I know it’s been an unforgivably long time since the last official Dude Diet post, but I plan to make it up to you with 352 pages of my finest dude-friendly recipes, cooking tips, nutritional knowledge bombs, and Logan stories very, very soon.The fact that I’m able to share the cover means that The Dude Diet prelaunch has officially begun!! The book’s release date is October 25 (please mark your calendar), so we’ve still got about 2.5 months until what shall henceforth be known as DD-Day, but preparations/celebrations start NOW. Given that this is my first book, I’m still not 100% sure what “prelaunch” means, but based on what I’ve gleaned from my...
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Mini Crab and Bacon Quesadillas with Sweet Corn Guacamole

Mini-Crab-and-Bacon-Quesadillas-with-Sweet-Corn-GuacamoleThe summer after I graduated from college, my friend Lara and I road tripped through the Pacific Northwest. Armed with our best going out tops, time-release Xanax (for my newly acquired panic disorder), and the very mature goal of making our way to Forks, Washington, for the Twilight Tour, we rented a car and set out on what was sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.(I promise to share tales of chasing vampires with disgruntled tweens at some point, but for now, please withhold your judgment/jealousy.)The first stop on our itinerary was Seattle, where we had booked a room at an adorable boutique hotel near the famous Pike Place Market. Upon check-in, Lara and I did the standard hotel room dance—don bathrobes, roll around on the bed, and assess the room service offerings. We found the latter...
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10 Epic Zucchini Recipes

10-Best-Zucchini-RecipesHey, hey, hey. I know we usually play Just The Tip on Fridays, but I’m interrupting regularly scheduled programming to bring you this badass zucchini roundup because dear God, ZUCCHINI IS EVERYWHERE.I may not be mature enough to join a CSA, and I certainly don’t garden (members of my inner circle have dubbed me the “Orchid Assasin”…), yet I still find myself with hoards of zucchini every single August. Given the vegetable’s abundance and the fact that it’s perpetually on display at Westside Market the farmer’s market, I feel compelled to pick up a couple whenever I shop. I swear, I blackout in front of the zucchini piles and can never remember if I have any at home, so I buy some “just in case.” (For the record, I also do this with strawberries, chipotles in adobo, and...
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Summer Squash Noodles with Carrot Top Pesto

Gluten-Free-Summer-Squash-Noodle-Salad-with-Carrot-Top-PestoI’ve always wanted to join a CSA.God knows I love fresh produce, and the thought of being treated to a giant box of seasonal fruits and vegetables every week while supporting local farmers gives me excitement goosebumps and a serious case of warm fuzzies. I also like the idea of being able to casually drop my CSA membership into Instagram captions and food-related conversations. Like, “I just can’t get over the gorgeous summer squash in my CSA box this week! I’m so impressed with Jack’s crop. Oh sorry, I forgot you don’t know Jack!! He’s my farmer.” It would give me the type of hippie street cred I haven’t had since the summer I spent selling cowboy hats and ruthlessly critiquing the Boulder burrito scene.For some reason, I feel a strong urge to order vegan leather boots and a...
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Casual Friday: Grilled Peach Tartines with Burrata and Basil

Grilled-Peach-Tartines-with-Burrata-Basil-HoneyTGI Casual Friday, friends! You know the drill. First we talk about this glorious grilled peach and burrata sitch, then we waste time on the Internet. Let’s get to it.As you may know, I’m a toast person. Usually avocado, yes, but on occasion, I like to mix things up. (I swear.) And when I do, I tend to go the burrata route with some sort of seasonal accoutrement. For years, ratatouille was my default topping, but this summer I’ve been all about the stone fruit. My current go-to is peaches—which I like to quickly soften and caramelize on the grill—garnished with a few fresh basil leaves, a drizzle of honey and some flaky sea salt. When I’m feeling particularly fancy, I dig into the magical habanero honey that I snagged from the girls at Plated and...
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Grilled Chicken Skewers with Watermelon Salsa and Feta

Grilled-Chicken-Skewers-with-Watermelon-Cucumber-Salsa-and-FetaMy roommate and I spend an embarrassing amount of time fantasizing about our future home(s).I believe in dreaming big, so I like to picture us living in a sprawling Nancy Meyers’ estate somewhere by the beach. The whole place is light and airy, and we sleep in a custom oversize canopy bed that comfortably fits five—just in case we decide to have small children, or worse, dogs. His and hers bathrooms are a given, as are rain showers, and the claw-footed bathtubs are big enough to swim in. The kitchen has a Wolf range, as well as a giant marble island set below a hanging display of copper cookware. And the walk-in pantry is large enough to house my quinoa hoards in style. Most importantly, there’s a large patio overlooking the pool (duh) with a Restoration Hardware-esque outdoor...
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